Headley Park Primary School aims to provide an outstanding level of education for all children, striving for academic excellence, a rich creative curriculum and a wide variety of inspiring and enjoyable experiences. Children are encouraged to have high aspirations and take on new challenges, not limited by pre-determined ideas of what they may be able to achieve.
‘Inspire Learning, Strengthen Community, Celebrate Achievement’
Headley Park Primary School aims to provide an outstanding level of education for all children, striving for academic excellence, a rich creative curriculum and a wide variety of inspiring and enjoyable experiences. We want our children to feel respected and cared for as individuals as well as part of a strong and supportive community. We work in a collaborative and supportive way to enable our children to succeed, to celebrate their achievements and to be proud of who they are and what they can contribute to the world, now and in the future. We aim for our children to be independent, resourceful and resilient learners, who are aspirational and confident and care for others and the world around them.
Teaching and Learning at our schools is based on the principle of ‘Learning Without Limits’. Children are encouraged to have high aspirations and take on new challenges, not limited by pre-determined ideas of what they may be able to achieve. In most lessons, they will have a choice of independent tasks instead of given work to suit a set ‘ability group’. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning and to play an active part in how their lessons, classes and schools are run.
Learning to Lead will be developed to enable children to work in teams to lead an area of their choice. In the younger classes, this may be taking responsibility for daily class jobs, and as they get older, they take more and more of a lead in organising and running areas of the school. For example, running after school clubs, arranging speakers and workshop leaders to come in to school, organising fundraising events, running Eco campaigns, improving the school grounds, and many more – their work changes from year to year.
Throughout our curriculum, we provide children with opportunities to learn and develop the Headley Park Skills – creativity, responsibility, perseverance, management, empathy, patience, planning and collaboration. We aim for the children to develop these skills and apply them in a range of contexts, to prepare them for success in a wide range of contexts.
At Headley Park, we deliver a skills-based topic curriculum, covering all the requirements of the national curriculum and more, through creative topics which respond directly to children’s particular interests and ideas. Our skilled and talented teachers plan throughout the year to ensure lessons build on the children’s questions and areas they wish to explore, while at the same time developing crucial skills that progress in difficulty and sophistication through the year groups.
Instead of the traditional ‘subject coordinators’, our curriculum areas are led by teams of teaching and support staff, governors and parent volunteers. The teams will also work closely with the relevant ‘Learning to Lead’ teams run by children. Each team has a leader from among the teaching staff.
Maths and English is taught in mixed ability class groups, with the focus on mastery of skills at the appropriate age-related level.
Early Years – The Foundation stage
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, developing key skills through exploratory play, as well as learning early reading, writing and maths skills. They are gradually introduced to elements of the KS1 curriculum when they are ready so they are fully prepared by Year 1. Nursery operates separately from the rest of the school apart from end of term assemblies but there is a period of transition in term 6 where they join in with the rest of the school more often to prepare them for Reception. Reception classes are a fully integrated part of all aspects of school life.
The Early years are absolutely crucial in nurturing a love of learning – we aim for children to achieve all the Early Learning goals in a safe and enjoyable environment that inspires curiosity and wonder. We have a strong emphasis on social and emotional development and work closely with children from other year groups to foster co-operation and aspirational goals. Close collaboration and communication with parents is vital for success in this formative year, to build on the children’s knowledge and experiences at home and to work as a team to enable the children to reach their goals.
Summary of the Early Learning Goals:
- Communication and language development – Listening and attention / understanding / speaking
- Physical development – moving and handling/ health and self-care
- Personal, social and emotional development – self-confidence and self-awareness / managing feelings and behaviour / Making relationships
- Literacy development – reading and writing
- Mathematics development – number / space, shape and measure
- Understanding of the world – people and communities / the world / technology
- Expressive arts and design – using media and materials / being imaginative
We aim to provide a high-quality education in English to teach pupils to write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know and is therefore amongst the highest priorities in our schools.
We promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
We aim to ensure that all pupils in our schools:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, both for pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and ideas
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
- have a sound knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation rules and apply these consistently and ambitiously in their writing
Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for all children’s futures. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Our overarching aim for Mathematics is to promote high standards, create enthusiasm for the subject and for all children to have a clear understanding of both the abstract and more creative ideas within mathematics.
In line with the requirements of the national requirement, we aim for children to achieve mastery of the age-related skills and be able to use and apply their mathematical knowledge in a range of contexts.
Key Characteristics in Mathematical Teaching and Learning at our Schools:
Children develop confidence and expertise in maths by
- Developing their Spoken Language in maths – explaining their reasoning and exploring and talking about problems with their peers
- Developing their Reasoning skills, following a line of enquiry, making relationships and generalisations, and developing justification using mathematical language.
- Making Generalisations and working systematically, looking for and predicting patterns and systems
- Using and Applying Mathematical Knowledge to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of similar steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
- Working in an environment which is conducive to mathematical learning. We provide a visually rich environment giving children opportunities to learn about numbers and how useful they are in daily life. This involves both displaying and using appropriate models and images which will aid and influence children’s learning and also providing children with a range of practical resources thus enabling multi-sensory learning to take place.
- Learning key facts for Rapid Recall. We will ensure that all children are fluent in the key facts and skills of mathematics including times tables so that they are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems.
See English and maths guidance for detailed schemes of work and objectives.
All children are treated as individuals and their particular needs are catered for as far as possible. Children with an identified Special Educational Need or learning difficulty have a specific programme of support tailored to their needs. Our aim for all children with such needs is to:
- Raise their standard of achievement and ensure they make good progress
- Provide them with full access to the National Curriculum, so that each child can develop his/her potential to the full
- Enable all pupils to be included fully in the school community
- Promote confidence and a positive attitude, and to enable every child to experience success.
