The Grange curriculum includes the ‘National Curriculum’ and the subjects contained within this and religious education for which we follow the Hartlepool agreed syllabus. It also includes extra elements that we at Grange feel are important to support our Vision, Core Values (Passion, Respect, Determination, Honesty, Team Work, Self-Belief, Self-Awareness and Kindness, Care and Compassion) and Mission. We ensure that our curriculum provision for pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development promotes tolerance of and respect for people of other faiths, cultures and lifestyles, in order to prepare them for life in our ever changing world. As part of our ongoing curriculum evaluation, we explore what our curriculum should achieve, which drives our planning of lessons, experiences and opportunities for children at Grange.
Due to the situation brought about by Covid-19, we ensure that remote education is able for children who may not be able to be present in the school building.
We want the children at Grange Primary to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for life long learning.
If you would like to find out more about the curriculum at Grange Primary School, please contact S. Musgrave (Deputy Headteacher).
During the Covid-19 pandemic, remote education is a key feature of our curriculum provision when children are self-isolating, bubbles in school close or during whole school closure.
The document below sets out our approach to remote learning.
In September 2020 a new statutory framework for Relationships and Health Education was introduced. In order to deliver this at Grange, as part of our bespoke GPS Curriculum, we opted to use a scheme of work known as 'Jigsaw' and we have been implementing this across the school. The new Relationships and Health Education is designed to support the social and emotional development of our children and support them to make healthy choices as they develop. The attached policy below captures how we, at Grange, will deliver this and the associated documents share what is taught as part of this curriculum.
As part of the statutory 'Health Education' we will now be delivering lessons throughout school around the changing body in the final term of each year and this will include naming the body parts using the correct terminology, knowing that they are private and then learning about puberty and menstruation in KS2. You can see how and when these will be covered in the documents below.
Although not statutory, we have chosen to deliver 'Sex Education' in it's simplest form of 'Human Reproduction' and this is described in more detail in the attached policy and guidance from the Jigsaw Scheme of Work.
Please read through the documents attached and should you have any feedback, comments or questions please either message me directly on Class Dojo or arrange to speak to me in the first week back after the Easter break.
Religious Education in Grange Primary School is an academically rigorous subject which is inclusive of all, whatever their religious or non-religious views.
We follow the Hartlepool Agreed Syllabus. This encourages pupils to ask challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issue of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
As they progress through school they deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious worldviews and begin to understand the complexity, diversity and plural nature of religious and non-religious worldviews. Religious Education in Grange Primary School school plays a key part in developing critical thinking and personal reflection.
The syllabus recognises the place of Christianity and the other principle religions in the UK and includes non-religious world views. It is not designed to promote a particular religion or religious belief on pupils but does makes a significant contribution to the active promotion of mutual respect.
All parents do have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education. Any parent considering this is asked to contact the headteacher to arrange a discussion.
Collective worship in Grange Primary School is educational, inclusive, invitational and reflective. It is not the same as ‘corporate worship’ which takes place in churches, synagogues, mosques, gurdwaras and temples etc.
Collective worship provides an opportunity in the school day for pupils and staff to reflect together on what is important in life, what it means to be human, ideas of right and wrong, how people live and work together as communities, both in school and beyond and the ways in which people in different places and times have experienced, responded to and expressed these issues and values.
All parents do have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship. Any parent considering this is asked to contact the headteacher to arrange a discussion.
As a school, we use a Mastery approach to teaching maths. Mastery of maths is when a concept or skill can be applied over time in lots of ways and to unfamiliar situations.
Maths lessons at Grange involve the use of concrete objects, such as cubes and counters, to give children lots of opportunities to really understand the new skills they are developing. They then represent their ideas in pictures before moving on to numbers and symbols. There is also a lot of emphasis on vocabulary, discussion and group work, to make sure that our children are able to explain their learning and find ways to check their answers.
An important part of this approach is to study key ideas in greater depth, particularly number and place value. Children then use their knowledge to solve problems and puzzles to show that they understand how to apply their learning in a variety of ways.
To really ‘master’ maths, children need to be very secure with key facts such as number bonds and times tables. We would appreciate your support in making sure that your children are frequently practising these skills at home.
For more information on the mastery approach, please see the link below:
Equality within the Curriculum
The curriculum at Grange Primary School ensures equality and is accessible to all including pupils with SEND and disabilities. Further information can be found in the following sections.