‘The curriculum is vibrant and enriching. English, mathematics, the expressive arts and music are particular strengths.’ Ofsted 2017
Our vibrant and enriching curriculum stems directly from our school vision and values and is responsive to our local context. Our pupils enjoy the stated aims of the National Curriculum:
‘The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge 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 requires children to be taught the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Design and Technology, Physical Education (including swimming) and Computing. Ancient and Modern Foreign Languages (at KS2). We also teach Religious Education and Personal, Social & Health Education.
Oracy skills are also a particular focus for us here at Horfield so that children develop as articulate and confident speakers. This ensures that meaningful discussion is a regular feature in Horfield classrooms. Children demonstrate respect for each other’s ideas and are able to articulate their own views and values which they know will be listened to by their peers.
‘Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. They are rightly proud of their school and their learning. Pupils across the school are keen to improve their work’. Ofsted 2017
Early Years Curriculum
‘Children in the early years show positive attitudes to learning and are making good progress because teachers’ careful planning has created interesting starting points for them’. Ofsted 2017
The curriculum for children in our Reception classes is based on the following 7 areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Children develop skills and knowledge through a range of stimulating topics. Learning is engaging and active throughout their time in the Early Years.
Our learning metaphor this year at Horfield is Exploration.