Heytesbury Primary School Curriculum
We view our curriculum as everything we offer and provide in school for our children – this includes academic learning as well as other aspects of growth, development and understanding.
Our curriculum is rooted in our vision and ethos which arises from the biblical teaching:
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 9 V1.
Our ‘vision vessel’ – the metaphor for our ethos and mission - explains how we, as a school community, have chosen to aim high without limits in both our learning and development, taking on risks and challenges as a united team. As a church school, we aim to provide opportunities to recognise and develop every aspect of the individuals in our community – physical, mental and spiritual, leading to our mission statement:
'Working together so all may flourish’
From this foundation come our core Christian values – truthfulness, friendship, forgiveness, perseverance, wisdom and courage. In whatever learning, lesson or activity in which the children are engaged, we endeavour to promote these key values.
Our vision, ethos and values are the starting blocks from which we develop and deliver our curriculum.
Our Curriculum Intent
At Heytesbury School, we aim to develop a curriculum that fosters specific learning behaviours – our ‘Gem Powers’ - for in doing so, we can help prepare the children to be independent and confident learners in each stage of their education and beyond. These learning behaviours include problem solving; perseverance & resilience; supporting others; focus and co-operation.
As a school, our intent is to offer a curriculum that not only encompasses the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but goes beyond the experiences of the classroom to try to ensure our children are exposed to the richest and most varied opportunities that we can provide. We aim to design a curriculum that ensures sequenced coverage and progression; that provides memorable learning through a variety of different teaching methods and experiences and that allows the children to learn and develop transferable skills.
Our aim is to develop the whole child as they journey through our school so each individual may flourish. Our links with the church help us to promote, develop and reinforce SMSC, thus nurture the children’s empathy and appreciation of all differences around them. We want our children to be ready for life in a modern and rapidly changing Britain, being able to make a positive contribution to their community and to wider society, whilst having an understanding of looking after our world as a whole.
We are currently working as a staff team, with the support of Acorn Education Trust, to develop our curriculum subjects beyond the core subjects of English and maths. We envisage continuing with our topic led approach, linking subjects where appropriate, whilst teaching others discretely. In order to ensure depth to the children’s learning, we are beginning to timetable some subjects into concentrated units.
Our academic curriculum arises from the National Curriculum, as specified by the government.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Download the Parents Guide to The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework for more information.
Our phonics programme is 'Letters and Sounds'.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, we follow the National Curriculum. The subjects which form the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Art, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Languages, Computing and Design and Technology.
Download the National Curriculum for more information
We teach some subjects discretely, such as Maths, RE, PE, MFL (French), Music, Science, PSHE and Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling. Other subjects are currently taught through a 'topic' based cross-curricular approach. When appropriate, we make connections between discrete subjects and the class topic.
Our PSHE, which includes statutory Relationships and Health Education, is taught through Jig-Saw - a spiral and progressive scheme of work which fosters relevant learning experiences for the children to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
The way in which the curriculum is delivered will vary dependent on the needs of the children as well as the most appropriate method for the subject/learning. Children may be taught as a whole class, as matched or mixed ability groups and/or as individuals.
Each term, there will be a parent planner on each class’s page on our website. This will show the intended learning for that term.
For more information about our curriculum or any questions please email your child’s class teacher.