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Curriculum

Please find our school curriculum documents below…

Curriculum Statement – September 2017

At Huish Episcopi Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.  The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

Pupils still work on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1.  There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond, all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme.

The National Curriculum is delivered through a range of topics to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. Children showing strengths in particular subjects are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.

Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and the teaching of French. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning.

The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. Pupils enjoy Forest School activities during the year and pupils in Upper KS2 read to residents at our local nursing home on a weekly basis.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents/carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

Please also see our Class pages under the Learning section for more information about the curriculum on a termly basis and general information on class activities and learning.