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The stage is set for the third Hannah More TTRS 'Battle of the Bands', this time an extended edition over the Easter holidays.
Can one class snatch the crown from reigning champions Year 5 Owl, or will the two-time victors storm to their third victory in a row?
It's time to rock on and find out!
Art @ Hannah More
High-quality art and design lessons will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own art work. At Hannah More, children will explore art in many forms: sketching, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, digital media and printing. Art at Hannah More will develop creativity, innovation and critical thinking. Children will study ‘great’ artists and will learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history and culture.
This year, we are lucky to be working with Studio Meraki. Each year group will have the opportunity to work with specialist artists on a large scale project. Take a look at the overview to see all the amazing things they will be doing. The outcomes from these, as well as the termly art outcomes, will be on display in the ‘Art Gallery’ held in term 6. Make sure you come along to see their fantastic learning.
Science @ Hannah More
Science at Hannah More is taught in a way that inspires, excites and develops children’s curiosity whilst extending and challenging them as scientists. Lessons are active and engaging and teachers will make the most of outdoor learning whether that be on the school grounds or an off-site trip. Scientific skills are not taught separately but intertwined into the enquiries as active experiments for the children to do. This begins in Year 1 as children doing guided scientific experiments and write ups and progresses to Year 6 where children are able to design and carry out their own detailed experiment with little support. STEM week occurs in Term 4 and each class works on a variety of exciting experiments and activities around a whole school theme.
Each week we listen to different music in assemblies and we learn a little about each piece - the music itself and the musician. Below you can read about the most recent music we have been listening to.
At Hannah More, we believe in the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, as well as mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths, beliefs and way of life. These values are promoted in a variety of ways.
Democracy: Making Decisions Together
- Staff encourage children to know that their views count. Representatives from each class share the children’s views at the School Council and children are encouraged to value each other’s views.
- Children experience democracy in action in our classrooms, for example voting on issues relevant to classroom life.
- Children are encouraged to talk about their feelings in Circle Times and through accessing our Bluebell provision. Language for talking about and managing feelings is taught through our PSHE curriculum, ‘Jigsaw’.
Rule of Law: Understanding Rules Matter
- Children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, through explicit teaching, for example during Anti-Bullying Week, and through the School Behaviour Policy and its application. Role play and social stories are used to help children understand the consequences of their choices in our PSHE ‘Jigsaw’ lessons.
- Children learn to distinguish right from wrong. Ethical issues are discussed in circle times, through some Topics, for example the Year 5 Topic ‘Fairtrade’, and through visits from the ‘Life Bus’.
- Staff collaborate with children to create a Class Charter and class rules.
Individual Liberty: Freedom for All
- Children develop a positive sense of self through taking risks in play, and developing their confidence and self-esteem through team building activities.
- Children are given a range of experiences that develop their sense of shared responsibility, for example through raising money for Sports Relief and Children in Need.
- By focussing on important individuals from the past in Black History Week, they are given the chance to reflect on the importance of freedom for everyone.
- They reflect on their differences and understand we are free to have different opinions. The ability to express opinions respectfully is developed through the teaching of Philosophy.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance: Treat Others as You Want to be Treated
- There is an ethos of inclusivity where views, faiths, cultures, races and family-types are valued, and children are engaged with the wider community. This is promoted through our School Values ‘Openness’ and ‘Respect’.
- Children acquire tolerance and appreciation of their own and other cultures through a varied RE Curriculum involving the study of a variety of world religions, and through the celebration of varied religious and cultural celebrations, such as Diwali, Eid, Chinese New Year, Easter and Christmas.
- Children are taught about similarities and differences between themselves and others through termly Topics, such as the Year 2 Topic ‘Namaste London’ about India, where children visit a Hindu Temple, and the Year 4 Topic, ‘Africa’.
- Children are taught about the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting each other’s’ opinions through explicit modelling and encouragement by staff.
- Diverse attitudes are promoted and stereotypes are challenged through our PSHE ‘Jigsaw’ lessons, for example through sharing stories which reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences.
Computing @ Hannah More
Computer Literacy is a huge focus in our world and this is something we aim to equip our pupils with through Computing @ Hannah More. There are 5 strands to our computing curriculum which are discreetly taught through a 45minute lesson once a fortnight. We want children to leave Hannah More able to use computers, understand the digital world and be able to interact safely with all forms of ICT.
We are very lucky to have both whole class sets of IPADS and in KS2 Chromebooks for every year group. This means that we can give the children plenty of exposure to creating digital media on a regular basis whether it be to creat art, word processing or higher up in the school, presenting data.
We follow Espresso Coding for the teaching of coding across the school which gives the children an introduction to how to code games and by Year 6 build websites. You can find out more about the Espressi Coding scheme here.