Hoylandswaine Primary School

Working Together, Achieving Together, Growing Together

Haigh Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 7JJ




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 strong focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding.

We aim for all learners to enjoy their education and make good progress in all areas of learning of the national curriculum. Pupils at all levels are supported to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through our teaching. 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 curriculum starts with the national curriculum which has then been carefully developed to ensure thorough acquisition of knowledge is in place in preparation for developing and applying skills that the children of Hoylandswaine need. Progress is about knowing more, learning more and doing more with it and our curriculum is based around this premise. In addition to giving 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, or our status as a Fair Trade school. Subjects are planned to ensure progression of knowledge and skills across school. The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individuals and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first wave teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. We constantly review the impact of our curriculum and whole school provision in order to tailor it to the needs of the children.

To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of extra-curricular clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a variety of sports clubs before and 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 the views of others and share their own thoughts. 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
  • Ensuring 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
  • Supporting children’s health and wellbeing and promoting resilience and independence

We currently have a three year rolling curriculum as our classes will generally be mixed year groups (some subjects taught by specialist staff on our specialist teaching afternoon follow a two year rolling programme instead). This programme ensures that all aspects of the national curriculum are undertaken through a range of topics that appeal to the children following their own interests wherever possible.

Long Term Plan

Our long term plan was  updated in September 2020 and is being revised once again in 2021-22 to meet the needs of children after the last eighteen months of disrupted learning. In the academic year 2021-2022, we will be teaching all elements of Year B. Some elements of the curriculum will be taught in classes and others in year groups dependent on the subject and teacher. If you would like in-depth information about a particular subject, please visit our subject pages underneath the curriculum tab at the top of our website. 

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