What is a curriculum? The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and skills pupils will gain at each stage (Intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (Implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and understanding pupils have gained against expectations (Impact) Ofsted 2018
At Hardwicke, we follow the National Curriculum which sets out the subjects and standards for Primary and Secondary schools. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces them to ‘the best that has been thought and said;’ and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The Curriculum at Hardwicke is carefully planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills are built upon what has been taught before, with clear end points identified. The curriculum is broad, balanced and ambitious for ALL of our pupils. At the very heart of the curriculum design is reading. Reading is at the centre and front of the curriculum. ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’ Dr Seuss
The curriculum is currently taught through a themed approach to learning which is being reviewed to ensure that the key components are clearly identified, so that the most useful content is taught. The curriculum will ensure that pupils transfer key knowledge to long term memory and that learning builds upon knowledge and skills. Teachers will use assessment effectively to ensure that it informs what to teach next so that learning ‘sticks’ and pupils develop understanding that connects new knowledge with what they already know. Fluency in mathematics, reading and writing are built into the curriculum with regular opportunities to revisit learning which will ensure that children’s working memory is not overloaded and knowledge is deepened as a result.
Regular and rigorous reviews by school leaders will evaluate what has been learned and retained in the long term memory by the pupils at Hardwicke. We are ambitious for ALL pupils, including SEND and disadvantaged, so that all learning builds towards an endpoint and our pupils are ready for the next stage in their education.
Please click on the National Curriculum links below for further information on the EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum
Hardwicke's Response to COVID-19
At Hardwicke, we understand the necessity for all pupils to receive a high-quality education that promotes their development an prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We also know and understand the need for a broad and ambitious curriculum whilst in school and for a minority of pupils, remotely.
Our recovery curriculum for September 2020, through rigorous and accurate assessments, will identify what pupils have missed, what they have forgotten and what the gaps in their learning are. This will be addressed through a carefully planned and ambitious curriculum. We will identify the most important missed content and fill gaps in core knowledge, with a strong emphasis on reading and phonics, writing and mathematics. We aim to return to the school's normal curriculum in all subjects by the summer term 2021.
For a minority of pupils, or in the case of a Local Lockdown, we will use TEAMs as the main platform, for developing and delivering remote education.
In EYFS, we will focus on the prime areas including communication and language, personal, social and emotional development (PSED) and physical development. Our EYFS team will assess and address gaps in language, early reading and mathematics.
Based on our rigorous assessments, we will use the 'catch-up' funding, to target individual and small groups of pupils.
We also know that some pupils will have experienced a variety of emotions as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak including anxiety and stress and some will be keen and ready to return to school. Pupils and families identified as requiring addition support with their emotional and mental well being will be identified swiftly and appropriate support will be put in place, by our well trained and experienced pastoral team.