The Primary Curriculum:
Each of the subject areas in the curriculum are coordinated by a member of staff across the Hope Federation.
Children will be able to write fluently, with a good understanding of grammar, writing in a range of contexts and for real purposes.
Children will read widely with good understanding and develop a love of reading and books.
Children will acquire a wide vocabulary, become competent speakers and active listeners, and be able to use discussion
Focus for this year:
• Implementing the use of cold tasks to inform planning
• Developing the use of learning ladders
• Hot tasks to be given at the end of each writing unit to assess children’s application of key writing features
• Initial decoding and whole word reading
• Further developing a whole class guided reading approach
• Deriving meaning from context
• Develop use of paired work
• Word of the Week
• A focus on cross-curricular vocabulary
Writing impact measures in the short term will be seen through cold to hot tasks, through termly PiXL test outcomes and over the year through the writing checklists. Phonics tests half termly show progress in Year 1 and half termly assessments focus teacher assessment of current attainment.
Reading impact measures include the PiXL tests, daily 1:1 reading in KS1 and EYFS, termly Salford tests and in whole class reading teacher assessments which includes a half termly data drop.
Oracy – Children are able to talk confidently in public situations such as in class or assembly, they debate in class council and listen respectfully to each other and with adults. They use floorbooks to aid discussions with inspectors.
Educational visits take place to support curriculum projects. An educational trip or visitor into school is planned into every topic. The aim of this is to provide an explicit memory upon which to build knowledge. Children from across the federation often join together on these trips.
There is a culture of residential trips for KS2 in the federation: Year 3 and Year 4 visited Hill Top for two nights, the Year 5 and 6 residential trip to France in alternate years has included a visit to a French market, a war cemetery, Paris and Disneyland. Biannually Year 5 and Year 6 visit a residential centre where the focus is on environmental studies: the residential trip in 2013 was to Ambleside in the Lake District and the 2015, 2017 and 2019 trips were to Ford Castle in Northumberland.
We also have termly Federation Days. During these days the children in Key Stage 1 will be at one school and the children in Key Stage 2 will be split between the other two schools, with the days being themed. The aim of these federation days is to build links between the schools. These opportunities help build fruitful links between the staff team and encourages a strong community feel among pupils within the federation