At Hardwick Primary we plan and teach our curriculum in ‘phases’ rather than separate year groups:

* Reception   – known as the Early Years Phase * Years 1 & 2 – known as Key Stage One Phase * Years 3 & 4 – known as Lower Key Stage Two Phase * Years 5 & 6 – known as Upper Key Stage Two Phase

We use a topic based approach to planning our curriculum, although some areas are taught discretely, when this seems more appropriate. If you visit the page for an individual year group, you will find lots of information about the particular topics they cover, plus information on how they organise things in that specific year group. On this page, we have tried to summarise our curriculum so that you can gain on overview across the school.

The Curriculum
Based around learning challenges, our enquiry based curriculum follows the National Curriculum (2014), and is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work resulting in a meaningful curriculum which promotes high standards. This is underpinned by the latest thinking about quality learning and brain-based learning.
The key drivers of the Learning Challenge approach are:
  • Planned around the distinctive needs of the children
  • Enquiry based to promote curiosity
  • Outcomes driven to raise standards
  • Embeds the application of basic skills
  • Allows writing to be meaningfully embedded
  • Cross-curricular (where meaningful)
  • Interesting for the children
There is a strong focus on the teaching and attainment of the key skills in English and Mathematics.
The Learning Challenges overview grids below show the topic titles for each phase – with the exception of the Reception year, we operate a 2 year rolling programme of topics (either half termly or termly), but the topics may change depending on the need.  Your child will cover all of the topics shown below and therefore cover the content of the National Curriculum by the end of each phase. The order in which they cover them will depend upon where in the cycle we are:

Overview Grids: (as seen on individual year group pages)

Reception: (Early Years):

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 What makes me special?

How does it work?

What does it do?

Where in the universe?

Who’s hiding in the woods?

What makes a good story?

What’s inside the egg?

Where shall we go on holiday?

Years 1 & 2: (Key Stage One) Cycle A (2018/2019)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Wild and Wonderful

Animal Orchestra: music or mayhem?

What does one like about Britain?

Wild and Wonderful

Animal Orchestra: music or mayhem?

What does one like about Britain?

Cycle B (2019/2020)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Who has been famous for more than 5 minutes?

London’s Burning…frightening or fantastic?

Ahoy Matey. Are you ready for an adventure?

Who has been famous for more than 5 minutes?

 London’s Burning…frightening or fantastic?

Ahoy Matey. Are you ready for an adventure?

Years 3 & 4: (Lower Key Stage Two) Cycle A (2018/2019)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Who likes chocolate?

I’d like to be in America?

Stone Age to the Iron Age…what changed?

Who likes chocolate?

I’d like to be in America?

What did the Romans ever do for us?

Cycle B (2019/2020)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Who would like to live in Ancient Greece?

What’s the point of recycling?

Anglo-Saxons…farmers or fighters?

 Who likes monsters and movies?

What’s the point of recycling?

Are fairgrounds & theme parks fun?

Children in Year 4 have weekly instrument tuition and in Year 3 they have a series of dance lessons taught by tutors from the Royal Ballet School (autumn term). Years 1-6 all take part in ‘Philosophy For Children’.

Years 5 & 6: (Upper Key Stage Two) Cycle A (2019/2020)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Can you walk like an Egyptian?

Would you like to visit the planets?

What was life like in Tudor times?

What was the Shang Dynasty?

What does the geography of the UK look like?

 What was life like in Tudor times?

Cycle B (2018/2019)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Who were the Vikings?

How extreme is the Earth?

What was life like on the Homefront during WWII?

Where would you settle?

Mountains, Rivers or the Coast?

 What was life like on the Homefront during WWII?

If you require any further information regarding the school’s curriculum, please speak to either the class teachers or the Headteacher, who will be able to provide you with the answers.
For more deatils on the national curriculum please read these handy guides (published by Rising Stars):
The new national curriculum in Englsih Primary schools : A guide for parents
A guide for parents – Year 1
A guide for paretns – Year 2
A guide for parents – Year 3
A guide for parents – Year 4
A guide for parents – Year 5
A guide for parents – Year 6
Science in KS2
Science in Key Stage 2 is delivered using an exciting science programme developed by Empiribox Science. This involves children carrying out proper and detailed science investigations, using sciencific equipment and resources.
RE and PSHE
The school follows the Suffolk syllabus for Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE). These are taught as part of the school’s curriculum and prepares them for life in modern Britain and the wider world. It also ensures that the children are knowledgeable and understanding of all faiths and different cultures. They also learn how to look after themselves and have respect for other people.
Phonics
The teaching of phonics, linked to reading and writing, is taught daily by our highly trained staff through the synthetic phonics programme, Read Write Inc. Phonics’.
Mainly aimed at pupils from Reception and Key Stage 1, children work in small groups differentiated according to their phonic and reading ability. During these sessions, the children learn their sounds and then apply what they have learnt by reading books which are levelled and relevant. Elements of writing and spelling are also taught through the programme.
Read Write Inc. Phonic groups are run for children in Years 3 and 4, and we use Read Write Inc. Fresh Start for those who require a boost in Years 5 and 6.
Once the children are off the Read Write Inc. Phonics program they start Read Write Inc. Spelling, which is carried out daily across the school.
To find out more about Read Write Inc. phonics, visit the Ruth Miskin website by clicking here, Read Write Inc. phonics. On the site there are some very useful videos, including ‘How to pronounce pure sounds’ in the ‘How to help your child at home’ parent section.
Reading Scheme
Our aim is to teach children to read, so they can read to learn. We want to instil enjoyment of reading and help them progress towards becoming an independent reader.
In Early Years the children have their Read Write Inc. Phonics Red Ditty books and ‘Floppy’s Phonic Sounds and Letters’. Picture books are also used.
In Year 1, the children take home a copy of the Read Write Inc. Phonics book they are reading in their group. They also take home a Read Write Inc. Phonics ‘book bag book’, which is at the correct reading level of their phonic group. There are approximately 10 different titles per coloured group and they are all fully decodable and include prompts to help parents/carers read with their child at home.
From Year 2 to Year 6 the children choose their reading books from the school library, which has been aligned to ‘Accelerated Reader’. The child’s reading and comprehension skills are assessed and the child is allocated a point range. They can then choose a reading book from this range, which include a large range of fiction and some non-fiction books, all of which are at their reading level. Books include age appropriate novels from well known authors, Oxford Reading Tree (including Project X, Project X Alien Adventures, All Stars and Robins, Time Chronicles and Tree Tops).
After each book is read, the children will take an Accelerated Reader online quiz, to assess their understanding.
Children are also able to take home a library book of their choice to read and/or share with an adult.
Homework
Children in Reception will be asked to practice their phonics and read when appropriate read to an adult art home. Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 are asked to concentrate on reading daily at home, learn their spellings, timestables and work on their ‘Maths Badge’ or ‘Maths Challenge’. Parental involvement is actively encouraged. From time to time the children may be asked to complete a home learning task linked to the current class topic. In addition, pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 will be set weekly maths and/or English tasks.
PE and Sport Grant
The government has provided funding for improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, so that they can develop healthy lifestyles.
Click here to see how the school is spending the PE and Sports grant.