Henry Cavendish is a very special place with its own unique ethos. Our School Council spent considerable time discussing what our school motto should include. After much debate they decided upon Create, Succeed, Discover, Together

This motto acknowledges that we deliver creative learning opportunities where our children take an active part in their education. We firmly believe and build on children’s strengths to ensure that every child is successful. We encourage the children to support each other both academically and socially, hence our pupils ‘succeed together’.

At Henry Cavendish we take our inspiration from the educational philosophy of Jean Piaget:

The principal goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done – men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers. The second goal of education is to form minds which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything they are offered.

Our curriculum reflects our ethos and we ensure that, while we rigorously cover the objectives of the National Curriculum, we also focus on equipping children with the skills they need to be lifelong learners.

Cross Curricular Learning

We enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum at Henry Cavendish, which focuses on cross curricular learning where possible.  Each term’s learning is hooked onto an overarching topic which then feeds into all areas of the curriculum to contextualise children’s learning where possible.  Please note that our topics may change from year to year.

Here is our current topic map:

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 Mathematics Curriculum

Henry Cavendish uses the Rising Stars Curriculum Framework to structure the new mathematics programmes of study. The Rising Stars framework is built around four themes: Number Sense, Additive Reasoning, Multiplicative Reasoning and Geometric Reasoning. These themes make clear connections between areas of mathematics, encouraging children to use what they know and understand rather than treating each area of mathematics as separate and unconnected.

Number Sense – this theme is about understanding our number system, starting with counting numbers and building on this understanding to include negative numbers, fractions and decimals. The focus is on building an understanding of how our numbers work and fit together and includes exploring place value, comparing and ordering numbers and rounding and applying this understanding in different contexts. Understanding our number system underpins calculation, and in each year group, blocks on additive reasoning and multiplicative reasoning are usually preceded by a block on number sense which explores understanding necessary for the following calculation block.

Additive Reasoning – this theme is about all aspects of understanding addition and subtraction. The focus is on understanding addition and subtraction together and the relationship between them, and using this understanding to solve problems in different contexts, including measures and statistics. The expectation is that children of all ages appropriately choose and use number facts, understanding of place value and different methods (starting with counting and mental methods and developing into mental and written methods), explaining their decision making and justifying their solutions.

Multiplicative Reasoning – this theme is about all aspects of understanding multiplication and division including fractions. The focus is on understanding multiplication and division together and the relationship between them, clearly connecting to this an understanding of fractions both as operators, e.g. the equivalence between dividing by five and multiplying by a fifth, and the outcome of divisions, e.g. understanding 3 4 4 5 ¾. This understanding is used to solve problems in different contexts, including measures and statistics. The expectation is that children of all ages appropriately choose and use number facts, understanding of place value and different methods (starting with counting and mental methods and developing into mental and written methods), explaining their decision making and justifying their solutions.

Geometric Reasoning – this theme is about all aspects of understanding shape and space and includes application of understanding of number and calculation. The focus is on understanding properties of shapes and the relationship between them, using this understanding to solve problems including problems related to measures (perimeter, area and volume), and understanding movement within space. The expectation is that children of all ages appropriately choose and use facts and understanding, explaining their decision making and justifying their solutions.

Measures and Statistics are now included throughout the framework as contexts for number sense, additive reasoning and multiplicative reasoning. Algebra, which appears as a new domain in Year 6, is the introduction of “the use of symbols and letters to represent variables and unknowns in mathematical situations that [pupils] already understand,” and therefore appears in all four themes as part of generalisation of mathematical understanding. In Year 6 the National Curriculum brings addition, subtraction, multiplication and division together under one domain. The Rising Stars framework continues to use the four themes in Year 6, but makes connections within the additive reasoning and multiplicative reasoning sequences to reflect this.
The mathematics within the four themes is also connected so that, as children progress through the framework, learning builds on previous experiences in a spiral, both from within the same theme and from across the other themes. Teachers use their professional judgement to differentiate the year group objectives appropriately in order to meet the needs of the children in their class.
To see the National Curriculum Mathematics programmes of study please click here.

Literacy Curriculum

English

Teaching English and a developing a love of literature and writing is at the very heart of our curriculum. We know that sound literacy skills are key to children’s achievement in all areas of the curriculum and that learning to read effectively, efficiently and for enjoyment is an important life skill. We link our learning of English with other subjects across the curriculum.
To see the National Curriculum English programmes of study please click here.

To see the literacy Breakdown Coverage at Henry Cavendish please click here.