Curriculum

Our Curriculum Statement

At Haughton St Giles Primary Academy we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn. Through a positive and caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential. We embrace Christian values and ensure all children are ready for their next steps.

We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE.

This National Curriculum comprises of:

English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Religious Education;

The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum but following the Staffordshire  Agreed Syllabus 2016.

At Haughton St Giles Primary Academy we recognize the importance of English and Maths teaching in order to open up other areas of the curriculum and therefore a large emphasis is placed on these areas. In addition to regular maths and English sessions teachers try to make as many cross curricular links as possible in order to utilize these skills in a range of contexts.

The planning of the curriculum is based around a rolling programme to ensure coverage of selected topics by all children who progress through the school. Planning takes the form of a topic based approach and where appropriate teachers link subjects to provide an engaging and inspiring curriculum.

Whilst the core subjects are taught on a regular basis the foundation subjects may sometimes be taught as blocks of work over a matter of weeks.

This programme is regularly reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work.

We seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities

At Haughton St Giles Primary Academy we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom eg Residential trips, , visiting speakers and much more. We also have excellent after school clubs.

Modern foreign languages

We also value the role of modern foreign languages in the curriculum and French or German is taught from Year 3to Year 6. We liaise with our secondary school colleagues and draw upon their expertise and experience to ensure the children get the best quality provision.

lifelong learners

When children leave Haughton St Giles Primary Academy at the end of Year 6, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become lifelong learners. Through our unique approach of teaching and living out Christian Values, children are also equipped with the social skills and understanding to become good citizens in the future.

School/Parent relationship

We believe that the school/parent relationship is key to promoting learning beyond the school gates and crucial in ensuring children make the best possible progress. We pride ourselves on our open, friendly and approachable nature that encourages parents to be involved in their children’s learning. Furthermore, we host regular evenings to inform parents about how they can support their child. Recent evenings included:Y6 SATs meeting, Y1 phonic screening, Y2 SATs meeting

English

The English Curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum.

SPEAKING AND LISTENING

The Four Strands of Speaking and Listening: Speaking; Listening; Group Discussion and Interaction, and Drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.