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Our Curriculum

We believe that all children have the entitlement to a broad, balanced, creative and coherent curriculum which should prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century. They should be equipped with the skills, attitudes and dispositions they need to become well rounded individuals and life-long learners whilst instilling the love of learning.

In order for children to learn to think for themselves the curriculum should be inquiry based. It is important that children are responsible for their own learning enabling them to plan and show initiative; persevere and have a commitment to self-improvement.

The curriculum aims to:

  • Promote and sustain a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.
  • Create a sense of wonder in its pupils.
  • Promote inclusion, diversity and community cohesion.
  • Keep up with technology.
  • Encourage children to work independently and cooperatively.
  • Ensure that children are taught to become enterprising.
  • Develop emotional intelligence and raise aspirations.
  • Help to make children socially responsible.
  • Contribute very well to pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
  • Ensure that all pupils realize their potential.
  • Ensure that children achieve high standards across a variety of subjects.
  • Ensure that all children are taught the essential knowledge in the subject discipline
  • Please use the link below to find out about the changes to the New Curriculum 

 

 The Curriculum

We teach a thematic based curriculum. Each theme has been carefully chosen based on the interests of the children and to enable us to deliver exciting learning experiences.

Popular books that share the common theme are used to teach reading and writing. eg. One of our year five themes is based around Harry Potter.

Most curriculum subjects are taught through the theme which is used as the vehicle to teach specific skills. Again sticking to the Harry Potter theme – sketching is linked to a falconry visit where the children can draw owls.

PSHCE (personal, social, health and citizenship), SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural) education are interwoven within these themes.

We strongly believe in providing an interesting and varied curriculum for all our pupils. Termly trips and a variety of visitors enhance lessons and add a 'Wow' factor to teaching and learning. We are extremely fortunate to have two mini buses at school that enable us to travel far and wide.

  

Residentials

During their time at Siddal we currently offer three residentials. These give the children fantastic opportunities to overcome personal challenges

Year 4 – Robinwood

Year 4 have traditionally visited Robinwood for a 1 night residential where the experience rock climbing, caving, archery, night lighting and The Piranha Pool. The course has now been extended to a 2 night residential. 

Year 5 – This year we will be visiting in Alnwick Castle in Northumberland as part of the Harry Potter theme.

Year 6 – London

For the past three years we have visited London with the year 6 pupils from Luddendenfoot, Siddal and Field Lane. During the three days we

Visit the House of Parliament

See a show (Matilda, Lion King, Aladdin)

Visit the Harry Potter Museum

       

Reception

Here in Reception we provide a warm, nurturing and stimulating environment for our pupils as they begin their school journey.  We aim to foster a real love of learning, allowing children to pursue their own interests and fascinations, while providing a firm foundation for reading, writing and mathematics. We cover all aspects of the EYFSP, building children's confidence and communication skills and unleashing their natural creativity! We spend lots of time exploring and learning through play both inside and out, with continual access to the Reception class garden come wind, rain or snow! We believe that an effective partnership with parents is paramount and families can access and contribute to their child's learning journey via our online portal, Early Essence. No two days are the same here in Reception, our children are happy, enthusiastic and overflowing with ideas!

      

KS1 and KS2

At Siddal, we strongly believe that reading is a vital life skill and we strive for all children to enjoy and value it. It is our aim to develop and create passionate readers for life. Children in Foundation and Key Stage One follow a book banded scheme that is made up of Oxford Reading Tree. Rigby Rocket and Bug Club.  The books provide a variety of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry texts for the children to enjoy.

The teaching of reading can be broken down into ‘Word Reading’ and ‘Comprehension’. Word reading is initially taught through phonics (Grapheme-Phoneme Correspondence) and follows the Read, Write Inc scheme’. Systematic phonics lessons are taught daily in the Foundation Stage and Year 1 and underpin the teaching of early reading. In Year 2, the children follow the Read Write Inc Spelling programme which allows them to learn new spelling rules and patterns. Comprehension skills are specifically taught throughout the curriculum to develop a greater understanding of texts. In Key Stage 2, readers develop independence by moving to the accelerated reading scheme where they select their own choice of book from a specific band. A greater emphasis is placed on reading comprehension skills, such as inference, prediction, deduction and information retrieval. Accelerated Reader is used to help assess children’s reading comprehension and their understanding of the vocabulary used in texts.

Children in Key Stage Two follow the Reading, Write Inc Spelling Programme to help them secure their knowledge of spelling rules and patterns. Across all stages, pupils’ vocabulary, awareness of grammar and enjoyment will be developed by having an extensive experience of listening to, sharing and discussing a wide range of high-quality texts with the teacher, other adults and each other. These concepts will be covered daily by: reading to children; listening to children read; guided reading, independent reading, and will take place throughout the whole school. At Siddal, we recognise the strong links between support at home and success in reading and seek to encourage a positive home-school reading partnership. We recommend that you take the time to share books with your children to further develop positive attitudes towards reading. This can be a combination of you reading to your child, listening to them read and asking questions about what they have read. With your support, by the time children leave school, they will be able to read confidently with a love of reading. They will also recognise the importance of reading as a key skill for life-long learning. All pupils use their reading skills across the curriculum to develop their understanding and to promote their enjoyment of reading.

 

Writing

We are passionate about writing at Siddal. We love our English lessons and strive to create written pieces of work with a meaningful purpose. We take lots of inspiration from our Class Novels- challenging texts such as 'Stig of the Dump' and 'Harry Potter The Philosophers Stone'. We also use lots of 'Visual Literacy' stimuli in our writing lessons, which excites and motivates to write amazing, creative pieces!

 

Maths

Maths is taught using daily maths lessons. We follow the White Rose Maths Hub planning. We have a clear calculation policy. We are making videos to add to the website for parents and tutors to demonstrate the method that we teach the children. 'Numicon' is an example of one of the many resources which we use in all classes to enhance maths teaching and ensure that abstract conceptions start life in concrete experiences. 

For more information on what each year group is taught please see the class pages.

  • Siddal Primary School
  • Backhold Lane,Siddal,
  • Halifax,HX3 9DL
  • Email: admin@brighterfuturesmat.org.uk
  • Tel: 01422 354976
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