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The Curriculum


Hampstead Norreys provides a broad, balanced, differentiated curriculum which is accessible to all. Our school seeks to promote the whole child ensuring that academic, cultural, physical, and emotional needs of the child are met. Hampstead Norreys curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum.

Early Years Foundation Stage all children enter school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday.  Our class, called Kites, is small, and as a result the children receive a personalised curriculum. The curriculum offers both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities.  We ensure that all children benefit from both child-initiated and adult-directed learning, appropriate for their age and development. The children learn phonics daily and go on Forest Friday every week.

Numeracy – is taught to pupils as a class, group or individual activity.  The needs of the pupils are met through differentiated tasks.  Investigations and problem-solving are provided at all levels.  At Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6), this mathematical learning is expanded and developed by encouraging children to justify their responses. Physical and visual resources are used to develop a sense of mastery aiding the children’s understanding.

Literacy – takes place in all classes each day.  Literacy work involves reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  Literacy is also integrated into other curriculum areas.  Pupils are taught as a whole class and also in small groups.  We encourage pupils to develop their written work through note-taking, draft writing editing and word processing on the computer.  Handwriting and spelling are given regular curriculum time.

Reading - we have a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, which are stored at age-appropriate levels in each classroom.  We encourage home/school liaison in the acquisition of reading skills.  All children have a Reading Record in which their reading achievements are recorded.

ICT – is used to reinforce mathematical concepts and to be a source of information for data-handling work. We have a range of computers enabling all pupils to develop their IT skills.  The mobile suite of 16 laptops which all children use are networked and pupils can access the Internet safely.  Digital technology (eg cameras, video cameras, data loggers and digital microscopes) are used by the children. Interactive whiteboards in every classroom are a valuable aid to teaching mathematics and other subjects.

Science pupils have opportunities throughout their primary years to investigate and experiment with scientific ideas.  Skills, knowledge and understanding develop from these investigations.  Planning and organisational skills are taught through experimental work. All pupils record their results in pictorial and written form.

Modern Foreign Languages we begin teaching German in Year 3 and French in Year 5.  Pupils learn basic everyday conversation and vocabulary connected to school, their families, familiar objects, food, colours and holidays. 

Music Hampstead Norreys school has a musical tradition.  Children are also given the opportunity to have tuition in a range of instruments, for example: piano, flute, clarinet and recorder.

Religious EducationThe syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in this country are in the main Christian, whilst taking into account teachings and practices of other religions represented in Great Britain today.  Parents may withdraw their child from Religious Education after consultation with the Headteacher and alternative activities will be arranged for the pupil. We follow the agreed syllabus provided by West Berkshire.

Topics - Over the course of the week the children will receive a number of topic-based lessons. This means that the teacher will have planned a half-term or term's work around a central theme, and a good proportion of the Geography, History, Art etc will stem from that theme.

Physical Education (PE) Physical education takes the form of games, swimming, gymnastics, dance, drama, outdoor adventure activities. The pupils of Year 6 have an opportunity to participate in a residential visit for a week in the Summer term along with other Downs Federation pupils.  An overnight stay under canvas is also organised for Year 5 pupils in the Summer term. Swimming takes place every year for a term for pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. 

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education pupils visit themes such as friendship, feelings, relationships, changes and sharing.  We regularly make pupils aware about the dangers around them.  Outside agencies including the Police, Health Authority and Education Advisors are welcomed into school to highlight, inform and advise about current areas of concern.  Parents are encouraged to attend these meetings.  Our Year 6 pupils participate in the annual Junior Citizen event to consolidate these themes before transferring to secondary school. 

Drama – plays a part in developing the child’s language and confidence.  The school drama production takes place at the end of the Summer term.  All children participate in this event, with the Year 6 pupils playing the major roles.

Mission Statement

Great Learning !   Great Challenge !  Great Fun !

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