The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
When children enter our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), they follow the Statutory Framework for the EYFS – this is laid down by the Department for Education. Alongside this, the Development Matters in the EYFS guidance/assessment material is used, in order to help adults to understand and support each individual child’s development pathway.
At Hollingworth Primary School our curriculum not only focusses on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, but by also providing extracurricular experiences that seek to harness talents and prepare our children for life in modern Britain.
When defining our curriculum we consider everything that we do in school: it is not just what we teach in timetabled lessons, but the experiences we give our children, the provision we have for assemblies, the clubs we offer and the homework we set.
Each subject area’s curriculum is designed so that our children know more and can do more with a clear progression of knowledge and skills. Where appropriate, logical links are made across subjects and the explicit teaching of vocabulary features across all curriculum areas. We value the importance of excellent home-school links and use modern technologies to ensure learning is recorded and shared with families to support further work at home.
Our aim is that when our children leave Year 6, they are well-rounded, knowledgeable children with the basic skills needed to succeed in life and a desire to, and self-belief that, they can make a difference.