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Curriculum 

Intent

At R L Hughes, we aim to provide a knowledge rich curriculum that is broad, balanced, and meets the needs of the children in our community. We aim to motivate and inspire children through a curriculum that engages and challenges all learners. 

Our curriculum is designed to deepen knowledge and develop skills, with literacy at the heart, ensuring effective skills progression within each subject discipline and across all year groups. Our ambition is to develop the ‘whole child’, nurturing children’s talents and celebrating their achievements and successes, both academically and in areas such as ‘The Arts’ and ‘PE and Sport’. 

 We also aim to ensure that all children understand about healthy relationships and what different relationships look like. We want to ensure our children know how to stay safe and that they are prepared for the next stage in their learning journey.

 

Implementation

At R L Hughes, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum is well-planned and provides literacy-rich, cross-curricular opportunities.  Teachers use carefully selected, high-quality focus reading texts, relating to the History, Geography or Science focus themes, to deliver elements of the English curriculum. 

Within the wider curriculum, teachers ensure that there are opportunities planned for children to further develop their literacy skills, including regular cross-curricular writing, ensuring that standards are consistent across the curriculum. 

Knowledge and vocabulary are fundamental within our curriculum. We recognise the importance of knowledge and the part this plays in raising standards in reading, writing and maths. Lessons are well-planned to develop and increase children’s knowledge, building on prior experiences and making connections in their learning. Children are immersed in and exposed to a diet of vocabulary, which is high-level and subject-specific, to extend their breadth of language. 

Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’, including the use of specialist teachers in PE and Music. Enrichment opportunities, including outdoor learning, inspirational visitors and exciting educational visits, provide our children with rich experiences and enhance teaching, learning and knowledge. Knowledge and skills are accurately assessed against ‘Age-Related Descriptors’ and ‘knowledge-based learning objectives’. 

Our curriculum promotes children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, ensuring that they are reflective and responsible citizens. Fundamental British Values are actively promoted in order to prepare the children for life in Modern Britain. 

Our curriculum is continually shaped and developed to meet children’s interests and needs, and is supported by practices based on credible research.

 

Impact

Our curriculum ensures that children are knowledgeable and skilled, achieve well and make excellent progress at each stage of their education. Through the breadth and depth that our curriculum offers, children have strong character traits and are rounded and grounded, confident and resilient, and well-equipped for the future. Our curriculum enables children to become articulate and enthusiastic learners, creative and physically competent, with high aspirations and ambition.  

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