The National Curriculum 2014
The introduction of the New National Curriculum for Year groups 1 – 6 was an exciting period for the school. The curriculum plans for each year group were reviewed and revised to ensure coverage of statutory skills.
This information is to help keep you, our parents and carers, up to date with what is happening.
Slight amendments may be made to the long term plans to refine and adapt our curriculum in order to meet the needs and interests of our children, so keep checking the website to ensure you are up to date and part of this process.
All the children throughout school will be accessing the National Curriculum 2014 from Year 1 through to Year 6 and will be assessed in accordance with the curriculum requirements.
Our Curriculum has three whole school themes, one for each term.
These enable the school to share common key learning strands whilst each year group has their own topic themes to cover the curriculum too.
Whole School Trips and Celebrations
Our Whole School Themes are:
Global Citizens / Take One
Global Citizens / Take One
Look at the year group annual plans for more detail.
Key Themes and Long Term Plan
Key Themes and Long Term Plan 2021 – 2022
Arabic Long Term Plan
Outdoor Learning Long Term Plan
Reception Long Term Plan 2021 – 2022
Year One Long Term Plan 2021 – 2022
Year Two Long Term Plan 2021 – 2022
Year Three Long Term Plan 2021 – 2022
Year Four Long Term Plan 2021 – 2022
Year Five Long Term Plan 2021 – 2022
Year Six Long Term Plan 2021 – 2022
More Able and Talented Guidance
Phonics and Early Reading
At Horton Park Primary, we aim to teach phonics and a love of reading so that our children
- develop enjoyment and pleasure in learning how to read
- learn as quickly as possible to identify and blend phonemes
- habitually use their phonics knowledge and skills across the curriculum
- develop their fluency in order to extract meaning from text
- are able to understand and discuss what they have read
We achieve this through using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds to teach Early Reading.
Reading at Horton Park Primary School supports and contributes to a rich, engaging and deep curriculum. The children develop problem solving skills and build resilience through a progressive reading structure which results in fluent, confident readers able to access a range of texts throughout the breadth of the curriculum. Through accessing a range of high-quality literature, children acquire and are able to use a wide variety of ambitious vocabulary as part of their spoken and written language. Children are able to effectively communicate and demonstrate their fluency and prosody when reading aloud. They also have opportunities to perform and recite literature to an audience. Children demonstrate high levels of mutual respect when listening to other readers and taking part in discussions about books and favourite authors.
Horton Park follows the agreed syllabus for Religious Education (RE). The syllabus has two key elements. Firstly it focuses on beliefs and values and secondly on belonging.
The Local Agreed Syllabus for RE requires all pupils to:
- Investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views, including:
- Beliefs and authority: core beliefs and concepts; sources of authority including written traditions and leaders;
- Worship and Spirituality: how individuals and communities express belief, commitment and emotion.
- Investigate how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value, including:
- The nature of religion and belief and its key concepts;
- Ultimate Questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth.
- Investigate how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity, including:
- Moral decisions: teachings of religions and other world views on moral and ethical questions; evaluation, reflection and critical responses;
- Identity and Diversity: diversity among and within religions and other world views; individual and community responses to difference and shared human values.
The syllabus ensures that there is a focus on specific core religions at each key stage. In addition, other religions and non-religious world views are also included as part of the curriculum.
Underpinning the RE curriculum are our whole school drivers. Children develop effective communication skills by talking about experiences related to their learning. Children also learn how different faiths can work together to build awareness, foster tolerance and share values in our communities building mutual respect for each other.
We ensure our children have a range of experiences through accessesing visits and visitors to enhance their learning. Steps are taken to ensure connections between morals and values found in religious teachings and everyday life are implemented throughout the RE curriculum and intertwined throughout the wider curriculum.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology at Horton Park supports and contributes to a rich, engaging and deep curriculum. The pupils develop problem solving skills and build resilience through a range of carefully sequenced, high quality and purposeful projects. Pupils are able to effectively communicate their design ideas to an audience and demonstrate high levels of mutual respect when evaluating their and their peer’s final products. All units follow a clear cycle of design, make and evaluate and provide opportunity for pupils to deepen their technical knowledge in the key areas of mechanical systems, structures, electrical systems, textiles and food.
Horton Park follows ‘Projects on a Page’ for Design and Technology for Key Stage 1 and 2
The scheme of work has four main aims:
- To enable you to use your creativity and professional judgment to plan and teach successful D&T projects each term.
- To help schools cover the National Curriculum requirements.
- To provide helpful sketches, diagrams, tips and techniques that will make teaching D&T easier and more rewarding.
- To ensure that all the D&T taught in your school enables children to design, make and evaluate functional products with users and purposes in mind.
Projects on a Page ensures that D&T makes a high-quality contribution to a broad and balanced primary curriculum, helping to raise standards in English and Maths. Research suggests D&T is one of primary-aged children’s favourite subjects. Projects on a Page maximises their enjoyment by providing scope for teachers to meet children’s needs and interests through creative and motivating projects within a range of contexts.
At Horton Park, we have adapted You, Me and PSHE to ensure that learning is personalised to suit the needs of our children and their community in line with the National Curriculum.
Our PSHE curriculum consists of the following themes:
- Physical health
- Keeping safe and managing risk
- Identity, society and equality
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing
The PSHE curriculum provides children with the skills and knowledge to lead safe, healthy, independent and confident lives in the future as responsible citizens in modern Britain.
