At Hagley Primary School, we aim to integrate the teaching and learning of History within the wider creative curriculum. The subject provides many fantastic opportunities for cross curricular learning and the chance for children to apply the skills learnt in English and Maths. We provide a History curriculum which covers a wide range of topics, covering the earliest civilizations through to modern periods such as the Second World War. In order to enhance the learning experience, where possible, the children will be taken to historically significant places and museums displaying primary and secondary source material. Within school, the children are encouraged to engage with a variety of source material in order to develop their skills in historical enquiry. They will encounter key concepts such as significance, change, cause and effect. By studying the subject, they will identify how historians lay claims using a range of evidence and that not all interpretations of the same event will agree. The children will learn to understand the reasons why interpretations will differ depending on the context. Questioning is a crucial aspect of historical enquiry; therefore, the children will be encouraged to develop their questions to enhance their understanding and also to provide challenge. Teaching will encompass the history of the wider world, alongside Britain’s past. This will enable the children to further develop their understanding of key British values such as democracy and government
At Hagley Primary School, a sense of place is an important aspect in many of the topics covered. On occasions, Geography will be the centre of the topic within the curriculum. The main aim of teaching and learning within Geography is to inspire the children with a fascination about the world and its people. Teaching should allow the children to understand and respect the differences between a wide range of people and environments. The children will cover both human and physical Geography and the relationship between the two. Teaching will ensure that children develop an understanding of where they are within the world: this includes the names of the continents, oceans and globally significant places. Fieldwork skills will be taught both in School and off-site, which will include the gathering of data, including the use of digital technology. The children will be encouraged to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways which will provide opportunities to use the skills acquired in English and Maths. Finally, the children will develop their map skills throughout primary school and will include a wider range of maps for different purposes.
Hagley Primary School follows the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2015 - 2020.
The aims are:
1. Know about and understand a range of religions and world views
Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions
Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views
The syllabus requires that all pupils learn about Christianity in each Key Stage. In addition, pupils will learn about Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism. Furthermore, non-religious world views, such as Humanism, are also studied.
RE is taught in line with curriculum topics in KS1 and KS2 and may form a special week of teaching or taught throughout the term depending on the topic.
Please click here to view the long-term plan for RE.
Design and Technology is an inspiring practical subject. Using imagination and creativity children investigate, design and make products that solve real life problems. Children will learn how to manage risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising. There is an emphasis on cooking and nutrition, with a focus on making savoury dishes and understanding where our food comes from. Across the curriculum the children will learn about inventors, designers, engineers, chefs and manufacturers who have developed ground-breaking products. They will also be given opportunities to investigate, assess and analyse existing products.
Please click here for progression of our skills and understanding in DT.
At Hagley Primary School, we aim to harness and develop each child’s creativity through an inspiring and challenging Art curriculum. We encourage the children to ‘wake up’ to the visual world that surrounds them and utilise these observations, their imaginations and work of other artists as a springboard to produce their own creative work. In each Key Stage, children will practise skills and record their ideas. The children plan and draw in sketchbooks, which progress with them through the school. These act as a source of inspiration particularly in Key Stage Two. There is an emphasis on developing their proficiency in drawing, painting and sculpture but other Art techniques will support these three major skills. They will build upon an Art vocabulary year by year based on the elements of line, colour, pattern, form and texture. They will apply this language when evaluating and analysing their own creative work and the work of others. Alongside this, the children will increase their knowledge of great artists, craft-makers and designers. They will research and appreciate artists from a variety of historical periods and also from different cultures. There is an opportunity to focus on an Art project in greater depth each year in the form of a Performing Arts Week. The children will develop their ideas in a topic that fits in with a global theme and has cross curricular links with Dance, Drama and Music.
Performing Arts Education is about the children appreciating and understanding Music, Dance and Drama through the fundamental experiences of composing, performing, listening to and appraising their own and others' contributions. They are practical, creative subjects which can benefit all children in developing imagination, the ability to listen/watch attentively and to express thoughts and feelings. Performing Arts opportunities are open to all children at Hagley Primary School regardless of gender and ability. They are given the chance to perform at Harvest, Christmas, Easter and at the end of Year 6 where they speak, sing, act, play or dance in concerts to the school, family and friends and to the wider community each year. Children in Key Stage Two are able to take part in extra -curricular Performing Arts opportunities e.g.: Choir, Dance club, or learning to play one of the many musical instruments on offer. We hope that these opportunities will inspire children to work together, to feel happy about themselves, the environment and the world they live in. All children are taught Music as outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study, based on knowledge, skill, understanding and breadth of study. Key Stage One pupils are taught Music by the Class Teacher and Key Stage Two pupils are taught by a specialist teacher.
Please click here for information on our progression of skills and understanding in Music.
The teaching of a foreign language is a statutory requirement in Key Stage Two and each class receives French lessons, delivered by a specialist teacher, which enables us to ensure progression throughout this phase and on to Secondary Education. Equal emphasis is placed on the skills of listening and responding, speaking, reading and writing, along with knowledge about language. This is achieved through activities such as singing, saying rhymes, role play, presentations, using IT and games.
Please click here for information on our progression of skills and understanding in French
At Hagley we aim to provide a high-quality Physical Education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. During our PE lessons, the children are given the chance to improve their confidence, health and fitness. There are also opportunities outside of lessons for children to partake in competitive and non-competitive sporting activities which help develop their character and embed values such as fairness and respect.
To find out about a team or sporting event, our twitter feed is regualrly updated and often includes photos and live updates where possible.
At Hagley Primary School we value the importance of our children’s physical, social and health education. PSHE is taught at the beginning of each half term, alonside British Values, following the 'Jigsaw' scheme of work. We aim to support each child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) throughout the teaching of our curriculum. Within the rapidly changing world in which we live, it is vital that these areas are explored in a safe and supportive environment. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. They learn how society is organised and governed and experience the process of democracy in school through the school council. We provide opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society.
Please click here for the PSHE Policy.
Please click here for our progression document relating to the Jigsaw scheme of work.
SRE is lifelong learning process of acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs and attitudes about sex, sexuality, relationships and feelings’ (Sex Education Forum, 1999). Effective SRE can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils if they are to establish and maintain relationships. It also enables children and young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and well-being.
It is important to note that the SRE at our school sits within the school’s values framework and that we consider it vital to do this work in partnership with parents and carers.
For slides from the SRE parent workshops, please click on the year group presentation below: