Seven Hills follows the National Primary Curriculum
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We aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which caters for the needs of all our children. We use first-hand experiences wherever possible as the starting point for our teaching. The National Curriculum subjects taught are: Core subjects - English, Mathematics, Science, ICT and RE. Foundation subjects - Design Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music, PSHCE and Physical Education.
Literacy skills are used through all areas of the curriculum.
At Seven Hills we love reading and we strive to develop a love for reading in our children. Since the introduction of the new curriculum in 2014 there are higher expectations for children in reading. We have many strategies to improve your child’s reading throughout their time at Seven Hills, these include: the children being heard reading regularly in class every week; children taking home their reading book on a daily basis; phonics teaching (in conjunction with spellings for older children) throughout school; daily phonics sessions in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One; weekly guided reading sessions for all children; and, a weekly reading comprehension. In addition, the reading books scheme is organised in to Year Group sections that get progressively more challenging in order to maintain your child’s motivation and extend their reading ability and understanding.
In Key Stage 1 phonics teaching follows the letters and sounds scheme of work. The reading schemes used in Key Stage 1 are Rigby Rocket, Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Songbirds.
Below are some useful websites you may wish to explore to help your child with reading at home.
Foundation Stage Parents (Nursery and Reception)
Below you will find a link to the ‘you tube’ clip of ‘Jolly Phonics’. This is the way in which we teach the children the initial sounds of the alphabet. You may have heard your child singing along to these songs. You may wish to learn them yourself so you can join your little one with some wonderful phonics singing!
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact school.
Writing is an integral part of all areas of the curriculum. Children are involved in writing for many different purposes and in different ways. We place an emphasis on helping children to become ‘good spellers’ and to develop a fluent handwriting style. Weekly IMPROVE writing lessons encourage our pupils to use skills they have learned in Literacy Units and agree upon their next writing targets.
To view spellings for your child's year group please click appropriate link below.
Maths is taught in throughout the school using the Schools Calculation policy to inform our planning. Through a variety of methods and resources which enable children to understand the practical uses of Maths in real life. We strive hard to ensure that the children understand their maths learning as well as making it engaging for all. We complete weekly timestables, Mental Maths and speed tests.
Science is taught through active involvement in practical work. We aim to develop children’s understanding and skills as they progress through school. They are involved in investigating in order to find out about the variety of life, materials and physical processes. We encourage the children to use a questioning approach to the world they live in.
Do you remember your primary school days? Do you remember doing topics, and learning all about Vikings, or rivers? At Seven Hills Primary, we follow a similar system. We use the ‘International Primary Curriculum’, which is a topic based, cross curricular approach to learning.
Each IPC unit begins with an ‘Entry Point’ which is a session planned to provide impact and excitement, so the children are eager to learn more. This may involve dressing up, drama, art, building something, writing, making a visit or having a visitor, so keep an eye out for information on your child’s newsletter, it will give you ideas on how to get involved, or how to help your child research their topic.
IPC units are planned on a two year ‘rolling programme’ and are sorted into 3 ‘Mileposts’, that just means years 1 and 2, years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are covering the same themes. Each unit may have a different focus, and these are planned through each school year to make sure that there is coverage of history, geography, art, design technology, music, science and international studies.
IPC was developed so that four main aims can be achieved,
To help children learn about the world around them
To help children develop personal skills
To help children develop an international mindset, alongside awareness of their own nationality
To do these in ways that take into account up-to-date research on how children learn, and how they can be encouraged to become life-long learners.
We aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of our children. We encourage the children to understand and respect the culture and religion of others. We want our children to respect themselves, other people and the environment. We have collective worship daily, and religious education is taught in class.
Parents who wish to withdraw their child from the Religious Education curriculum may do so by arrangement with the Head Teacher. Children will be expected to join a parallel class and work on aspects from the curriculum excluding Religious Education.
Gifted and Talented
In our school we aim to provide a curriculum that is appropriate to the needs and abilities of all our children. We plan our teaching and learning in such a way that we enable each child to reach for the highest level of personal achievement. This policy helps to ensure that we recognise and develop the needs of those children in our school whom have been identified as ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’.
The term ‘gifted’ refers to a child who is achieving higher than the expected levels for their year.
The term ‘talented’ refers to a child who excels in one or more specific fields, such as sport, music or art. This may include activities such as dance or sports that the child does out of school.
The identification is ongoing and begins when a child joins our school. Children undergo baseline assessment within reception class. As the children progress through school they are regularly monitored to ensure that they are achieving expected progress.
Gifted and talented children are placed on a register each year, which is passed up to inform their next teacher. This register is continually under review and often updated.
