Aims and Values
The following mission statement was written by our School Council in 2018:
At Hutton Rudby Primary School we work together to have fun, help friends, share, build confidence and be respectful.
Our teachers want us to be the best people we can be and they don’t just care about our maths and English. They love to teach us about lots of different things and we have so many fun experiences. They keep us safe and make our lessons fun and exciting – we don’t just sit at our desks all the time; we go outside, on trips and into the hall to do PE, drama and music. Our teachers are inspirational, they show us how to raise money for charity, sacrifice and be a good team. They encourage us to be independent and individual and love it when we ask questions and discuss things.
Our school prepares us for life in the big wide world. We have so many different clubs and activities so that we can experience loads of different things and think about what we want to be when we are older. We learn to look after ourselves and others, to include people who are different and tolerate other ideas and opinions and we learn how to have fun and make mistakes! We do lots of things in our community and we love having the chance to do things like sing at our local church, plant trees in our village and put on productions every year.
Our school is probably the best school in the world because everyone who comes here cares about each other and wants the best for everyone. We believe that we should all look after each other, our community and our environment and everyone tries to do their bit to make our school a fun, safe place to be. The School Council
Our school’s vision keeps children at the heart of everything we do, as we work together with them to provide an education which will prepare them as lifelong learners, ready to overcome challenges as they journey into the big, wide world. Our vision is centred around:
- C ulture & community
- H ealthy mind & body
- I ndividual excellence
- L ifelong learners
- D etermination
- Hutton Rudby Primary School aims to strive for excellence.
- At Hutton Rudby Primary School we aim to work hard to bring out the best in each individual and involve children in every aspect of school life.
- Every child who belongs to Hutton Rudby Primary is valued and respected for what they as individuals bring to it.
- Hutton Rudby Primary School grasps opportunities as they arise and maintains a broad outlook as part of a varied world.
- Children learn to build resilience and determination.
This is simply summarised by our School Vision aims:
We welcome and value every child to Hutton Rudby Primary School. At the heart of the school is the individual child. It is our fundamental task to enable each child to develop to their full potential. This task we share firstly with parents in partnership and also with all other professional agencies which may be concerned with a child’s well being.
We seek to encourage the highest standards in work, behaviour and presentation to each child’s capabilities. We seek to adapt according to the range of needs and anticipated needs of the school’s community to provide full entitlement to all.
We hope that children learn to live together in an atmosphere of friendship and that within this framework they see the need to care for each other and to regard highly each person’s contribution, thus learning the values of integrity and sharing that will stay with them for their entire lives. While developing the child’s individual potential within the school we hope to develop an understanding of their relationship with their local community. Through this relationship and study, we hope to nurture their understanding of the global community and their responsibilities within this. It is through a carefully structured and creative curriculum we aim to enthuse lifelong learning in children. We recognize, celebrate and plan for diversity.
We will provide children with the relevant depth of knowledge in a broad and balanced curriculum, which is outlined in the prospectus. We will teach the concepts and skills associated with those areas of study in a structured way.
We have 5 clear aims which are inextricably intertwined with our school vision and ethos.
Through our curriculum we intend to help our children in the following areas:
C – Culture & Community: We want our children to be citizens of the world and valued member of their communities.
H – Healthy Bodies & Minds: We want our children to be mentally and physically healthy and ready to learn.
I – Individual Excellence: We want all of our children to achieve their full potential and will set high expectations for all to help them do so.
L – Lifelong Learners: We want our children to be able to take the skills they learn here and apply them to the rest of their lives, with a desire to continue learning.
D – Determination: We want our children to be resilient in the face of adversity and to never give up.
The curriculum at Hutton Rudby Primary School is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that is inclusive of the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for life’s journey.
It ensures that academic success, as well as physical and mental development and health and well-being are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning, giving them the skills and drive to continue learning long into the future.
We recognise our role in developing children’s sense of community and the associated skills and attitudes to become valued citizens of the future, in a safe and nurturing environment.
We aim to increase our children’s levels of determination and resilience, allowing them to flourish as they grow older.
