The Core Knowledge curriculum is at the heart of our curriculum at Hatfield Academy. We predominantly use the Core Knowledge curriculum to teach humanities, creative arts and science. We supplement our Core Knowledge curriculum with a range of other materials, such as Maths Makes Sense, Read Write Inc. , Accelerated Reader and Nelson programmes, to ensure the curriculum is broad, balanced and tailored to the needs of all our students.
Our curriculum is subject based rather than themed. This ensures all our students have targets for each subject area in school and supports teachers in their understanding of what students should know and understand. Our students have clear specific learning goals in each subject area. These are shared with parents and carers in order to foster a shared commitment to helping all students achieve their potential.
The Core Knowledge Curriculum has been specifically designed so that content is cumulative, allowing pupils to build on what they have previously learned. Links are frequently made across the curriculum so that pupils develop a rich and varied body of knowledge that forms a firm foundation for their future education.
Whilst we recognise the importance of subject specific knowledge, we also understand the value of meaningful cross curricular links, where pupils make connections between subjects. To support this, all our KS2 students take part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) afternoon each week. The Academy is based in Sheffield and our largest growth sector is STEM. We want all our students to be able to talk about the future jobs market and understand the world of work. We are also introducing a STEM based problem solving session into KS1, initially for an hour every other week.
Key Stage 1
Students in KS1 have discrete phonics lessons taught each day, based on Read Write Inc. These lessons will develop into spelling lessons in due course, based on the Read Write Inc. scheme. Handwriting will be taught each morning to ensure all the pupils have a firm foundation for KS2. We place great value in reading at our academy and, to this end, all KS1 Students have a reading pack. The reading pack is a collection of books which are part of our home learning scheme to ensure all parents/carers can support their children’s reading outside of school time. KS1 is also part of the Core Knowledge curriculum, as we have high expectations of all our pupils.
Pupils in KS1 are taught science, creative arts, humanities as well as maths and English. Within maths, all KS1 children will be taught a problem solving and mental maths lesson weekly. Within English, all KS1 children are taught grammar, using the Nelson Grammar programme.
We aim to give our all our students a broad and balanced curriculum which support the transition to the next stage of learning.
Key Stage 2
Students in KS2 continue with our Core knowledge curriculum in humanities, science and creative arts. We believe that spelling, punctuation and grammar are core features in preparing students for secondary school. In KS2, students have the opportunity to develop their spelling from KS1 by continuing the Read Write Inc. scheme. Students receive daily SPaG lessons, which develops their grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. This follows the Nelson Grammar programme. KS2 students also have discrete mental maths and problem solving maths lessons taught twice weekly.
All students in the school have an hour of PE a week. The Academy strongly supports the ethos of ‘a healthy body equals a health mind’. The Academy works in partnership with Sheffield United Football Club to ensure best quality PE lessons are delivered to our students.
Modern Foreign Languages
In KS2, all our students receive an hour a week of Mandarin teaching. As an Academy we are trying to prepare all our students for the world of work in the 21stcentury. China is fast becoming the largest global economy and as an Academy we want our students to not only learn the language but develop an understanding of the culture.
The Academy follows the Sheffield (SACRE) agreed syllabus.
Our curriculum is also enhanced in the following ways:
Our curriculum overviews for each year are shared with parents at the start of the year and can also be requested from the school office.
Our curriculum policy can be downloaded here .