At Hewens Primary, our mission is to provide an outstanding education that ensures all pupils reach their greatest potential and live by life’s highest values.
We have developed our own curriculum, which is comprehensive, where children learn through exploration, has a clear process of learning with specific learning goals for every National Curriculum subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness.
This new curriculum sets out clear progression and application of skills across all areas. We aim to ensure pupils are independently minded and confident British citizens of the future. We expect learning to have context, with rich learning opportunities that link to and build upon previous learning to enable children to develop transferable knowledge and skills. We maximise learning by carefully weaving our curriculum together so that subjects within a theme connect wherever possible.
Our curriculum drives progress through establishing a rigorous knowledge base and a life-long love of learning. We have considered the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required to achieve academic excellence beyond primary school. The curriculum at Hewens Primary School is grounded in the strongest available evidence about how pupils learn and retain knowledge in the long term – focusing in particular on research from cognitive science.
Finally, we emphasise the importance of the enacted curriculum, where our skilled teachers bring knowledge to life in a way that will be meaningful and exciting for the pupils that they know so well. Ensuring that the impact on the children is great in all subjects, this includes their progress and attainment but also that their cultural capital is developed and the children become successful and internationally minded citizens. Each term, Student Council, teachers, subject leaders and senior leaders plan a calendar of activities to ensure that pupils are given opportunities to infuse their scientific, literacy, numeracy and creative skills by participating in assemblies, debates, quizzes, sporting activities, Spelling Bee, Art, poster, Eisteddfod and Alliance competitions.
The Primary Aims of our New Curriculum are:
- To nurture the whole child;
- To develop knowledge, skills and attitudes as well as an enthusiasm for learning;
- To deliver a cross curricular approach to learning to make the curriculum come to life;
- To provide a purposeful curriculum which will improve children’s life skills and experiences;
- To build resilient, rational, resourceful, respectful, responsible, reflective and independent learners;
- To work alongside our local community and beyond;
- To develop awe and wonder and a lifelong love of learning in a range of subjects;
- To be curious, motivated and excited about coming to school;
- To adopt fundamental British Values and be responsible citizens with strong moral standards and able to contribute to society;
- To develop a sense of their own nationality and culture at the same time as developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others, especially those throughout Modern Britain;
- To talk about their learning and to know and remember more;
- To see that making mistakes and taking risks is a good thing;
- For learning to stick, so that their knowledge can build upon and connect with previous knowledge.