The School Curriculum
We offer a range of experiences that support our 'Hackthorn way' values of Happiness, Aspiration, Community, Kindness, Tradition, Opportunity, Respect and Nurture. Pupils enjoy a full spectrum of academic, physical, spiritual, moral, social, cultural activities that enrich their lives and give them the confidence and skills for a fulfilled and happy future.
We carefully balance the requirement for the pupils to reach national expectations in core subjects with our wider curriculum aims of providing a variety of thoughtful and enriching experiences. As a result, our pupils flourish.
Long Term Planning
The four-year programme:
The four-year programme indicates the content of the curriculum, places each area of study into a time slot and ensures coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum.
The programme gives a framework for each term of each academic year upon which medium planning is based.
The Key Stage 1 programme follows a two-year cycle while the Key Stage 2 programme is a four-year model.
Some subject areas such as Maths follow a yearly cycle. Other areas such as Science and English follow a two-yearly cycle while others in Key Stage 2, such as History, follow a four-year pattern.
Areas of study are blocked into form units of work to be covered. Foundation Stage Uniteds are also identified incorporating the Early Learning Goals.
Wherever possible links have sought between curriculum areas. For instance: Health and Nutrition in science with Healthy Snacks in CDT or Hinduism in RE with the study of India in Geography.
Outside agencies are incorporated into curriculum delivery where appropriate. A specialist Languages teacher is employed to teach Spanish to Y3-5 pupils and French to Year 6 pupils. A coach from JB Sports is employed one afternoon each week in addition to our full-time Sports apprentice. We also use Front Row Music to teach our pupils about musical elements and how to read notation whilst learning the ukelele three times a year in half-termly blocks.
The Young Shakespeare Company visit school each year to carry out a workshop performance with KS2. In this way, every KS2 child will experience four Shakespeare lays during their time with us.
Every child in the school takes part in a school production each year. KS1 and Reception pupils perform the Nativity Play at Christmas and the KS2 production takes place in the summer term. Recent KS2 production have included: Robin and Sherwood Hoodies, Shakespeare Rock, Cinderella Rockerfella and Mystery at Magpie Manor.
The links below will allow you to download PDF copies of the Long Term Curriculum plans.
Key Stage 1 -
Key Stage 2
Medium Term Planning
Medium-term planning takes place before each term in order to ensure materials/resources can be prepared in readiness and parents and pupils informed of the focus of study. Planning takes place co-operatively with teachers supporting each other with ideas and expertise. As planning is carried out jointly each member of staff is aware of the work planned across the age ranges.
Time allocated to each subject and the length of the lesson is determined by the nature of the lesson content (Often a series of short sessions will be more effective to achieve a particular learning objective etc.). The Medium Term planning sets the work to be covered each term and 'subject time' is adjusted accordingly to ensure appropriate coverage. There is a maths lesson and a literacy lesson each day.
Short Term Planning
Short term planning is the responsibility of the class teacher and should not be time-consuming. The plans are for their own use and show lesson content (taken from the Medium Term plans), success criteria, organisation of groups and differentiation based on teacher assessment.
Collective Worship Time
Collective worship is not only seen as the time to undertake an act of worship but also as a vehicle to develop the children's understanding of the 'Hackthorn way' values of Happiness, Aspiration, Community, Kindness, Tradition, Opportunity, Respect and Nuture. The time is used to set the tone of the day, reflect on 'whole school' values and responsibilities, demonstrate examples of good professional practice, highlight good standards of pupil achievement, improve pupil self-esteem and create enthusiasm and a sense of wonder. We are fortunate to have a range of visiting speakers who lead Collective Worship and share their faith and beliefs.