The curriculum at Hobletts Manor Infants and Nursery School has been created to meet the needs of the children in our school community. We aim to spark the children's interest, deepen their knowledge and develop their curiosity for the ever changing world around them. The National Curriculum forms the basis for our curriculum which is planned as a sequence of learning from Nursery up to Year Two. The curriculum 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.
Creativity lies at the heart of our curriculum. This approach to learning and teaching aims to unlock the potential of all children, develop character and confidence as well as build their knowledge and understanding of their world. We are an accredited Arts Mark school and have recently become a Music Mark school member. We are 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 wellbeing, we use the Jigsaw scheme of learning as a guide to support planning:
‘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 leaning 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. These sessions are planned by teachers for the children who 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.
What is Forest Schools?
‘Forest Schools is a unique way of building independence, self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning in children they explore and experience the natural world for themselves. A combination of freedom and responsibility is beneficial to all children. Valuable life skills are learnt - communication, team working and responsibility.’ www.forestschoolsuk.co.uk
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.