Curriculum

What do we want for our children?

At Halley we strive to present the best possible learning opportunities to our children and continually review and evaluate the curriculum being offered. Central to the most recent review and development is our desire to move from a National Curriculum to OUR curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to meet the current and future needs and aspirations of our children as well as make the most of the learning opportunities offered by the richness and diversity of the cultures and environment on our doorstep.

We believe that a broad, balanced and creative curriculum in which the development of skills and attitudes take central stage will not only result in excellence and enjoyment but will also drive the push towards higher standards and profound life-long learning.  We want to own an outstanding primary curriculum that will challenge and inspire all our pupils and prepare them for the future. Although there is an emphasis on the development of personal, social and learning skills and attitudes, there will be a continuing stress on securing the essential expertise in English, Maths and ICT. We aim for all of our children to become:

  • Successful learners who achieve and enjoy learning
  • Confident individuals who can live safe and healthy lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and achieve economic well being

We will ensure that the curriculum will build on prior learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and that at all stages 'audience and purpose' will be given great importance - we believe that real quality learning is best achieved through 'having a reason'.

Halley's Curriculum

  • Ensures a robust curriculum that meets National Curriculum requirements
  • Develops skills that are transferable and which support life-long learning
  • Better equips children for their future...including changes that we cannot even anticipate now
  • Provides opportunities for child-initiated learning
  • Provides rich learning and teaching opportunities based on excellence and enjoyment 

Stimulates engagement and supports progress and attainment through the visible learning environment...WOW events, door dressing, role play areas or themed book areas and topic books

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

At Halley we follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)which is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for years 1 to 6, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning.Currently the IPC is used by 1600 schools in 87 Countries, including 1200 in the UK. We have been teaching it at Halley for over 2 years now.

Most of our learning is linked to our cross-curricular class topics.Pupils will study a variety of topics each usually lasting for a half term but occasionally a whole term. Each topic has a major subject focus e.g. History and covers other subjects to a lesser degree. At Halley we have selected topics for each year group that give pupils an exciting variety of themes, whilst ensuring full coverage in each subject by the end of the key stage.All topics are underpinned by links to quality literature... talking, reading and writing feature heavily in all our learning as does developing maths skills and making real applications to the world and our lives.

What does the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) cover?

The IPC covers the following national curriculum subjects:

  • History                   
  • Art
  • Geography             
  • Music
  • Design & Technology

Subjects are linked together within Units (topics) but taught discretely.

How does it work?

  • Pupils will be made aware of their new IPC Unit just prior to a holiday and invited to contribute ideas
  • Across each Unit, subjects to be covered are blocked into weeks, e.g. pupils may have an art focus week, followed by a history focus week, etc
  • Each unit kicks off with an ‘entry point’ activity to capture the pupils’ interest and imagination
  • Each unit culminates in an exciting ‘exit point’ activity which pupils will have been working towards

Music and French

During their time at Halley every child learns to sing, to play the violin or cello and African drums. Our instrumental tuition is provided by specialist professionals from the Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES). All children in KS2 learn to speak, hear and appreciate French as a modern foreign language.

 

"Pupils are engaged, motivated and focused. They respond to teachers’ high expectations. Pupils say that adults always encourage them not to give up."

- Ofsted, 2017