Curriculum

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All planning for the curriculum at Hillside is based on the new National Curriculum and the Local Authority recommended curriculums (RE, PE and PSHCE). Teachers follow the Hillside Teaching and Learning Policy as well as working from
non-negotiables for each subject area. These non-negotiables are a set of key learning objectives that children in each year group will be taught for every subject area. This does not include Reading, Writing, Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar (SPaG), and Maths where key objectives are used instead.

Further information can be found below, and also via the Curriculum by Year Group and Curriculum by Subject tabs, or by speaking to your child's class teacher.

For a number of subjects, the children are taught through the schools new Immersive Curriculum. The subjects included are Writing, Science, Geography, History, Art, DT and Music. The subjects are studied through a range of topics during each academic year. The aim of the Immersive Curriculum is to broaden children’s experiences and help them make links and gain transferable skills whilst deepening their knowledge and understanding. 

Phonics and Spelling

Children from FS2 to Year3 practise phonics every day. The children have a 20minutes phonics lesson which follows the Letters and Sounds phonics program and is supported by Jolly Phonics. During Year3 and across the rest of KS2 the children begin to take part in daily taught spelling sessions based on the key spellings and patterns in the National Curriculum.

Reading

Children have Guided Reading sessions throughout the week and may also read individually with an adult, when necessary. Hillside follows a number of reading schemes, including ORT, Big Cat and Bug Club. The reading schemes are all colour book banded in the same way so that children working at different levels can access a range of books. Children have access to the school Library, attending weekly Library sessions and borrowing books to take home. Each classroom also has a reading corner.

Maths

In Maths, children learn about number, calculation, fractions, geometry, measure and statistics. In year6 they also study the additional topics of ratio and proportion and algebra. They revisit each area a number of times throughout the year, ensuring they develop and embed their understanding and skills. Links are made between the topics through application and reasoning opportunities. Daily ‘starter’ activities are based on learning and understanding timestables in order to help children to become fluent in this area. Children at Hillside follow the Hillside calculation policy.

Science

Is taught through the immersive curriculum. Throughout the Year children study a range of topics, developing their knowledge of different subjects, as well as learning key scientific enquiry skills.

Art and Design Technology (DT)

These subjects are taught through the Immersive Curriculum. Both subjects follow the same outline:

  • Looking at work by a specific artist or manufacturer;
  • Unpicking key skills that the artist or manufacturer has used;
  • Practising these skills;
  • Designing their own product or piece of art work using learnt skills;
  • Creating their product or art work;
  • Evaluating their work.

In Art, each year group completes a piece of work based on drawing, paint and sculpture. In DT, the children look at constructions, textiles and food technology

PSHE

The children follow the PSHE Association National Programme of PSHE.  This is delivered through a dedicated PSHE day every half term.  The skills and knowledge learned from this PSHE Day are then embedded through the immersive curriculum for the rest of the term.

RE

The children follow the Suffolk RE scheme of work. Learning in this subject is enriched by visits to different places of worship and specific days, weeks and homework projects.

PE

The children follow the Suffolk PE scheme of work, supported by PE specialist teacher. Children have the opportunity to study gymnastics, athletics, games and swimming as well as a range of other topics.

Modern Foreign Language

All children in Key Stage 2 learn French.

Computing

Computing is taught to all children from Year1 to Year6. The children complete a number of different units of work including: Programming, Computational Thinking, Creativity, Productivity, Computer Networks and Communication and Collaboration. The children get to practice and apply these skills in our brand new Computing Suite.

Music

Music is taught through and linked to the topic the children are studying as part of the Immersive Curriculum. Music is taught by a specialist subject teacher and is enriched by a range of extra-curricular opportunities

History and Geography

These subjects are taught through the Immersive Curriculum. The children are again given the opportunity to develop their knowledge of different topics as well as their subject specific skills. These include using different historical sources to find information in History and orienteering in Geography. 

The children study both British History and that of ancient civilisations, focusing on the chronology of events. In Geography, the children learn about the British Isles, comparing them to different countries in Europe, Northern and Southern America.