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Curriculum

The curriculum covers all learning activities that take place within the school, academic, social, physical, spiritual and moral.  Every child is entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum.

All pupils are entitled to equality of opportunity irrespective of gender, race or ability.  Hudson is committed to promoting this entitlement.

Teachers use the National Curriculum documents together with the school's own curriculum policy documents and their knowledge of each child, to plan lessons.  Programmes of work are designed to ensure progression and continuity across each year group.

Teachers use a variety of methods including:

  • Whole class teaching
  • Group work
  • Individual work
  • Work focused on an individual subject
  • Topic/thematic work

The particular method used will reflect the teaching activity and the children involved.  Teachers regularly assess children's work to ensure the curriculum is appropriate and informs future planning.

At Hudson we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.

With the new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government (2014-15) we have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have implemented the new Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. 

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that requires children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.

How it Works?

Children will progress through four stage of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:

www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk

English resources

Bug Club is a highly engaging whole-school reading programme Hudson uses to teach Reading, phonics, Spelling and Grammar throughout the school. 

This resource has many benefits for our children, families and staff:

  • Matched to the new primary curriculum for England
  • Whole school approach from EYFS-Y6
  • Home access - on PC, laptop and iPad plus selected Android devices to an amazing online reading world
  • Online resources and hard copy books/resources
  • Teacher resources for planning and assessment, including intuitive and unparalleled online tracking for each learner
  • Reading + Phonics + Grammar and Spelling all; linked together in a seamless approach across the school
  • Ideal grammar, spelling and punctuation practice for SATs and the Year 1 Phonics Check

We have found this tool to be highly effective in raising standards across the school in reading and phonics and this year are looking to see an improvement in SPAG (spelling Punctuation and grammar).  The Grammar and Spelling Bug gives teachers all the tools they need to deliver the grammar and spelling requirements of the new Primary English curriculum. With comprehensive lesson plans and assessments available at the click of a button.  What’s more, the children love practising their newly acquired skills over and over with exciting, time-travel themed games.   Again all of these resources can be accessed in the home.

Maths Resources

Abacus is a unique maths toolkit chosen by Hudson to support teaching and learning daily.  It is a resource that’s carefully crafted to help teachers inspire a genuine love of maths and help every child master the national curriculum.

Abacus is written for the 2014 primary national curriculum in England and built on evidence and research into what makes outstanding teaching and learning.

  • Everything teachers need to instil confidence, inspire a genuine love of maths and help every child master mathematical concepts.
  • Assessment resources and tools to help teachers track children’s attainment and their progress towards Age Related Expectations.
  • A flexible toolkit for Reception through to Year 6 that puts teachers in control of your maths teaching. 

Abacus helps teachers to embed mastery level in maths through:

1. Consistency of models and images

Consistency of models and images is key to developing depth of understanding. Abacus contains a developmental approach to models and images and pedagogic speech to ensure a consistent approach to teaching maths.

2. Bank of memorised number facts

Abacus is structured around a spiral curriculum to ensure children revise and practise what they have learnt throughout the year. In Abacus, we take retention of number facts seriously, which is why it includes hundreds of activities for keeping number facts on the boil.

3. Rehearsing key maths skills

Abacus has been built on a robust skills progression so that prior knowledge is constantly built on, reinforced and embedded.

4. Practice is key

We know that practice is key, and we know that we need more than paper and pencil practice for today’s children. In Abacus, we provide hundreds of varied practice activities and opportunities for children to embed their learning.

5. Keeping the class together

To ensure mastery of skills, children need to keep-up not catch-up. Abacus has a clever built-in prerequisites tool that allows you to access prior teaching and activities on previous core skills to ensure that children don’t miss out on key learning.

Home Learning Resources

At Hudson we believe that Parents, carers and families are by far the most important influences on children’s lives. Parents who take on a supportive role in their children’s learning make a difference in improving achievement and behaviour. Their support can play a vital role at all stages of education.

The active involvement of parents in the life of the school can help promote a learning community in which pupils can engage positively with school staff and their peers. Hudson understands the benefits from developing positive partnerships with parents by involving them in all decisions affecting their children’s education and learning.

Homework is one place we start at Hudson in forging strong relationships, building communication networks and up-skilling parents and families.  We invest in a number of resources that build parental skill and enable them to further learning in the home.

All resources are accessed by each individual child with unique user names and passwords provided by school.