At South Hetton Primary School, we understand how important it is that all pupils receive a good range of high quality learning opportunities. This is achieved by organising our curriculum to promote high achievement and personal development for all pupils. This includes:-
- Statutory requirements
- Non statutory elements
- Extra curricular opportunities
- Provision for social, moral, spiritual and cultural development
Statutory requirements of the National Curriculum state that all pupils at Key stage 1 and 2 must study English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology, Religious Education, Music and Physical Education.
We do follow the requirements of the National Curriculum and children’s learning objectives are taken from this document. However, we deliver these objectives through a range of creative, cross curricular lessons which encompass the children’s interests and also a range of social, moral and cultural experiences.
The curriculum is organised into units of work or topics. Each unit lasts up to a term and specific skills are taught through the topic. In this way we can maintain children’s motivation towards learning and the pace of work. Children learn about the world around them, how to work together, have enquiring minds and make decisions for themselves.
Other elements of our curriculum include learning a modern foreign language in Key stage 2, and all children access a range of social, moral, personal and health education, including sex education and citizenship.
Over the year, each year group will complete a geography, history and science cross curricular topic. Literacy and foundation skills are integrated into these topics and subjects that do not fit into these topics are taught discretely.
Further information about our curriculum in action can be found in the Our Classes section of our website.
New Curriculum Guide for Parents
Reading and Phonics
Here at South Hetton Primary School, we ensure reading has a high priority from the very start. Further information about our approach to phonics and reading can be found by viewing or downloading the document below:
From September 2017, we have adopted a mastery approach to teaching maths. Further information about our journey can be found in the document below:
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum South Hetton Primary School remain committed to:
- A range of teaching and learning styles
- Differentiated learning materials
- Access to ICT and Technology
- Additional in class support
- Additional out of class support
- Flexible groupings – including small group support work
- An innovative and supportive curriculum
- The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
- A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including one to one support and booster/extension sessions
- Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
- Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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