Hetton Lyons Primary School

Curriculum Policy 2018/19


This policy is designed to set out the school curriculum so that activities can be planned for children which further their well being, academic, personal and social development in a logical and consistent way that prepares them for the next stage in their development, as well as preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

We view the school curriculum as the way of raising standards, establishing an entitlement for all pupils, establishing teacher’s expectations in each area of the curriculum and to promote understanding by the wider community of the work of the school. This policy sets out the aims of our curriculum and how it is planned. It is designed to complement and work alongside other policies and plans e.g. policy for the EYFS, teaching and learning, subject policies and the aims and policies of Balmoral Learning Trust.

Purpose and Aims

An Hetton Lyons Primary School our aims are that all children will: -

All members of the school community work towards the school aims by:-

Aims for the Curriculum

The aim of our curriculum is that all children are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant education that reflects the aims of the school and meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, EYFS, Religious Education and other  local, global and national circumstances. We believe that in order to achieve our school aims the curriculum should

In order to fulfil our curriculum, we will encourage the children in our care to

Planning the Curriculum

The Headteacher takes overall responsibility for the curriculum. Subject Leaders monitor their particular subject to ensure that it is implemented consistently and effectively in line with the agreed policies.

The school long term plan is reviewed on an annual basis by all members of staff. When the plan is reviewed the following is taken into consideration

The leadership team propose the curriculum for each year group and then decisions are taken by the whole staff on the final curriculum plan. At this long term planning stage consideration is given to links within the curriculum, first hand experiences and opportunities to develop a love of learning.

Medium Term Planning

The medium term planning in Hetton Lyons Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and the Agreed Syllabus for RE.These plans will be based on:

As a school we recognise that these plans are generic and need to be adapted to suit the individual cohorts of children in school as well as national and local circumstances. It is important to demonstrate when these plans are adapted, that the activities planned, enable pupils to achieve in line with National Curriculum age related expectations or are modified for identified groups of pupils.

Assessment opportunities are planned to cover skills, knowledge and understanding in each subject and recorded on a regular basis in the appropriate assessment documents. These are shared with parents throughout the year.

Plans are evaluated to demonstrate knowledge of:

The following guidelines will be used when adapting a unit of work:

All plans should be in place before the start of a unit of work.

Weekly Planning

On a weekly basis plans should be completed for English and Mathematics. These plans should include teaching objectives, learning outcomes, homework, planning for classroom support and details of significant observations. These plans must show differentiation for groups of pupils and reference to support plans where appropriate.

All planning is to be stored on the team drive and must be uploaded before the unit of work begins. Weekly planning must be uploaded before Monday morning.

All planning is a record of the work completed by groups of children and must remain in school until the cohort of children moves to the next key stage.

Monitoring Planning

Planning is monitored as part of the school’s evaluation of its performance, performance management procedures, subject development and to ensure children are working to the correct expectations. The frequency of this monitoring will depend on individual circumstances.

Reporting on Attainment

All work carried out by children is monitored and evaluated. Pupil progress is reviewed at least termly by the headteacher and members of the leadership team.

Parents are invited to discuss attainment and progress at consultation meetings in October and February. A midterm written summary report is shared in February and a full written report with attainment summary is shared in July.

The Governing Body receives a termly update on the curriculum and compares attainment information with the local and national picture.

Equal Opportunities

All children regardless of gender, race or disability are given access to our curriculum.

Inclusion - Provision for all children

Teachers plan to meet the needs of all children by ensuring learning is focused on individual children’s needs and abilities. Outcomes from assessment for learning enables teachers to set targets which reflect individual children’s skills, abilities and potential. In school this ranges from quality first teaching to inclusion in specific programmes.

Relationship Education

The Governing Body has an agreed policy for Relationships Education.

Relationships Education forms part of the science and health education programmes of study and is taught using the Lucinda and Godfrey  scheme which has been agreed after consultation with parents, staff and governors. This programme starts in the EYFS and ends with puberty and sex education in Year 5 and 6.

Those parents wishing to withdraw their children from these lessons are given the opportunity to do so.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Opportunities

The staff and governors ensure that all children are provided with SMSC opportunities both within the planned curriculum and through current affairs, independent study, assemblies, extra events and experiences. Our curriculum is structured to enable the development of social skills,well being and independence.

Self Esteem and Self Worth

Celebration assemblies are held each week recognising the achievements of our children. We award a Star of the Week and other rewards to recognise achievements in school.

Talents of individual children are celebrated within class and at school assemblies and in school productions. We celebrate achievements outside of school through our Hero scheme.

Children’s work and achievement within the curriculum will be celebrated and displayed to enable it to make a significant impact on the visual appearance of the school and to contribute to the ethos.

Extra curricular activities

A wide range of activities is offered at the start of each term. These are arranged through the year to ensure all children have the opportunity to attend. Some opportunities are offered after school and some during lunchtime. Parents of children wanting to attend such activities are asked to sign a consent form.

 Review of Policy

The effectiveness of this policy is reviewed regularly by the staff and as part of the governors review of policies.