Harefield Primary School Curriculum Statement
The objectives of our curriculum are to engage, develop and motivate our pupils to become successful contributors to society. We want to play to their strengths and interests as well as teaching them the knowledge and skills to achieve their future aspirations, in all areas of their lives.
We want our pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and interests in a variety of subjects that have depth, imagination and breadth. We want to create curiosity and ambition in all of our pupils that goes beyond the National Curriculum, to create and sustain a passion for learning and achieving.
Our curriculum is comprehensibly planned and clearly sequenced with subjects following a consistent design. These are effectively adapted and developed to meet the needs of ALL pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities.
- Content – To teach the whole of the National Curriculum as well as content that supports the unique characteristics of our school community and locality, so that our pupils can thrive.
- Concepts – Key concepts thread our curriculum subjects from Yr R to Yr 6, in order to build on prior learning and support pupils making strong links in their knowledge, from previous learning.
- Components – Each Subject Leader, working alongside year group teachers, plans how they will implement the concepts for the pupils.
We know, through research, that in order for our pupils to “know more” and “remember more”, and ultimately achieve their best, that our pupils need to experience learning more than once, in different contexts, to become experts and develop a deep understanding, which will be embedded in their long-term memory. Our curriculum is designed to regularly return to previous learning, in order for pupils to retrieve knowledge from their long term memory and build on this, with the introduction of new learning.
We have developed our key drivers as a whole school staff and we have created curriculum groups who have written vision statements in line with our objectives. All staff have been heavily involved in the development of the curriculum. As a school, we chose the following drivers for our curriculum: -
- Meaningful timetabling – To ensure that pupils are given the opportunity to acquire the knowledge they need in a focused time and are then given broader learning opportunities to apply it.
- Rich vocabularies – To support the pupils in developing their language skills and develop a rich language with deep technical vocabulary. We select quality texts for this purpose.
- Quality teaching – To ensure that all pupils have access to quality first teaching and learning experiences across all areas of the curriculum.
We have followed the expectations set out in the National Curriculum and British Values are woven through our PSHE curriculum, with follow up activities for teachers to implement so that British Values are embedded throughout the curriculum and each week.
The values that have guided our decisions about our curriculum are our PRIDE values: - Prepared, Respectful, Involved, Determined, Every day. Pupil engagement and enjoyment in learning is at the core of everything we do. With this, we are determined to ensure that all children achieve the best possible progress across all areas of the Curriculum. Our children take PRIDE in their learning, behaviour and our school community.
Our school is set in the context of a tight-knit community with little movement in and out of the estate. We have a high percentage of pupil premium children and a history of pupils entering Reception year with low oral starting points. Our vision is to provide the best all-round education for our pupils. The pupils in our cohort require overlearning of fundamental skills, in Maths and English with a key focus on fluency for Reading and Maths. We work collaboratively to ignite a passion for learning which will enable every pupil to be the very best they can be. Our Core Purpose is to Educate, Prepare and Motivate each pupil to Aspire, to Learn and to Achieve.
Every pupil at Harefield Primary School is recognised as a unique individual and as such, we endeavour to celebrate our differences within school and with the local community.
Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as geographically, the estate is very close nit and we like to provide the pupils with as many opportunities as possible to know where they fit into the world and the community within and outside of Harefield. Pupils take an active role in community events throughout the school year.
We have a common aim to ensure that our pupils leave Harefield Primary School knowing they will always be part of the Harefield family and will have the confidence, knowledge and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections within their learning journey and the wider world to become lifelong ambitious learners.
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