At Hawkinge Primary School we teach our curriculum using a thematic approach. Each half term a new theme is introduced to the children with a ‘Launch Pad Event’.
The Launch Pad Event could be anything from a visitor coming into school to talk to the children, a visiting artist to lead art workshops / dance workshops linked to the theme, a trip for children to go out to find out more about their new theme (for example a visit to Dover Castle) or a food tasting day linked to their theme (for example a Greek food tasting day to Launch the Olympic theme).
During the half term most lessons that are taught to the children are taught through the theme. There are occasions when this does not work, and at that time quality is not compromised, and the lessons are taught in a discrete unit.
Each half term the themes end with a ‘landing Pad’ event. This is when parents are invited to come into school to watch their child’s class perform an assembly to share all that they have learnt.
Their themes can be subject to change because we like to be responsive to what is going on in the world. Although the teachers generally choose the themes for the half term, the children have a meeting with their teachers to discuss what they would particularly like to learn about in each theme and the teachers plan this into their work.
To find out more about the themes for this year go to the link entitled ‘Learning Themes’. For a termly overview of what the children are learning, go to the class pages and open the ‘Curriculum Overview’ document.
English and Maths
In Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 English and maths lessons are taught in sets. Each lesson is an hour long, and almost all English and maths lessons are supported by a Teaching Assistant too.
We follow the National Maths Strategy for teaching maths, and the National English Strategy for teaching English.
Years 1 & 2 phonics is taught in sets (to find out more about how we teach phonics go to ‘Phonics and reading’).
Throughout the school children are taught to read on a daily basis using the guided reading approach (to find out more about how we teach reading go to ‘Phonics and reading’) Each week every child in the school will have a guided reading lesson from a teacher and from a TA.
At the beginning of Year 2, children will be given a ‘Times Table Passport’. This is designed to encourage and reward children who practise and learn their tables, so that by the end of Year 4 they know all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. To find out more about this, please click here.
Computing is integrated into all lessons in school. We have 90 laptops which are used in lessons from geography to PHSE. ICT lessons are taught using a planned scheme of work which links to the termly theme where possible.
We aim to teach 2 hours of PE a week. Children in KS2 have an indoor and an outdoor PE lesson each week (weather permitting!)
Keep Up Catch Up
We run an intervention at school called Keep Up Catch Up (KUCU) twice a day. At the end of each English and maths lesson the teacher and TA discuss the progress the children have made and identify a group of children who would benefit for a short intervention session before the next English / maths lesson to revisit the objective of the day to ensure they have a good understanding before the next lesson. This intervention was introduced 2015-2016 and it proved to be very successful. The children shared their views about it in their ‘Pupil Voice Session’ at the end of the year (see the Pupil Voice page for their views).
To obtain more information about our curriculum, please check each class page for their curriculum overviews, have a read of the curriculum policies or contact the school.