Our children’s physical and mental well-being is paramount to their learning and overall success at Horton Park. Our PSHE curriculum ensures that our children have mutual respect for our diverse school community and beyond. Our children are encouraged to take risks and learn from mistakes in order to build resilient, young people. We do this by exposing our children to a wide range of enhanced learning experiences. Our ambitious PSHE curriculum gives the children the vocabulary to communicate effectively about their own emotional and physical wellbeing whilst being respectful to others in how they respond. Children are given tools and strategies to grapple and overcome problems that they may face in their everyday lives.
Writing at Horton Park Primary School supports and contributes to a rich, engaging and deep curriculum. The children will develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar throughout their writing experiences. Throughout the Power of Reading, the children will access a range of high-quality literature which will ensure that the children acquire and are able to use a wide variety of ambitious vocabulary as part of their spoken and written language. Children will be able to communicate effectively through speaking, listening and writing opportunities. Throughout writing lessons, children will develop an enjoyment and pleasure in learning how to spell. They will habitually use their phonics knowledge and skills across the curriculum to spell words and attempt to spell words which are unfamiliar to them.
Art and Design
Horton Park follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design and progressively cover a range of skills which is inspired by children’s interests within a creative environment.
We believe that through teaching art we will create and foster transferable skills for our children as well as enhancing overall academic achievement, leading to better future work opportunities, enhanced well-being, and self-esteem.
Through art, we aim to provide experiences for all pupils to think and act creatively. Children will gain an understanding of art as a subject and develop their ability to express and communicate themselves confidently through different art forms. Children are encouraged to respectively evaluate the work of artists and use high level vocabulary to express their views.
In Geography at Horton Park, we follow the national curriculum whilst also providing the children with a wide range of learning experiences that inspire them with curiosity about the world and its people. We foster mutual respect and understanding through the acquisition of knowledge about the diverse places, people, resources and natural environments around the world. We provide the foundations for life-long learning by equipping our children with the skills and resilience for independent geographical enquiry. Through field work, the children are able to problem-solve and deepen understanding of earth’s physical processes. Using subject specific vocabulary, the children are able to communicate their opinions about global environmental issues and begin to become global citizens, sharing in the responsibility for our planet. As knowledge grows, the children at Horton Park begin to analyse the interaction between the physical and human processes that form our landscapes and environments over time.
At Horton Park, we follow the National Curriculum programmes of study to develop curiosity in History and to explore how the world around us has evolved and changed. Our children learn from the past and think about what this means for the future. We structure our curriculum through 3 Historical strands. Within each strand, we promote our key historical concepts:
- Chronological understanding
- Sources and Interpretation
- Historical Enquiry
Our bespoke curriculum at Horton Park is tailored to build resilience and problem-solving skills with our children. From questioning source reliability and exploring historical interpretations to debating and challenging our own views by exploring others. Children’s learning is further enhanced through a range of carefully selected trips and visitors. These experiences develop their mutual respect of other cultures, races and religions whilst building substantive knowledge (facts, dates, key figures, hierarchies) and disciplinary knowledge (source work/interpretation, historical enquiry). To enhance the cultural capital of our pupils, we develop historical vocabulary, embracing abstract terms such as empire, peasantry. At the end of their Horton Park journey, pupils are able to progress by communicating effectively and accurately with a mastery of historical vocabulary.
The teaching of Maths is based on the National Curriculum and is supported by our mental maths and calculation policy. Our curriculum ensures aspects of fluency, reasoning and problem solving are incorporated around the key concepts being covered. We provide children with the ability to reason in a logical way and to apply mathematics through problem solving and becoming critical thinkers to deepen their understanding. We foster children’s love of maths through a range of purposeful experiences.
Maths at Horton Park includes:
- Sticky Knowledge starters which revisit and provide spaced opportunities to recall key calculation skills
- Learning which is broken down into place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and geometry
- The 5 big ideas from the Mastery NCETM are incorporated:
- Cohesion ensures ideas are broken down
- Fluency of key maths skills and vocabulary are taught
- Critical thinking via investigations and reasoning opportunities
- Mathematical structure using resources, images and representations which are linked to the calculation policy
- Through variation the children work on noticing and wondering what is the same and what is different
Horton Park utilises Charanga’s Musical School Scheme, which supports all the requirements of the National Curriculum – providing a wide range of experiences through exposure to a variety of genres of music, an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.
The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through our core strands:
- Listening and appraising
Charanga Musical School units of work enable children to understand musical concepts and vocabulary through a repetition-based approach to learning to enable the mastery of musical skills. The music at Horton Park is interrelated and strands are built upon learning from Year 1 to Year 6. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit these throughout their journey at Horton Park.
At Horton Park Primary School we believe in giving every child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, sports and life. We implement the REAL PE scheme, a unique, child centred approach to include challenge and support for every child. The key areas are aligned with the National Curriculum focussing on development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning.
Creating positive early experiences helps to form our pupils’ perceptions of physical activity and builds their confidence, resilience and relationship with it. Children are taught subject specific vocabulary and learn to talk about physical education, expressing their likes and dislikes. Children express their thoughts and opinions on their own work and the work of others.
Across school, pupils take part in competitions and tournaments. Our children develop emotional and physical security needed to become resilient individuals who are able to take risks and deal with different challenges across the curriculum and in the wider world by thinking positively and having the confidence to ‘have a go’. Our PE curriculum promotes the value of sportsmanship which is echoed across the curriculum.