Geography is about developing knowledge, skills and understanding relating to children's own environment and the people who live there, and developing an awareness of the wider world.
Like History, Geography is often taught in a cross curricular way, where possible participating in relevant visits and fieldwork. Children in Years 4 and 6 are also given the opportunity to participate in residential field trips. We endeavour to make links with other subjects in the curriculum such as numeracy and science and will carry out projects within our topic questions.
All skills introduced in Key Stage 1 as part of the geography curriculum are revisited and developed when children move through Key Stage 2.
We aim to provide an enjoyable broad and balanced P.E curriculum and daily physical activity opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils.
P.E is an integral part of the school curriculum, and children are taught in both classes and year groups where appropriate. We cover the areas of Gymnastics, Dance and skills within Athletics and Invasion Games. School teams regularly participate successfully in Football and where other competitions around the year take place e.g. Sainsbury’s School Games, we also participate. All children in Year 3 have the opportunity to swim, with weekly sessions at a local swimming pool.
The school is fortunate to have a multi-purpose hall and two additional hall spaces. We also have extensive outdoor facilities including a generous grass area, a multi-use games area (MUGA) as well as two hard playing surfaces.
At Haydonleigh, we have a range of after school sports clubs, which are often determined by competitions run by the local ‘School Sports Partnership’. E.g. For an upcoming cross country fixture, we would concentrate on distance running.
Promoting positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles and enabling pupils to make informed choices about their lifestyle is of high importance and an integral part of Haydonleigh’s philosophy.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)
PSHE is an extremely important aspect of the curriculum for children to develop an awareness of who they are and how they can look after themselves and others. Children are given many opportunities to explore their feelings and learn a range of methods to manage their emotions. It helps our children to become self-aware and emotionally confident. Our school uses the wonderful ‘Jigsaw’ programme to support this area of the curriculum. This scheme covers all aspects of the PSHE curriculum including sex and relationships, drugs, alcohol and tobacco education, financial awareness, cyber and homophobic bullying, health education, body image and self- esteem. The scheme also integrates all of the aspects of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and allows the children to explore these valuable themes regularly throughout the year.
Art and Design
Art and design is an important area of the National Curriculum which encourages and inspires creativity and imagination. Activities in Art provide engagement and motivation for supporting both core and foundation subjects and art is often taught alongside our big topic questions. We embrace the opportunities of a cross curricular approach to teaching and learning in art.
We aim to provide all children the opportunities to develop their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and craft and design as they progress through the school. Children will also learn and study the work and life of a selection of great artists, craft makers, architects and designers.
In Key Stage 2 children record their observations in sketchbooks and develop their skills in thinking critically towards art in their own work and of others.
We also enjoy working with our local community to raise awareness and enjoyment of art.
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MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
Children are taught to enjoy French from Year 3 upwards, although they may encounter some French spoken in Key Stage 1. We use speech, games, songs and drama to help the children acquire speaking and listening skills. We encourage them to take part in conversations with each other and adults. They are encouraged to read and write the language to aid with their communication skills.
http://primarygamesarena.com/French a good site to learn vocabulary and play games
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/ games and vocabulary
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryfrench/games_all.shtml games to practise vocabulary
http://www.french-games.net/frenchtopics games and vocabulary
At Haydonleigh School, we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. We sing regularly in assemblies and perform songs as part of our productions.
At Haydonleigh we are fortunate to have our very own theatre space with a purpose built stage, sound system and projector which is the perfect space for our children to develop their acting and performing skills.
We have a large variety of musical instruments to enable us to deliver all aspects of the music curriculum.
At Haydonleigh we have strong links with a local singing school ‘Janice
Thompson Performance Trust’ which enables us to have specialist singing
Tuition in a specific year group and for our after school choir. These can then lead to live performances and give children the opportunity to take part in a wider variety of events in the community.
The Religious Education curriculum at Haydonleigh Primary is based on the Swindon LA’s Agreed Syllabus. We aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, alongside encouraging curiosity and interest. Religious Education at Haydonleigh enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked about people. All parents have a right to withdraw their children from Collective Worship or from Religious Education. Any parent wishing to do this should contact the Head Teacher.
Design and Technology
During the teaching of Design and Technology we encourage the children to develop the skills to take part in this rapidly changing world. We endeavour for it to be taught in an inspiring and practical manner that allows the children to be imaginative and creative. It is often taught alongside the big question and where possible we incorporate literacy, numeracy, computing and art. Throughout the school children design and make a range of products that solve real life scenarios considering their own and others needs and values.
At Haydonleigh and as part of National Curriculum 2014, we believe that it is essential that the children are given opportunities to learn how to cook and prepare food. Where possible, we use fresh ingredients grown by the children on the school grounds. We ensure that the children cook a number of different dishes throughout the year, both sweet and savoury, including dishes from a variety of cultures to extend the children’s understanding of food from around the world.
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History is about helping children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of their past here in Britain and that of the wider world and to inspire curiosity about the past.
By teaching History in a cross curricular way we actively encourage children to ask questions and think critically, to understand the complexities of people’s lives and the impact of change over time on their own identity. At Haydonleigh, we aim to foster this curiosity and bring history to life through themed days, topic questions and school trips to see real life historical sites.