Our approach to the curriculum
Our approach to the curriculum is a project based one which develops a thirst for knowledge and is broad and balanced. Wherever possible children will learn in a contextual way providing meaning and purpose to what they do. Projects start with an open ended question which they must present an answer to in a final presentation. Often, the presentation will be made to broader members of our school community and not just parents. This creates increased purpose, a real context to what they are doing and a greater incentive to produce a wonderful outcome. However, there will be times where subjects and/or elements of a subject will be taught discretely rather than trying to squeeze it into a project to ensure necessary impact.
Emphasis is placed on quality and the need to work in a variety of approaches. Children are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively. The aim is to replicate, as near as possible, a work based project. We also aim to ensure three elements exist within the curriculum throughout the year. We want the children to appreciate the awe and wonder of the world, have a real impact on the community, be it close by or other parts of the world, and have a bearing of people's emotions. For examples of the types of projects undertaken at Huntingtower please have a look at our School News pages. Through this approach we develop collaboration, communication, creativity, problem solving, resilience and divergent thinking.
Woven throughout the curriculum, and the broader experiences the children have, is the promotion of fundamental British values. There is an emphasis on promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of the child as well as the broader Huntingtower community. Understanding where and how a child can, not only fit in but, contribute to making the world a better place is essential for us here. Examples of how we promote British values and SMSC can be explored by downloading some of the Academy's assemblies below.
We reference these British values in the following way:
Documents showing what is covered throughout the year in each subject are available at the bottom of this page. Due to the changing purpose of each project a letter outlining specifically what is being studied each term will be published at the beginning of each term. These will be made available on this page and through our letters page.
We are following the Read Write Inc scheme for teaching reading and writing at Huntingtower Community Primary Academy. Please spend a few moments to look at the Ruth Miskin Read, Write, Inc website so you can support your child's learning in school. We also use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme in the early stages of reading development.
Assessment of the Curriculum
Please see the document below for our approach to assessing the new curriculum.