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Curriculum INFORMATION

We are incredibly proud of our curriculum at Hale and how it has been specifically designed to meet the needs of all our learners. Our over-arching aim is to inspire a lifelong love of learning through a broad, skills based approach, within a safe, inclusive environment.  Our Teaching & Learning Policy underpins this core purpose.  

From September 2016 we have significantly changed our daily timetable to maximise learning opportunities.  The school day starts promptly from 8.45am where all children can access early morning work, whilst responding to the previous day's learning.  The first lesson of the day is English which is taught across the school in Years 1-6, with the children moving into 18 specific, differentiated groups. Time is also set aside for discrete grammar, spelling and handwriting.  The morning is then broken up in the middle with assembly and break time.  Maths is taught across the school in the second half of the morning, mainly based in class groups. The afternoons, which we have now extended to 3.30pm, are given over completely to the foundation subjects which are taught through a cross-curricular approach, based around six themed, half termly projects.

Learning within school is supported by tasks completed at home.  Our Homework Overview details the expectations for each year group and how best to support your child. 


English

Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.

We follow the highly successful Ruth Miskin 'Read Write Inc.' (RWI) Phonics programme in Year R and KS1 and the Ruth Miskin 'Literacy & Language' programme in KS2.  Both of these programmes are supplemented by two additional resources - 'Fresh Start' and 'Spelling'.  Together, the four Read Write Inc. programmes provide a cohesive and creative approach to teaching children to read and write, complementing each other to provide a whole school literacy approach.  

We have recently been awarded the 'Ruth Miskin Badge' which is in recognition of the excellent practice that takes place within school.  We teach the programmes with fidelity and passion, and know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

The badge recognises that we: 
Raise standards in reading and writing for our children
Ensure all staff are expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training
Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer
Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day
For further information please see the Ruth Miskin Parent Pages.



Maths

Confidence from the Start

We use the Collins 'Busy Ant' programme to support our multi-part lesson approach to teaching Maths.  As part of our work on delivering a 'Mathematics Mastery' curriculum every lesson is split into discrete, flexible sections.

  • We start with a 'do now' task which can be used to recap previous learning or as an 'assessment for learning' tool.  
  • This will be followed by 'new learning' and 'paired language' work where the importance of using accurate, high-order vocabulary is essential.
  • This leads into 'developed learning' and an 'independent task' where children are required to challenge themselves daily.
  • Finally, the lesson concludes with a plenary which allows a review of learning.

High quality resources are essential in the teaching of Maths and all classrooms are equipped with Numicon - a concrete apparatus with supporting imagery to embed deep understanding.  Along with this, children have access to online resources which allow parents to support with home learning - My Maths and Times Tables Rock Stars.



Cornerstones

'Creative learning with backbone' - Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express

Traditionally the foundation subjects (Science, History, Geography, Art, DT, etc.) are often taught in isolation and without any direct reference to children's experiences.  We are pleased to say that this is no longer the case for our foundation curriculum at Hale.  We have adopted the Cornerstones approach which combines the subjects into meaningful, engaging and exciting 'projects' for the children to learn over a half term period.  

Every project starts with a 'launch' with the aim of hooking learners in with a memorable experience.  This could be a visit out somewhere, for example the Y3 visit to Butser Ancient Farm to launch 'Tribal Tales', or a workshop within school, for example ZooLab who visit Y1 to launch 'Paws, Claws & Whiskers'.  Or the launch could be an event or day worked into the curriculum such as the Y4 'Potions' day or the Y2 messy afternoon for 'Muck, Mess & Mixtures'.  The idea of the launch is to set the scene for learning and provide a context for the children, provoking curiosity and interest.

Over the next few weeks, our skilled staff team teach knowledge for depth and understanding, provide innovative opportunities for making and doing, enable imaginative scenarios that foster creative thinking, whilst allowing the children to develop new skills, encouraging enterprise and independent ideas.

Finally the project concludes with the 'express' stage.  Here we open up the school through an Exhibition afternoon where all family and friends are invited into school to share in the children's learning and successes.

All exhibition dates are available on the school calendar and details about linked curriculum visits and activities can be found in the virtual office section of the website.

 

  CORNERSTONES PROJECTS 2016 - 2017
AUTUMN 1 AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2
YEAR 1 Splendid Skies Memory Box Paws, Claws 
& Whiskers
Dinosaur Planet Moon Zoom! The Enchanted Woodland
YEAR 2 Muck, Mess
& Mixtures
Bounce Towers, Tunnels & Turrets The Scented Garden
YEAR 3 Mighty Metals Flow Scrumdiddlyumptious! Predator! Tremors Tribal Tales
YEAR 4 Road Trip USA! I am Warrior! Burps, Bottoms
& Bile
Potions Traders, Raiders
& Normans 
Blue Abyss
YEAR 5 Pharaohs Stargazers Alchemy Island Off with her Head! Allotment Scream Machine
YEAR 6 Hola Mexico! Frozen Kingdom Darwin's Delights Revolution

 
 
Physical Education (PE) and Religious Education (RE) are taught discretely, outside of our Cornerstones curriculum.  All children have two hours of PE each week; one hour of indoor PE taught by class teachers and one hour of outdoor PE supported by CM Sports.  We are fortunate enough to have extensive playgrounds and fields, as well as an indoor hall and a dedicated Sports Hall.