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.
At Hogarth Primary School, we strive to ensure we provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils.
Through cohesive and sequential planning, each unit is successfully adapted, designed and developed for all pupils, regardless of their special educational need or disability and ensure they are also advancing the knowledge and skills of those who are working at Greater Depth. Knowing what the children are capable of, and setting high expectations for children to achieve their targets, allows our pupils to flourish in all aspects of English: Reading and Writing (inclusive of Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation).
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.
To create confident mathematicians who have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts to enable fluency, reasoning and problem solving in a variety of theoretical and real life contexts. Using and applying these skills creatively inside and outside the classroom.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) is the basis of all our maths learning. Alongside this, we use various schemes of work including White Rose Maths and Maths on Target. This enables the teacher to carefully plan work that best suits the individuals within their class.
We dedicate the first term of each academic year to Number as we recognise its fluent application to be a necessary prerequisite for reasoning and problem-solving and from Year 1- Year 6, we also have a 3 week rolling programme for mathematics. This is taught on a daily basis and allows the children to frequently re-visit the various mathematical concepts that are covered in each year group.
Quality first teaching is at the heart of all our maths lessons, to ensure that all children make progress. We teach using a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach so that learning is made real for all pupils and through the use of manipulatives as a scaffold for learning, children have a hook for their understanding.
Differentiation is through depth rather than through acceleration of learning. We want our pupils to feel secure in ‘having a go’. Learners are often sat in mixed ability seating and are supported by the class teacher and learning support assistant as appropriate. The children are encouraged to discuss and share their mathematical understanding, using STEM sentences and appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
Children should be encouraged to explore and to investigate but they first need to be able to quickly recall. We have a weekly times table competition for all children from Year 2- Year 6. The children have the opportunity to collect their bronze, silver and gold certificates, a 100% badge and finally a medal as they work through to more challenging multiplications and related facts. Those pupils who have gained their 100% badge, also have the opportunity to apply to become a Maths Mentor. This is a position that enables them to work with younger year groups as a ‘mini teacher’.
We strive to have an engaging curriculum for Mathematics. Teachers apply mathematical concepts to their topic work to make it relevant for the children and mathematics is regularly taught through forest school.
The children will be confident mathematicians who will gain the skills and mathematical understanding that they need, not only for their schooling, but more importantly for their life. They will be resilient learners and be able to apply their mathematical skills in different contexts, as logical thinkers and problem-solvers. They will understand the pedagogy behind mathematical concepts, select the most effective strategies and be able to explain why they are using a particular method. Furthermore, they will be excited by maths and have enquiring minds, ready to take on new challenges.
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.