Curriculum 2017-06-13T18:38:37+00:00


The new National Curriculum came in to effect from September 2014. This consists of ten subjects; four core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT, plus six foundation subjects, being Design and Technology, Music, History, Art, Geography and PE. Religious Education, Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) / Citizenship are also taught. A modern foreign language (currently French) is taught to all pupils.

At Hatherop, we have whole school topics designed to engage learners and make learning fun. This thematic approach helps children make ‘links’ within their learning, thus aiding understanding. For 2016-17 these are:

  • Term 1 – Our World (Geography focus)
  • Term 2 – Let’s Celebrate (RE focus)
  • Term 3 – Ancient World (History focus)
  • Term 4 – Superheroes (English/PSHE focus)
  • Term 5 – Mad Scientists (Science focus)
  • Term 6 – Sculpture  (Art focus)

The core subjects are English and Maths. As a school, we value the support of parents in their children’s learning and detailed target sheets for each year group can be found on this website for Reading, Writing and Maths. Curriculum letters are sent home each term, detailing for parents the topics covered each term. See the link at the bottom of this page.


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:

Term Topic Genre
1 Our World Poetry – Nursery Rhymes (2 weeks)
Fantasy stories linked to topic (3 weeks)
Lists and captions (2 weeks)
Writing Journals
2 Let’s Celebrate Stories with familiar settings (3 weeks)
Cross curricular work on composer (2 weeks)
Instructions (2 weeks)
Writing Journals (Publish)
3 Ancient World Poetry on a theme (2 weeks)
Information Texts (4 weeks)
Writing Journals
4 Superheroes Superhero stories (3 weeks)
Cross curricular writing (3 weeks)
Writing Journals (Publish)
5 Mad Scientists Traditional stories (3 weeks)
Dictionary (2 weeks)
Writing Journals
6 Sculpture Poetry on the senses (2 weeks)
Recount – fact or fiction (2 weeks)
Writing Journals (Publish)
Term Topic Genre
1 Our World Recount (1 week)
Non-chronological report (3 weeks)
Letters (2 weeks)
SPAG activities
Writing Journals
2 Let’s Celebrate  Traditional European stories (3 weeks)
Poetry (2 weeks)
SPAG activities
Writing Journals (Publish)
3 Ancient World Information texts (2 weeks)
Instructions (2 weeks)
Poetry (2 weeks)
SPAG activities
Writing Journals
4 Superheroes Myths and Legends (3 weeks)
Plays (2 weeks)
SPAG activities
Writing journals
5 Mad Scientists Adventure/Mystery stories (3 weeks)
Explanations (2 weeks)
SPAG activities
Writing Journals
6 Sculpture Author study (3 weeks)
Poetry (2 weeks)
SPAG activities
Writing Journals (Publish)
Term Topic Genre
1 Our World Fiction: Imaginative Stories – The Hole by Oyvind Torseter (2 weeks)

Fiction: Fables – Aesops Fables (2 weeks)

Non- Fiction: Instructions and Explanations Complete Book of Art Ideas (2 weeks)

2 Let’s Celebrate Non-Fiction : Biography Leonardo Da Vinci (2 weeks)

Poetry : Syllabic Poems (2 weeks)

Assessment Week (1 week)

3 Ancient World Fiction: Fairy stories and Playscripts – Beware of wolves and other stories

Non-Fiction: Recounts – Little Mouse’s Book of Fears

Poetry: Poems to perform

4 Superheroes Fiction: Stories by the same Author – Lynne Cherry

Non-Fiction: Non-chronological Reports – The wolves in the walls and other texts

Poetry: Narrative Poems

5 Mad Scientists Fiction: Stories with humour- stories by David Walliams

Non-Fiction: Persuasive Writing

Nonsense Poems/ Off by heart

6 Sculpture


Fiction: Stories from other cultures

Non-Fiction: Chronological reports


Term Topic Genre
1 Our World Film making (narrative/ letters/ diaries/ scriptwriting/ information texts) – El Dorado, The Lost City of Gold. (11 weeks)
2 Let’s Celebrate  Film making (narrative/ letters/ diaries/ scriptwriting/ information texts) – El Dorado, The Lost City of Gold. (11 weeks)

Assessment (1 week)

3 Ancient World Biographies & autobiographies – Dahl & Morpurgo (2 weeks)

Newspaper reports – King Kong (2 weeks)

A Beautiful Lie – Narrative (Adventure), journalistic writing, recounts, discussion (2 weeks)

4 Superheroes SATs Revision (Y6) Y5 with Y4
5 Mad Scientists SATs revision (Y6) Y5 with Y4

Short stories (fantasy) – Shaun Tan (2 weeks)

Arguments/Debate – Newsround/First News (1 week)

6 Sculpture Instructions & Explanations (2 weeks)

Slam Poetry – Michael Rosen (2 weeks)

Origami Yoda – Discussion Texts, Persuasion, Recount, Instructions (2 weeks)


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

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