What do we teach, believe and aim for here at South Hylton Primary Academy?
We aim for excellence in all that we do here at South Hylton Primary Academy and believe strongly that all children should be ready for the next stage in their education. We encourage children to grow into active, responsible and thoughtful members of the local and wider community and work tirelessly to ensure all groups of learners can access an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum which is heavily influenced by our school aims:
Our school values and celebrates each person by placing learning, enjoyment, achievement and wellbeing at the heart of our community.
Respect, Support, Enjoy, Achieve
Ofsted (2017) stated:
“Your staff have created a nurturing, friendly and harmonious school where pupils develop good learning behaviours and their confidence flourishes…The ethos of your school truly reflects your mission statement of Respect, Support, Enjoy, Achieve.”
Alongside out mission statement values, as a school, we have chosen four curriculum drivers to enhance and enrich children’s experiences.
Diversity – As a diverse school we will embrace British Values and a range of cultures and beliefs, in order to enhance children’s appreciation and understanding of others.
Aspirations – As an aspiring school, we will aspire to nurture initiative and confidence to enable pupils to achieve and become well rounded and effective members of the community.
Mindfulness –As a mindful school we will be aware of and respect the needs of one and all, to ensure wellbeing is at the heart of our community.
Creativity – As a creative school, we will ensure children are provided with a wealth of opportunities to express and experience creativity through a range of media.
Where possible, we incorporate subjects into topics; these are planned carefully by class teachers so that children’s skills in a range of subject areas are developed over time and reflect the issues which are occurring locally, nationally and internationally. We are passionate about providing children with experiences that will last a lifetime and offer an extensive choice of after school clubs which enrich our curriculum and inspire children to be the best that they can be at all times! Within topics, children are encouraged to develop and embed essential skills in reading, writing and maths so that these are secure and can be applied within a range of contexts.
Ofsted (2017) said, “All teaching matches the best in order to further boost achievement and raise pupils attainment…This has included identifying topics which link well to pupils’ interests and providing opportunities which broaden pupils’ experience and their motivation…”
Our curriculum embraces the abilities of all children and lessons are meticulously planned and prepared to ensure every child reaches their full potential – not only academically but as well rounded, respectable and hardworking members of society! Teachers incorporate and consider all learning styles when planning and aim to offer all types of learners the opportunity to achieve. We recognise that our school’s curriculum is the foundation for everything that we do and ensure that children, teachers and parents are excited about what we have to offer here at South Hylton!
The impact of our curriculum will be assessed via procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools nationally:
- EYFS% of pupils achieving a ‘Good Level of Development; (GLD)
- Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1.
- End of KS1% of children working towards or at the expected standard and at Greater Depth in reading, writing and maths.
- Multiplication tables check assessment at the end of Year 4.
- End of KS2% of children working towards or at the expected standard and at Greater depth in reading, writing and maths.
Additionally, assessments are made across all other areas of the curriculum to ensure we maintain high standards of teaching and learning which, in turn, enables our pupils to develop into confident, ambitious, well rounded individuals with high aspirations for their future.
At South Hylton Primary Academy we believe English is a fundamental life skill; it develops children’s ability to communicate effectively – to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, with confidence and enjoyment. Children are given opportunities, through English lessons and across the curriculum, to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts.
South Hylton Primary Academy works to ensure that all children develop the ability to communicate effectively and that any barriers to learning are swiftly identified and steps taken to remove them so that all children are given the chance to flourish and access the whole curriculum.
In mathematics, we are committed to enabling all of our children to use their knowledge and understanding of mathematics confidently in a way that promotes creativity, curiosity and excitement about the subject and the wider world in which they live. Through the implementation of the National Curriculum programmes of study for each year group, lessons are sequenced to ensure that children are continuously building on skills that have been taught before so that pupils can work towards using and applying these skills in many aspects of everyday life, further education and most forms of employment. With support from the Maths No Problem scheme of work, children will be able to make rich connections across mathematical concepts and ideas by developing in fluency, mathematical reasoning and the ability to solve a range of mathematical problems. By the end of Key Stage Two, children will have a sound understanding of a range of mathematical concepts including number, algebra, measurement, geometry and statistics. Teachers will have expert knowledge of the topics that they teach within this subject and thus, lessons are meticulously planned to be creative and engaging with a strong focus on sufficient support and/or challenge to ensure maximum potential and progress for every pupil..