The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the necessary skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education, and that the children are prepared for their futures.
The curriculum celebrates diversity and values all children with dignity.
We encourage children to be confident and enthusiastic learners and enable them to take risks.
Within a climate of high expectation and challenge, all children are guided, supported and inspired to fulfil their true potential, emotionally, physically, spiritually and intellectually, both during their time at school and in their life ahead.
At Hutton Rudby Primary School, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage.
Our curriculum follows the 2014 National Curriculum and embeds our CHILD vision in the areas of learning that are taught throughout the school. Our progression documents are devised to allow teachers to teach defined skills, knowledge and understanding in a structured way that ensures progression through the school, consistency across year groups and coverage over time.
The areas of learning have been designed to complement and build on one another with clear progression and links so that in subsequent year groups, children will be able to explore concepts deeper, applying their knowledge in different contexts.
We recognise the changing needs and interests of our pupils and we are responsive to this, regularly developing existing topics.
Starting in EYFS, all children develop their phonic knowledge through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme and develop their fluency in reading through regular reading.
Foundation subjects are delivered as bespoke lessons centred around an area of learning, and assessed using the National Curriculum as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. All staff take responsibility for areas of subject leadership and inexperienced staff shadow more experienced to help them develop professionally. Staff are encouraged to attend appropriate CPD and experienced staff provide training for teachers and TAs.
Themed days and weeks, as well as other enrichment activities are key to the curriculum design.
Subject leaders monitor lessons and offer advice, support and guidance to further improve the standard of teaching and learning in the school. Subject leaders visit classes to observe lessons, they monitor the work in books and spend time talking to the children about their learning. The school regularly receives feedback from the children through pupil voice questionnaires and conversations.
Children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success, whilst the more able children are supported with increasingly challenging work designed to enrich their learning.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our school, are embedded within the curriculum and through themed days.
In our curriculum, whilst skills are sequentially planned and taught, adaptations are regularly made based on the needs of the children which arise through quality assessment, and the interests of the children which arise over the course of a term / year.
In English, children experience lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting.
The Mathematics curriculum is split into two parts: Arithmetic and Reasoning.
Most days, the children have a dedicated Arithmetic session – working on the key arithmetic methods with the curriculum.
Typically, in KS1 this is verbal focussing on key knowledge, whilst in KS2 it is typically 15-20 minutes focussing on basic skills.
We want our children to become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Our mathematics curriculum has been designed to follow the spiral curriculum theory, whereby topics are returned to over time either in the main lessons, or the basic skills / key knowledge sessions.
Each child from Year 1-6 has a maths.co.uk and Times Tables Rockstars account in which they can hone their fluency skills and practise their mental-maths.
English and mathematics are taught in mixed ability groups. In all year groups, there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians with an emphasis on quality first teaching. Interventions take place at appropriate times during the day to help children who need additional support in achieving a goal. Intervention groups are flexible and aim to help children make rapid progress to reach their goals.
Sports coaches support physical education and dance. There is a comprehensive programme of tournaments (COVID19 pending) that all children are able to participate in throughout their time at school.
COVID19 pending, Children participate in swimming lessons in Year 3 (and, if necessary, subsequent years) to ensure they are competent swimmers before the end of their time at Hutton Rudby Primary School.
All subject leaders are given training, time and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school.
Themed weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds provide opportunities to enrich different curriculum areas, particularly science and geography.
We have a small wooded area with a pond that the children regularly use for science lessons and for writing stimuli.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through performances, competitions and events involving other schools.
We have a Twitter page where children’s learning and successes are celebrated regularly.
From their own starting points, children will make excellent progress academically, socially, mentally and physically, developing a sense of community so that they are well prepared for the next stage in their life journey.
All of our children will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to be successful and demonstrate individual excellence in all that they choose to do. They will leave Hutton Rudby Primary School confident and dignified individuals, with a desire to continue learning and a deep respect for others, which is embedded through their behaviour and them as citizens of the future. They will have the belief and determination to overcome the biggest challenges.