Our School Curriculum

At Hoylandswaine Primary School we provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding.

We aim for all learners to enjoy their education and most make very good progress in all areas of learning. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through appropriate extension activities. Those who struggle are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.

The school’s focus on curriculum development has been carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression in a way that provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills, the children's own community is frequently used as a starting point for engaging interest.

Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review and lead specific areas that drive our curriculum forward eg: our status as a Centre of Excellence for Financial Education, our status as a Fair Trade school and our work with the Arts council on Artsmark. Subjects are planned to ensure progression of knowledge and skills across school. The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first wave teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on pupil outcomes. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Creatively produced topic books give children a sense of pride in the presentation of their work. High quality visits and visitors enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose.

To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of extra-curricular clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a variety of sports clubs after school hours. Our PSHE approach provides children with opportunities to discuss and learn about personal health, wellbeing, safety, relationships (including anti-bullying work), differences and aspirations. Philosophy for Children is used to raise questions, discuss important issues, learn to listen to others views and share their own thoughts. They are given the opportunity to discuss the Rights of the Child articles and share their views. Our diversity work helps  children to realise that everyone is special and unique and we should celebrate differences and different kinds of families.

Our Principles of Teaching and Learning:

  • Stimulating and motivating curriculum contexts provide purposes for learning
  • Differentiation by planned outcomes rooted in a secure knowledge of pupils' progress so far
  • Sharing learning goals and criteria for success with precision so that pupils know what they need to do well, how to do it and how to assess how well they've done it
  • High levels of pupil productivity
  • Quality questioning to promote dialogue, deepen pupils thinking and to aid assessment
  • Giving children routine opportunities for children to respond to verbal and written feedback
  • Provision of carefully chosen and well produced resources

We have a two year rolling curriculum as our classes will generally be mixed year groups. This programme ensures that all aspects of the national curriculum are covered through a range of topics that appeal to the children following their own interests wherever possible. Please see the topic planner for Year A for 2018-19 below.

Find out more about what we learn in each area of school


You can find out more about how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by clicking on the banner below.


You can also find out more about our Computing curriculum by clicking on the banner below.