Organisation and Curriculum
Children are grouped in mixed ability classes based on age. In order to provide for different needs in each class, the work is structured to the ability and experience of the children. Varied groupings within the class also assist the teacher to present work to children at the appropriate level. Teachers from time to time present work to a whole class, to mixed ability groups, to streamed ability groups or individually. Each teacher varies the strategy according to the needs of the children and the requirements of the subject being taught.
Where a child has a particular need, and where staffing allows, we provide additional and different support for specific periods of time.
In cases where the school cannot fully cater for the needs of the child, we may refer them, after consultation with the parent, to the special educational support services provided by North Yorkshire Education Authority. The school invites the child’s parents to be involved at all stages where special provision is made. Where a modification of the National Curriculum is required, Governors will seek the confirmation of the Local Authority that the provision is appropriate.
The movement between one class and another is on the basis of age. This is varied on occasions and at such times we inform parents in advance of action.
The arrangement of classes and relationship to National Curriculum year groups is indicated in.
Our School Day
The school day begins at 8:45am and ends at 3:15pm. Registration is between 8:45 and 9am. during this time the children work their way through a Schofield & Sims test, which is marked on a Friday.
Lessons begin at 9am and last until 10:15am when the children stop for assembly. On Mondays & Fridays whole school assemblies take place, whilst between Tuesday & Thursday the children have assemblies with their class teacher. Assembly times with class teachers are flexible depending on what the teacher has planned for that day.
Morning playtimes happen at 10:40am.
The children are back in lessons at 11am until lunchtime which is at 12 noon. During lunch EYFS & KS1 are together on one playground, and KS2 are together on the other. There is a lot of equipment available on both playgrounds for the children to use. Lunches end at 1pm.
During the afternoon sessions the children typically enjoy curriculum work such as history, geography etc, whilst in the mornings they usually have maths and English lessons.
Drop off & collection:
At the beginning and end of the school day, parents are encouraged into the playground. This helps to build a good relationship between home and school – we want to have links with all parents. If normal arrangements have to be changed (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset.
Getting to school:
To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option! There are lots of benefits: it’s healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety of pedestrians and road-users, it respects nearby residents and parking regulations and it is better for the environment. Alternatively, we have a small bike shed. If you do need to travel by car, please park wisely and conscientiously.
The School’s policy on curriculum follows the National Curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6 using the Cornerstones curriculum model. The broad principles are that:-
- Every child is entitled to a broad, balanced, relevant, coherent, progressive and differentiated curriculum.
- At all stages of development learning should be structured and a stimulating, enjoyable and worthwhile experience in its own right.
- Equality of access and equality of opportunity should underpin provision for all. We believe in giving all children full access to a broad, balanced and differentiated National Curriculum, and recognise that for some children additional special educational needs support will be required; for others a curriculum aimed at high achievers.
- The safeguarding of children is of the utmost importance to school. The Child Protection Policy is available to parents on request.
Here at Hutton Rudby Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
Furthermore in line with Curriculum 2014 we promote
- the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and community
- the preparation of pupils for the aspirational opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
Language and Literacy
We develop pupil’s spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject.
- Read fluently for a range of texts for pleasure and knowledge and skill acquisition. The reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree and Collins. These are supported by published materials from Rigby Star, Pearson Longman and Oxford Project X
- Be able to manipulate language with confidence to be understood in a variety of situations collaboratively and independently.
- Be able to discuss, present and participate in debate demonstrating good quality learning
- Be able to write with confidence, clarity and accuracy, language and style.
Reading and Phonics
At Hutton Rudby Primary School we believe that children learn best through access to a wide range of different reading material. We have a wide range of books in our library that the children have access to read, enjoy and learn from. We send home reading books right from the start of Reception for parents to read with their child.
The children at our school receive a rich diet of daily English opportunities that help to develop them as confident readers and foster a love of reading. Within a school day the children in Key Stage 1 experience a highly structured phonics session, a teacher led shared reading session and the opportunity to apply and practise their own reading skills. Across the week, in small groups, they will participate and engage in quality reading sessions when specific phonic or comprehension skills are taught and reinforced.
At Hutton Rudby Primary School we teach ‘Synthetic Phonics’ using the Letters and Sounds programme. The children learn how to read and spell words using their phonic knowledge. We use a wide range of teaching techniques and resources in our daily phonics sessions.
Please click here for more information on the Letters and Sounds programme. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-and-sounds
We also use some elements of the Jolly Phonics scheme.
For further information or if you have any questions about reading or phonics, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
We currently use the Grammarsaurus teaching resources to assist with the teaching of spelling and grammar. Please click on the link for more information. http://grammarsaurus.co.uk/
We follow the Letterjoins handwriting scheme. Please click the link to access the letterjoins webpage. http://www.letterjoin.co.uk/
We develop mathematical fluency grounded on firm foundations. We provide a high quality mathematics curriculum that enable children to appreciate the power and reasoning of mathematics.
We ensure that children in Hutton Rudby are taught to;
- Become fluent through frequent practise of complex problems
- Reason mathematically through following lines of enquiry using mathematical vocabulary
- Problem solving by applying their knowledge
In a progressive way children develop their scientific concepts and knowledge.
- Follow different scientific enquiries stemming from scientific questions about the world around them.
- Children become equipped the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science for today and the future
Art and Design
Our curriculum engages, inspires, and challenges pupils, developing the knowledge and skills needed to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Children develop through arts projects, artists in residence, specialist teaching and exhibiting in local shows.
Computing opportunities are given throughout the curriculum. These are supported by a wide range media and equipment. Children will learn to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Design and Technology
In DT children design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.
Pupils learn about place, peoples, resources and natural and human environments. Children are encouraged to develop a natural curiosity about the world around them. Children learn about fieldwork, data handling and interpreting sources of information.
Pupils are inspired to develop their curiosity about the past. Children ask questions, think critically and weigh up sources of evidence to understand about peoples in the past and the connections to the present day.
Children are encouraged to understand diversity through learning about modern languages and cultures.
Children develop a love music and are given opportunities to engage, compose, listen and perform. Children are given the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument. Children are taught by specialist teachers for music.
Our high quality curriculum and specialist teachers develop health and fitness in a wide variety of sports. We provide opportunity for children to enter inter school and county competitive sports.