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Our Curriculum

Back in 2019, the whole school community collaborated on creating our curriculum vision and agreeing core values, all of which are represented in our curriculum rainbow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rainbow can be seen throughout school and is a constant reminder of our aims as a school. Our vision and values permeate our whole curriculum.  

 

Please click here to access our curriculum intent document.

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Reading

 

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

 

At Hooton Pagnell, we provide a reading-rich environment throughout the school. Children in all classes enjoy novels read by the class teacher, participate in guided reading sessions, whole class reading, individual reading and reading in other areas of the curriculum.

 

 

Phonics

 

We are a "Get Reading, Keep Reading, Change Everything" school.

 

We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

 

Ruth Miskin Training recognises us for teaching the programme with fidelity and passion - we know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

 

The Ruth Miskin badge recognises that we;

 

- Raise standards in reading and writing for our children

- Are all expertly trained by Rith Miskin Training

- Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin consultant trainer

- Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day 

 

To visit the parent pages on the Ruth Miskin Training website, simply click here .

 

To sign up to the Ruth Miskin Training newsletter, simply click here.

 

Novel Studies

 

In Adventurers and Navigators (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6), the majority of our learning in English stems from our class novels. Pathfinders (Yea 1 and 2) begin novel study when they have secured their phonics knowledge.

We recognise the power and opportunity created from reading engaging texts, which we always choose with great care. It is human nature to love a good story; our aim is to excite and engage our learners in deep thinking about reading comprehension strategies.

The main benefits of novel study for us are (in no particular order):

 

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  1. Engagement and excitement for learning (at the end of a session, we want to leave the class wanting more);

  2. Expanding reading skills (including word recognition and retrieval, but focussing mainly on inference skills and locating evidence to back up our ideas);

  3. Improving speaking and listening skills (we love having intelligent conversations and debates about the themes we come across in books);

  4. Increasing knowledge of language and vocabulary (we hardly ever leave a word or phrase unexplored);

  5. Developing social skills (we learn how to empathise with the characters in our book,                       often putting ourselves in their shoes);

  6. Exposing pupils to other cultures, periods of history or simply circumstances outside of their own (we believe that a good novel can open the door to all of this).

 

 

 

 

Writing

 

From initial mark-making in Explorers (Reception) to extended writing across the curriculum in Navigators (Year 5 and 6), the teaching of writing at HP is an engaging and developmental process.

 

Our aim is to make writing as purposeful as possible;

when children have a reason and clear motivation to write, they produce magic on the page! 

 

Basic skills like handwriting and spelling are taught rigorously so that the children become confident in these building blocks of writing. Most writing is linked to novel study with the addition of a wide range of cross-curricular writing opportunities providing the opportunity to apply the grammar and punctuation skills they have learned in a meaningful context whilst developing their own personal flair and style. We relish any opportunity to write and regularly contribute pieces to the local magazine. Children are adept at editing their work to achieve polished final pieces. 

 

 

 

Maths

 

Mathematical development is multifaceted and follows the principle of developing three key areas of mathematical thinking;

  • Fluency

  • Reasoning

  • Problem Solving

 

Each child has the opportunity to develop all three skills so they become a rounded, passionate and tenacious mathematical thinker.

 

Our school follows the scheme by the White Rose Maths Hub. Find out more about the scheme by clicking here.

 

We understand the challenges of trying to help your child with their learning, especially in a subject you may not enjoy. Therefore throughout the year, we will be running workshops so you can really understand our vision for your child’s mathematical development. Sessions will be posted nearer the time and we really hope you will be able to attend.

 

Useful Maths Websites

 

We've carefully selected a number of websites that you may find helpful in supporting your child's learning in maths. Simply click the image to visit the page.

 

 

 

 

 

Foundation Subjects

 

All of our foundations subjects are delivered through the Dimensions Learning Means the World creative curriculum. Please click here to read our curriculum policy. 

The foundation subjects include science, ICT, design technology, PE, art, history, geography, RE, PHSE and modern foreign languages, which we deliver mainly through cross-curricular themes. These themes follow a two year cycle which is available here.

 

We aim to promote curiosity about the world whilst teaching a range of subject-specific talents. The children learn skills which will prepare them for a technological future. In addition, children investigate our past, geographical features and the story of different places. In all lessons, the children use our curriculum drivers as a vehicle to develop our core values. 

Click here to see our two year theme cycle. 

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