The curriculum at Huntingtree Primary School is organised into discrete subjects - as opposed to cross-curricular themes - and are categorised as: core subjects, topic-based subjects and 'other'.
The following table gives further detail:
The teaching of English and maths is based on the Huntingtree priority objectives. An explanation of these can be seen here:
Humanities and science teaching has a strong emphasis on the acquisition of agreed key knowledge and on the building of strength of storage into and retrieval from long term memory.
This focus on knowledge in these subjects is as a response to the growing body of evidence about the importance of knowledge and the building of long term memory, but also as a response to the needs of our children. A compelling argument for the focus on knowledge (rather than skills or 'authentic experience') concerns diminishing the negative effects of disadvantage.
The argument is as follows:
The starting point for this approach to the teaching of knowledge is in the creation of Knowledge Organisers. Here are two examples. Click on the images to enlarge each one:
Click here to see the topics for the Spring Term:
Fittingly, we have a more creative approach to the teaching of the 'creative' subjects
There is a weekly, double slot timetabled for creative learning (1 afternoon). Art & Design and Design & Technology are taught in topics, and alternate throughout the year. There is a planned structure to the content and outcomes for what is taught in each topic. These are given to teachers in the form of ‘Topic Parameters’. Teachers have freedom in how a creative topic is delivered.
Here is an example of the topic parameters for a Year 5 2D art and design topic:
The remaining subjects, PE, computing, RE, music, Spanish and PSHE and Life Skills have unique guidance, as each one has a particular 'flavour'.
Here are some useful documents that may help understand the provision in these unique subjects: