A Broad and Balanced Curriculum, both in school and online


Our curriculum is based on the existing National Curriculum Framework and reflects our key values at Halstow. Our curriculum complies with the duties of the Equality Act 2010 and the SEN and D Regulations 2014. It maximises cross curricular opportunities and a text led approach to learning to provide all children with a creative and wide ranging learning experience.  We follow Little Wandle to teach phonics and use a range of banded books, including Oxford Reading Tree, Tree Top and Big Cats in order for children to apply their phonics knowledge and be able to access high quality texts and read for pleasure later on.

For the first time in our recent history, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have changed from our vertical grouping system to single year group classes and we have adapted our curriculum appropriately.

We provide for high-quality learning through skilled explanation and modelling by teachers who have excellent subject and curriculum knowledge as well as pedagogical expertise that focuses on building opportunities for children to deepen their understanding and the ability to recall what they have learnt in a sophisticated and meaningful way. Our curriculum is designed to inspire and engage.

We aim to give the children a knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live. We want them to be sensitive to others and understand individual personal relationships. At Halstow, we encourage children to learn confidently and to communicate what they have learnt.

We believe that children should have the benefit of a broad and balanced curriculum.  We are particularly keen to develop children's interest in music, art, drama and dance and are able to offer opportunities for individual instrumental tuition during the school day. We also have a specialist Music Teacher who teaches every class once a week.  We ensure children receive a rich curriculum by extending opportunities through theatre visits, visiting performers and musicians and school trips to a range of places.

At Halstow, we firmly believe that children learn best when they are able to make connections in their learning.  Each term we will be looking at a theme which will encompass many curriculum areas; the themes chosen are those which we feel will captivate the children’s interest and their enthusiasm for learning. We believe that children learn best when they are actively involved. 
"Learning by doing" makes the work more interesting, more meaningful and more likely to make sense and be remembered. Problem-solving and investigations are both important for primary school children. This kind of learning helps children to think more clearly, to raise questions, try out ideas and to record their findings.
More information can be found at the Department for Education website here