Our School Vision
At Heasandford Primary School we aspire to unlock the potential in every child so that they are happy, healthy and will achieve their very best to be fully prepared for the next stage of their journey.
Our Curriculum Statement
Our curriculum is designed to allow ALL our children to ‘dream, believe and achieve’. It is an inspiring curriculum which is enriched by wider experiences, enabling our children to have high aspirations in everything they do. Our curriculum ensures our children are nurtured, encouraged and challenged within a happy and safe environment. It is designed to help them grow as an individual and have the self-belief to prepare them for their future. Heasandford’s broad and balanced curriculum is delivered through the highest quality teaching, using first class resources to enable ALL children to learn without limits and be successful lifelong learners.
Our School Values
Our school values are at the core of everything we do.
Through their seven year journey at Heasandford, our children will learn to become Independent, Confident, Responsible, Resilient, Enthusiastic, Adventurous and Aspirational Individuals.
These are the CORE values of our school, upon which we have based our curriculum:
‘The Early Learning Goals’ are taught to our youngest pupils, and they cover the seven areas of development including:
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children follow the National Curriculum. The full breadth of subjects taught are – English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education, History, Geography, Art and Design, Physical Education, Music, French, Design and Technology and Personal Social and Health Education (which includes the new statutory subjects of Health Education and Relationships Education).
Reading is at the very heart of Heasandford’s curriculum. From the start of the children’s education, we work relentlessly to promote a joy of reading and to encourage reading for pleasure.
The children are taught how to use phonics to aid both their reading and their spelling. Currently, the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme is used, which sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills. The children learn how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and learn how to blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word. The children use this important skill to become fully fluent readers and spellers. Informal assessment of phonic skills is on-going, with formal screening of the children in Years 1 and 2.
All children across school are taught a wide breadth of reading skills through whole class, group and individual reading sessions as appropriate. The teachers, along with the Learning Support Assistants, engage the children in their reading by using a wide variety of text-types, including reading texts on the screen. A wealth of books is available for the children to read in school including: books which are sent home to support home reading; focus texts which support the learning within a topic or unit of work, and a wide selection of supplementary texts used to develop reading across the curriculum. We also have a large selection of books available for all children in our vibrant and inspiring school library.
Heasandford strives to provide our children with a wide breadth of reading opportunities throughout their education. In the Early Years Foundation Stage and in KS1 the focus for reading is phonic based so children read books from the Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat Phonics, Ransom Reading Stars Phonics and Pearson Phonics Bug fully decodable schemes and the boy friendly Project X scheme.
In the early stages of reading, our books are organised according to the phonemes and graphemes that the children are learning at any particular time. Once children demonstrate security in using the phonic strategies to Phase 5, they are encouraged to select from a wider variety of other high quality reading schemes and publishers. This allows children to develop their skills by accessing a breadth of text types and styles.
Where children meet difficulties with the purely phonic approach, e.g. if they have speech and language difficulties or phonological processing difficulties, they can also access books that focus on using the High Frequency Words. These books are the Storyworld books by Pearson and the P.M. books by Scholastic. Should a child require further practice of the early reading skills as they move in to KS2, they can access the Pearson Rapid Readers range of books. These are High Frequency Word focused texts which are dyslexia friendly and have high interest for older children, but at the same time enable them to practise early skills. Older struggling readers can also use the Dandelion Readers, which are also aimed at KS2. These are finely graded phonic books that focus initially on one phoneme at a time, but then build gradually to include several that have been previously learnt to allow for overlearning.
The staff at Heasandford ensure that the curriculum is accessible for ALL our pupils. We provide support for children who have English as an additional language and for those who may require specific physical or learning support. A copy of our Special Educational Needs Policy along with further information on the teaching of pupils with Special Educational Needs is available on this web site or from the school office.
Where appropriate, the subjects taught in school are linked together in the form of year group topics. This helps children to make connections within their learning, whilst practising a wide range of skills within a common theme. The topics in school are designed around the interests of our pupils, who are regularly involved in the generation of new topic ideas and the review of topics covered. They are also planned to provide a wide variety of learning experiences – some examples of topics covered are “Under the sea”, “Dinosaurs”, “Dare Devils”, “Extreme Earth”, “The Circus” and “The Rainforest”. Teachers ensure the themes are motivating and creative, and constantly review their teaching and the topics. All topics include a ‘Wow!’ event to enrich the learning that is taking place, enthuse the children and provide a breadth of motivating and memorable experiences. These take a variety of forms and are planned to stir curiosity, to inspire, to excite - and always to engage! Classes are well resourced and enrichment opportunities such as school trips/visitors or ‘in class’ experiences are used within every topic to extend the child’s learning even further – making the whole learning experience a fun and exciting one.
Each half term, parents receive a ‘Curriculum Overview’ which shows what learning will take place in each curriculum subject. It also provides some suggestions for activities that parents can do to support their child’s learning at home. Workshops are held in school, to further explain how particular subjects are taught. We actively encourage parents to engage with the learning that is taking place in school – and all teachers at Heasandford work hard to build positive partnerships with our families.
All aspects of children's learning is regularly assessed in school, to ensure they are making appropriate progress for their age and ability. Assessment is generally informal and on-going, and teachers use the results to help them plan what support individual pupils need next. In line with current Government requirements, at the end of each Key Stage, pupils are formally assessed. In Years 2 and 6 the pupils also complete Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs).
Homework is set so that children can practise the skills they have been learning in school. Core homework tasks include reading and completing topic-based activities in their ‘Learning Journal’. From Year 2 onwards, the children are able to access the online ‘SeeSaw’ platform, where further homework will be posted including spelling practise and mathematical tasks. This is further supplemented with e-learning resources and other homework tasks as the teacher deems appropriate. Where a child is not able to access the online learning resources, paper copies of the homework are made available. In EYFS and Year 1, homework is sent weekly – including suggestions for creative activities that will support learning and various activity sheets to allow the children to practise key skills.
Should you wish to find out more about the curriculum at Heasandford, please feel free to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher – or come along to our informative workshop sessions and get involved in the learning for yourself.