Nursery and Reception (The Early Years Foundation Stage- EYFS)
Please click on the links below to find summary information about the topics covered in our Nursery and Reception Classes.
KEY STAGE 1 & KEY STAGE 2
At Haworth, we have worked together to design a unique, balanced, rich and inspiring curriculum which specifically meets the academic, personal and social needs of our pupils whilst adhering to the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum 2014. From Years 1 - 6 we work in mixed age group classes within each key stage. Consequently, we work on a 2 year cycle to ensure that the curriculum effectively meets the needs of our class structure. Our curriculum encourages all pupils to explore and celebrate diversity whilst becoming enthusiastic, independent and confident learners ready to take their place as positive British and global citizens.
English and Maths are taught both as discrete subjects daily and as an integral part of our Creative Curriculum
We teach synthetic phonics from Nursery, using Little Wandle (from Autumn 2021) . If you would like any further information about the curriculum for your child’s year group please contact their class teacher, who will be happy to discuss it with you.
The teaching of reading is supported by a number of reading schemes in school which, along with our well stocked library, provide a huge range of reading materials for our children to experience. Reading is taught throughout school as a discrete subject as well as being an integral part of English. Children listen to and are encouraged to read a range of challenging texts and develop a love of reading. These texts make links to learning in other areas of the curriculum. This is supported by adult led whole class guided reading sessions. These sessions provide the opportunity for the class teacher to further develop children’s independent reading skills. Children are also identified for individual support and intervention, such as daily 1 to 1 reading. For further information see our separate section on Reading under our Curriculum Heading.
The teaching of writing skills is embedded across the curriculum and is supported by the formal teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling. From year 2, children use Jane Consodine Teaching of Spellings Scheme to support the development of key spelling skills. Writing is taught in mixed year group classes and the topics are planned on a 2 year rolling programme with work planned to develop the individual needs of the children.
The teaching of maths is based on the National Curriculum and is supported by the use of the White Rose Maths Scheme , our teaching of mental maths skills and our calculation policy. We aim to provide children with the abiity to reason in a logical way and to apply mathematics through problem solving in real-life contexts. We want our children to see the links between maths and other subjects and deepen their understanding through investigations and applications of maths across the curriculum. Maths is taught in age group classes as we believe this meets the needs of the children more efficiently.
Science is taught where possible in an integrated way where it links to the main topic but can also taught as a stand-alone subject. Children are encouraged to explore, question, discuss and test ideas about everyday phenomena.
Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama, PE, RSHE /PSCHE are taught, where appropriate, in an integrated way. By using the natural links between subjects and ideas, the learning becomes real and meaningful to our children. We do not believe in contriving links but in making the most of these where they naturally exist.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. We use the SCARF resources to support our planning. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
Open Minds (RE, Philosophy + Ethics):
We follow the Calderdale Agreed Syllabus for the delivery of the Open Minds (RE, Philosophy + Ethics) curriculum. The children learn about 6 major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. This gives the children a moral understanding and knowledge of religious beliefs and practices to help them become tolerant, caring members of society.