A brief introduction to our curriculum
At Halterworth, we believe that the curriculum begins from the moment you enter the school grounds.
We provide challenging, thoughtful and exhilarating curriculum for all of our children through the provision of rich and varied learning opportunities and experiences that will enable them to achieve more than they thought possible. Those achievements will be academic, creative, competitive and collaborative. Our curriculum provides opportunities for children to apply their attitudes, skills and knowledge in meaningful situations.
At the heart of the taught curriculum are the core subjects of English, Mathematics & Science. Our wider curriculum, covering all other National Curriculum subjects, is organised into a series of 'learning challenges'. The challenges require deep thinking and use a question as a starting point. Our curriculum is a blend of thematic approaches, where meaningful links are made that add value, and discrete subject specific work taught as ‘stand alone’ units of learning. All ‘units’ of learning will have an entry based ‘hook’ and ‘purpose’ for study. Where possible, learning will be ‘first hand’ and supported by field study, visits, role play and practical resources. Learning progression of knowledge, skills and understanding is carefully mapped (this can be seen on our ‘Year Group Overviews’).
Curriculum mapping is reviewed and adapted yearly. Examples of our learning challenges include: What makes the earth angry? Who were the early law makers? What would a journey through your body look like? Who first lived in Britain?
Our Key Stage 2 children learn French. Each year we hold a ‘languages day’ to celebrate other modern languages.
Meaningful curricular links are always made with the local community and emphasis given to children engaging with current affairs. This enables our children to question and have an awareness of the world around them.
In addition to our taught curriculum, we believe wholeheartedly in the value of actively creating wider additional participation opportunities for pupils. As well as teaching pupils to communicate with confidence, we provide opportunities to form, research, justify and change their own opinions and views. Pupils at Halterworth, will have the opportunity to take action to improve the lives of others, demonstrating respectful and inclusive attitudes towards others. We are currently working towards Eco-Schools status; have numerous opportunities for children to become involved with Social Action Projects. Through recognition of their hard work and behaviour, children earn tokens and use these to donate to charities, selected by pupils.
We expect our children to think deeply, critically and are encouraged to work hard. Achieving the best standards possible for each individual matters and facilitates the best opportunities for progression to Year 7 at Secondary School.
*In a growth mind-set students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it. (Carol Dweck)
*To find out about how we promote fundamental British Values and teach spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education, click here...
*What does your child learn at school each day? Find more information on our class blogs here.