Curriculum

A Broad and Balanced Curriculum, both in school and online

 
 

Our curriculum is based on the existing National Curriculum Framework and reflects our key values at Halstow. Our curriculum complies with the duties of the Equality Act 2010 and the SEN and D Regulations 2014. It maximises cross curricular opportunities and a text led approach to learning to provide all children with a creative and wide ranging learning experience.  We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' document to teach phonics and use a range of banded books, including Oxford Reading Tree, Tree Top and Big Cats in order for children to apply their phonics knowledge and be able to access high quality texts and read for pleasure later on.

For the first time in our recent history, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have changed from our vertical grouping system to single year group classes. This will have an impact on our 2 year cycle curriculum (please see below) and we are currently in the process of adapting this to reflect these single year group classes.

We aim to give the children a knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live. We want them to be sensitive to others and understand individual personal relationships. At Halstow, we encourage children to learn confidently and to communicate what they have learnt.

We believe that children should have the benefit of a broad and balanced curriculum.  We are particularly keen to develop children's interest in music, art, drama and dance and are able to offer opportunities for individual instrumental tuition during the school day. We also have a specialist Music Teacher who teaches every class once a week.  We ensure children receive a rich curriculum by extending opportunities through theatre visits, visiting performers and musicians and school trips to a range of places.

At Halstow, we firmly believe that children learn best when they are able to make connections in their learning.  Each term we will be looking at a theme which will encompass many curriculum areas; the themes chosen are those which we feel will captivate the children’s interest and their enthusiasm for learning. We believe that children learn best when they are actively involved. 
 
 
"Learning by doing" makes the work more interesting, more meaningful and more likely to make sense and be remembered. Problem-solving and investigations are both important for primary school children. This kind of learning helps children to think more clearly, to raise questions, try out ideas and to record their findings.
 
 
 
More information can be found at the Department for Education website here