Our School Learning Values are: RESPECT, CHALLENGE, REFLECTION, RESILIENCE, ENCOURAGEMENT and GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP because... we are a BRILLIANTLY HAPPY school where only our BEST will do.
Our Curriculum Intent is based on the following principles...
Every member of our school community has the very highest academic and social expectations for every child. Our curriculum:
Fosters ambition and an intrinsic desire to achieve within our learners by ensuring every child has the skills and knowledge they need to succeed across a range of subjects;
Embeds core moral values which leads to a strong social conscience;
Creates a positive ‘can do’ attitude towards learning so that every child believes that they can learn.
In order to enable all of our learners to develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, make links within and across the curriculum as well as foster an intrinsic desire to achieve based on genuine desire to learn and know more, we deliver our curriculum via an enquiry based curriculum model. Each enquiry question is bespoke and is based on either school values or academic-based drivers.
Within each enquiry, we teach a learning journey across a range of subjects in which skills and knowledge are taught progressively both within and across year groups; building on prior knowledge to ensure our learners know and remember more and become true masters of the skills and knowledge they have been taught.
Our Curriculum uses memorable learning experiences to develop cultural capital as part of a rich, relevant and child-centred curriculum which has the principles of high-quality reading, writing, maths are embedded throughout.
The new Ofsted Inspection Framework (September 2019) states that inspectors will make graded judgements on the quality of education. This includes an evaluation of your curriculum which should be "broad and balanced". In particular:
Our School Passports!
We are really excited to launch our amazing new school ‘passports’ in order to support all of our learners in developing their deep love of reading alongside mathematic fluency and flexibility which is essential for maths mastery.
Outdoor Learning at Hurdsfield!
We are extremely proud to provide our in-house Forest School where our children are allowed to:
We are incredibly proud to be able to offer our own Forest School provision led by our own, in house qualified Forest School teacher, Mrs Baxter!
Our amazing Forest School provides an exciting element to our school's curriculum offer as it provides our children with opportunities for meaningful outdoor learning. We are very fortunate to employ a superbly skilled, enthusiastic and passionate Forest School teacher, Mrs Baxter (aka Baxter Bear), who is able to plan and deliver engaging and challenging sessions that are linked closely to the needs of the pupils of our amazing school.
Our Forest School promotes our learners' creativity, independence, communication skills, resilience, reasoning and problem-solving activities within a completely natural environment. Over the coming academic year, we are excited to be able to develop our provision even further. Watch this space to find about the development of our Forest School and our other curriculum objectives as we continue to aim to provide nothing short of the best for our most important asset; our simply outstanding children!
At Hurdsfield, we provide a range of exciting curriculum enrichment activities to which we ensure all pupils have access too. To meet this aim, we provide a range of after school clubs and residential experiences for our pupils. Our children will have the opportunity to attend the following residential activities:
A one-night sleepover at school in the summer term. This residential is designed to have the following impact on our pupils:
A one-night residential visit to Castleton. The residential is designed to have the following impact on our pupils:
Year 3 to 5:
A two-night residential visit to Robinwood Activity Centre. The residential is designed to have the following impact on our pupils:
A three-night experience at 'The Wilderness Academy'. This residential is based on Forest School and the children will be required to set up camp and apply Forest School principles for the duration of their visit. Teamwork and collaboration are essential to success. This residential is designed to have the following impact on our pupils:
A Brilliantly Happy School Where Only Our Best Will Do!