Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum
At William Hulme's Grammar School we have a creative, theme-based curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6. Cross-curricular links are made at every opportunity.
The core subjects of English and Maths are taught using the National Strategy frameworks for Literacy and Numeracy. Literacy lessons include Guided Reading on a weekly basis for all pupils. Pupils are given opportunities for extended writing practice. Phonics continues to be taught to those pupils who need it.
Other subjects cover the skills from the National Curriculum under six topics or themes per year. Each topic starts with a WOW experience, designed to grab the children's attention and engage parents. Most topics also include an educational visit relevant to the topic to extend the children's experience. Visitors to the classroom are encouraged. Topics are either History, Geography or Science based and incorporate as many other areas of learning as possible.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is very important in the Primary Phase. Circle Time takes place each week in every class, as a way of enhancing children's emotional well-being. PSHCE is also taught either discretely or incorporated into other lessons e.g. Science.
ICT skills are taught on a weekly basis in one of the secondary ICT suites. Children also have opportunities to use ICT in many other lessons as the Primary Phase has its own set of laptops which are used in the classrooms.
PE consists of at least 2 hours per week curriculum time covering gymnastics, dance and outdoor games. Swimming lessons are introduced in Key Stage 2 and all children should be able to swim at least 25m by the time they leave primary school. In addition, children in Key Stage 1 get an opportunity to attend fun swimming sessions three times a year. Games lessons in Key Stage 2 take place in the Secondary Phase facilities and are taught by PE specialist teachers. Music, Drama and a Modern Foreign Language (either French or Spanish) are taught throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6 on a weekly basis; In Key Stage 2, these are taught by specialist teachers.
In addition, languages are used at every opportunity outside the taught session e.g. in assembly, when doing the register, when counting, etc.
Religious Education covers an introduction to all the major world religions and is taught on a weekly basis throughout the school. All pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 also have an opportunity to use the Secondary Phase Food Technology facilities on a number of occasions across the school year.