Our Curriculum

Our School Curriculum

Through our curriculum we aim to grow our children socially, emotionally and academically within an inclusive and deeply caring school community where everyone can flourish.  This is in line with our vision of being ‘rooted and grounded in love’ (Ephesians 3:17), actively working together to encourage the acorns to be the oak God means them to be; and the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust vision of encouraging ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).

By the time they leave our school, children are very well-prepared for secondary school emotionally and socially, as well as academically.  It works within the trust principles of designing a curriculum which is balanced, rigorous, coherent, spiralling, appropriate, focussed and relevant.

We have designed a knowledge-rich curriculum in which core knowledge and skills along with key concepts are identified and planned for in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.  Teaching staff map a spiral curriculum to support children’s ability to make connections between prior and new learning, and to build on this so that learning is meaningful.  Concepts are sequenced in small steps with high expectations around challenge, blending knowledge and experience to ensure effective learning takes place. Children are taught to think, talk work and write as (for examples) scientists, geographers and historians.  Reading is embedded within planning to develop further fluency and key higher-level vocabulary.

Staff use the key principles of Rosenshine to ensure that learning is carefully sequenced, with modelling, scaffolding and tiered questioning embedded so that learning is accessible and inclusive for all children.

We follow the National Curriculum 2014, which sets down the minimum expectations for content in each subject area for each age group.  As we are an academy, within in our curriculum there is an element of flexibility. For example, we can respond to exciting and significant events as and when they occur such as visitors in school, National and global events. Children in the Foundation Stage class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage.

For RE (Religious Education) we follow the Diocese of York Syllabus. This is supplemented by resources and approaches from the ‘Understanding Christianity’ programme.  

In Hope Sentamu schools, high quality RE is provided for all pupils, which is inclusive and broad minded. 

Parents/guardians do have the right to withdraw pupils from RE lessons, or any part of the RE curriculum: if you wish to do this, please make an appointment with the RE leader in school. Hope does not support selective withdrawal from RE. Our schools have a duty to supervise pupils withdrawn from RE, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost. Where the pupil has been withdrawn, alternative arrangements will be made for RE of the kind the parents/guardians want the pupil to receive. These arrangements will be made by the parents/guardians; the school is not expected to make these arrangements. This RE could be provided at the school in question, or by another school in the locality. If neither approach is practicable, the pupil may receive external RE teaching as long as the withdrawal does not significantly impact on the child’s attendance.

In addition to National Curriculum subjects the school is committed to the equality of opportunity and the importance of providing access to the curriculum for all children. We aim to work within our school’s 5 Commitments and the wider fundamental British values around respect and tolerance towards others. By supporting children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development we aim to prepare children for their future life in modern Britain, with a secure understanding of democracy and law and their own responsibilities within this. Opportunities in school such as the School Council give children the chance to experience planning and decision-making at school level; our well-established residential visits provide opportunities for team work and supporting each other in a different, more challenging setting.

We pride ourselves on building an inclusive curriculum that supports and maintains equal opportunities for all of our pupils. We uphold stringent values within our curriculum to ensure that all students and staff are both treated with equality in line with the Equality Act 2010. We do this through explicitly teaching core values such as open mindedness, curiosity towards understanding others and embracing all forms and ways of life without discrimination. We comply with the Disability Regulations 2014 and allow all children access to the same learning opportunities by adapting and modifying the curriculum where necessary, by providing extra support and guidance to students who may need it and by thoughtfully curating learning experiences that are suitable for all of our learners. 

HSLT Curriculum Vision, Principles & Rationale 2021

Information for families

If you would like to find out more about what your child is doing in school, please contact their class teacher. 

Other useful links:

BBC Bitesize Fun activities to help children learn more key subjects.

Department for Education Articles and advice for children and young people.