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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum

It is important to us that your child loves learning! In a rapidly changing world, we want to equip children with the skills to easily adapt to changing circumstances.

We:

  • Expect all our children to make as much progress as possible;
  • Provide an environment where children can feel secure, be imaginative, are able to take risks and make mistakes without damaging their self-esteem;
  • Encourage responsibility – enabling every child to become independent and ambitious;
  • Promote curiosity – fostering lively and enquiring minds to develop the ability to question and reason.

We provide a broad, balanced curriculum which teaches children through many first hand experiences. A curriculum letter, sent home at the beginning of each new learning phase, will tell you about the learning that is planned and how you can help.

Reading and Phonics

At New Horizons, every child in FS and Year 1 receives 20 minutes discreet phonics teaching daily. We follow the guidance given in the DfE publication Letters and Sounds. Children are given the opportunity to read a wide variety of books but the main reading scheme we use is Phonics Bug and Bug Club published by Pearson. All children have daily opportunities to read at school and are also expected to read daily at home.

Thinking Skills

As a Thinking School, we believe that cognitive education is vital for pupils to confidently solve problems and apply their learning across the curriculum and in the wider world. We have a responsibility to make sure our pupils are fully able to make the most of their time in school and beyond. We do this by providing secure foundations and support systems on which pupils can structure their thinking in any given situation. In a Thinking School, pupils learn that no idea is a wrong and everybody’s contribution is equally valued. Pupils are taught dispositions such as perseverance, listening, taking controlled risks and the ability to question all of which are important skills needed to be a successful learner. We are currently in the process of working towards becoming and Accredited Thinking School.

More information is available here http://www.thinkingschoolsinternational.com/

Thinking Maps

Teachers and TAs have been trained to use David Hyerles 8 thinking maps. These are visual teaching tools that foster and encourage lifelong learning. Each map is for a particular thought process and having such visual representations enables our children to make sense of abstract concepts and remember information more effectively. The maps are used by both staff and pupils in all areas of learning.

More information is available here: http://thinkingmaps.com/why-thinking-maps-2/

Thinker’s Keys

Teachers and TAs are have been trained in the use of Tony Ryan’s “Thinkers Keys”. Thinker’s keys are used to foster creative thinking which is important as it strengthens our ability to cope with change. Thinker’s Keys are used as part of daily teaching, as well as during times of reflection.

More information is available here: Thinker’s Keys

6 Thinking Hats

Teachers and TAs have been trained in the use of De Bono’s “6 Thinking Hats”. They are a tool that enables children to structure their thinking by using one type of thinking at a time. Children are encouraged to use different hats to encourage a wider perspective of thinking.

More information is available here: Thinking Hats

Religious Education and Collective Worship

We follow the Medway agreed syllabus for R.E. Children learn about the beliefs of the world’s major religions through studying artefacts, places of worship, core values and festivals. A daily act of collective worship is held at school. These follow the themes of community, specialness, communication, relationships, values, journeys and celebrations. We aim to open the children’s eyes to understand the rights and responsibilities they have, to act with tolerance and understanding and to appreciate the advantaged of diversity. The Education Act gives parents/carers the right to withdraw their child from R.E. and Collective Worship. Please contact the Headteacher, if you wish to withdraw your child.