We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum, giving the children the opportunities to develop and extend their particular abilities and strengths.
- Classes in our school are grouped into:
This vertical grouping structure has shown to encourage the older children in feelings of responsibility and progress and younger children in feelings of familiarity and confidence.
We endeavor to keep classes as small as possible giving the children the opportunity to receive more individual help and guidance, thus profiting their education.
- At present, we have a rolling programme of themes for a two year period; the themes vary throughout the school dependent on the age of the children. (See curriculum maps)
- Within the main themes, there is the flexibility to have a theme for a week or a day on something, which occurs in the world, or about an object, which a child brings into school. We hope to provide planned activities to ensure progression but also the spontaneity, which encourages greater personal involvement from the children.
Arrangements for Special Educational Needs Provision
The school employs a special needs educational needs teacher (SENCO), for two and a half days a week. The SENCO works with the class teachers to support the children within the classroom or in small groups outside the classroom, whichever is most beneficial for the children concerned. She also supports staff by discussing the children’s difficulties and their progress with parents, psychologists and other appropriate bodies.
More Able Children
It is the aim of Hockley Primary School to provide teaching for the more able child that will develop their personality, skills, and abilities, intellectually and socially.
As a staff, we recognise that every child has the right to receive assistance to achieve his/her potential and by making learning challenging and enjoyable, we strive to do this.
The school recognises that talents can manifest themselves in various ways and values all talents equally.
Both of the above Policies are available on request from the school office.
Extra Curriculuar Activities
At Hockley School we embrace sport with great enthusiasm. All children have the opportunity to partake in all types of sports, and we are proud of our successes at inter-schools and district level tournaments. We run netball, football, rugby and athletics clubs that all have teams that represent the school.
Music is a particular strength at our school. Children are encouraged to start learning the play instruments as soon as they enter our school. From year 2 recorder lessons can be taken. This leads on to many children choosing to learn other instruments which go together to from our large school orchestra of which we are immensely proud. We participate in both infant and junior music festivals.