Curriculum Newsletter

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Teaching What Will Matter to Our Children:

Performance: Underpinning the whole of the Creative and Performing Arts curriculum at Hillcrest Academy will be performance. We strive to create expressive, confident children, who are keen to demonstrate their creative flair in a range of curriculum areas.

Skills: Learning activities develop carefully selected, transferable skills that progress over the seven years of primary schooling. Explicit teaching of these skills leads to their application in a context relating to the curriculum theme which is based on a key text, precisely chosen to ensure complete engagement and enjoyment.

Relevant Knowledge: Throughout their curriculum journey, children will acquire knowledge which is inspirational and culturally relevant. This repertoire of knowledge will prepare them for modern British society, allowing them to mediate cultural and factual references in their everyday lives. It will ignite a sense of awe and wonder that ensures children are interested, engaged and curious.

Vocabulary Development: Through the precise planning of both subject and context specific vocabuilary, children will learn a huge amount of new vocabulary which they wil be able to apply to a range of contexts.  The clear-cut way in which the whole of the curriculum is intended to be, will ensure that through repetition of the key vocabulary in a range of contexts, this becomes embedded vocabulary.

Our Approach to Teaching the Curriculum:

Creative and Performing Arts: Pupils at Hillcrest will develop their confidence and competence through each Curriculum theme. They will be given the opportunity to learn dance, perform dramatic pieces, create high quality art work or contricute to a musical performance. This element will form a central part of each and every curriculum theme.

Engaging Experiences: Every creative theme must include a visitor or visit. Over the course of a child’s primary schooling, they will experience a minimum of twenty one visits or visitors relating to their creative themes. These visits and visitors offer specialised knowledge upon which children can build their understanding of the subject. Each theme begins with an inspiring and powerful hook, intentionally thought-provoking to ignite a sense of curiosity in the children that will be sustained for a full term of work and create a strong point of reference.

Cross Curricular Links: Creative themes incorporate, and provide context for, the majority of NC subjects: English,  Computing, Languages, Humanities and the Arts. Many creative theme lessons incorporate skills and content from multiple subjects.

SMSC: SMSC and Modern British Values (MBV) are woven into all aspects of the curriculum. Children develop their understanding of how actions affect themselves and others, learn about different communities and MBV: tolerance and respect, democracy, rule of law and liberty.

If you would like any more information about the Curriculum at Hillcrest please come into school and ask to speak to Mr Burton.

Creating Our Model:

We begin by planning key texts, which we are confident will provide the pupils with an engaging reference point for the work throughout the term. The key skills are then carefully considered to ensure that meaningful cross-curricular links can be made. The curriculum aims to ensure all of the pupils leaving Hillcrest at the end of Year 6 are fully prepared to continue their learning journey in to high school. There is an expectation that teachers will plan meaningful and engaging activities in order to ensure that pupils acquire key knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a context that they fully understand.

Downloadable Documents

Curriculum Overview

Please click on the documents below to find out more about the curriculum overview for each year group and their learning for the Autumn Term.

Reception Teaching Timeline