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Curriculum

Our approach to the curriculum is  one which develops a thirst for knowledge. Wherever possible children will learn in a contextual way providing meaning and purpose to what they do. We follow the Chris Quigley Essentials approach to the curriculum. Essentials is a simple to use Primary Curriculum that helps to:
  • Plan for Breadth
  • Plan for Progress
  • Assess and record progress.

It includes all National Curriculum subjects and exceeds the requirements of the National Curriculum. Its clear, simple layout splits each subject into four sections:

  • Essential Characteristics
  • Breadth of Study
  • Threshold Concepts
  • Progress Milestones.

Please open the document below which will explain all of these terms in more detail.

Emphasis is placed on quality and the need to work in a variety of approaches. Children are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively. 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 work 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:

•Respect each other and celebrate difference

•Respect the law

•Promote tolerance and harmony with other cultures

•Allow people to talk and you listen

Documents showing what is covered throughout the year in each subject are available on each Key stage page. Due to the changing purpose of the academic terms a letter outlining specifically what is being studied is published at the beginning of each term. These are again available on the key stage pages.