Our Curriculum Intent

At Hatherop CofE Primary School, the curriculum seeks to promote a natural desire for knowledge and understanding and a love of learning.  Our Vision and Values underpin much of the curriculum so that children can learn in a caring, friendly, well-structured, positive and academically challenging environment. We have planned a curriculum that is creative, fun and focused upon skills.  We want children to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others, while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills in order to achieve their true potential.

We have planned a curriculum that is broad and balanced but can be tailored to individual needs. The curriculum is broad in that a wide range of topics are taught to include all subjects within the national curriculum and balanced since no one subject area is valued more or less than another.  Our curriculum is enriched through learning experiences involving learning from and about other places, people and cultures, through trips, visits and themed days. It is planned to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so that they can become confident and successful learners.

In every year group throughout the school, the teachers have planned a series of topic-based approaches to learning that are firmly rooted upon a set of skills that are progressive.  Wherever possible, the topic will be used to link to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science.  In addition, social, moral and emotional issues are given a high profile.


The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. At Hatherop, we love books and a culture for reading is embedded throughout the school. The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • acquire a wide vocabulary and an understanding of grammar and linguistic conventions.
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purpose and audiences.
  • use discussion in order to learn.
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar have increased focus in both Key Stage 1 and 2. Children are now required to both understand and use grammatical terms. There are also statutory spelling lists for each year group.


We are very successful at teaching phonics and use a variety of strategies including Letters and Sounds backed up by Jolly Phonics resources. For more details, go to the following link:

Letters and Sounds DFES 2007.pdf


The genres that we will cover this year are:


The National Curriculum for mathematics sets out three broad aims to develop:

  1. fluency (rapid recall of facts and competency in performing a range of calculations)
  2. reasoning mathematically
  3. problem solving

Our main focus is on number work, including place value, the four number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and fractions (including decimals and percentages from Year 4 onwards). We cover all the other aspects of Maths throughout the year including:

  • measurement
  • geometry (properties of shapes, position and direction)
  • statistics
  • ratio and proportion
  • algebra

Curriculum Letters

Find out what each class is learning this term by reading our curriculum letters – click on the links below:

For more information about the end of year expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths, see our curriculum leaflets: