READ, READ, READ
At Hillside we provide a stimulating, knowledge based, inclusive curriculum where skills are developed within a thematic approach with many opportunities for pupils to apply and revisit their learning. The overall aim of our curriculum is to raise aspirations and develop successful and confident life-long learners and responsible citizens, providing the best possible outcomes for our children. We believe reading fluently, reading widely and developing a wide vocabulary is at the heart of good primary education.
Our curriculum is organised into termly or half termly units of study to provide structure, continuity and progression. Topics are built around a ‘Power of Reading’ approach with quality texts underpinning topics taught. Pupils tell us this thematic ‘book based’ approach really engages them in learning, helping them to understand and remember what has been taught. We also promote reading for pleasure and ensure we have well stocked book corners and home lending libraries to support pupils reading frequently and widely. Vocabulary development is taught explicitly as part of building cultural capital and removing barriers to learning. Some subjects eg Maths, will be taught as separate lessons with opportunities to apply skills across the curriculum.
We promote a ‘Mastery’ approach with termly ‘non-negotiables’ we expect all children to achieve. These non-negotiables are shared explicitly with pupils and also sent home to parents and carers to support home learning and the acquisition of basic skills. We have high expectations that all pupils will master basic numeracy, reading and writing skills early.
We firmly believe pupils need a range of experiences to support their learning and develop their physical and mental health and well-being. Our pupils learn outside of, as well as inside the classroom environment. Trips that widen pupil experiences and aspirations and build cultural capital are organized for all year groups. All classes also take part in ‘Forest School Fridays’ where classes spend the whole day outdoors taking part in team building and environmental activities (often linked to the curriculum topics they are studying in class).
At Hillside every child matters and we ensure that our curriculum offer enables all children to stay safe, be healthy, enjoy and achieve, have economic well-being and make a positive contribution. Pupils take part in enterprise initiatives, take on school council or class based roles and represent the school at a wide range of sporting activities. Through ‘Believe, Achieve, Succeed’ we aim that all members of our school community believe in themselves, have the confidence to work hard and try new things and feel successful in whatever goals and ambitions they set themselves both now and in the future.
Believe, Achieve, Succeed