The Curriculum at Huncoat Primary School
At Huncoat we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Nursery and Reception and the National Curriculum 2014 from Years 1-6.
Huncoat takes pride in providing our children with a tailored curriculum to develop the needs of all our children through varied and exciting learning. Our Curriculum is 'Driven' by our Huncoat Values, Our Growth Mindset, Our Nurturing Wellbeing, Endless Possibilities (aspirations/ can do anything/ achieving together/ real life experiences) and our strive to extend and build upon Vocabulary. It is these 'drivers' that underpin all we do to develop, enhance learning to ensure our curriculum is enriched and personal - so that our children become lifelong learners.
We teach an explicit Literacy & Numeracy curriculum to enhance the skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Reasoning and Arithmetic at a deeper level. The other subjects are taught through an thematic approach where appropriate to help inspire, motivate and deepen skills in a variety of ways. This thematic approach may be taught as blocked units or throughout a half term. Throughout our website you can see the evidence of this learning in the galleries and the 'love for learning' we instill here at Huncoat.
Below is a brief overview of each subject taught and any key documents you might find useful.
At Huncoat our subject leaders work together in teams to enhance and enrich our Curriculum and support each other.
Problem Solving Team: Maths, Science, Computing and Design Technology
Expressive Learning Team: Literacy, Art, Music, Languages, PE
Wider World Team: Inclusion & SEN, History, Geography, RE, PSHE
Documents for downloading
At Huncoat we are on a journey to develop Growth Mindset in all our learners including staff and children. We actively encourage children to 'grow' their brains by challenging themselves, never giving up, using our value of determination, and accepting that failure is needed to succeed. Here we provide a safe environment for children to explore, challenge themselves and try, try again until they can do it!
We actively use vocabulary to encourage this persistence and determination in our learners through "You might not be able to do it..yet.. but you will if you don't give up". Children enjoy our Growth Mindset assemblies and all staff and children aspire to be the best they can through their use of Growth Mindset.
"We have two mindsets, Growth and Fixed. Growth means to be positive and try hard. I have that" Year 3 child
"You have to grow your brain to get it bigger. You need to try, try and try to get it right" Reception child
"When you challenge yourself it makes your brain stretch" Year 3 child
Click on the tabs below for more information about each subject
Teaching of Reading
Children are taught to read right from the very start they attend our school; from Nursery and Reception through to Year 6. Here at Huncoat we work very hard to ensure 'Every child is a Reader' by age 7 - through phonics, fluency and love for reading. We encourage all children to read through sharing exciting and motivating texts,
promoting reading at home for pleasure and motivating children through competitions and love for reading. We encourage all children to read at home 3-5 x a week right from the start.
We develop, inspire and motivate the 'Love for Reading' through:
- In 2018-19 we pledged to the 'We are Reading' Lancashire initiative and we will continue this love for reading.
- Two attractive library areas for the children to have access to wider reading materials
- Promoting Reading through World Book days / Stay & Play in the Early Years / Class Book Areas / Reading Challenges throughout the year to encourage Reading at Home
- Leaders who Read - our staff actively promote their own personal love for reading as a role model to our children
- Recommended Reads: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/our-recommendations/100-best-books/
Children learn to read decodable books including Oxford Reading Tree and Phonics Bugs. From entering Nursery children access a phonics session focusing on phase 1 following our Read Write Inc scheme. Nursery children are taught to distinguish between sounds. From Reception to Year 2 children access a daily phonics session where they are taught how to spell words they can hear and read to apply in their writing.
Key Stage 1
We use the Oxford Reading Tree Reading scheme, this is supplemented by other colour banded reading books.
We teach our children to read using synthetic phonics in EYFS and Key Stage 1.
We work towards the goal that all children will leave year 2 with a sound phonic knowledge and application.
Key Stage 2
We use tailored intervention to support pupils who need additional help with their Literacy work and this is planned according to their need. for example Booster lessons/ EAL support/ Extra Reading/ Comprehension/ Specific targets for 1:1 needs
Huncoat has a positive approach to handwriting and explicit skills of letter formation are taught right from Nursery/ Reception - right through the Year 6. Children are constantly taught the skills to present their work across their learning in a neat, fluent style. Children in Key Stage 2 enjoy working towards their 'pen licence' which they must earn through consistently neat handwriting across all subjects and they must prove this by applying for their pen from our Deputy Head Teacher.
Tailored 1:1 intervention is used to help develop fine motor skills right across the school which has a positive impact on learning and children's self esteem.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
• can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Huncoat Primary School we aim to:
• develop a positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and attractive subject in which all children gain some success and pleasure;
• develop mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives;
• develop the ability to solve problems and apply these problem solving skills to other areas of the curriculum and subsequently adult life;
• develop an ability in the children to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with assurance, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary;
• develop an appreciation of relationships within mathematics;
• develop ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind;
• develop an appreciation of creative aspects of mathematics and awareness of its aesthetic appeal;
• develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of basic facts