Children mature and progress at different rates and Hawes Side Academy every effort is made to meet the individual needs of your child.
All children study the following elements of the curriculum:
The National Curriculum Core subjects are:
English is at the heart of our curriculum and quality books are its lifeblood. English is taught via a consistent, highly systematic approach
In Foundation Stage, our children learn Phonics and early reading skills. Children in years 1-6 have a 90 minute English lesson each day that allows for extensive practice of reading and thinking skills, as well as providing time for effective writing.
Mathematical skills are considered vital to enable a person to function effectively in society. We aim to develop children's abilities to think analytically, solve problems and apply mathematics accurately and effectively in the real world. Competence and confidence in Mathematics are viewed as basic entitlements for the children of this school. Much time and energy are spent in helping this to be achieved. In so doing we hope to impart a feeling of enjoyment in the subject, a pleasure in the recognition of patterns and the resolution of problems.
Mathematics is treated where possible as a practical subject where we aim to encourage a lively sense of interest using everyday examples to do with number, measurement and shape. Children are expected to learn tables in what we hope is an interesting way.
Science is taught throughout the school. Our aim is to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. To ensure our children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Science for primary school children means exploration of their surroundings, simple investigation into their findings by making comparisons and observations and the testing of ideas. Children will have the opportunity to experiment, explore via the senses, collect, observe, discuss and solve simple problems. Through these activities, the children are allowed to ask questions about themselves and their world.
As the children progress through the school, they build on their earlier experiences to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills.
All pupils, from the beginning of Foundation Stage onwards, have regular access to computers, laptops and mobile devices. As pupils become more competent in the use of computers they move on to work that involves the application of computer skills during research or problem solving.
Hawes Side Academy is strongly committed to the development of computing. The children learn the skills of computing and apply them in their learning across all subject areas.
The school follows the Discovery RE Syllabus and we study a balance of themes and faiths, which encourages children to think about moral and religious issues.
Parents/Guardians have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. lessons and collective worship. Children who are withdrawn will pursue other curriculum work during such times. Should you wish to exercise this right you should put your request in writing to the Headteacher.
The National Curriculum foundation subjects are:
The school has adopted a creative approach to the curriculum focusing on transferable skills with exciting learning opportunities. Foundation subjects are linked into topic work to maximise the children’s learning.
Throughout their time at Hawes Side Academy, children are encouraged to develop an awareness of the past, the ways in which it was different from the present day and the influence it has on the modern world. Children use a range of information sources to aid enquiry and interpretation. Such sources include artefacts, pictures, written documents, educational visits and adults talking about their pasts. From considering their own recent pasts and through units as varied as Ancient Egypt and Life in Victorian Times the children are encouraged to develop an interesting and relevant perspective on history.
We encourage children to take a lively interest in the world around them, using first hand experience where possible. We extend this by visiting parks and farms and by arranging for the children to meet people from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. Such experiences are followed up by studies using a variety of resources. Further to this work, the children study localities around the country and the world. We have extensive links and partnerships with schools globally and Hawes Side Academy holds the British Council’s ‘International School Award’ for its exemplary work in this area. We place a strong emphasis on developing the children’s awareness of the human habitat and thereby enhance their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people.
'Design and Make' assignments are the means whereby skills and knowledge are drawn together in the creation of a product. The areas covered include Food Technology, Textiles and Construction projects that are often linked to other areas of the curriculum such as History, Science, Art and Computing.
Physical Education and Sport
We aim to develop skills progressively so that children may achieve their potential, individually and as part of a team.
We offer a variety of activities in this area - including sports such as athletics, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rugby and swimming - according to the age of the child.
We are fortunate to have extensive playground and playing field to enable us to pursue these activities. Many are practised at lunch times and after school as well as during physical education lessons. Our sporting teams successfully compete against other local schools.
In the event of minor illness or injury, parents/guardians may wish their child to be excused from a particular lesson. In such a case a signed letter to this effect must be provided. It may be necessary to request a doctor’s letter if there is a series of such requests.
Children work with various media, e.g. paint, clay, wood, in order to develop their skills and aesthetic appreciation. We encourage children to express themselves and to interpret and appreciate the works of other artists.
We encourage children to express themselves and to interpret and appreciate the works of other musicians. Children are given opportunities to learn instruments and learn about musical performance.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship
These subject areas aim to prepare children to play an active role as citizens developing their confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities. The children learn about healthy and safe life styles, the importance of building good relationships and respecting the differences between people.
In Years FS (Summer Term) to 6 Mandarin is taught alongside Chinese Culture Studies. . We have employed Chinese teachers through the British Council and Confucius Institute for a number of years. We support a number of schools in the area with this.
Cross-Curricular issues such as Health and Social Education.
We aim to enable children to care for their own bodies and to develop appropriate social relationships.
Sex Education is taught as part of the wider Health and Social Education policy and is related to aspects of National Curriculum Science. Our aim is to ensure that children acquire accurate knowledge set within the context of caring relationships. The approaches and content of sex education will be matched to the ages of the children and will take account of special educational needs. Parents are informed when this subject is to be taught and are invited to view the materials prior to their use.
Parents/Guardians may withdraw their child from whole or part of sex education, apart from those elements which are required as part of National Curriculum Science. Such withdrawals should be requested in writing.
For more information about the curriculum followed at Hawes Side Academy see our 'Curriculum Maps' and 'Helping you child to learn' pages.