KS1 & KS2 Curriculum
Harefield Primary School Curriculum intent
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 skills to achieve their future aspirations, in all areas of their lives.
We want pupils to develop skills and interests in a variety of subjects that have depth (milestones) imagination and breadth (purpose and knowledge). We want to create curiosity in our pupils that goes beyond the National Curriculum to create and sustain a passion for learning and achieving.
Our curriculum is clearly structured with all subjects following a consistent format. Breadth maps are created for each area, that outline the key learning occurring each session, to ensure good coverage, progression of skills and opportunities for over learning. We believe children achieve best when they 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.
In order to ensure that children develop a greater understanding of the curriculum, understanding is developed over three levels: the basic knowledge is acquired initially with this being taught in Years 1, 3 and 5. There is a focus on content and basic skills in this initial year, with all of the curriculum content taught. Children then develop from these fundamental foundations in Years 2, 4 and 6 with children advancing their knowledge through application of content and skills. Years 2, 4 and 6 involve significant revisiting and overlearning of knowledge which further serves to ensure that they remember and understand the content to a deep level. For Maths and English, learning is built throughout the year. Year on year these skills will be built upon, based on the National Curriculum.
Each breadth map works towards the achievement of a Milestone at the end of KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 and children’s progress against these milestones will be carefully monitored.
We use precision maps that are carefully created by subject leaders, using their strong subject knowledge to ensure that the content outlined in the National Curriculum is delivered by teachers in a consistent and engaging way. The precision is built carefully so that by the end of Year 2 children will have acquired all the knowledge and skills required to achieve Milestone 1.
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 and arte attached to a curriculum team. As a school, we chose the following drivers for our curriculum: -
- Meaningful timetabling – To ensure that children are given the opportunity to acquire the knowledge they need in a focussed time and are then given broader learning opportunities to apply it.
- Rich vocabularies – To support the children 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 children 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 children entering reception year with low oral starting points. Our vision is to provide the best all-round education for our children. The children in our cohort require overlearning of fundamental skills, in Maths and English with a key focus on fluency for Reading and Maths. We will work collaboratively to ignite a passion for learning which will enable every child to be the very best they can be. Our Core Purpose is to Educate, Prepare and Motivate each student to Aspire, to Learn and to Achieve.
Every child 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 children with as many opportunities as possible to know where they fit into the world and the community within and outside of Harefield. Children take an active role in community events throughout the school year.
Children leave Harefield knowing they will always be part of the Harefield family and will have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections within their learning journey and the wider world and become lifelong learners.