- Identify and assess any special need as early as possible and meet their needs as far as possible within the class. Additional 1:1 or small group work may be necessary but the majority of their time will be spent alongside their peers, following the same lessons, with additional support e.g. from a teaching assistant or practical resources / visual aids
- Work in full consultation with the child and his/her parents to identify the most appropriate support
Changes in Our World Team – History, Geography, Citizenship, Pupil Voice, Environment
- To ensure our inspiring & challenging curriculum provides opportunities to develop children’s knowledge and understanding about the world they live in by studying the past, present and considering the future
- To ensure our children have access to a broad range of quality resources within school and have the opportunity to extend their learning experiences by studying outside of the classroom e.g. stimulating class trips and visits as well as welcoming visitors into school
- To inspire a love of learning which develops an understanding of global awareness and fosters personal responsibility towards their local environment and the wider world community
- To promote an understanding of community ownership within the schools, where all voices and opinions are valued, shared and listened to with respect and where all children feel they can make a positive difference to their school experiences
Culture Team – Art, Music, DT, RE, Philosophy, Drama, MFL
We understand the power of music, dance, art and drama to broaden the children’s experiences and develop not only their confidence but also a very wide range of skills. The arts help children shine; they can help them make sense of their world and their creative selves and they can provide a vehicle for some of the most enjoyable, cooperative and celebratory learning there is. We aim to develop children’s thinking and reasoning skills as well as their understanding of different viewpoints through philosophy. We recognise the importance of modern foreign languages in order to develop children’s understanding of the world as well as refining language and grammar knowledge.
- Inspire children to explore and develop their own skills in the visual and performing arts
- Deliver high quality experiences and resources with the arts (teaching staff, visiting artists and performers) in order to develop the children’s skills in a range of art disciplines.
- Empower children through providing them with opportunities to perform and showcase their work as well as encourage pupils to take risks and express themselves in their creative work.
- Inspire curiosity and confidence in modern foreign languages
- Encourage children to reflect deeply and challenge and question received wisdom.
To be successful in DT, we have to be bold. We have to allow the children to take risks and learn to use proper equipment. We take safety very seriously and always minimise risk but our philosophy is always to find a safe way to do something rather than not do it at all. Blunt scissors and masking tape just can’t achieve the same results as craft knives and glue guns! Children are encouraged to use tools properly and safely and select the most appropriate tools and materials for the task. DT allows children to be inventive and creative, while also gaining specific practical skills and knowledge.
- To teach an inspiring and relevant curriculum which enables children to improve their designing and making abilities and develop their understanding of how things work.
- To acquire a rich, diverse and high quality bank of DT resources which will help in the development of DT skills.
- To run projects, workshops, trips and events that inspire and empower children to design and create with increasing complexity and sophistication through the year groups
We aim to inspire and motivate our children to achieve sporting excellence and to enjoy taking part in a wide range of sports and physical activity at any level. We aim to find and nurture their sporting talents and encourage them to adopt a physically fit lifestyle out of school and into adulthood. We strive for high-quality PE teaching and high levels of participation in competitive events. We aim for all children leaving primary school to be able to swim 25m.
All children take part in at least 2 hours of physical activity a week and we develop expertise in PE teaching through the use of peer development, specialist coaches and specific training and development including sports apprenticeships.
We aim for children to feel happy and safe in school, develop excellent social skills and a high level of emotional literacy. Through lessons, circle times and assemblies, we teach children how to keep themselves and each other safe, including anti-bullying strategies, e-safety and personal health and safety.
Science and ICT
We are committed to taking advantage of the most up to date technologies to enhance the children’s learning, help them adapt to the modern world and use modern technology safely and to their best advantage. We are committed to inspiring enthusiasm for science, building on children’s natural curiosity to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them and explore scientific concepts through a range of practical activities. This area of the curriculum has the power to inspire awe and wonder and increase children’s independence and resourcefulness. We have a progressive and dynamic approach, with an emphasis on developing enthusiasm for the subjects and good transferrable skills that children can take with them to High School and into adult life.
- To teach an inspiring and relevant curriculum which lends itself to the development of investigative skills and a deeper understanding of the world and beyond.
- To possess a rich, diverse and high quality bank of science resources which will help in the understanding and investigating of the science curriculum.
- For children to experience science in the outside world at levels of complexity and achievement beyond what is possible in school.
- For children to teach each other and learn from each other.
Technology moves so fast, children need to be equipped with the confidence and skills to navigate their way through new programmes and a range of platforms to solve a wide variety of problems. It is our aim to provide them with as many different experiences as possible of modern technology and to use ICT across the curriculum. Children use computers and Ipads frequently in all areas of the curriculum and are becoming increasingly proficient in finding apps and programmes for different purposes including research, multimedia presentations, digital art, scientific investigations, consolidation of core skills and many more.
- Enable children and teachers to move away from ‘Microsoft Windows learning’, exploring teaching and learning through different operating systems and with different devices
- Equip the children with the ability to learn how to use new tools on their own, allowing them the time and space to teach each other and integrate children’s existing knowledge developed outside of school.
- Develop programming skills
- Develop the role of child ‘ICT Leaders’
- Ensure ICT is used in some way across the entire curriculum, recognising that it permeates into all areas of work and life in the outside world.
- Teach specific computing skills as discrete lessons as well as applying them across the curriculum
- Celebrate and share exemplary use of ICT with the rest of the school and wider world.
- Establish e-safety as an embedded element of all our teaching and learning. Develop an awareness among children, staff and parents of some of the negative impacts of technology and the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between life in the real and virtual world.