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Organisation of learning

Overview

EYFS

In the early years, in nursery and reception, children experience learning as a balance of adult-led direct teaching and independent, free-flow activities. Children learn inside and out. They are active and inquisitive, while adults in the environment skilfully assess, guide, inspire and intervene in order that all children make great progress.

 

Children are taught fundamental skills that prepare them well for the next stage of their education. These skills can be seen in how our skills progression documents in each subject start from nursery.

 

Learning themes are developed and evolved in order to reflect children's interests and development needs. Although all areas of learning have value and are passionately provided for, at Huntingtree, there is a special emphasis on learning to read. They are exposed to great stories, read to them and in the environment. Children in reception take part in daily phonics lessons, alongside children key stage 1.

 

Entering year 1

As the children enter year 1, there is a period of transition - which may be extended for some children, if needed - whereby the children learn to adjust to a more formal style of teaching.

 

Years 1 to 6

Children in year 1 to 6 are taught in mixed ability classes (although some ability groupings take place - in phonics and reading, for example), and learning is presented in subject-based topics. Each subject has comprehensive guidance in place to ensure that teaching and learning is of the very highest quality. The curriculum is balanced and broad.

 

 

An overview of the provision offered by the curriculum, at Huntingtree

Subject-based provision

Subject

Provision

Frequency

Art and design

Alternating half-term/termly topics

1 afternoon per week

Computing

Weekly lesson

1 lesson per week

Design and technology

Alternating half-term/termly topics

1 afternoon per week

English – grammar, punctuation and spelling

Daily lessons – basic skills and English lesson

5 times per week

English – phonics

Daily lesson in reception to year 2

5 times per week

English – reading

Daily Book Talk and English lesson

5 times per week

English – writing

Daily lesson – English lesson

5 times per week

Geography

Alternating half-term/termly topics

2 lessons per week

History

Alternating half-term/termly topics

2 lessons per week

Maths – arithmetic

Daily lessons – basic skills and maths lesson

5 times per week

Maths – reasoning

Daily lessons – maths lesson

5 times per week

Music

Weekly lesson

1 lesson per week

Physical education

Weekly lesson

1 afternoon per week

Personal, social, health and economic education

Weekly lesson

1 lesson per week

Religious education

Collapsed timetable – RE days

Approx. 1 day / half term

Science

Weekly lessons

2 lessons per week

Spanish

Weekly lesson in year 3 to year 6

1 lesson per week

 

Curriculum documents

Each subject area has a subject leader and a suite of curriculum documentation which explains the provision and gives clear guidance for teachers, for that particular subject. These documents are:

  1. Intent
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Year group overview
  4. Unit organisers
  5. Skills progressions
  6. Personal development
  7. Access and challenge
  8. Pitch and expectation
  9. Assessment
  10. Medium term planning formats

 

An explanation of each and the documents themselves can be seen here, organised by subject.

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