At Huish Primary School, we value each child as an individual with a unique potential for learning. Our aim is to enable each child, regardless of need, to participate fully in current and future society as a responsible, self-confident learner. We believe that an effective curriculum offers knowledge, skills, understanding and progression. At Huish it is ambitious as it enriches and enlivens the standards set out in the National Curriculum.
Our curriculum is designed to reflect the background and experience of our pupils who live in a semi rural town; it celebrates our diversity but looks to develop understanding of other cultures in Great Britain and globally. Our curriculum is rich, exciting and diverse, but most importantly, it is accessible to all because we ensure all children have the skills they need to engage with their learning at every level.
Our curriculum is underpinned by elements of our six pillars:
‘All children who are part of the Huish Academy Trust have the right to an education that challenges, excites and motivates them to persevere and work hard at reaching their aspirations.’
‘Our children will be taught by teachers who will ensure all children are achieving outcomes which enable them to be confident and aspirational citizens.’
‘Children need to be in a learning environment which fosters a sense of worth and an understanding of how the right attitudes enable us to learn.’
‘The Huish Academy Trust spends recognises the crucial importance of the mastery of reading, writing and mathematics. This in turn will enable them to develop their skills in every other subject.’
‘Respect for their school, and community is an integral part of our vision. Taking pride in themselves, in their work, friends, school and surroundings, enables learners to engage with their world in a confident, thoughtful way.’
‘Digital Literacy plays a vital role in supporting a child’s ability to succeed both in school and throughout their lives. At the Huish Academy Trust, we use technology to enhance Quality First classroom learning, across all classes.’
All of this will be done because the children and their education will matter more than anything else. Every child will have the best possible start and will be ready to transfer to the next stage of their education and their future lives.
Knowledge underpins and enables the application of skill. We strive for children to learn skills alongside knowledge, ensuring that both explicitly are developed. At Huish Primary School we see knowledge and skills as intertwined. We believe that this is important for making the curriculum relevant and meaningful to pupils and for putting knowledge into context.
Following discussions with staff we have identified the key concepts in our curriculum design;
Every unit of work addresses three core learning values