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13/05/24

Our Nursery children recently received some furry visitors from the Tiny Farm. pic.twitter.com/YI1p0psyts

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01/05/24

We are currently seeking a community member to come and join our School Standards Board here at Hardwick. If you feel you could make a positive contribution to our school then contact GLF below or contact the school office. pic.twitter.com/jZL7qtjcBO

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19/04/24

Yesterday, Hardwick welcomed Paralympian, Kylie Grimes to our school. She inspired the children with the story of her journey to the top of the podium. We also raised £800 form her visit! Thank you! pic.twitter.com/nxAgIh3tED

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17/04/24

A warm welcome to our new Reception intake, joining us in September. Our team will be in contact with your shortly regarding the enrolment process. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you to grow, learn and flourish! pic.twitter.com/6jTdSNoyhD

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15/02/24

Early years funding is changing! Please do visit https://t.co/4lLfvEQ6pS to find out more. From September we will be offering places for 2 years olds. Please contact us to arrange a tour of our fantastic nursery. We look forward to welcoming you soon. pic.twitter.com/PjeOeapwAL

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08/02/24

Did you know many working parents can now apply for 15 hours of childcare funding for their two year old? The Childcare Choices website provides more information. We would be delighted to show you around our wonderful nursery, please contact us to arrange a time. pic.twitter.com/pAiSTfeBQT

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05/02/24

Applications are now open for Nursery places for next academic year (2024-25). For more details please visit our website. pic.twitter.com/jeIGFcvzY6

18/01/24

Want to learn more about in-school teacher training in your local school? Sign up to our online CPD event on 22.02.23! https://t.co/wAAOQUll5t#traintoteach pic.twitter.com/82BRWH0UT9

18/01/24

We are thrilled to announce an extraordinary opportunity! In the week beginning 29 January we will have the honour of hosting 25 students from China. https://t.co/5MSd4JbLey#diversity pic.twitter.com/bzkXtin6W8

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18/01/24

We are thrilled to announce an extraordinary opportunity! In the week beginning 29 January we will have the honour of hosting 25 students from China. https://t.co/5MSd4JbLey#diversity pic.twitter.com/bzkXtin6W8

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16/01/24

Want to learn more about in-school teacher training in your local school? Sign up to our online CPD event on 22.02.23! https://t.co/wAAOQUll5t#traintoteach pic.twitter.com/82BRWH0UT9

02/01/24

We are delighted to welcome our new CEO, Julian Drinkall, who takes up the helm at GLF Schools today!

02/01/24

We are delighted to welcome our new CEO, Julian Drinkall, who takes up the helm at GLF Schools today!

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20/12/23

We are now closed for the school holidays and will look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 8th January 2024. pic.twitter.com/nYuBzXBEeI

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14/12/23

APPLICATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBERWe're recruiting for a passionate individual to join our team as a Learning Assistant in our school's thriving Nursery, Mon-Wed 8:15-3:15 from January. Find out more on the link below or email the office https://t.co/tfrfmyH0hQ pic.twitter.com/9j0JXeX31n

08/12/23

Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating. May you experience peace, love, and light through the holiday and the new year, from GLF Schools pic.twitter.com/b4IM0KGlpO

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08/12/23

We're recruiting for a passionate individual to join our team as a Learning Assistant in our school's thriving Nursery, Mon-Wed 8:15-3:15 from January.Find out more on the link below or email the office info.orghttps://t.co/tfrfmyH0hQ pic.twitter.com/Ui9Xm431bN

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07/12/23

Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating. May you experience peace, love, and light through the holiday and the new year, from GLF Schools pic.twitter.com/b4IM0KGlpO

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22/11/23

We are excited to welcome new children to Hardwick's Nursery in January - get in touch with the school office (info.org or 01295 258355) or check out our website for more information or to arrange a tour. pic.twitter.com/tUfbtSezwc

19/10/23

Congrats from your Cluster 1 friends 🥳

Curriculum Overview

Steam

STEAM Curriculum

We are relentless in our pursuit of excellence, and as a result are always looking for ways we can develop and refine our curriculum offer. Based in Oxfordshire, we are situated within a national area for STEM subjects and we aim to create awareness of these local opportunities for our children. Our curriculum has been reviewed, refined and successfully tested over the years and provides children and staff with a powerful and unapologetically ambitious start to their educational journey. This curriculum has been adopted by the GLF Multi Academy Trust and is now known as the GLF Curriculum.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that explicit links are made between the different subject areas as children move through the curriculum, maximising both retention of learning over time and the understanding of how knowledge is used in the wider world to solve problems. The curriculum has been designed to revolutionise teaching and learning in our school: the children work collaboratively each term towards creating a final project outcome, utilising the knowledge and skills that have been developed during the learning journey, before sharing their hard work with parents and carers at a termly showcase event. 

