At Galley Hill, we aim to meet the statutory requirements of the national curriculum, guidance on relationships education and health education, Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education and framework for the early years foundation stage, and the children’s needs through Our Curriculum.
We see pupils as discoverers, exploring subjects. Subject leaders have carefully developed Route Maps (programmes of study) for EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2, showing the Pathways (matters, skills and processes) to follow and Signposts (attainment targets) reached along them leading to End Points (aims). These are further elaborated in child-friendly language for each year group through Journey Planners (knowledge organisers) with a focus on knowledge, skills and vocabulary, and identifying links.
The core subjects are English, mathematics and science. The other foundation subjects are art and design, computing, design and technology, French, music; personal, social, health and economic education (including relationships education), physical education, religious education, and topic (geography & history).
Class teachers are responsible for long, medium and short-term planning, and resources for lessons, where this is neither part of a scheme (Penpals for Handwriting, ESSENTIALmaths, Purple Mash, Language Angels, Music Express, Growing up with Yasmine and Tom, & realPE) nor provided by specialists (Hertfordshire Music Service, Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre & coaching), with learning objectives, introductions, differentiated activities and plenaries. The learning journey is the centrepiece of learning environments, and working walls support teaching of English and mathematics. Outcomes are monitored by subject leaders and concerns addressed.
The curriculum intent below reflects our ambition for the children and them taking ownership of their in-depth learning, unique social context and the importance of progression.
At Galley Hill, we are committed to providing a curriculum that equips every child with the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to fulfil their potential while nurturing well-being; prepares them for further education and means they can become ambitious, confident citizens. Curiosity and resilience lead all children to embrace increasing responsibility for moving their learning forward together while developing independently an especially rich appreciation of those aspects which reflect their individual interests. Carefully designed journeys to clear end points build systematically on prior learning, address identified gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills, and are signposted with what needs to be achieved next. A wide variety of experiences our children might otherwise not have inspire creativity and discussion, and furnish enhanced opportunities to apply and improve basic transferrable skills essential for success.
Phonics and reading
We use Letters and Sounds, Rising Stars and other electronic and printed resources to support our teaching and learning of phonics and reading.
Regular open lessons give parents/carers an opportunity to join their children for English, mathematics and topic, and experience the demands of a modern primary school education for themselves.
Throughout each academic year, the whole school observes learning-to-learn days when the children focus on a particular subject or overarching theme, honing their skills of reflection and reasoning, while participating in overwhelmingly child-led and especially creative activities.
Improving or maintaining the children’s health is another priority for us and central to the curriculum. A designated track is available for completing the Daily Mile while their mental well-being is addressed through various strategies, including circle time, feelings’ journals, mindfulness colouring and zones of regulation.
Whenever practical and likely to be more effective, outdoor learning is keenly encouraged. We are fortunate to enjoy an area that easily lends itself to use as a forest school, and every class has allotted time there each week. An outdoor-learning leader is charged with developing this key aspect of school life further.
Homework is increasingly set via our website, and completed online with Purple Mash, Reading Planet and Times Tables Rock Stars. A remote-learning leader co-ordinates provision when children for whatever reason cannot attend school. Printed versions are supplied for those without internet access.
Every child in Y4 has an opportunity both to learn to play the violin with Hertfordshire Music Service and swim at Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre. Every child has access to specialist coaching.