The curriculum at All Saints C of E Primary School is centred around the core aim of Preparing Pupils for Their Future which permeates every aspect of learning. Whilst we believe core skills like reading, writing and mathematics are essential, we have a rich and broad curriculum that encourages investigation, curiosity, engagement, innovation and the opportunity to work in different ways. We foster a growth mindset in our children so that they relish challenges and believe they can succeed in every learning opportunity. Throughout each part of the curriculum, children use peer and adult critique to create final drafts that represent their best learning.
The Christian values of love, hope, peace, and joy support all aspects of the curriculum.
They are taught in R.E., PHSE and collective worship primarily but pervade all aspects of the curriculum. The children are encouraged to reflect on a regular basis in a range of contexts.
We have very strong links with our church, All Saints, and visit at least once per term for services and celebrations. Rev. Kathryn Herod joins us in school to lead worship once per half term.
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.
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.
In Classes 3 and 4, the majority of our learning in English stems from our class novels. Class 2 children 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):
Engagement and excitement for learning (at the end of a session, we want to leave the class wanting more);
Expanding reading skills (including word recognition and retrieval, but focussing mainly on inference skills and locating evidence to back up our ideas);
Improving speaking and listening skills (we love having intelligent conversations and debates about the themes we come across in books);
Increasing knowledge of language and vocabulary (we hardly ever leave a word or phrase unexplored);
Developing social skills (we learn how to empathise with the characters in our book, often putting ourselves in their shoes);
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).
From initial mark-making in Reception to extended writing across the curriculum in Year 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.
We strongly believe that our mathematical development is multifaceted and follows the principle of developing three key areas of mathematical thinking;
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 would love you to 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.
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 topics. 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 to develop aspiration, collaboration, curiosity, independence, resilience and faith.