At Hatch Warren Infant School we strive to instill a love of learning, where we are the starting place to encourage a life long journey of discovery. Through our core values, we foster an environment where the emotional (including mental health), physical, academic, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of each child is considered. Children learn best when experiences are first hand, linked to their interests and which also offer them exciting and awe inspiring encounters. We aim to create life-long learners and children who are encouraged to think creatively, to question and to explore. We systematically teach key learning behaviours which involve teaching children how to learn and develop resilience and responsibility, how to work effectively within a team and to become aware of themselves as learners.
Our curriculum is mapped to include coverage of the National Curriculum and provides a range of experiences for our pupils through an enhanced curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to challenge, engage and motivate with the ultimate goal that our learners progress academically and become successful, independent, confident individuals, who make a positive contribution to the community and society - both now and in the future. Our mantra of “Happiness and Wonder Inspires Success” helps all our children to aim high. We are fully committed to nurturing each child’s unique potential by valuing and celebrating their individual efforts and perseverance within a secure and caring environment. Excellent teaching and learning give children opportunities to be successful and take risks in a creative, safe, calm environment where classrooms and other learning spaces promote creativity and high aspiration.
The curriculum consists of many planned experiences in school and out: lessons, themed days, school council, assemblies, outdoor leaning, clubs, sports, trips and visits, workshops, fund raising and community work. Our projects aim to bring the curriculum to life through hooks to engage the children and capture their attention as well as a meaningful purpose and context for learning. Outcomes may be designed to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum but also to develop the skills needed for learning and for life. Our vibrant and rich curriculum is designed so that the subject specific skills are scaffolded within a cross-curricular theme or context each term. In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained, the programmes of study are then developed into medium term plans which clearly highlight the learning objectives, assessment opportunities, differentiated tasks as well as links to other subjects. Teachers then translate these plans into smaller units – half term, weekly, daily plans where the specific needs of the learners are addressed. We have developed better ways of assessing children’s needs and measuring impact on progress and attainment and, as such, teaching is carefully tailored to meet the needs of all the children. We ensure that learning is staged and builds on prior knowledge providing the children with the opportunity to revisit vital skills and knowledge regularly and embed this learning; therefore becoming experts. We aspire to our curriculum being unique to us. We place a huge emphasis on pupil engagement and design lessons with the help of our pupils. Pupil voice is used to support all decision making at Hatch Warren Infant School. To implement our intent, we ensure that our children are invested in their learning, making a positive contribution to the planning and design of our curriculum. Lessons are engaging and follow a creative curriculum which is designed to interest, inform and inspire our children.
Pupils leave Hatch Warren Infant School emotionally resilient with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and aware; how to make positive contributions to the local area and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be.
We have 3 foci when it comes to measuring the impact of our curriculum on outcomes for our children:
Ensuring high impact on children’s emotional development:
Through our curriculum we intend that our children are well prepared for the active role they will play as citizens of Britain and the world.
Ensuring high impact on children’s social development
Through our curriculum we intend that our children will develop a strong moral compass enabling them to go out into the world and making the right decisions for themselves and their community.
Ensuring high impact on standards
Through our curriculum we intend that all our children are well prepared for the next stage of their learning.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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