Through our Christian Faith, we acknowledge our responsibility to all, to enrich lives and show love and respect within our school. We believe in educating the whole child. We cherish everyone and encourage everyone to treat each other as unique individuals. We want the children of St Margaret's at Hasbury to be caring and respectful towards one another; learn to be confident and courageous in the face of challenges; be the best they can be.
Living life in all its fullness
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full," (John 10:10)
St Margaret's at Hasbury offers a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children at the school and prepares children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Through our curriculum, we believe children have the right to reach their full potential, in line with their right to an education cited in Article 28 of the UNCRC. Article 29 Children have the right to an education which tries to develop their personality and abilities as much as possible and encourages them to respect other people's right and values and to respect the environment.
The aim at St Margaret's at Hasbury is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. We believe that childhood should be a happy, inquisitive, inspirational time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and new experiences.
As part of our statement of intent we have outlined examples of how school will enrich the curriculum in order to give all children opportunities to excel and to prepare for 'life beyond St Margaret's'.
Our curriculum develops children who are:
These are known as the 'Hasbury Hows'.
These link closely to our school values which are:
Our school values can be seen in all that we do in school. They help us to promote positive attitudes and behaviours which promote responsibility for learning and future personal growth.
Our curriculum design is based on the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. It is a knowledge-based, spiral curriculum, which is based on cognitive theory which was advanced by Bruner (1960). St Margarets research theories based on how children learn and the wider world of education and we believe that good practice is seen when principles of instruction are used which build knowledge linking schemas to enable recall to become fluent. Our spiral curriculum is based on the hypothesis that even the most complex material can be understood by young children if it is properly structured and presented. Staff identify the knowledge that they want children to know and use this to complete knowledge progression in individual subjects. Staff are clear on the specific knowledge that the children will gain at each stage of their school life. Vertical links are made by building on prior knowledge, as concepts are revisited in different year groups. Diagonal links between subjects and year groups are also planned for. E.g. What is a source of evidence, a source of light? Children revisit concepts repeatedly over their school career. The complexity of the concept will increase with each visit. Staff know what children need to know in order to learn the next concept, which will result in an alternation to long-term memory. "If nothing has altered in long-term memory, nothing has been learned." (Ofsted, 2019). To support memory retrieval practice is planned for and children experience distributed learning over time (Vlach and Sandhofer, 2012) where learning events are spaced out so that the forgetting curve is interrupted thus supporting memory retention. Children are encouraged to apply their early knowledge to later concepts.
The curriculum is delivered through the posing of a big question with a specific focus on vocabulary in all lessons. High quality texts are selected to support vocabulary acquisition. The curriculum has been developed around our five curriculum drivers, which have been carefully selected as a focus for the children in our community. Through the delivery of our knowledge-based curriculum and through quality teaching all children will be challenged to be:
At St Margaret's at Hasbury we plan educational visits and experiences. We invite visitors into school and use extra-curricular clubs to enrich our curriculum. We use outside learning opportunities such as Forest School and we support our children to organise charity events which support our community. Our Collective Worship provides further opportunities for children to reflect on our values and how we can all live 'life in its fullness'. (Church of England Vision for Education). Our families and local community play an integral part in supporting us to implement our curriculum.
Our children will understand Christian values.
Our children will understand how they learn and develop knowledge in order to support learning throughout their life.
Our children achieve well and have improved learning outcomes by gaining knowledge, as they progress through the school.
Our children will have a love of learning.
Our children will show an understanding of the importance of being safe, ready and respectful.