At Hardy Mill we are committed to meeting the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children as they progress through each Key Stage. Our curriculum is enriched with opportunities for children to learn through thematic weeks and from first hand experiences with the aim of developing successful, independent and motivated learners.
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum – Early Adopter 2020. In Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 the Essential Skills Framework is delivered through a thematic approach for history, geography, art and design technology over a 2 year cycle. As we are a one and a half form entry school, this ensures that all children cover all aspects of the National Curriculum during their time in each phase. Science and RE are taught discretely. (See Cycle Overviews) Milestones at the end of Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 ensure that children are meeting expectations in their learning. (See Skills Progression) Subject specific knowledge and vocabulary that children are expected to know at the end of each topic is carefully mapped out for science and each of the foundation subjects.
The english and mathematics curriculum are taught and assessed using Target Tracker year group expectations. In addition to quality teaching in all year groups, there is provision for small group interventions to support identified pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that all children experience success.
The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (Pride, Courage, Cooperation, Responsibility, Respect, and Independence) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum and our behaviour policy.
Homework is set weekly for children on the online platforms Tapestry (for Early Years) and Showbie (for KS1 and KS2). These platforms are also used for remote learning provision as and when necessary. More information about our remote learning offer can be found on our website in the classes and curriculum sections.
Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and the teaching of Spanish. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school.