At Houndsfield Primary school we have a curriculum that aims to produce pupils who are ready for the wider world as well as preparing children for the educational expectations of life beyond primary school.
Our curriculum reflects the desire to instil the value of community and positive human relationships in our children and reflects the 4 elements of a ‘World Class Curriculum’.
We believe in an ‘all inclusive’ curriculum: Everything that happens in school reflects the school values and culture hence everything that happens through school is part of the curriculum.
Specifically we aim to:
- Develop skills of enquiry, critical thinking, reflection and communication
- Develop and deepen the children’s knowledge and understanding of equality, identity, diversity and community.
- Develop trust, empathy, awareness and respect.
- Provide opportunities for children and young people to meet, build new relationships, work together and contribute to the wider community.
The curriculum is based on a quality core text each half term through which, children will have the opportunity to develop core skills, a love of literature, knowledge and an understanding of the 6 ‘Big Ideas’.
The most fundamental element of our curriculum is the ‘Big Ideas’.
But what are they?
This is a key question in all educational planning. What are the essential generalisations we intend to present and to communicate, the key concepts we want learners to understand and make their own?
The ideas are connected to each other and overlap but can be separated and given names, for the sake of convenience.
They are taught in all subjects and at all ages, and through our general ethos and atmosphere, not just formally and directly through what used to be called chalk and talk.
We believe they are essential in all spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Houndsfield has worked closely with Mr Robin Richardson and we acknowledge and thank him for his valuable contributions.
Insted Consultancy, London 2004-2012
Houndsfield School has worked closely with Mr Robin Richardson and we acknowledge and thank him for his valuable contributions.
You will see from the Curriculum Overview, that the structure of the curriculum is such that teachers can focus on ‘how’ to teach, rather than ‘what’ to teach. They use the Curriculum Overview, which provides a context for learning in the form of a core text. A selection of which, you can see below.
Each Core Text has been carefully selected in order for the teacher to explore ‘The Big Ideas’, core and foundation subjects as a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum.
We are committed to ensuring that all children at Houndsfield have the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities both in the school community, their local community and within the National and Global community. This is why we also place emphasis on creating memorable experiences within every topic taught.
Click on the links above to find out more about our commitment to be a Rights Respecting School, teaching, learning and building relationships with other children across the world.
In KS1-2, we teach all subjects from the programmes of study outlined in the statutory 2014 National Curriculum. These include English, maths, science, history, geography, computing, PE, MfL (KS2), RE art, design technology and music. In KS1 we are following the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ scheme for systematic synthetic phonics teaching and we use the Oxford Learning Tree for home reading books. In nursery and reception we use the Statutory Framework for the EYFS.
Please click here to take a look at our Curriculum Outline.
Please contact the Headteacher if you require any additional information about our curriculum.