The curriculum at Hobletts Manor Infants' and Nursery School is based on a deep understanding of the needs of our children. As a school we have identified potential barriers to success for our school community (see above) and have designed the delivery of our curriculum to address these potential barriers and allow for the best possible attainment for all. We aim to develop the children's language, spark their interest, deepen their knowledge and develop their curiosity for the ever changing world around them. The National Curriculum for Early Years and Key Stage 1 forms the basis for our curriculum which is planned as a sequence of learning from Nursery up to Year 2. This is delivered through the teaching of termly topics which allow the children to make links in their learning across all subjects as they progress through the school.
We believe that the core skills of language and communication, reading, writing and maths are fundamental to children achieving well across the curriculum and the structure of our teaching reflects this drive for high attainment in these areas whatever children's starting points may be. We use 'Essential Letters and Sounds' for our phonics teaching, the 'Fluency Project' approach to support our teaching of reading, 'Essential Maths' and 'Talk for Writing.'
Alongside this drive lies our passion for creativity and unlocking the potential of all children, developing character and confidence as well as building their knowledge and understanding of their world. We have gained Inclusion, and Arts and Music Mark accreditation and have been part of the ‘Something Loud Project’ which is dedicated to giving children in the HP2 postcode a rich and exciting musical education.
To support and develop the children’s personal, social and emotional well-being, we use the Jigsaw scheme of learning as a guide to support planning. Alongside this we have trained members of staff to deliver additional programmes such as 'Protective Behaviours' and 'Drawing and Talking' where needed.
‘Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE is an original and comprehensive scheme of learning, which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with an emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’
Outdoor learning is another strong feature of our curriculum. We believe that providing our children with opportunities to take their learning outside is hugely beneficial for their development. By providing the children with plenty of well-planned and meaningful outdoor learning experiences ,we aim to give them the skills to become social, confident and creative learners.
Part of our outdoor curriculum is delivered through regular Forest Schools sessions. Take a look at our Forest School page to find out more. Our trained forest school lead supports the teachers in delivering their planned sessions which reinforce learning across curriculum areas and support the children to gain confidence and learn by ‘doing’. The children become more responsible for their actions, learn to calculate their risks and are more active and healthy in the process.
As part of their outdoor learning, the children work hard to plant, grow, maintain and harvest a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers in the school allotment. The children get to experience what it is like to ‘garden’ throughout the year (in all conditions) and all vegetables and fruits that are grown make their way to our school kitchen, contribute to our Harvest Festival or are sent home to families.