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, spiritual, well-structured, positive and academically challenging environment. 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 and be well-prepared for the next stage in their education.

We have planned a curriculum that is broad and balanced but can be tailored to individual needs. The curriculum includes all subjects within the national curriculum and 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.


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.


At Hatherop CofE Primary School, we follow Floppy’s Phonics, a systematic synthetic phonics teaching programme for early reading and writing.  We use the interactive phonics lessons and activities to teach children the sounds in words and the code (letters) used to represent them.

Floppy's Phonics


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