Along with all other maintained schools in England we are required by government to teach the revised National Curriculum (September 2014).
The curriculum is ‘what’ will be taught, however, does not dictate ‘how’ things are taught. That is down to us! We mix a rich cross curricular approach to make learning fun, with discrete teaching of specialist subjects such as computing, foreign languages, music and physical education. We believe in using research to inform our teaching practice and pedagogy.
There will be summative testing with national comparisons at the beginning and end of Reception year, a phonics check in year one, and revised statutory tests at the end of year 2 and 6.
At Halton Holegate, our pupils in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
This curriculum is play based, and involves children self-selecting activities, whole class activities and small adult led activities by the teachers and support staff. Adults very carefully observe the children and plan progress for each of them by intervening in play and also planning targeted teaching to move learning forward.
At Halton Holegate, we use a phonics programme called Read, Write, Inc, a programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven (see the phonics link under the Curriculum tab for further information).
More detailed information on our curriculum can be provided by class teachers or head teacher on request.
You can visit each class homepage to see what exciting, thematic learning is happening each term!