The National Curriculum (2014) sets out the legal requirements of what children are entitled to learn during their years of compulsory education.
At primary level, in line with the National Curriculum's Programmes of Study, we organise our curriculum into phases:
Foundation Stage: Reception Class (our 4/5 year old children)
Key Stage One: Year 1 and Year 2 (our 5 to 7 year old children)
Lower Key Stage Two: Year 3 and Year 4 (our 7 to 9 year old children
Upper Key Stage 2: Year 5 and Year 6 (our 9 to 11 year old children)
At Key Stages 1 and 2 the statutory subjects that all pupils must study are:
Art and Design
Modern Foreign Language (KS2)
Design and Technology
Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) must also be part of the primary curriculum.
Our Learning Principles and our commitment to the Rights Respecting Agenda make explicit the values and principles that underpin all of the learning that takes place. We are an inclusive Church of England primary school: across our curriculum, acts of worship and wider school life, the principles of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs are explicitly taught,upheld and cherished. How we promote these values can be seen in our audit of provision for British values and community cohesion.
We very much value and appreciate the learning benefits of modern technology in all of its forms. However, we also fully recognise the need to keep children safe online by ensuring they understand and comply with safe practices when using their devices. As an e-safety school we ensure that our curriculum explicitly teaches children the rules and practices that will enable them to harness and use safely the power of information and communication technology.
We want our curriculum to be meaningful, coherent and engaging for our children, so although we recognise the importance of the discrete knowledge, skills and understanding of each individual subject, we arrange our schemes of work into thematic topics each term. This enables us to make meaningful links between subjects which deepen children’s learning and understanding. We recognise not all curriculum subjects can or should be linked to our topics and where this is the case these areas of learning are planned for separately.
In terms of curriculum planning, we believe in the principle of quality over quantity and feel our flexible topic-based approach ensures deep learning, although not at the expense of the intellectual integrity of individual subject areas.
Each class teacher is responsible and accountable for the quality of the learning that takes place in their classroom each day. Detailed and appropriately differentiated planning is prepared weekly by all teachers to ensure the curriculum meets the learning needs of all children.
We judge the effectiveness of our curriculum provision on the engagement, progress and attainment achieved by our children relative to their starting point. Parents and children frequently tell us how much they enjoy the content and learning activities offered through our curriculum.
In line with our learning principles we believe we provide our children with the foundations to leave St Margaret's at Hasbury as confident, well-rounded individuals, ready and able to take on the challenges of their secondary education.
Learning Across the Curriculum
We ensure children’s personal, social and health education and citizenship development through thoughtfully planned schemes of work. However, underpinning all learning is our desire to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children so that they leave this school with a strong sense of knowing right from wrong; the skills and attributes to make wise choices and decisions, and being understanding and respectful of others and their way of life.
We aim to provide at St Margaret's at Hasbury a broad, balanced, stimulating and relevant curriculum. To further enhance and enrich our learning provision, children are also encouraged to participate in the many and varied extra-curricular activities and out of school hours learning opportunities we offer.
According to the Education reform Act 1988 every school must provide Religious Education teaching for all of its registered pupils. St Margaret's at Hasbury School's RE programme is in accordance with the Dudley Agreed Syllabus and reflects that the religious traditions in the United Kingdom are mainly Christian, whilst taking into account the teaching and practices of the other principle religions represented here. RE has equal standing in relation to the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum.
Parents have a right, in accordance with the DfEE. circular 3/89, to withdraw their child from Religious Education lessons and assemblies on account of their differing beliefs. However, if you intend to exercise this right we would ask you first to come and discuss this decision with us.
Most of the RE lessons are covered in cross-curricular themes or in specific studies such as 'Places of Worship'. Work is assessed and evaluated both by staff and by the pupils. We aim to develop a positive and enthusiastic approach to the learning in RE.
Throughout the year, each class goes on a variety of off site visits to support their curriculum. Over the last few years such visits far and near include:
Black Country Museum,
Wroxeter Roman City