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Curriculum

We aim to make education fun and engaging for our pupils, which is why in addition to the National Curriculum subjects we provide other creative options to extend the learning further. We use a project based approach to education, grounded in the National Curriculum, maximising and deepening learning, whilst building our pupils capacity to apply their learning to the world in which they live.

The Hope Community School, Sidcup Curriculum:

We consider our curriculum to be starting point of the life-long learning journey that children embark on when they begin their Primary School career with us. Our curriculum enables our children to access a wide range of experiences and is rooted in quality first teaching and learning for all children regardless of age, gender, circumstance or ability. Although we are a relatively new school, opening in 2013, our Christian Values underpin all that we do here – they are at the heart of everything we try to achieve for all pupils.

Curriculum Intent

Having carefully considered the needs of our community, we have selected Adventure, Creativity, Aspiration and Diversity as qualities to drive the children’s learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Our curriculum enables children to acquire key skills and knowledge in each subject area. During each child's time at the school, knowledge is repeated in all subjects to ensure that it is securely embedded in the children’s long term memory.  Age appropriate knowledge is clearly planned across each subject and in line with national curriculum expectations. Each curriculum subject is led by an expert who oversees the on-going development of their subject. Leaders ensure that subject specific knowledge is progressive and sequential".

We acknowledge that reading skills are a vital and integral part of the curriculum. A robust reading curriculum from reception to Year 6 broadens children's language and vocabulary. It gives our children access to all areas of the curriculum and promotes enjoyment and love of learning from the earliest age.   The school operates a quality phonics programme as soon as children start school and this is built upon from Year 2 upwards as fluency and comprehension skills develop. Each year group learn from a carefully selected range of quality texts from a variety of genres which are selected to develop an inquisitive mind, vocabulary, inference and deduction. As a school, we aim to promote a love for reading and encourage children to read 'real books' as oppose to using a scheme based approach.

All children achieving strong numeracy and literacy skills is a key objective for children in our school and we endeavour to achieve this through our creative curriculum approach.

We have designed a curriculum based on our knowledge of our children and the community we serve, their cultural capital deficits and a clear understanding of the experiences that children need in order to prepare them for the future. Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is tailored to meet the specific needs to the children within our local community that our school serves.

Curriculum Drivers:

Adventure ~ Creativity ~ Aspiration ~ Diversity

Adventure

Adventure is a central part of the curriculum we offer at school. The curriculum encourages children to be adventurous and innovative in their learning. Our termly ‘Learning Links’ contain engaging and relevant themes for the children in the community and foster a sense of curiosity in our pupils. Our curriculum encourages children to be adventurous risk takers – being resilient when faced with challenge and never giving up. By being adventurous we develop confidence and self-esteem in all of our pupils, ready for the 21st Century world. Regular educational visits locally and further afield develop widen the children’s understanding of the world around them in a meaningful context which extends their learning.

Creativity

Our curriculum offers all pupils opportunity to develop the skills required to be a creative learner – this is what we aspire for all children to be. Curriculum opportunities encourage children to make independent choices and connections in their learning for example looking back in history to better understand the present and future. Our curriculum ‘Learning Links’ are designed to develop children’s own creative approaches to tasks. We want children to understand that learning can take place not just within the walls of the classroom but outdoors in our community too.

Aspiration

Our curriculum is driven by the aspirations we want to instil in all of the children of the school. It offers opportunities for children to explore areas of interest and set achievable goals for long term success by exposing them to the great artists, musicians and sports people of the present and the past. Our curriculum offers the opportunity for children to interact with positive role models to enable them to build long term aspirations for themselves which go beyond the primary years. Our curriculum is designed to make the world an accessible place that children can explore. We want our curriculum to reflect that our own dreams and goals can be achieved through setting high expectations for themselves; demonstrating how they can achieve these through positive steps.

Diversity

We want for all children at Hope Community school to access not just a broad and balanced curriculum but a diverse one.  We want children in our community to celebrate the similarities and differences between themselves and others across the world – challenging stereotypes they might be exposed to. We want our curriculum to foster opportunities for children to appreciate, respect and celebrate the views, cultures, religions of others. Through carefully selected ‘Learning Links’, we want for our learners to be aware of what is happening around the world and the part they have to play it in.

Our curriculum embraces a wide range of learning opportunities, with strong cross-curricular and community links, through effective local businesses partnerships.

We deliver a thematic approach to learning through implementing the Power of Reading approach developed by the CLPE. It is an approach based on using recommended texts over a period of time and, where possible, the different subject areas are linked to the chosen text.

To ensure coverage of genres and skills within the English curriculum, teachers  look at the text to decide which genre/s and skills can be taught through the text, as well as how the text lends itself to other programmes of study. For example, through the text ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’ by David Conway and Jude Daly, children explored the issues of drought and its impact on plants. This was then linked to the science programme of study where we looked at what plants need to grow.

Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation checklists for pupils in Years 1 to 6. 

A thematic, cross curricular approach is used to ensure meaningful links are made for pupils’ understanding and building on their prior learning, whilst not compromising on delivering the depth and breadth of the national curriculum. As a result, some subjects are taught discreetly, for example Phonics and Maths to ensure appropriate coverage. 

At Hope Community School our Foundation Stage follows the national EYFS Framework. Children are currently assessed against the EYFS profile at the end of the Reception Year. 
 

The curriculum for Key Stage 1 follows our Creative Project and personalised learning curriculum which has the National Curriculum at its core. 

Detailed information for each year group's curriculum can be found on the relevant class page, on the curriculum vision document below or from the class teacher. 

If you would like to discuss any aspects of our curriculum please contact the School Office.

Phonics

Our phonics program in EYFS and through Key Stage 1 and 2 is developed from Letters and Sounds and is taught daily for a 20-minute session. Each class differentiates according to the phase the children are working on and staff are deployed as necessary within the class. Phonics are used by children in KS1 and KS2 to help them read and write. 

Mandarin

Children explored the Chinese new year .