The Hunslet Moor Curriculum – getting it right for our learners
At Hunslet Moor we believe that all children should be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
In order to meet each child’s individual needs we:
- Provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, both in breadth and depth, looking for innovative and logical ways to link learning and give it meaning.
- Ensure a continued focus and rigour in English and mathematics, enabling pupils to demonstrate these skills across the curriculum.
- Tailor our approach to celebrate our unique school and community, making links to local contexts and the world of our children and maximising opportunities to enrich learning with educational visits and bringing key people and resources into school.
- Develop children’s ability to transfer skills between different areas of the curriculum, developing their resilience, self-belief and teaching them how to use their strengths in one area of the curriculum to overcome challenges in another.
- Ensure children take a lead in their learning – we capitalise on their curiosity and develop a desire to learn using an enquiry and investigative approach. Children know what they are learning and why and also what they need to do to improve.
- Ensure we are always meeting the needs of each individual child’s learning – all learners must be challenged.
Key Documents Used:
- The National Curriculum 2014 is used from Years 1 to 6 for all subjects.
- The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage is used in Nursery and Reception.
- Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage – non-statutory guidance material to support practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS.
- The Real PE scheme is used to support the teaching and learning in PE in addition to the National Curriculum.
- The Discovery scheme of work is used to support the teaching and learning in RE.
- PHSE long term planning is created in in line with Leeds City Council guidance.
- Rising Stars MFL scheme is used to support the teaching and learning of MFL.
Enriching experiences are fundamental to our school curriculum at Hunslet Moor, enabling children to learn through first hand experiences, both in school and on out of school visits. Our local community is the at heart of our school and we value the experiences the community can provide us with through visits from key people in the local area, local walks, historical experiences (e.g. Middleton Railway), visits to local places of worship and whole school community events.
Enriching experiences linked to learning challenge topics or specific subject areas are mapped out for each phase over a two year cycle. All school visits are planned with approval from the EVC and Headteacher and in line with the Evolve system (see separate Educational Visits Policy).
When possible, we aim to involve parents and carers with these enriching experiences so as to further embed home school links across school. This could take the form of parents and carers supporting on out of school visits or being involved in in school events.
Long Term Planning
- Each subject leader establishes a long term plan for their subject area, showing a two year cycle.
- The long term plan identifies coverage and progression from Years 1 to 6 in line with National Curriculum expectations.
- In KS1 and KS2, a phase long term plan is in place and will show an overview of all subjects across a two year cycle.
- Due to class groupings, in the EYFS, a single year long term plan is in place.
- The two year cycle is specifically in place to ensure progression across phases due to mixed year group classes.
- The phase plan identifies the learning challenge topic for each half term and the focus and coverage of each subject.
- Cross curricular links will be made between subjects in order to enhance learning, however where necessary a specific subject or skill will be taught discretely.
- Phase long term planning identifies the maths and English focus for each half term, including identifying the SPaG focus for each year group.
- Key texts to support both English and the learning challenge topic are identified for a two year cycle on the long term plan.
- In addition, suggested reading for meaning texts are identified and the focus text for the teaching and learning of SPaG.
- Half termly enriching experiences will be specified on the phase long term plans linking to the topic. These experiences could be out of school visits or an in school experience.
- All whole school long term planning is available on the school website.
Medium Term Planning – Learning Challenge
- Every half term, each phase (from KS1 upwards) creates a medium term plan focused around a main learning challenge topic.
- The plan is recorded on the school learning challenge planning format.
- The planning format breaks down learning into subject areas, making links between the subject areas.
- Specific lessons will be identified and this planner would then be used throughout the half term. No further short term planning would need to be in place for the cross curricular work.
- The focus and coverage for each subject will be taken from the phase long term planning in line with the National Curriculum.
- Links will be made between subjects where possible and relevant, however some skills may not link to a specific topic and would need to be taught discretely.
- In the EYFS, a medium term plan is used to map out ideas linked to the Early Years curriculum and half termly topic. Specific activities will be planned using the indoor and outdoor areas of provision planning. In addition, Reception will use a weekly overview for Understanding the World.
Short Term Planning
- Weekly plans are in place for each class for English, reading, phonics/spelling and maths.