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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is focused on the development of pupils’ knowledge and skills across all primary subjects with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning.


Reading is given a high priority in our curriculum. Parents and carers are invited in to classrooms from Reception to Year 4 to take part in Reading Morning. Parents and carers are all invited to attend phonics and reading workshops at the start of each year. Pupils take home reading books at least twice a week and we have a popular family reading challenge in the Spring term which requires children and their families to read together every day for 2 weeks. We believe the development of children’s vocabulary is a vital tool in learning and understanding the full curriculum and key vocabulary is sent home each term and is on display in all classrooms.


Pupils with special and complex needs are well-supported in school with extra support and/or resources deployed where necessary to help close individual learning gaps.


Assessment is used to identify children’s progress and areas for development. Our assessments inform teacher’s lesson planning. Assessment is carried out across the curriculum through questioning and low risk quizzes. Pupils in Years 2 - 6 complete summative assessments termly to show progress in reading, writing and maths.

Our ambitious curriculum prepares our pupils for their secondary education and inspires our pupils to discover more about the world around them and become involved in the wider community. 


Our wider curriculum across school is enhanced and supported by:

  • A formal timetabled programme of lessons which are based on the National Curriculum;

  • a creative, dynamic and interactive learning and teaching environment to support and challenge individual learning;

  • WOW days;

  • Outdoor environment and local community use;

We aim to provide our pupils with the cultural capital they need to be active members of society. We do this through:

  • Extra-curricular activities such as year group drama productions, music and instrumental lessons, sports opportunities etc;

  • Regular out of school educational visits and trips to enrich subjects and topics, such as visits to museums and art galleries, the local market, Suntrap etc;

  • Outside speakers and visitors in school for example parents, School Nurse, Community Police Officer etc;

  • Weekly assemblies that highlight key national and international events and key religious festivals.

Information about our curriculum and topics is shared with parents and carers and the wider community through:

  • ½ termly letters to parents;

  • Annual curriculum information meetings;

  • Year Group pages on our school website;

  • Class assemblies;

  • Invitations to exhibitions, workshops and displays in school;

  • The school twitter @hmprimary and our school app.


At Henry Maynard we promote diversity and celebrate difference and promote respect for all through our teaching, learning and behaviour expectations. We are committed to creating learning and a curriculum which is inclusive and relevant to all our pupils and our wider community.


From Year 1 to Year 6 pupils follow a curriculum which incorporates all National Curriculum subjects. Please visit the pages below for more subject specific information. Some aspects of the curriculum are delivered daily, weekly, ½ termly or during special themed weeks (Science Week, Art and Maths Week). Mathematics and English are taught as discreet subjects and link to the class topic where appropriate.


Children in Reception and Nursery follow the Foundation Stage Early Years Curriculum.

The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into different areas of learning.

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language

Specific Areas:



Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and Design

We teach French discretely as our Modern Foreign language and use the Light Bulb scheme of work to support the teaching and learning of French in Years 3 - 6.

You can find out more about the units and the scheme by clicking on this link - Light Bulb Languages. This is supplemented by Intercultural Understanding lessons (in which pupils learn about France and its way of life), Real Text Story Units (in which pupils explore familiar and unfamiliar story books written in French) and Listening Activities (in which pupils practise their listening skills by listening to a native french speaker on the agreenmouse website).

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