Our curriculum aims to be interesting, fun, exciting and challenging, with opportunities for out of class learning and trips to excite and encourage imagination.
Topics: Children learn through a ‘creative curriculum’, which has been carefully planned around varying topics to include all areas of the National Curriculum. We follow the Esk Valley Alliance ‘Long Term Plan’ which ensures full coverage of the curriculum on a 4-year rolling programme. You can view our most recent termly overview here and our long-term plans here.
Phonics: Our phonics scheme is primarily centred around ‘Read Write Inc’, although other resources are used to complement this. Children are taught phonics daily in Reception to Year Two and as needed in other Year Groups.
Reading: In Class One we use a mixture of Oxford Reading Tree, All Aboard and ‘free readers’. We listen to all children read individually every day.
Class Two have their own reading scheme which includes a wide range of books from many different publishers which are levelled to make sure they are appropriately matched to meet the needs of each individual. Schofield and Simms comprehension is used regularly in small groups as a ‘Guided Reading’ style activity to ensure children have regular in-school practice reading aloud as well as deepening comprehension skills with a teacher.
Spelling: As a follow-on from “Read, Write Inc.” phonics, we follow the Twinkl age-related spelling scheme, with individual words for children to practise at home, as well as a daily taught spelling session or activity to deepen and consolidate spelling knowledge. This runs through the school from year 2 to 6.
RE: We follow the well-established Catholic Scheme, ‘Come and See’, to deliver our RE in school. See our medium-term plans here.
British Values: At St Hedda’s, we embed teaching and promotion of British Values throughout our school life. Click here for further details.
Following the four-year LTP ensures coverage of the full curriculum for both key stages and in
accordance with the Equalities Policy (Equality act 2010). History and geography are matched as
closely as possible to topics. Computing, music, art, DT and PSHE revisit each aspect every year,
allowing a topic-based focus each time the objectives are taught.
Science is taught on a 2-year rolling programme, matched as closely as possible to topics.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact school.