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Our School Curriculum

At Houldsworth Valley Primary School we strive to provide the very best educational experiences for children from Reception up to Year 6. We aim to deliver a creative, exciting and stimulating curriculum that meets the needs of all our learners and prepares our children with the skills and knowledge necessary for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they face now and in the future.

Our School has been carefully developed to create a secure, nurturing environment with spacious, bright and well organised classrooms and learning areas where our skilful and dedicated team of teachers and learning support staff use our thematic, skills-based approach to stimulate and challenge our pupils. This, along with 'real-life' experiences support our children to become astute, confident learners who are involved in their own learning, make good or better progress and attain accelerated achievement.

The majority of the curriculum taught here at Houldsworth Valley Primary School is set by Government. In Reception the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Framework' is followed, while the programme taught in Years 1 to 6 is referred to as the 'National Curriculum'.

The 'Early Years Foundation Stage Framework' consists of seven areas of learning:

  • Communication & Language
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

There are a further seventeen categories within these seven learning areas, which are age banded. These categories identify the National standard for the expected level of learning and development at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our children are assessed against these at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The following subjects form the 'National Curriculum' undertaken by Years 1 to 6:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Design & Technology
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHEE)
  • Languages
  • Religious Education (RE)

In September 2014 the National Curriculum in England was updated providing a 'trimmer' and more challenging content, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming and giving greater ownership to schools of the ways in which they choose to deliver statutory content.

All children are required to receive a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum through the school's implementation of the National Curriculum.

Curriculum Development, Excellence & Enjoyment

At Houldsworth Valley Primary School we are shaping the curriculum to meet the needs of all our pupils and prepare them for life in modern Britain, driven by the following skills, traits and experiences:

  • Communication
  • Aspiration & Achievement
  • Possibilities
  • Enjoyment
  • Emotional Awareness
  • Creativity & Enquiry
  • Diversity
  • Knowledge of the World
  • Awe and Wonder

Our curriculum development work seeks to combine the programmes of study associated with each subject area within the National Curriculum and all of these strands to deliver to our children exciting and stimulating learning experiences which will support the development of core skills and offer opportunities for excellence and enjoyment. Intrinsic to this is our desire to ensure our children develop an understanding and respect for moral values and actively promote democracy, tolerance, empathy and appreciation of individuals and cultures.

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