Teachers plan to offer challenge to gifted children, and have challenge areas in the classrooms to encourage children to be independent learners.
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities for our children. These activities offer more able children the opportunity to further extend their learning. Opportunities include a range of sporting, maths, art, music, and language clubs, which identified children will be guided towards.
Learning is also enriched through regular homework activities linked to the work being undertaken in classes. This offers the opportunity to set extra learning at the level of individual children. Learning logs are another great way for the children to ‘show off’ their individual talents and learning styles, as well as being good fun!
The emphasis in our Physical Education programme is on individual effort and achievement and on the development of personal skills, which enable children to work as part of a team when necessary. We have wide variety of P.E. equipment, which is used to help children to develop the skills they need in games, gymnastics and dance.
We consider sport to be an important aspect of school life. Our PE policy gives details of all physical education activity available. In summary this includes:
swimming in Yr 4
an entitlement set out in the National Curriculum orders
out of school activities
residential, outdoor pursuit experience for Yr 6 pupils
co-operative multi-activity sports days
We believe that good habits should be nurtured and developed throughout a child’s time with us.
Year 4 children attend Morley Leisure Centre weekly (excluding the first and last week of each term).
As part of our Outdoor Education programme we offer our Year 6 children the opportunity to have a residential visit to an Outdoor Education Centre. In accordance with our charging policy the children are required to pay some of the cost of the visit which is kept to a minimum amount.
Personal, Social Health and Citizenship Education
We place an emphasis on promoting healthy minds and bodies and equipping children with skills to live together peacefully. This aspect of the curriculum is very much integrated into our every day teaching and will often be seen as ‘how’ we teach. We group children to promote socialisation whilst also sometimes grouping different levels of ability.
We feel it is important for children to acquire skills such as listening, respecting and understanding in order to promote self-confidence and self-esteem which in turn helps the children in their relationships with each other, and in their academic attainment. Circle Time is introduced to all of our children and gives each child an opportunity to listen to others and be listened to.
The PSHCE Curriculum at Seven Hills.
What is PSHCE?
PSHE is Personal, Social Health Education, including SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) and Drug Education. Pupils may refer to this as SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), or Circle Time.
PSHE is taught through whole class discussion, often in a circle; paired work; group work; role play; games which promote co-operation and some independent written/ illustrative work.
We use SEAL resources to form a large part of our PSHE curriculum. There are 7 SEAL themes which each Year group revisits each year. The themes are:
New Beginnings; Getting On and Falling Out; Say No to Bullying; Going for Goals; Good to be Me; Relationships and Changes.
There are 5 Social and Emotional Aspects of learning which are covered throughout the themes. These are Self-awareness, managing feelings, motivations, empathy and social skills.
It is important to develop these aspects of learning because:
- They underlie almost every aspect of our lives.
- They enable us to be effective learners.
- They enable us to get on with other people.
- They enable us to be responsible citizens.These modules are:
- Alongside the SEAL resources, we use additional modules from the Leeds Primary Scheme of work.
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Economic Wellbeing
- Drug Education
- Global dimensions (exploring and valuing other cultures; sustainability)
- SRE To deliver our Drug Education we use an outside provider called D:Side who deliver a lesson to each year group from FS2 to Y6 each year. Class teachers then build upon this starting point using the Leeds Primary Scheme of Work.Year 1- How our body works / Healthy lunchboxes / Medicine chat / Exercise and rest.Year 3- Smoking & effects on the body / What is in a cigarette / Passive Smoking.Year 5- Solvents / Volatile Substances & effects on the body. The main part of our SRE curriculum takes place in Years 5 and 6 in the Summer Term. Until then, the focus is on positive relationships with friends and family; addressing worries and managing feelings.
- In Year 5 pupils learn:
- Sex and Relationships Education.
- Year 6- Cannabis & effects on the body / Drug discussion.
- Year 4- Alcohol & effects on the body / Alcoholic drinks.
- Year 2- How we are different to our friends / How our body works / Being special.
- FS2- Different feelings & emotions / Taking care of our body / Medicine chat.
- Drug Education
- To know and understand features of physical and emotional development during puberty.
- To manage emotions confidently and sensitively.
- To identify and challenge gender stereotypes.
- To know parts of the human body associated with reproduction.
- To describe the menstrual cycle.
- In addition to the year 5 learning objectives, Year 6 pupils also learn:
- How to participate in positive relationships in a considerate and sensitive way.
- To explore individual and moral issues and develop decision making skills based on critical thinking.
- How to value respect and care for self and others.
- To manage emotions and relationships, confidently and sensitively with self-respect and empathy.
Should you have any questions regarding the curriculum please speak to your child's teacher or contact school.