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Curriculum

A broad balanced Curriculum

We offer a curriculum at KS1 and KS2 which is balanced and broadly based which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and in society and..
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

We follow recommended rollout schedule of the New National Curriculum with all year groups teaching the new NC by September 2015. More information about the new NC is available here

Each year group follows a curriculum map outlining when each unit for each subject should be taught.

We make provision for a daily act of collective worship and teach religious education to pupils.

Hambrough Primary School also makes provision for personal, social, health and economic education as well as citizenship drawing on good practice (PSHE & C).

At Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) our curriculum is based around seven areas of learning and development:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

 

CLICK HERE FOR AN OVERVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM  

Collective Worship and Religious education

Hambrough Primary School has opted out of the requirement to follow a mainly Christian act of collective worship, in line with Ealing SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). Assemblies (both school and class) contribute to pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development. Non-contentious non-denominational themes and issues from a variety of faiths are selected with time for silent reflection. We follow the London Borough of Ealing agreed syllabus. We believe that it is the responsibility of the parents to educate their child in the ways of any particular religion/faith.

In school religious education is mainly part of cross-curricular topic work but it is also taught as a specific subject for study. There is no denominational partiality. Emphasis is placed largely on understanding, responding and valuing all religions. The school has a multi-faith approach within which ethical, moral issues are raised and all major festivals celebrated.

As part of religious education study children visit religious places of worship of all religions. This enables them to understand each other’s beliefs and not cause offence because of ignorance. Parents are encouraged to allow children to participate in all visits as these foster mutual understanding and respect. Parents have a right to withdraw their children from collective worship and religious studies. 

Literacy

At Hambrough, we follow the National Curriculum. Great emphasis is laid on the teaching of English throughout the school not only through literacy lessons, but within all areas of the curriculum.

We promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word and develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
 
  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

The content of the National Curriculum programmes of study for English is divided into specific areas of development for consolidating pupils’ spoken language; reading; writing; grammar, spelling and vocabulary

Hambrough has always provided high standards of language and literacy and will continue to provide a high-quality of education in English. Besides the teaching of the curriculum, the school is committed in planning for all learning and other broader experiences for the inclusion of all pupils.

Reading for Enjoyment

All staff at Hambrough endeavour to foster in the children a love of reading and books. As a school we provide various opportunities to read from a range of sources and to a range of people – both at school and at home. These include guided reading groups, 1:1 reading support, a class library of books and access to online books in KS1.

Writing

Children learn to write as they learn to read gradually developing accurate spelling, neatly formed handwriting and an extensive vocabulary bank. At all stages in their learning they extend their ability to express their thoughts in written form. These include stories, descriptions, autobiographies, biographies, reports, poems, letters, play scripts etc. Simultaneously, they are also developing their spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Phonics

At Hambrough, children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the Letters and Sounds programme. It’s an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.

Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught.

Letters and sounds is structured in the following phases:

  • Phase 1: Nursery
  • Phase 2, 3 & 4: Reception
  • Phase 5: Year 1
  • Phase 6: Year 2 (also includes ‘Support for Spelling Programme’)

Reading Recovery

Image result for reading recoveryReading recovery is a school-based, short-term intervention designed for children aged five or six, who are the lowest achieveing in literacy after their first year of school. For instance, a child who is unable to read the simplest of books or write their own name after a year would be appropriat for a referral to a Reading Recovery programme. The intervention involves intensive one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes a day with a trained literacy teacher, for between 12 and 20 weeks. The intervention goal is to bring children up to the level of their peers and to give them the assistance they need to develop independent reading and writing strategies. Once they are reading and writing at a level equivalent to that of their peers, their series of lessons is discontinued. The intervention is not intended as an alternative to classroom teaching, but is complementary  to enable children to engage in their classroom programme.

Mathematics

We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics which aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in Maths, are able to reason mathematically and can solve problems by applying their skills, knowledge and understanding. The following aspects are covered in KS1 and KS2:
 
  • ​Number – number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication & division and fractions
  • Measurement –
  • Geometry – properties of shapes, position and direction.
  • KS2 also covers statistics

Teaching styles and resources are used to cater for the needs of all pupils. We endeavour to make links to real life situations and provide opportunities for children to apply their skills and make cross curricular links. 

Numbers Count

We are an Every Child Count’s school. Read more and view videos of lessons, on the Numbers Count Page. 

Science

The National Curriculum aims to ensure that children develop "scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding" The National Curriculum also states children should develop an understanding of "working scientifically". These two strands are the focus of planning and assessment in Science.

Download a copy of the Science KS1 Overview
Download a copy of the KS2 Overview

Geography

Geography helps pupils to make sense of their surroundings. We plan to give children first hand experience of their locality, moving on to study regional and world environments. Each year group in KS2 focuses their study on a specific continent and draws comparisons with UK geography. It is important for children to learn about the physical world and the human society in which they are growing up

Download a copy of the Geography Overview for Y1-Y6  

History

Pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. At KS1 pupils will consider changes within living memory as well as those beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally. They will study lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Closer to home they will explore significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

At KS2 children will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.

Specific topics taught can be seen in the curriculum map

Download a copy of the History Overview for Y1-Y6  

Music

Children learn to sing, compose and appreciate music both as part of classroom activities and with our specialist music teacher. Year 4 all learn to play the guitar ad all children learn to use musical notation to record their work.

Additional provision is available to learn keyboard and join in the school choir.

Download a copy of the Music Overview  for Y1-Y6

Art & Design

Children are encouraged from an early age to experience a wide variety of creative work, craft and design. They will experience drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. They also learn about great artists, craft makers and designers past and present.

Download a copy of the Art  Overview for Y1-Y6

Physical Education (PE)

Physical Education includes indoor and outdoor games, athletics, gymnastics, swimming, dance and outdoor activities. Through physical education we at Hambrough aim to develop pupils’ skills, flexibility, stamina, strength, self-confidence, self-esteem, their concept of fair play and good sportsmanship 

We also aim to develop pupils’ understanding of the importance of physical activity in relation to a healthy lifestyles and the capacity to persevere and achieve success through engaging in competitive sports. Children are taught to express ideas in various forms and appreciate the aesthetic quality of movement.

Hambrough Primary School provides a balanced curriculum through which all essential aspects of physical education are experienced by all pupils of all abilities. There are also several after school sports clubs available.
Download a copy of the PE Long-Term Overview    

Computing

The core of the computing curriculum is computer science in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Children will explore abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. The school has a “Managed learning Environment”, DB Primary which provides resources through which children can develop these skills. The school uses interactive white boards and has laptops and PCs available for use by children.

Download a copy of the Computing Overview for Y1-Y6

Design Technology (DT)

The school is well equipped for DT with a generous supply of hand tools, a variety of materials and a well-equipped Home Economics room. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values.

Download a copy of the DT Overview for Y1-Y6         

 

Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)

Hambrough Primary School follows the Ealing LA Scheme of Work for PSHE Education, Citizenship and SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning).

The four main themes are:

  • Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities.
  • Preparing to play an active part as citizens
  • Developing a healthier, safer lifestyle
  • Developing good relationships and respecting differences between people.

Download a copy of the PSHE Overview for Y1-Y6

Languages - SPANISH

Hola! Language study at Hambrough provides a balance of spoken and written languages and lays the foundation for further foreign language teaching at KS3. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing focused on familiar and routine matters. .

Download a copy of the Spanish Overview for Y3-Y6

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