Welcome to Hylton Castle Primary School


Our Curriculum

Our whole school curriculum covers all of the objectives of the National Curriculum. This is closely linked to our assessment systems (Assessment Without Levels).

At the beginning of each year staff are required to make the curriculum bespoke to their class. This is initially influenced by children’s interests, whole school priorities for improvement, the result of data analysis and the outcomes of general monitoring. Thereafter, the curriculum is adapted as a result of on-going assessments, monitoring and half termly data analysis. Interventions and support are put into place for individuals and groups of pupils. Groups may include those who receive the Pupil Premium, target pupils, underachieving pupils or those who need emotional / behavioural support.

 Whole School Priorities for Improvement 2019 -2020:


  1. Raise standards in the core subjects with a particular focus on the proportion of children achieving Greater Depth (all subjects in Key Stage 1 and particularly Maths in Key Stage 2).


2. The curriculum in each subject:

  • Has a clear end goal to which all units and lessons build towards
  • Identifies clear concepts children are needed to understand
  • Pupils have a clear understanding of the knowledge and skills they need to achieve that end goal


  • Maintain and improve behaviour and attendance policies and practices.


  • Extend children’s vocabulary through a focus on everyday speech, general academic language and subject specific vocabulary.


  • Strengthen Leadership at all levels.


We provide our pupils with a broad, rich and balanced curriculum, which promotes the spiritual, moral, mental, cultural and physical development of pupils. It is planned to enable to enable our pupils to gain a breadth of essential knowledge, understanding, meta-cognitive and social skills; thus enabling our pupils to be ready for the next stage of learning. SMSC and the teaching of  British Values are woven and intertwined through the curriculum. Our work towards gaining the Arts Mark supports adds a further dimension to our curriculum,  as do our Into the Woods Activities.  Both of these ‘ingredients’ are woven through our curriculum and are particularly designed to motivate, engage and enthuse children.

Our challenging and creative curriculum is designed to develop children as independent learners, to further develop their  love for learning. Cross-curricular links are exploited to show pupils how skills and knowledge can continuously be transferred from subject to subject. Throughout the year visits, visitors and special events further enhance the curriculum.

We teach through a topic-based approach.  Within each topic, each class usually chooses areas of focus that children are interested in and will fire their imagination and love of learning. On other occasions the teacher will approach the topic or theme from an angle that will develop the children’s skills in certain areas of learning.  All topics are planned to cover age related expectations for each year group, based on the ‘new’ National Curriculum.

Details of the curriculum content for each class in each half term can be found on the corresponding year group page of this website. Coverage of age appropriate objectives and key assessment criteria are monitored closely by subject leaders and this helps to provide continuity, progress and personalised learning experiences for children as they move through the school. Teaching uses a variety of strategies including whole class, collaborative group work, pairs and individuals. We place a strong focus on developing children’s basic skills and on the development of those skills through a practical and an enquiry – based approach to learning. We also place a huge emphasis on the 5Rs: resilience, relationships, resourcefulness, reflective and risk-taking. The 5Rs help children develop values, skills, qualities and attitudes that will help them make their way successfully through secondary school and beyond.

We recognise that English, mathematics and science are fundamental to our pupils’ education. Where possible these core subjects are linked to the creative curriculum themes. However essential discrete skills and knowledge, at times, will need to be taught and learnt. More information on English, mathematics and science can be found on their individual pages.

Booster classes, specialist teaching and extra provision in a range of curriculum areas allow pupils to find their passion and extend their learning. Events for groups of pupils are regularly offered throughout the academic year. Details of weekly clubs can be found in the ‘Clubs and ‘Extra – curricular Activities’ sections of this website.

Parent workshops, parent-pupil consultation evenings, productions, festivals, enterprise events, home-school reading books and homework are some ways that parents are encouraged to be involved in their pupils learning. Across the school homework, including spellings or phonics, is set weekly. Specific information can be found in each year group’s specific section of this website.

Further information of the curriculum and special events can be found on the year groups’ information page and newsletters.

Long Term Curriculum Planning

The National Curriculum 2014 underpins all of our curriculum planning.  Please follow the link below to see Curriculum Maps for each year group.

Each year we adjust our curriculum planning based on the strengths and areas for development as identified through monitoring, also through the analysis and evaluation of current data. Please follow the link at the bottom of page to access our current priorities.

Medium Term Curriculum Planning

The web page for each year group also shows how the curriculum plans for the current year have been adjusted as a result of the particular strengths and areas for development of the current cohort of children.

Please see the web pages for each individual year group to find their current medium term plan.

Our Reading Schemes include:

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Bug Club (Pearsons)
  • Wolf Hill
  • Big Cat

Our teaching of phonics and spelling include:

  • Jolly Phonics
  • LCP phonics planning scheme
  • Letters and Sounds

Our Maths teaching includes the White Rose Hubas a resource.

For more information about our curriculum please look at the School Prospectus that can be found in the ‘Our School’ section of the web-site.

Curriculum Information for each class / year group can be found on the class information pages of this website.