Curriculum

At Harrold Primary we offer a curriculum that is broad, rich and balanced. We ensure that the curriculum engages, motivates and challenges our children. Meaningful contexts are used to enable children to make valuable connections in their learning. Our curriculum promotes our vision that each child has the right to the highest quality of learning, in an environment where everyone feels safe and respected. In so doing we nurture the seeds of greatness in all our children.

If you require additional information then please contact the school.

Teaching Methods

In each class, the teacher plans meticulously to meet the needs of your child and to satisfy the requirements of the National Curriculum. There may be times during the week that the teacher plans for the learning of a small group of children or an individual child to be supported by a teaching assistant. This support may take place within the classroom or in the school library or ICT suite.

On occasion a teacher with a particular expertise, e.g. mathematics, music, P.E., science and dance will teach another teacher’s class for a specific lesson.

On some days you will find children from one class working on different activities at the same time; equally you will see formal whole class teaching taking place. The key to which method is used in our school is a combination of the needs of the children and the requirements of the subject being taught.  We will always attempt to match our teaching to the learning styles of our pupils.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 are taught a Phonics session every day following the 'SoundsWrite' programme and the teaching and learning is closely matched to the ability of the children.

The Organisation of Learning

At Harrold Primary Academy the programmes of study for all the subjects of the National Curriculum are followed.

The Government have published a New National Curriculum which is to be implemented from 1 September 2014.

The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps to develop and encourage their appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The structure of the national curriculum, in terms of which subjects are compulsory at each key stage, is set out in the table below:

Figure 1 – Structure of the National Curriculum

 

Key stage 1

Key stage 2

Age

5 – 7

7 – 11

Year groups

1 – 2

3 – 6

Core subjects    
English

Yes

Yes

Mathematics

Yes

Yes

Science

Yes

Yes

Foundation subjects    
Art and design

Yes

Yes

Citizenship    
Computing

Yes

Yes

Design and technology

Yes

Yes

Foreign Language  

Yes

Geography

Yes

Yes

History

Yes

Yes

Music

Yes

Yes

Physical Education

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

All schools are also required to teach religious education at all key stages.

Figure 2 – Statutory teaching of religious education and sex and relationship education

 

Key stage 1

Key stage 2

Age

5 – 7

7 – 11

Year groups

1 – 2

3 – 6

Religious education

Yes

Yes

Sex and relationship education  Yes  Yes

For more information or to access the full document ‘The national curriculum in England’ published by the DfE, please go to

www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum.

In Harrold Primary Academy, our curriculum planning, we produce schemes of work which identify appropriate content, teaching and learning activities for each subject area. We always endeavour to ensure that activities are matched to the individual needs, development and ability of the children.

Each September, the class teachers hold an Information Evening for parents on areas that will be studied throughout the year. Parents are invited to come into their child’s classroom every Tuesday morning at 9.00am to be informed by the class teacher of the following week’s learning and ways in which that learning can be supported at home.

Enriching and Extending Learning

In addition to the subjects taught, the school has a programme of enrichment activities.

These have included:

  • A programme of day trips, visits and visitors in every year group
  • A range of clubs and groups that meet at lunchtimes and after school
  • Recorder lessons (for which an extra charge is payable)
  • Cycle training in Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6
  • Themed days – World Book Day
  • Themed weeks – Science Week
  • Competitions – Sumdog; BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words; National Handwriting Compettion; poetry and art competitions
  • Inter school sports activities with local lower schools
  • Charitable activities linked to topical events such as Children in Need; Comic Relief; other local and national charity events
Welcome to Harrold Primary Academy

Harrold Primary School is a very happy, caring and supportive school. We have a great team of teachers and support staff that work really hard to ensure that all the children make good progress. Our vision is that every child has the right to an high quality of learning, where they are treated with respect in a safe learning environment. We strive to ensure that children reach their full potential, and are well-equipped for when they leave Harrold, and are able to continue achieving throughout secondary school.

To find out more about the school, please read through our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to visit the school. 

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