At Horton Grange we are committed to ensuring the scope and ambition for the curriculum is as least as good as the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum. In addition, our curriculum is carefully designed to reflect our vision and values, the local context of the school, the needs of our pupils and takes account of evidence based research on how children learn best.
The National Curriculum serves as a framework for our curriculum delivery, which allows teachers to respond effectively to individual learning needs. Consequently we provide teaching which is flexible, relevant and meaningful in order to prepare children for their futures educational development and to enable them to take part fully as citizens in our society.
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Curriculum. This comprises of seven key areas of learning and development which are:
Three Prime Areas: Personal, social and emotional development; physical development; communication and language.
Four Specific Areas: Literacy; mathematics; understanding of the world; expressive arts and design
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Children in years 1 to 6 follow the subjects of the National Curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education, Design Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music and Physical Education. PSHE is also taught across school.
Children in KS2 also learn French.
Our curriculum is designed to be knowledge rich and aims to adopt a spaced learning approach so that the key knowledge / vocabulary of a subject is revisited and it becomes embedded in the long term memory through a carefully planned out curriculum map and the use of knowledge organisers. This is based on the principle that if nothing has been changed in the long term memory, nothing has been learned. However, teaching and learning approaches also aim to develop skills and values alongside knowledge, ensuring that both are explicitly developed. The curriculum is designed to enable progress by teaching new information that relates to what is already known, enriching and or transforming what is already known. Through our curriculum review, we aim to develop a 3d curriculum over a 3 year period.