Curriculum 

 If you can dream it you can do it, now go out there and change the world!’

                                                     

                               

At Hamilton, we believe that our creative, cross-curricular and child-centred curriculum allows for ALL children to be excited and motivated to learn. Our approach to teaching and learning encourages children to be open-minded, to think and work independently and collaboratively, to problem solve, ask questions and be able to communicate effectively. We put enquiry and exploration at the heart of learning by ensuring the curriculum is ‘magical ‘and encourages our children to be good learners who enjoy working and playing together. In essence, we seek to ensure every child really does strive to reach their potential.

 

 

We teach our children to be MAGIC learners, using and applying the following learning behaviours:

  • Motivation (Mickey Mouse)
  • Attitude (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Gumption (Goofy)
  • Independence (the Incredibles)
  • Communication (Cinderella)

We want our curriculum to be MAGICAL too, so every theme is underpinned by a Disney movie, used to motivate and inspire learning.

 

CLICK HERE FOR - Curriculum Programmes of Study 

Year group topics:

Below are the topics which are taught in each year group:

 

Year group

Autumn 1

Spring 2

Summer Term 

 

Nursery

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Heroes

Changes

One Book

         One School

         (OBOS)          

 

Reception

Our World and Beyond

Our Family and Other Animals

Happily ever After

 

Year 1

Marvellous Me

Time Traveller

All creatures great and Small

 

Year 2

Where Do I Belong? 

Diary of London

Journey to the Unknown

 

Early Years follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and Key Stage 1 follow the National Curriculum (2014)

 

Visits and ‘WOW’:

We endeavour to ensure that our curriculum is full of ‘WOW’ experiences to ensure learning is fun. This is done through many ways: visitors in school such as; the guide dog, hatching chicken eggs, growing butterflies, cooking, trips in the local area such as the park, and outside the local area such as the Snow Dome. There are so many ways to make learning exciting, fun and magical!

 

 

Phonics and Early Reading:

Phonics is taught through a synthetic approach, using the Letters and Sounds programme. In nursery, children are taught to tune into their environment, and to hear and recognise sounds. They are also taught to recognise the first 19 letter sounds and the sounds that they make (Letters and Sounds phase 2). In Reception, pupils revise Phase 2 and move on to Phase 3, learning to read and spell words using these letters. This is built upon as children learn about combinations of letters which make different sounds (Phases 3 and 4). As children enter Year 1, they are taught about alternative spellings for different sounds and when to use these (Phase 5). Children in Year 2 are taught about spelling strategies. All phonics is taught in ability groups.

 

We use a range of phonic reading schemes to support children’s reading, such as Comics for Phonics, My First Phonics, Fun with Phonics, Collins Big Cat Phonics and Oxford Reading Tree – Floppy’s Phonics. This enables them to apply their phonic reading skills and use blending as the prime approach in decoding unfamiliar words. Once pupils have passed the Year 1 Phonics screen, they read a broader range of books, enabling them to further develop their inferential reading skills.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage:

Our approach to the EYFS curriculum recognises that every child is a competent learner and that all children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. We offer active, rich and personalised experiences which motivate, challenge and inspire our children to become curious and enquiring learners, who can think critically. We value how our children engage with us, their peers and their environment. The indoor and outdoor environment plays a significant role in supporting and extending children's development and learning at Hamilton. We highly value outdoor learning experiences.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage begins in the nursery phase where the main focus is on the 3 Prime areas;

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

As children become confident and move into Reception we provide further opportunities in the specific areas of;

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

English:

We encourage children to read widely and promote a love of literature. Each year group will study at least one text by an established author, one by a contemporary author and complete an author study, where several books by the same author are studied. We believe in immersing children in quality texts and bringing books to life, to help inspire children with their writing, making reading and writing magical.

Maths:

Maths is applied across all areas of the curriculum to ensure purpose, real life context and practical understanding. We focus on deepening children’s understanding in maths with their regards to their fluency, reasoning, problem solving and conceptual understanding. Children are taught through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach which allows all children to master the mathematical concepts being taught. Numbers and calculation form a major part of learning from nursery onwards, starting with practical situations and moving onto abstract ideas. Children also explore measure, shape, fractions, position and direction.

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you wish to know more about our curriculum.