Whole School Curriculum
At Hamp Academy, we have designed our curriculum, so as to place a high priority on improving the basic skills within all subjects, especially in the core subjects of English, maths, science and ICT. It is our aim to provide an exciting and stimulating curriculum that provides as many opportunities as possible for our children to achieve and become well-rounded individuals. When appropriate our curriculum is tailored for the individual needs of children, including social and emotional support and specific SEN plans.
Our curriculum encourages all pupils to understand, be interested in and show respect to others and their beliefs, whilst also developing their own self-esteem and knowledge of their place in the wider world, e-safety and of British Values. The values of SMSC are of great importance to us and underpin our curriculum approach.
Skills, Knowledge and Understanding
To ensure that we teach a broad and balanced curriculum, we follow the New National Curriculum programmes of study (September 2014), covering the key skills of KS2 subjects. Learning the skills for individual subjects, such as reading co-ordinates on maps in geography and analysing primary and secondary sources in history, is central to the teaching of individual lessons within our curriculum. For the whole school curriculum topic map, calculation policies and English policies, please see the subsequent dropdowns. To find out further details of the curriculum content in the different year groups, please see the relevant pages.
Our Modern Foreign Language of choice is French. Hamp Academy takes part in European Languages Day each year and is seeking to develop links with a school in France. There are also opportunities through our cross-curricula topics to look at the language, history and culture of other countries, such as China, Germany and Italy.
A variety of music specialists provide their expertise to teach our children singing and also how to play new instruments, such as the ukele in Year 4. We have a weekly singing assembly where we practise traditional and modern songs linked to key events such as Christmas, Easter and Harvest Festival.
Our aim is that Religious Education should contribute to children’s spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development, providing children with the opportunities to encounter, explore and develop a knowledge and appreciation of the differing faiths and beliefs of others. We also encourage children to recognise and reflect on their own beliefs and values. RE makes a valuable contribution to the multi-cultural development of pupils in this school who would not otherwise meet with many other religions at first hand.
In PSHE we follow the Jigsaw programme, where learning focusses on establishing a sense of personal responsibility, self-esteem, sensitivity to the needs of others and being part of a community both within the school and beyond it. Children will learn to value themselves, grow in self-confidence, and behave with care and understanding for others. Pupils will also learn about personal health issues including sex and drugs education.
Central to the life in our school are the many extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities that we provide for our children. A particular strength is the after school clubs that run every afternoon until 4pm, ranging from drama and DT club to maths iPads and storytelling club.
There are also opportunities for the children to take part in residential trips towards the end of the school year. Years 3 and 4 visit Greatwood Camp for a week, Year 5 camp out at Hestercombe for two days and this year Year 6 will spend an action-packed week at Butlins in Minehead. For those children unable to take part, exciting projects are planned throughout the time their classmates are absent.