At Hockliffe Lower School we offer a challenging curriculum that enthuses, excites and motivates children to learn. Our curriculum values all learners, encouraging independent enquiry, individual approaches and divergent thinking. It provides children with memorable learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, and gives them the opportunity to develop into imaginative and creative learners who value each other and work co-operatively together.
We believe that a child’s education is a partnership between parents and the school. To encourage this, teachers set homework so that parents can share in their children’s learning. All children are asked to read at home with their family and each child has a Home School Link Diary where instructions and observations on progress can be shared. As the children get older homework will include learning Superstar Spellings and practising Rocket Recall mental maths skills.
In Class 2 and 3 children are given Learning Logs with cross curricular and mathematical investigation tasks to complete at home, this gives the children the opportunity to explore a learning challenge in a style which is most effective and enjoyable for them.
Some of the cross curricular topics we explore include: the Stone Age, Rainforests, Romans, Children in World War, Ancient Egyptians, Toys and Games, The Great Fire of London, Explorers, Up in the Air and On the Ground.
We share our learning with our parents via a Class Curriculum News Sheet, a copy of which can be downloaded from the class pages on this website, and in our termly class newspapers.
We enjoy days when our parents can come into school and share our learning.
At Hockliffe School we love to make music and perform. Every year the children produce a musical Christmas play and singing and dancing is always part of our leavers’ assemblies at the end of the year. We sing carols for the villagers and sometimes sing for special services at our local village church.
When the children are in years 3 and 4 they take part in the Inspiring Music Sing Up, Play Out project which gives them the chance to sing songs and learn to play different instruments. At the end of the year the children give a performance with many other schools at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable. In school children also have the opportunity to have individual keyboard, piano and clarinet lessons.
Every class has a Meerkat who shows them the qualities they need to be a good learner.
Each class regularly enjoy learning experiences at educational sites away from school which really enhance their learning. In the past the children have visited, Celtic Harmony, Bedford Castle, The Shuttleworth Collection and Year 3 and 4 were evacuated to Holdenby House.
When they are in Key Stage 2 the children have the opportunity to attend a 2 night residential visit to either Dell farm or Grafham water.
Please look in the Gallery to see more photographs of our children enjoying their learning.