Subjects

English

We aim to teach our children to use language as effectively as they can in a wide variety of situations, as laid down in the National Curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy. They will be introduced to many types of literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry and will be encouraged to read widely.

Our aim is that all our pupils will be able to:

  • Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding;
  • Be able to use and apply a range of reading skills to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes;
  • Understand and use their knowledge of phonics and spelling to read and spell accurately;
  • Have fluent and legible handwriting;
  • Have an interest in words and their meanings and develop a growing vocabulary;
  • Know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction, poetry and understand and be familiar with some of the ways in which narratives are structured through ideas such as setting, character and plot;
  • Understand, use and write a range of non-fiction texts;
  • Plan, draft and revise their own writing;
  • Have access to suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading and writing;
  • Be interested in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify their preferences;
  • Through reading and writing, develop their powers of creativity and critical awareness.

In Early Years and KS1 children follow the Ruth Miskin Literacy program (RML). This allows the children to become expressive and fluent readers as early as possible. The school library has a huge selection and variety of books available for staff and pupils to take home and use to support their learning.
A wide range of subjects are covered and are used effectively by the children.
As children progress through the school they are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for the maintenance of the library. Visits are also made to our local libraries to foster links and encourage membership.

Mathematics

We aim to help children develop their knowledge and understanding of Maths in an enjoyable way, but one which will also serve them for life as well as help them achieve the appropriate levels in the Attainment Targets of the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy.

Our children are given the opportunity to work both in groups and individually, using a variety of resources including ICT. In the daily numeracy lesson, children are grouped according to their ability to ensure that their needs can be fully met. Their progress is carefully monitored and they have the opportunity to move between groups as the need arises. Parents are fully consulted at such times. Children are encouraged to cooperate within a group and to discuss their work by thinking and planning, trying, observing, discussing and checking.

We aim for all our pupils to:

  • Have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system;
  • Know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves;
  • Use what they know by heart to figure out answers mentally
  • Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies;
  • Recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator, and be able to do so effectively
  • Make sense of number problems, including non-routine problems, and recognise the operations needed to solve them;
  • Explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms;
  • Have a wide range of mathematical vocabulary at their disposal
  • Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them, such as estimating where necessary;
  • Suggest suitable units for measuring, and make sensible estimates of measurement;
  • Explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

ICT

We are proud of the Computing facilities and resources we have at Hillary Primary. All children have access to Infant and Junior Computing suites, iPads and interactive whiteboards. We have our own school network and web-site as well as access to the internet, which is carefully monitored to ensure that children are protected from inappropriate material. The school web-site, which is up-dated regularly for both children and parents, provides essential information for school life. In addition to this we have a virtual learning platform (VLE), ‘its learning’ class pages, which allow teachers to share information and pupils to contribute to school life.

We teach computing as a discrete lesson, to encourage our children to use and develop their computing skills across all other subjects. Our aim is to provide children with the skills to live in the 21st century and we are constantly updating our facilities to ensure our children have access to the best.

Art

Through Art our children are encouraged to develop their creativity and imagination. Children are encouraged to build on skills to develop their control of materials, tools and techniques. We develop our children's critical awareness of the roles and purposes of Art, craft and design in both contemporary and different times and cultures.

Our aim is for children to become more confident in using visual and tactile elements, materials and process in order to communicate their experiences of all the senses.

History

History allows pupils to achieve an awareness and appreciation of the actions and events that have helped shape our past and present. Through History our pupils learn about significant People, events and places from the past, in Britain and other parts of the world. They learn about the change and the continuity in their own area and other parts of the world.

A range of sources are used to investigate the past, and the various interpretations there may be. Learning is further enhanced, where possible, with school visits planned to historic places in the locality.

Geography

In key stage 1 pupils investigate their local area and contrasting areas in the UK and Europe, finding out about the environment and people. In key stage 2 the pupils develop their skills by investigating how people and the environment affect each other in the UK and the wider world. All pupils carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. Pupils are encouraged to ask geographical questions and to develop geographical skills using various resources. For example maps, atlases, photographs and use of ICT.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology draws from and contributes to all the other areas of the curriculum and is essentially practical.

At Hillary Primary School we encourage children to:

  • Develop their designing and making skills;
  • Develop knowledge and understanding;
  • Develop their capability to create high quality products through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding;
  • Nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making;
  • Explore values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live and work within it;
  • Develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society;
  • To exercise their initiative, proposing, planning and developing ideas;
  • To enjoy exercising and developing the manipulative skills that realising these ideas entails;
  • To develop a critical awareness of both their own and others' responses to their designs as well as responding to designs around them in the man-made world.

Music

Children participate in a range of musical activities, which include singing, composing and performing using tuned and untuned instruments. They listen to, and discuss a variety of styles of music.

In Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to learn a Clarinet or a recorder through the Music Support Service. There are opportunities for children to join the choirs and music club run by the staff throughout the year.

Physical Education

Children are expected to participate in all P.E. activities. Throughout their time at Hillary children will have experience of dance, gymnastics, athletics, outdoor games and adventures and swimming. Together, these promote the children's Physical development, an awareness and understanding of the body, the development of skills and imagination and an appreciation of creative performances.

Most importantly, it is hoped that the children will gain enjoyment from physical education and pursue sporting activities in their private lives, thus promoting a healthy lifestyle.