Honeybourne Primary Academy
Turning potential into success

**This page is under review as changes are being made to our curriculum offer for some subjects**

 

Curriculum

Honeybourne Primary Academy Curriculum Statement

Years 1 – 6

English

English, as a core subject, is a hugely important part of the curriculum at Honeybourne; we recognise the importance of speaking and listening, reading and writing in enabling all children to have a successful future. High quality texts that are varied and exciting to read are the basis for English lessons. These texts have been carefully selected to ensure that they engage all pupils no matter their gender, cultural background or ability. Using these texts, teachers and senior leaders plan ‘learning journeys. Initially, children engage in activities designed to immerse them in the text and develop their speaking and listening skills, alongside reading comprehension; this stage often involves: extracting vocabulary, debates, role play, hot seating, incidental writing, creative tasks and discussions around characters, settings and plot. Following this, children are taught the knowledge and skills needed to be able to write in the style of a chosen genre. This will often include developing understanding of: sentence structures, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling and grammar. Finally, children plan, write, edit and check and publish their piece of work. This phase enables all children to apply everything that they have been learning during the course of their ‘journey’. Children are always given an audience and purpose for writing, heightening engagement.

Reading at Honeybourne is heavily linked to the writing curriculum and we see both as intrinsically linked; in addition to the core texts in the primary English lessons, we also have daily guided reading sessions. These sessions are carefully prepared with the acquisition of new vocabulary and reading skills being the primary focus. Teachers track the coverage of taught reading content domains to ensure children become skilled readers. We firmly believe that Honeybourne is a ‘reading school’ where all staff foster a love of reading and the importance of becoming a reader. Sessions combine a mixture of whole class, independent and guided activities, which enable all children to share ideas and discuss key points, whilst allowing teachers to carefully question children to develop their understanding.

In Key Stage One and Early Years, phonics sessions are also taught daily to enable all pupils, at a young age, to develop and embed good decoding skills. We believe this gives our children the best start in developing a love of reading for years to come.

Phonics

At Honeybourne Primary Academy we recognise the importance of phonics in teaching children to read and write confidently.  We use Monster Phonics, a DfE validated phonics scheme. 
Monster Phonics is a whole-class 'Systematic Synthetic Phonics Scheme' with decodable books for children in Reception and Key Stage 1. It is also used as an intervention in Key Stages 1 and 2.
Monster Phonics teaches children to read by enabling them to identify the individual graphemes (letter combinations) and blend the sounds (phonemes) together to read the word. It is a fun way to teach phonics, since it is multi-sensory. Sounds are categorised into ten colour groups, and each colour has a corresponding monster character. Monster Phonics is a highly advanced multisensory scheme. This creates interest and engagement from the children.




Mathematics

Mathematics at Honeybourne is carefully structured, fun and challenging. Teachers use a mixture of tasks to encourage children to challenge themselves and aspire to achieve. All children are able to work through tasks at their ability level and are actively encouraged to aim high! Teachers plan tasks for fluency, reasoning and problem solving; once children are fluent in a skill, actively move on to work with reasoning and problem solving tasks. Teachers, where necessary, will directly teach pupils how to reason and problem solve using the knowledge that they have acquired during fluency sessions.

YAs a school, we recognise the importance of concrete apparatus and pictorial representations, across all year groups, to support children in securing knowledge and understanding of newly taught concepts, this can include the use of Numicon, Dienes cubes and bar models.

Recognising the importance of number skills when accessing all of the mathematics curriculum, all children in Y1-Y6 have arithmetic lessons each week where they consolidate, revisit and secure knowledge of both new and previously taught skills.

Wider Curriculum

Each subject within our wider curriculum has a carefully thought out journey of progression. This progression encompasses the knowledge, skills and key concepts that relate to each subject and unit being studied. Content within the school’s curriculum is taken directly from the national expectations, set out in The National Curriculum (2014). This content is carefully sequenced to ensure that prior knowledge is taught and embedded before moving on. Teachers skilfully revisit and consolidate past learning before moving on. At the beginning of each unit, children are assessed on their understanding of the key concepts and knowledge they will be covering; by doing this, teachers can carefully adapt planning to the needs of pupils. Once the teaching sequence has been completed, the children are again assessed on the key concepts and knowledge to identify progress and areas of learning that need further consolidation. Children may also be given a deeper thinking assessment that is open ended and relies on the children drawing on the knowledge acquired in the lessons from the unit; teachers have flexibility in strategies for recording this assessment, so that other areas of learning are not a barrier to a child expressing their understanding in the subject discipline being studied. Each subject has a clear rationale and curriculum route, that clearly lays out the reasoning behind the sequencing of content.

PSHE & RSE

PSHE forms an integral part of our curriculum at Honeybourne, supporting children to develop their awareness of social issues, British Values and self-awareness. The programme enables teachers and pupils to explore a wide range of topics in a safe and caring environment. In 2021/22 we are proud to be working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School, in conjunction with UNICEF. Children are encouraged to understand their rights, along with responsibilities. Our pupil’s voices are represented and sought through our School Council and Safeguarding Board, which is made up of children from across all year groups – their views and opinions are listened to and carefully considered when developing all aspects of the school.

EYFS

At Honeybourne Primary Academy, our aim is to provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment where children can play, explore and begin their journey to become lifelong learners.   

Four key themes underpin the delivery of the EYFS: 

  • A unique child 
  • Positive relationships 
  • Enabling environments 
  • Learning and development 

 Areas of Learning 

There are 7 areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation stage. These are split into Prime and Specific areas. 

Prime Areas 

Communication and language 

Children will be given lots of opportunities to experience a language rich environment, to develop their confidence and skills to express themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations. 

Physical development 

Children will be provided with lots of opportunities to be active and interactive, to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children will be taught the importance of physical activity and how to make healthy choices in relation to food. 

Personal, social and emotional development 

We will help children develop a positive sense of themselves and others. They will learn to develop positive relationships, respect for others, social skills and how to manage their feelings. 

Specific Areas 

Literacy 

Children will be taught to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children will be given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest. 

Mathematics 

Children will have lots of opportunities to develop their skills of counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating and solving addition and subtraction problems. They will be taught to describe shapes, spaces and measures. 

Understanding the world 

Children will be guided to make sense of their physical world and their community. Through observation and exploration they will find out about people, places, technology and the environment. 

Expressive Arts and Design 

Children will explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They will be provided with opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology. 

The Characteristics of Effective Learning 

The Characteristics of Effective learning support the development of children by detailing the ways in which children should be learning from their environments, experiences and activities. 

There are three characteristics of effective learning: 

  • Playing and exploring 
  • Active learning 
  • Creating and thinking critically 

At Honeybourne Primary Academy we strongly believe that children learn best through practical first-hand experiences where children take a lead role in their learning. Throughout the day children benefit from a mixture of child initiated and adult led activities. 

Practitioners are highly skilled and are able to facilitate learning through play, by building on children’s natural interests and personalising learning for every child. Children are taught to reflect on their learning and are encouraged to identify their next steps, so they are motivated to become resilient, lifelong learners. 


EYFS

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HPA EYFS Communication and Language

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HPA EYFS Expressive Arts and Design

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HPA EYFS Personal, Social and Emotional Development

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 For more information on our exciting curriculum, please contact Dominic Davis :

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