FAQ

How are classes organised at Hardy Mill?

At Hardy Mill we have an intake of 45 children.  This means that in key stage 1 and key stage 2 we have some mixed age classes.

Class nameYear group
CromptonNursery
DibnahReception
Class nameYear groupAge
Kay Year 1 Youngest Year 1 children
Kenny Year 1 and 2 Oldest Year 1 & youngest Year 2
Lancaster Year 2 Oldest Year 2 children
Class nameYear groupAge
Devey Year 3 Youngest Year 3 children
Heathcote Year 3 & 4 Oldest Year 3 & youngest Year 4
Leverhulme Year 4 Oldest Year 4 children
Class nameYear groupAge
Lofthouse Year 5 Youngest Year 5 children
Hamilton Year 5 & 6 Oldest Year 5 & youngest Year 6
RostronYear 6 Oldest Year 6 children

 

In our Nursery class, there are 26 children taught by one teacher and supported by one teaching assistant.

In Reception, the children share a large classroom and are split into two groups of 22/23 children for teaching inputs.  Both “carpet groups” are taught by qualified teachers.  There are also two teaching assistants who work in the classroom to support learning.

At the end of your child’s time in Reception you will be provided with a pathway showing your child’s route through school.  From Year 1, the children are split into classes of 30 according to their age.  For example, the youngest 30 Year 1 children are taught as a Year 1 class and the oldest 15 Year 1 children join the youngest 15 Year 2 children in a mixed Year 1 and 2 class. 

The mixed Year 1 and 2 class and the mixed Year 3 and 4 class are taught by a teacher and a teaching assistant to enable lesson inputs for maths and English to be targeted at the appropriate level for the different year groups in the room.  The Year 5 and 6 children are split between 4 teachers in a morning and are taught as separate year groups for maths and English.  All children in every year group access the same curriculum and have the same learning opportunities regardless of the class that they are in. 

If a child leaves us, any new child joining us will follow the path of the child that has left regardless of their age.

How is your curriculum organised?

Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 2017.  In Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 the children are taught the National Curriculum expectations specific to their year group for English and mathematics.  We take a thematic approach to teaching 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 on the website)  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.  Termly curriculum letters and knowledge organisers are sent home to help parents reinforce learning. 

How will I be kept informed of what is happening in school and how can I get involved in school life?

At Hardy Mill we strongly encourage links between home and school. We believe that positive communication between parents and school staff encourages, supports and contributes to the education of each child.  Whilst this contact cannot be face to face at the moment, we are adapting our lines of communication to ensure we keep as much contact as we can.

You will be able to keep in touch with what is going on in school by looking at the website, reading our twitter feed and downloading ParentApp.  Newsletters and information is sent out regularly to keep you informed of what has been happening in school and exciting events coming up.  

If you need to contact your child’s class teacher we ask that you do so by telephone or email (email addresses can be found on the website) and if, for any reason their class teacher needs to speak to you, they will telephone you at the earliest opportunity. 

We look forward to welcoming parents back into school when it is safe to do so, whether helping on an educational visit, joining the PTA or for face to face meetings.

How will I know what my child is learning and how can I help them at home?

Information about the topics your child will be learning about can be found on the website and each term you will receive an overview outlining what your child will learn in each subject. 

For children in our Nursery and Reception classes, you can see what your child has been learning by looking on the online learning platform used by our Early Years, Tapestry.  Information is regularly uploaded along with photos to keep you up-to-date with what your child is learning whilst in school.  Suggested activities for you to complete together at home are also uploaded to help you support and reinforce your child’s learning at home.

For children in KS1 and KS2, homework is posted weekly on the online learning platform, Showbie. We encourage parents to take an interest in what their child is learning in school and support them at an age appropriate level with this work.

As and when your child is ready to read, a Bug Club account will be set up for them giving you access to a range of home reading books at a level appropriate to your child’s stage of reading. We actively encourage you to read every day for a short period of time with your child. 

How will I be kept informed of how my child is getting on?

Throughout the year, teachers assess and record your child’s progress towards the expected standard at the end of the year group in which they are working.  To inform you of your child’s attainment and progress, summary reports are sent out in the Autumn and Spring terms and longer, more detailed reports are sent out at the end of the Summer term.  Each year we provide two opportunities (one in the autumn and one in the spring term) for you to discuss your child’s progress and attainment with your child’s class teacher.  Due to current restrictions, these conversations will be via telephone or over Zoom.

Children in reception class are assessed against the Foundation Stage Profile and children in key stage 1 and 2 are assessed against the National Curriculum expectations.

What sporting opportunities are offered?

Each class takes part in two lessons of physical education per week. PE lessons develop children’s fundamental movement skills and children will participate in gymnastics, dance and games each year.  Premier Sport deliver PE sessions alongside teachers in school.

Whilst we are, at present, unable to participate in any inter school competitions, we will be holding intra school competitions across their classes to keep the children motivated and their competitive spirit alive!

What musical opportunities are there for my child?

At Hardy Mill we encourage children to develop their musical talents to their full potential. Children may learn to play an additional instrument through Bolton Music Service who provide tuition in woodwind, brass, percussion and strings. Singing is incorporated throughout our curriculum to help children learn new vocabulary and knowledge about topics they are studying.  

When current restrictions are lifted, music lessons will be enhanced with the teaching of either the recorder or ukulele in our Key Stage 2 classes.  We hope it will not be long before our whole school weekly singing assemblies can resume, where a wide repertoire of songs are enjoyed and appreciated. We also hope that our fantastic KS2 choir will soon be performing again in school concerts and the wider community and that our annual music concert, ‘Let Us Entertain You’, will be back on our school calendar soon.

My child has special educational needs, how will they be supported?

In every class and in every lesson, work is set to meet the differing needs and abilities within each year group.  Work in class is planned to stretch our more able pupils and support any children who are finding an area of learning challenging to grasp.  This support might come in the form of additional teacher or teaching assistant support during the session, differentiated work or a planned, targeted intervention.

If your child has specific needs and you require specific information, please contact Mrs Hamblet, our Special Educational Needs Coordinator, by telephone (01204 333770) or email (hambletj@hardymill.bolton.sch.uk).  

Do you have a before and after school club?

Yes.  Kool Kidz Out of School Club operate a before and after school club at Hardy Mill.

Please visit their website for more details and contact information http://kool-kidz.co.uk/