Curriculum leadership at Huish Primary School is distributed to subject leaders who oversee, develop, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their subject within the school and across all year groups. Our leaders are carefully chosen because of their expertise and experience. This ensures deep subject knowledge and effective leadership. Subject development is clearly identified through our school development plan. It is a requirement for leaders to present subject progress and change to governors though termly meetings. Leaders enable curriculum expertise to develop across staff through carefully planned on-going professional development. All leaders oversee a budget to purchase curriculum resources that enhance our school’s curricular intentions.
The Mastery-learning model forms the basis of our approach to our teaching. This involves spending greater time going into depth within each subject. We aim to ensure children have a solid, concrete understanding of subject knowledge and skills as well as being resilient learners prepared for secondary school.
In short, this means working towards:
A Mastery approach should also enable our children to become good problem solvers. We believe that subject specific problem solving has three main elements as explained in the diagram below. These elements will be reflected in all of our teaching and learning.
We have developed a clear progression of vocabulary for history, geography and science. This vocabulary will be identified in teacher’s planning and will be taught discretely in lessons. There will be an emphasis on using the correct vocabulary in all verbal and written activities.