Other Curriculum Subjects

Other Curriculum Subjects

At Hawksworth Wood Primary School, we value and recognise the importance of a high quality curriculum and excellent teaching in all subjects. Therefore we ensure that our provision of non-core subjects is of equal high quality to that of the widely recognised primary core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science.

Our curriculum gives pupils opportunities to learn, build on and develop new skills, concepts and knowledge. Pupils experience a wide range of subjects and activities that allow them to explore different topics in detail at an age appropriate level. Our entire curriculum is underpinned by our Hawksworth Wood  Values – curiosity, resilience, aspiration, independence & respect. 

 History

 Our teaching in History aims to inspire children to actively explore different periods of time as well as cultures. Through the topics studied, children will develop a greater sense of identity – whilst developing their chronological understanding – and be able to recognise how the past has shaped the way we live today in Britain and in the wider world.

We teach children the skills required to be a good historian; how to research and gather information, as well as how to question information gathered for authenticity, perspective and reliability. Children are taught to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed and to learn about important historical figures.

History as a curriculum subject is taught within the individual Topic Units identified for each year group. We aim to provide first hand experiences with role-play, workshops and visiting experts playing an important part in our topics. Children will have access to a range of resources to aid them in their discovery such as artefacts and exploration of historical documents. Our children express what they have learned in a variety of interesting and creative ways including; writing, art, drama and computing.

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History Progression of Skills and Knowledge

Geography

 We consider Geography to be a rich and diverse subject that gives children the opportunity to learn about a range of places, people, resources and environments. It inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world from an early age, which we hope will remain with each child for the rest of their lives. Our Geography curriculum allows continuous development of key skills and geographical knowledge and enquiry. Children will learn about the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Developing the children’s geography skills and knowledge, allows them to interact more effectively with both their local and wider communities. Our world is ever-changing and as such, our teaching reflects the dynamic nature of people and places and helps children to learn about how people influence and interact with the physical and human environment.

They are provided with opportunities to research, compare and contrast their surroundings with other places both locally as well as globally. Our teaching and curriculum develops in our children the skills to explore their world and become responsible and valued citizens in our society, developing a respect for the physical world and the vast scope of cultures that make up our diverse planet.

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Geography Progression of Skills and Knowledge

 Art & Design

 We believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. Our teaching of Art encourages children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children are taught to experiment and create their ideas through their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self-evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilience to achieve their artistic goals.

During their time at our school, children have the opportunity to develop a range of skills and knowledge in a variety of areas: drawing and painting, printmaking, textiles, collage and sculpture. The development of skills is valued, not just the end product. Children explore, test and experiment within their sketchbooks. They are taught to appreciate the work of different well-known artists and are encouraged to express their own artistic tastes and opinion.  

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Art Progression of Skills and Knowledge

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is a creative, skilled and practical subject. Using originality and imagination, children will design and make products that solve real and appropriate problems.

We aim to offer a challenging, meaningful and engaging Design and Technology curriculum, which is consolidated across all curriculum areas.  Pupils will be exposed to the following skills: design, construction, cooking and nutrition, use of tools, exploring mechanisms, electrical systems, computing and evaluating existing products.

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Design & Technology Progression of Skills and Knowledge

 Music

Through the teaching of music we aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and to develop their talents as musicians.  Our music curriculum is aimed at encouraging confidence in music, nurturing creativity and originality and developing technical skills.  Pupils have opportunities to compose, listen to and enjoy a variety of musical genres, developing an understanding of the technical side of musical composition and experiencing the enjoyment of singing, playing and performing with increasing speed, recall and accuracy.

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Music Progression of Skills and Knowledge

Physical Education

We believe that that physical education is an essential part of a child’s educational development. We aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all of our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We want to provide opportunities for our children to become physically literate and confident in a way, which supports their health and fitness as they move towards making their own choices as young adults.

We aim to provide opportunities for children to compete in sport and other activities in order to develop skills and knowledge and help to embed values such as teamwork, fairness and respect. The children will leave school equipped with the resilience and the perseverance required for life long physical activity.

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PE Progression of Skills and Knowledge

Computing

 We aim to prepare children with the skills and knowledge needed to be active participants in an ever changing digital world. Our curriculum and teaching provides our children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to ensures pupils become digitally literate able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information technology.

Our pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. We will help the children of to become digitally literate – able to use and express themselves and develop ideas through information technology . Each child will be taught to use the internet in a safe and respectful way. They will be confident in their knowledge of what precautions to take to stay safe online and where to seek assistance online. 

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Computing Progression of Skills and Knowledge

 Spanish

 At Hawksworth Wood Primary, we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to explore the features and intricacies of a range of modern foreign languages, with a focus on Spanish.  We strive to create an environment where fluency can be developed through practice and confidence in the use of target language. Through the languages curriculum, we aim to develop in pupils an awareness of other perspectives and awareness of the lifestyle and culture in another country. We are committed to developing competence in another language to help children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. The teaching of Spanish in KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching as they leave primary school and begin their next phase of education. 

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Spanish Progression of Skills and Knowledge

Religious Education

 Within our RE curriculum, our children will explore their own and a wide range of other beliefs and religions. They are encouraged to use imagination and creativity to learn and reflect on their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values. Throughout their time with us, they will deepen their understanding of and show respect for different faiths and cultures. As a result of this, we hope that they will understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

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RE Progression of Skills and Knowledge