What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
Our school follows the National Curriculum which ensures a high-quality education.
In English we will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
Phonics - We use the DfE Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme to provide structure, progression and continuity to our phonics teaching and learning. The children begin this programme in EYFS and continue into Year 1. All Year 1 children take part in the national phonics assessment toward the end of that academic year. Some children may need to continue this programme into Year 2.
Spoken language- Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing. At Hogarth we do this through discussion of books, role play and hot seating; discussions of work whilst peer assessing writing and debating topical issues.
Reading- The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:
At Hogarth we teach these skills through daily class reading, guided reading sessions and a structured individual reading scheme which caters for all abilities. We encourage and support the need for all children to read every night. It is essential for them to develop as writers.
To ensure that our children are reading books that are relevant and enjoyable for their ability we use Scholastic Reading Pro. This involves children taking a short comprehension test which measures how well the children understand what they have read, which then generates a lexile score. The lexile score gives a range of books that are suitable for the child's reading ability. These individualised reading plans motivate and encourage children to read more and improve their comprehension performance.
Writing - The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are constructed similarly to those for reading:
These skills are developed through structured English lessons that teach how to plan, revise and evaluate writing with an understanding of audience, purpose and context. Furthermore, the children are given opportunities to use their writing skills in other subjects and through extended writing. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting which is taught on a weekly basis.
As a school, we have very close connections to our local bookshop who provide imaginative and creative author visits for our children to enjoy.
Spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar - At Hogarth we teach these skills daily through discreet lessons as well as embedding them when teaching, reading, writing and spoken language.
Our school follows the National curriculum for Mathematics implementing the White Rose theories and strategies in order to develop a mastery of Maths. All lessons begin with a rolling programmed of mental maths concepts to ensure that all areas of the maths curriculum are revisited regularly. The main part of the lesson gives a thorough grounding in maths skills in a progressive and structured way - from concrete to representational then to abstract . We give the children opportunities and challenges to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills to everyday situations. This promotes real and deep understanding!
Science helps build intellectual and practical skills, while testing and investigating the world. Science builds on natural curiosity and love of exploration. We develop children's awareness of science in everyday life and follow the National Curriculum using the Explore, Investigate and Evaluate approach. This awareness is developed through observation and practical investigations.
See how the children enjoy their science and gardening club in the slideshow below:
Our Creative Curriculum encompasses all core and foundation subjects and enables us to provide a high standard of teaching and learning. We aim to foster a life–long love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross–curricular approach. Our Creative Curriculum aims to deliver a twenty first century education that will equip the children with the skills required to be independent and responsible citizens. We believe that this is the key to motivation in learning and the growth of pupils’ self-esteem and enjoyment. The children are able to make connections between all their learning and also still meet the individual requirements as outlined in the National Curriculum.
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In order to keep our school community fully informed, each class also sends out a curriculum map each term. This helps children and parents to learn around the curriculum and support the development and understanding of their child. The curriculum maps are also published termly within the Enrichment / Class Page section of our website.
We try to give our children as much first hand experiences as possible. We hope we stimulate our children's curiosity and inquisitiveness of the world around them. We take our children out on school visits such as Colchester Castle, the National Gallery, The Museum of Childhood, Chalkwell Beach, Gunpowder Mill and our Year 5 children have the opportunity to participate in a one night residential and then in Year 6, children enjoy a week’s residential trip.