Our Exciting Creative Curriculum
We offer a relevant, purposeful, enjoyable and creative curriculum
through whole school topics.
We deliver the National Curriculum content with science, history or geography being the key drivers for a topic with the subjects of art, design technology, music, computing and PSHE added to enrich the topic. RE, PE, MFL and maths are taught as separate subjects.
We operate a two-year rolling programme of topics with some topics in Year A and some in Year B. Our school’s Christian values are interwoven into each topic. Every term, each class also have a "Big Question" to ponder on.
Religious education at Hernhill will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together. Pupils can expect that our RE curriculum will engage and challenge them through an exploration of core concepts and questions. Parents and carers can expect Hernhill to provide meaningful and informed dialogue with a range of religions and worldviews.
Across the school we have a set of five learning skills . These are attributes that will enable all of our learners to be successful.
The skills are being: a resilient learner, a reflective learner, a creative learner, a considerate learner and an independent learner.
Your child's reading journey begins at Hernhill in Year R - with our newly-launched phonics programme, Phonics Shed. Children develop a love of reading and writing through this narrative-based programme, which includes lots of fun and engaging characters, songs and stories... Phonics Shed continues through Years R, 1 and 2, and can even be utilised in the Juniors.
Your child will bring home books - either a paperback or digitally assigned ebook - that has been carefully selected by your child’s teacher to go alongside the sounds your child has been taught in school. These books are for your child to read to you. We hope this will give them real ownership of their reading... In addition, the children will bring home a book to share - one that you can snuggle on the sofa and explore together! This will not necessarily be linked to their phonics learning - so they may need your help.
The children are taught to write in a variety of text types as they move throughout the school and are taught skills progressively in line with the National Curriculum. Writing tasks are linked to the topic work that the class is currently studying as this makes the writing more purposeful.
At Hernhill, we believe that if children don’t have to think about how to spell a word, they can put their energy into the actual content of their writing. Spelling is currently approached in three different ways. First of all, children are taught the spelling families and rules in accordance with the new Primary National Curriculum. Second, children work in pairs to ‘gap-fill’ their spelling knowledge through finding clues that can help them to remember such spellings and apply this knowledge to their writing across the curriculum. Finally, the school has set up a home-spelling scheme – which is linked to the gap-filling programme used in school – where parents have the optional opportunity to help their children practise sets of spellings tested during 'Super Spellers Weeks'.
Towards the end of Reception, children are introduced to cursive writing. At Hernhill, we believe that muscle memory is an essential tool for learning how to spell as well as write fluently. Children in the Infants write using pencil and begin to write with pen for occasional writing tasks towards the end of Class 2 (key stage 1). In the Juniors, the children write with a blue handwriting pen.
Speaking and Listening
The staff at Hernhill strive for the children to be confident speakers by the time they leave the school at the end of Key Stage 2. From the very start of their school life, every child is nurtured and encouraged to speak publicly and acquire the appropriate listening skills. These are always demonstrated during the numerous concerts and assemblies the children are part of throughout the year.
Here at Hernhill, all year groups follow the Mathematics programme of study for key stage 1 and 2. This has been devised as part of the new National curriculum in England for 2014.
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Hernhill, we follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and the Understanding Christianity resource. We want our children to be inspired by RE and develop an understanding of Christianity and a broad range of religions and world views.
We use the Understanding Christianity resource as the basis for many of the units. Click here for our overall RE plan. The Understanding Christianity resource uses a piece of artwork entitled "The Big Story of the Bible" and in September 2018, our whole created a Hernhill version which is now proudly displayed in our hall.