At Calder Primary School we teach an exciting, creative curriculum which is broad and balanced and follows the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. We are now in our second year of championing #CalderChallenge, which is led by Year 6 and encourages all pupils to take a growth mindset approach to their learning and to have high aspirations for themselves.
Each class has a Topic area each half term which gives pupils the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across the curriculum and make meaningful links between subjects. Topics include, for example, Dinosaurs in Class 1, Volcanoes in Class 2 and 1960's in Class 3. Pupils are able to develop their writing for purpose across the curriculum and explore Art, DT, Music, History, Geography and Computing as part of this. They enhance their learning with visits out, such as to The Beatles Story in Liverpool and Knowsley Safari Park and with quality classroom resources from Calderdale Museum and Library service.
Science is taught weekly and is carefully planned to build on pupils' scientific knowledge and understanding throughout school. Pupils are encouraged to be curious, experiment and ask questions. Topics cover biology, chemistry and physics and develop pupils use of scientific vocabulary and their understanding of the importance of Science in the past and present and for the future.
Music is given high importance in school. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have weekly specialist music tuition in Ukulele which also incorporate all the key skills of the curriculum in an exciting way. All pupils have weekly class music lessons as well as a dedicated singing session each week. Pupils are encouraged to have additional music tuition from Calderdale Music Hub - currently 1/3 of our pupils take part in lessons in Ukulele, Guitar, Trumpet, Piano and Violin and perform in our end of term concerts. We regularly take part in singing events, such as singing Christmas carols for commuters, performing at Victoria Theatre and the Halifax Courier Song for Christmas. We have a whole school production each Christmas and summer where pupils create the sets, props, programmes and costumes as well as performing and singing to an audience.
Hebden Bridge is a creative hub and we are lucky enough to have many different creative experiences with local artists. Our pupils enjoy a range of art opportunities, such as creating artwork for a village display celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday, outdoor learning activities such as our Redacre allotment project and having artists and poets visit school.
Pupils in KS2 learn French each week, building on their skills over the four years and taking part in singing, games and activities to dev elop a love of language learning. Pupils also have the opportunity to experience sign language through after-school clubs and pupils enjoy singing and signing together.
Pupils take part in a wide variety of experiences outside of the classroom, including educational visits to museums, theatres and historical and religious buildings. We are part of the HX7 PE cluster of schools, taking part in a wide range of sporting activities which resulted in us achieving our Silver School Games Award for a second time this year and the Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark Silver. Pupils in Class 3 take part in a three day outdoor adventure residential visit each Summer term, developing their independence and teamwork skills and celebrating the end of primary school.
Our aim is to ensure that pupils leave our school well equipped with the confidence and skills needed for the next stage in their educational journey, enabling them to become:
Successful learners who:
• Make good progress from their starting points in English and Mathematics
• Are able to use their Literacy and Numeracy skills effectively across the curriculum and in a range of practical contexts
• Are excellent communicators - verbally, in writing and through a range of ICT based media (including film, photographs, sound recordings, presentations, news articles, blogs, emails, posters, etc.)
• Are able and ready to think critically, ask questions and solve problems
• Have high aspirations and work hard to achieve their goals
Confident individuals who:
• Can work collaboratively with others because they are ready to listen and to contribute
• Are positive about learning, engaging in and taking responsibility for their own learning
• Are resilient, reflective and responsive
• Are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and listen and respond positively to feedback on how to improve their learning
Responsible citizens who:
• Have respect for all faiths, cultures and ethnicities
• Are aware of global issues and act locally to improve the world
• Have a strong sense of moral purpose
• Take responsibility for their own learning and actions
• Are aware of the rights of the child and understand that rights come with responsibilities