We believe our curriculum is equipping and exposing children to a very modern way of working; inspiring a future generation to pursue careers in an ever-changing world. During a curriculum entitlement experience to The British Motor Museum, a Year 1 child informed their teacher, "I would like to be a mecanical engineer when I grow up.". It is those aspirations we want to further engender and cultivate in the children in our school. As a result, we have carefully chose the people we learn about to ensure that all children can see themselves and their cultures in our curriculum. We also select industry examples that celebrate and include both local and national cultures so that all children, who naturally have different starting points and life experiences, benefit equitably from the same high-quality, inclusive and aspirational curriculum.

Through our STEAM curriculum we teach the disciplines of the Arts, Design and Technology, Geography, History and Science. Through our education offer, we empower children to acquire and internalise disciplinary behaviours; there is a constant interplay between knowledge learnt, skills acquired and the ability to effectively express oneself. 

Oracy

The very intent and core purpose of our curriculum is to empower children. We know that children’s language development impacts on all curriculum areas. Without high-quality teaching that includes a deliberate focus on oracy and the direct instruction of vocabulary, children from disadvantaged backgrounds fall further and further behind (Roulstone, Law et al 2010). Therefore, oracy is the golden thread that connects everything in every subject. The ability to speak eloquently, articulate ideas and thoughts, collaborate with peers and have the confidence to express your views are all vital life skills that support success in learning and life in general. We aim to provide a robust foundation for the development of oracy skills through direct instruction of vocabulary and a vast range of oracy.

We believe that a focus on oracy will enable us to:

  • develop a high level of vocabulary in children to expose the depth of their acquired knowledge and skills;
  • ensure that all children, irrelevant of starting points or barriers, make strong progress and are ambitious in their pursuit for excellence and achievement;
  • ensure that there are specifically designed, taught, and experienced opportunities for all children to work on their oracy skills and vocabulary retention.

The Arts (Performance art and fine art and design)

The Arts is interwoven throughout our STEAM curriculum and the skills to perform are built upon and developed from our youngest years. Children develop skills such as voice projection, how to pitch their performance to their audience and how to effectively work together when presenting or performing.

Fine art diciplinary knowledge and skills are built on year on year. Children build up their skills of drawing, painting and working with 3D media and use these to produce pieces of work linked to the curriculum taught within the term. In our Early Years' classrooms, children begin to explore mark making with a variety of tools and medium, building up to learning how to manipulate marks through pressure and movement. This knowledge is deepened and developed through the subsequent Key Stages where children explore line, pattern tone and texture.

Design and Technology

Design and technology skills and knowledge are built on throughout the primary age in the areas of construction of products, textiles and food technology. Our youngest children explore skills such as how to attach materials together using everyday objects and this is built on in later years with children investigating permanent and semi permanent joins. Throughout our design and technology lessons we are teaching the children:

  • how to develop, plan and communicate their ideas 
  • how to work safely with different tools and equipment to make quality products
  • how to evaluate products and processes

Geography

Our geography curriculum develops the children's curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. As the children progress through the curriculum they will deepen their understanding of the diverse nature of the planet in both the physical processes and the communities that exist on it. Locational and place knowledge is built upon from our earliest years, where the children learn about their local area, and then this knowledge is broadened and deepened to look at each of the continents in more detail. Developing geographical skills and field work is also a focus within our geography lessons. 

History

Historical themes are explored as the children progress through the curriculum. For example in Year 1 children explore the local history of Banbury and the importance it has had as a market town, and in Year 4, the children learn about the effects of power through settlers and invaders. The curriculum builds on historical skills and knowledge such as how the past has contributed to our life in the UK and the wider world. Throughout the Key Stages children also learn how to interpret sources and decide on their reliability.

Science

Science pervades our STEAM curriculum and is the golden thread that runs through every term. When working towards our STEAM challenges, the children, individually or as a whole class, will be working scientifically. That is to say, they will be making observations, generalisations, researching, planning, testing and evaluating. Science knowledge and skills are built on and deepened throughout the Key Stages through a cohesive and connective curriulum. Enquiry skills and approaches are explicitly taught to the children to help them question the world around them and how to find the answers to these questions. 

For each of the disciplines, we have a detailed progression documents of skills and knowledge from nursery to year 6. Below is an example of our art and design progression map.

Please contact the school office if you would like a hard copy of our curriculum theory and research. Please also see year group areas and subject specific areas for more information.

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