School Curriculum Information

 
scienceAt Hardwick Primary we plan and teach our curriculum in 'phases' rather than separate year groups:

* Reception   - known as the Early Years Phase

* Years 1 & 2 - known as Key Stage One Phase

* Years 3 & 4 - known as Lower Key Stage Two Phase

* Years 5 & 6 - known as Upper Key Stage Two Phase

We use a topic based approach to planning our curriculum, although some areas are taught discretely, when this seems more appropriate.

If you visit the page for an individual year group, you will find lots of information about the particular topics they cover, plus information on how they organise things in that specific year group.

On this page, we have tried to summarise our curriculum so that you can gain on overview across the school.

 

The Curriculum

Based around learning challenges, our enquiry based curriculum follows the National Curriculum (2014), and is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work resulting in a meaningful curriculum which promotes high standards. This is underpinned by the latest thinking about quality learning and brain-based learning.

The key drivers of the Learning Challenge approach are:

  • Planned around the distinctive needs of the children
  • Enquiry based to promote curiosity
  • Outcomes driven to raise standards
  • Embeds the application of basic skills
  • Allows writing to be meaningfully embedded
  • Cross-curricular (where meaningful)
  • Interesting for the children


There is a strong focus on the teaching and attainment of the key skills in English and Mathematics.

The Learning Challenges overview grids below show the topic titles for each phase - with the exception of the Reception year, we operate a 2 year rolling programme of topics (either half termly or termly), but the topics may change depending on the need.  Your child will cover all of the topics shown below and therefore cover the content of the National Curriculum by the end of each phase. The order in which they cover them will depend upon where in the cycle we are: 

Overview Grids: (as seen on individual year group pages)

Reception: (Early Years):

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 What makes me special?

What is happening outside?

What makes a good story?

How will I defeat the dragon?

 How do we get ready for winter?

Why do we have Christmas presents?

 What do I want to be when I grow up?

 What can I find on my summer expedition?

 

Years 1 & 2: (Key Stage One)

Cycle A (2016/2017)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Who lives here?

Animal Orchestra: music or mayhem?

What does one like about Britain?

Who lives here?

Animal Orchestra: music or mayhem?

What does one like about Britain?


 Cycle B (2017/2018)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Who has been famous for more than 5 minutes?

London's Burning...frightening or fantastic?

Ahoy Matey. Are you ready for an adventure?

Who has been famous for more than 5 minutes?

 London's Burning...frightening or fantastic?

Ahoy Matey. Are you ready for an adventure?

 

Years 3 & 4: (Lower Key Stage Two)

 Cycle A (2016/2017)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Who likes chocolate?

I'd like to be in America?

 

Stone Age to the Iron Age...what changed?

Who likes chocolate?

I'd like to be in America?

What did the Romans ever do for us?  

 

Cycle B (2017/2018)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Who would like to live in Ancient Greece?

What's the point of recycling?

Anglo-Saxons...farmers or fighters?

 Who likes monsters and movies?

What's the point of recycling?

Are fairgrounds & theme parks fun?


Children in Year 4 have weekly guitar instrument tuition and in Year 3 they have a series of dance lessons taught by tutors from the Royal Ballet School (autumn term) . Years 1-5 all take part in 'Philosophy For Children'.

Years 5 & 6: (Upper Key Stage Two)

 Cycle A (2017/2018)

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Can you walk like an Egyptian?

Would you like to visit the planets? 

What was life like in Tudor times?

Can you walk like an Egyptian?

What does the geography of the UK look like? 

 What was life like in Tudor times?


Cycle B (2016/2017)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Here come the Vikings!

How extreme is the Earth?

What was life like on the Homefront during WWII?

Where would you settle?

Mountains, Rivers or the Coast?

 What was life like on the Homefront during WWII?

 

If you require any further information regarding the school's curriculum, please speak to either the class teachers or the Headteacher, who will be able to provide you with the answers.
 
For more deatils on the new natioanl curriculum please read these handy guides (published by Rising Stars):

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Science in KS2

Science in Key Stage 2 is delivered using an exciting science programme developed by Empiribox Science. This involves children carrying out proper and detailed science investigations, using sciencific equipment and resources.

RE and PSHE

The school follows the Suffolk syllabus for Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE). These are taught as part of the school's curriculum and prepares them for life in modern Britain and the wider world. It also ensures that the children are knowledgeable and understanding of all faiths and different cultures. They also learn how to look after themselves and have respect for other people.

Phonics
 
The teaching of phonics, linked to reading and writing, is taught daily by our highly trained staff through the synthetic phonics programme, Read Write Inc. Phonics’.
Mainly aimed at pupils from Reception and Key Stage 1, children work in small groups differentiated according to their phonic and reading ability. During these sessions, the children learn their sounds and then apply what they have learnt by reading books which are levelled and relevant. Elements of writing and spelling are also taught through the programme.
Read Write Inc. Phonic groups are run for children in Years 3 and 4, and we use Read Write Inc. Fresh Start for those who require a boost in Years 5 and 6.

To find out more about Read Write Inc. phonics, visit the Ruth Miskin website by clicking here, Read Write Inc. phonics. On the site there are some very useful videos, including 'How to pronounce pure sounds' in the 'How to help your child at home' parent section. 
 
 
Reading Scheme
 
Our reading scheme follows 'Oxford Reading Tree' and offers children the enjoyment of reading and a progression towards becoming an independent reader. We have a complete set of books catering for all ages, reading abilities and books to interest boys:

  •  Floppy’s Phonic Sounds and Letters (used mainly by Reception children)
  • Songbird Phonics (Reception and KS1)
  • Oxford Reading Tree (Reception, KS1 and KS2)
  • Project X (Reception, KS1 and KS2)
  • Project X Alien Adventures (Reception, KS1 and KS2)
  • All Stars and Robins (more able KS1 readers)
  • Time Chronicles (crossover from Oxford Reading Tree to Tree Tops for 7-9 year olds)
  • Tree Tops (aimed at KS2 - Year 3 to Year 6)
 
 
Free Readers - Age appropriate books/novels in classrooms and the school library available to those children who are no longer on the school reading scheme.
 
Children are also able to take home a library book of their choice to read and/or share with an adult.
 
 
Homework
Children in Reception will be asked to practice their phonics and read when appropriate read to an adult art home. Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 are asked to concentrate on reading daily at home, learn their spellings, timestables and work on their 'Maths Badge' or 'Maths Challenge'. Parental involvement is actively encouraged. From time to time the children may be asked to complete a home learning task linked to the current class topic. In addition, pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 will be set weekly maths and/or English tasks.
 
 
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PE and Sport Grant
The government has provided funding for improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, so that they can develop healthy lifestyles.
 


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The school achieved, for the second year running, the Gold Sainsbury's School Games Mark award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2015/16