At Hunts Cross School we aim to produce model citizens who make the most of their abilities and become responsible and caring members of the community.
Our school values
At Hunts Cross School we have these values:-
Promoting the Fundamental British Values
Citizens of the UK are encouraged to
We believe that our code of conduct and school values underpin the fundamental British Values:
At Hunts Cross School we promote the fundamental British values throughout our curriculum. We teach the National Curriculum, the local agreed syllabus for religious education and we have developed our own PSHE, collective worship and safety curriculum which further prepares our children for life in modern Britain. Our curriculum is designed to offer our children a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum adds richness and enjoyment to our pupils’ learning, fostering their interest in the wider-world, its processes and history, its people and their societies; in the arts and culture; in computing and the digital world; and in sports and healthy lifestyles. In all these it promotes values necessary to live in our society today. We deliver the National Curriculum in a way which is appropriate to our city, our area and our school. It is a curriculum that sets in place firm foundations to promote life-long learning and develops self- esteem of the children.
Examples of how each year group promote these values and prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain can be seen in the curriculum plans published on our website. The following is a brief overview.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage covers the development of children from the age of three to the end of the reception year. It recognises that early childhood is an important stage of life and has its own particular needs.
The Foundation Stage acknowledges the many valuable skills children have developed and the importance of the role that parents play in this. Children learn best from first-hand experience and learning is inter-related to help children to achieve to their full potential.
Children will begin school having had a range of different experiences and they will have learned a great deal, particularly from their families.
Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum
We have developed a topic based curriculum. Subjects covered within these topics in Key-Stage 1 (5-7) and Keystage 2 (7-11) are: English, Maths, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and P.E. Keystage 2 children also learn French.
A detailed curriculum overview has been mapped out for all foundation subjects across Keystage 1 and 2. As with English, Maths and Science, we teach skills and knowledge leading to independent application. Year-on- year, these are built upon ensuring progression through the school. Opportunities to apply English and Maths skills are planned into foundation subjects. Curriculum maps are available from the curriculum pages or the year group pages.
Foundation subjects are assessed at the end of every topic using working towards, expected and greater depth criteria. This information is then used to plan for the application of skills across the curriculum. Opportunities are then given to revisit skills to help children deeper their understanding and knowledge and skills. Our curriculum is filled with first hand learning experiences, including visits to other settings, making good use of experts and subject specialists. Subject specialist that come into our school to further enhance the experiences of the children. These include: Computing, Performing Arts, and PE.
Phonics & Reading
The school teaches phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme.
More information on this scheme can be found here:
Letters and Sounds
Reading follows a book banded approach using books from the following reading scheme the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ This includes: Songbirds, Glow-worms, Snapdragons, Stories, Phonics, Fireflies, Treetops, Poetry. This is supplemented by Pearson’s Phonics Bug.
Children are encouraged to read for pleasure using the school libary to choose books from.