At Hungerford Academy, we cover The National Curriculum. We use a topic based structure as a mechanism for learning all areas of the curriculum. We think this is important because it allows teachers to make learning relevant and it encourages children to make links and apply learning. This application of learning is vital. Children learn basic skills and knowledge, and through interesting topics and contexts, they use what they know and can do. Interesting and stimulating topics also create a base for children to take learning through to adulthood. We aim to create a lifelong learning habit.
We have curriculum drivers which are themes which underpin all of our curriculum and which our school community: parents, children, staff and governors feel are important. The 3 Cs which weave through our curriculum are: CARING, COMMUNITY and CREATIVITY.
In addition to the National Curriculum, we know it's important to add interesting contexts for learning. Visitors, experts and going on trips enhances and enriches the curriculum here at Hungerford. We also have a focus on outdoor learning which not only adds a different dimension to where we learn, it helps us to understand what and why we learn.
Outdoor learning and our fabulous climbing wall help teach our hidden curriculum. These are skills and qualities that we need to foster in our children in order to make a positive contribution in their learning but also in the wider world: resilience, commitment, effort, teamwork, courtesy, turn-taking, understanding, empathy...
Alongside the Curriculum, we use the Secrets of Success to make these qualities tangible for the children. We highlight an aspect of a Secret of Success for the learning objective of each lesson (or series of lessons) for the children to focus on: we try new things, we work hard, we concentrate, we imagine, we push ourselves, we understand others, we improve, we don't give up.
In an inclusive classroom, all children must have their need for personalised learning met. This includes those who are gifted, more able and talented in some way. They need to be given work that is suited to their specific needs and abilities. It is important that the skills and abilities of all children are recognised and developed in a supportive and caring environment.
Our aim is to identify individuals within each year group (from the Foundation Stage to the end of Key Stage 2) who display a natural gift or talent in specific areas, together with those children who are consistently achieving higher than is expected of them in one or more subjects.
Children identified as being more able or gifted and talented will be able to extend their learning within their own learning environment, as well as being given the opportunity to attend learning projects outside the classroom as they arise. This could come in the form of working with a visitor to the school on a specific activity, being part of a school club designed to stretch children's learning in specific areas, or being invited to take part in a project at a different location.
For more information, please view our More Able and Talented Policy.