In science children learn through a practical and investigative approach. Through a variety of topics children will develop skills which will enable them to become increasingly independent with their approach to practical work. They will choose and use equipment safely, make predictions and observations, plan experiments, record results using a variety of methods and draw conclusions. Where possible, class teachers incorporate the science curriculum into cross curricular topics and aim to develop children’s skills in other curriculum areas such as: maths, English, design and technology and computing.
We believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. We recognise the importance of children living active and healthy lifestyles. If children take part in physical activity they feel good about themselves, they are happy and more relaxed, and they have improved heart-lung health, which reduces the risk of developing heart disease and type II diabetes later in life. As well as improving physical skills such as coordination, balance, motor skills and strength, children can also develop good social skills such as getting along with others and obeying rules.
Linked to our other topics, our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their
skills using a range of media and materials creatively to design and make products. Children learn
the skills of drawing, painting, sculpting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are
given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to
a range of works and develop knowledge of the work and styles of a range of famous artists, craft
makers and designers enabling them to describe the differences and similarities between different
practices and disciplines and make link to their own work.
French is the language taught at South Hylton Primary Academy. Children begin with basic French in key stage 1 and will build upon this throughout key stage 2. Lessons are interactive with children learning through games, songs and stories.
A high-quality geography education should inspire pupils to explore and investigate the world around them on a local, national and international level. We foster curiosity and fascinations and ensure that we provide an environment where all pupils are equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments whilst enhancing their understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and the interactions between these.
Personal, social, health and citizenship education
PSHCE is an important part of our curriculum and underpins the ethos of our school. We firmly believe in encouraging children to lead healthy lives through a range of daily activities and incorporate these principles into our curriculum. Children across school learn about the importance of: daily exercise; healthy eating; being a responsible citizen within their own community; building and maintaining successful relationships with family and friends; their own and others’ mental health and learn to value themselves as an individual. We also actively encourage children to develop their own understanding of how to set and achieve personal targets and challenges, looking particularly at aspirations and careers that the children would like to pursue. We are currently working towards achieving the UNICEF Rights Respecting Gold Award.
Sex and Relationships Education
Children in upper key stage two are offered the opportunity to access age-appropriate activities and information which will support their understanding of how their bodies grow and develop. In years five and six pupils spend some time with the school nurse and are educated about emotional and physical development, hormonal change and puberty.
The History curriculum aims to give children a sense of their own identity within our social, political, cultural and economic background by igniting their curiosity about the past in Britain and the world. We aim for children to develop a secure knowledge of chronology and time, develop their understanding of the use of evidence and are encouraged to reflect upon the thoughts, beliefs, motives and actions of significant figures from the past. This subject plays an essential part in preparing our children for living and working in the contemporary world by understanding the past that has led us to the present.
Through the teaching of music, staff provide children with the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of a wide range of different kinds of music both in class and through extra-curricular activities. Children acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music and develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas. Children enjoy learning to play an instrument and are taught by experienced, knowledgeable music tutors and all children are encouraged to take part in musical productions during different stages of the year.
At South Hylton Primary Academy, we aim to prepare children for a rapidly changing world. We recognise that technology is changing and developing quickly, and it is essential that children can use a range of technological tools which will help them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly and creatively. We believe that competent ICT users are better equipped to use their initiative and the skills will open the door towards independent learning. We encourage children to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to its best effect and place a strong emphasis upon E-Safety. South Hylton Primary Academy takes internet safety exceptionally seriously. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety in the autumn term and children understand how to stay safe when using technology.
Design and technology
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, our children are given opportunities to develop the creative, technical and practical skills needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for themselves and others. As part of their work with food, our children are also taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.
We follow Sunderland’s Syllabus for Religious Education and approach this through stories, visits, and whole school topics. In order to develop our children’s understanding of a changing society and in order to reflect our city’s diverse culture we also study other religions such as: Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. We foster mutual understanding between differing religious and cultural backgrounds and pupils are encouraged to respect differences and contribute towards the promotion of a harmonious society.
We have developed links with the local church and ministers and each half term they are welcomed into a whole school assembly and work alongside staff to further develop an understanding of the Bible and of the Christian faith. Parents are provided with the opportunity to share in our work at Harvest and Christmas.