Our Curriculum Statement
Horirngton Primary School is at the heart of its community and is steeped in local history. Our curriculum centres around giving the children a sense of enquiry and wonder as well as developing skills and knowledge so that they become active members of both their local, national and international communities. We are preparing children for a world that we may not yet understand or know but one that they will be able to engage with as they grow older. Our curriculum challenges our children to question and seek answers about the world in which they live and is designed to provide the children with progressive stepping stones of knowledge and skills which can be built upon over their time at primary school.
The Early Years
Whilst recognising that children will start school at differing developmental stages, the Early Years Foundation Stage is the first stepping stone to providing rich opportunities and experiences. The EYFS curriculum aims to develop key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentrating, and learning to work and share with others as well as intending to expand upon children's early vocabulary and language skills. there are seven areas of learning development in the Foundation Stage, all being important and interconnected. These are:
Areas of Learning and Development
Communication & Language
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts & Design
The learning environment plays and integral role in the Foundation Stage curriculum. Both the indoor and outdoor environment is thoughtfully set up to enable the reception children to access their learning through play. We offer different engaging learning opportunities to help to support children's growing skills and independence by enabling them to actively choose and access the tools and equipment they need for learning. Learning and expressing thoughts and feelings through play ensures inclusivity and is important for building relationships.
Phonics and Reading
We use the Read, Write, Inc programme to teach phonics and early reading skills. The children find it an engaging and enjoyable scheme which they are able to use and build on as they progress through the school. We encourage parents to work with their children at home by hearing them read at least 3 times a week.We are always happy to discuss ways in which parents and carers can support their child's reading journey further. We see reading as truly being a window to the world of endless opportunity and aim to encourage each of our children so that they are able to thrive in this area and access a breadth of new and exciting vocabulary.
Key Stages 1 & 2
As the children move into Key Stage 1 and 2, they are taught the standards and skills required in the 2014 National Curriculum for both Core (English, Mathematics and Science) and Foundation Subjects (History, Geography, Computing, Art, PE, MFL, Design Technology, PSHE/RSE, Music and the Somerset agreed syllabus for RE). Progress and attainment is assessed by the teachers and is also monitored through national assessment tests and tasks. Creativity in all its many forms is at the heart of our curriculum and the children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of musical, theatre and art opportunities as well as channelling their own personal strengths with support, encouragement and confidence.
We ensure that to enrich our curriculum further, our children experience regular trips out of school, often linked to our topics for the term. We also take full advantage of the beautiful, wooded landscape that we have on our doorstep to explore the changes in nature and experience a setting which presents endless other learning opportunities. Our enrichment is also supported by a range of after school clubs that are offered to the children and are led by their interests and experiences.