At Hoyle Court Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales and, as in most other primary schools; many subjects are combined to form termly or half-termly topics or projects.
Our curriculum is based on the three core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science. The teaching of RE is based on the Bradford Curriculum, followed by the majority of Bradford schools.
Other subjects taught in school are: – Design and Technology, Information Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education. In addition, children in Key Stage 2 (years 3-6) learn Spanish.
All work is carefully planned to ensure that children have access to the relevant areas of the curriculum according to their age and ability and that the skills of reading, writing and mathematics are practised daily throughout the school.
If would like to see in more detail, what the children learning in each years group, check under the ‘our school’ tab under ‘curriculum’. In addition, all class teachers send home ‘Class Newsletters’ each term which detail the learning your child will be undertaking.
As a result of the changes, we have chosen to follow the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum which sets out essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. One of the primary reasons why we have chosen to adopt this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill when they have not truly mastered it.
At Hoyle Court, we aim to challenge our children to become independent, well-round individuals who take ownership of their learning and become deep thinkers. Moreover, we want our children to be able to apply their knowledge and skill set in a range of contexts within school and real life.
We promote British values. At Hoyle Court we see British values as:
- the rule of law;
- individual liberty;
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
There are seven main areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The curriculum is initiated through purposeful play, where children are encouraged to follow their own interests, through a variety of child and adult led activities both indoors and outdoors.
You will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in the Autumn and Spring term when you are invited into school at the parental consultation evenings. In addition, at the end of the Summer term you will receive a written school report. Please note that parents are welcome to discuss any concerns they may have at any time by either having a quick word with one of the staff in Reception before or after school or by arranging a longer appointment at a mutually convenient time.
Parental contribution and involvement related to your child’s learning is valued greatly. Parents are encouraged to contribute any learning from home towards your child’s Learning Journal; this could be a photograph, drawing, piece of writing or an observation of something your child has said. Further information about this will follow.
The Maths Progression document has all the objectives for Mathematics in Years 1 to 6 organised by strand so that you can quickly see how the objectives progress in each area.
Our Calculation Policy shows how the four operations are taught to children in each year group. More formal written methods are also explained.
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation
This glossary appendix of the National Curriculum provides definitions for lots of common grammatical terms that your child might learn about. View Glossary
The Reading Progression document shows the objectives for reading in Years 1 to 6 organised by strand, detailing the progression between each year group.
The Writing Progression document includes the objectives for writing in Years 1 to 6, detailing the progression between each year group.
Children in English schools take SATs twice during their school career.
The first time is in Key Stage 1, when they will have tests in Year 2, at the end of infants (aged 7). They are tested in maths and English (reading and spelling, punctuation and grammar). Teachers try to keep the testing procedure informal – the papers are not strictly timed, and are usually taken in a normal classroom situation to keep the pressure off children.
The next time your child will take SATs will be in Key Stage 2 in Year 6, aged 11. More formal than Key Stage 1, these are written tests and are timed.
Our PHSE curriculum aims to equip children with the social skills for life in modern Britain. This includes health and well-being, e-safety and developing positive relationships.
At Hoyle Court we believe a cross-curricular approach makes learning more purposeful. Below you can find our creative curriculum long term plans. These outline the links we make between various foundation subjects and also links that will be made through English and maths.
Each topic heading is designed to be broad which allows scope for independent learning by following the children’s interests. When appropriate, our topics begin with a hook and end with a great finale to give children an opportunity to present what they have learnt.