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After Safeguarding, the curriculum we offer our children is the most important aspect of our work. The curriculum is the vehicle through which all children learn. Promoting strong outcomes is therefore strongly linked to an engaging, purposeful and enjoyable curriculum.

At Sheriff Hutton Primary School we want to provide memorable and thought provoking learning opportunities within a curriculum that has three distinctive aspects; intent, implementation and impact.

Intent – What are the aims of our curriculum?

We aspire for a curriculum which

  1. Is underpinned by clear aims, values and purpose.
  2. Develops the whole child – knowledge, skills and understanding whilst promoting a positive attitude to learning.
  3. Is broad, balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills.
  4. Is filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences.
  5. Is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests.
  6. Encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom.
  7. Ensures academic success in a supportive environment that develops responsibility, creativity, reliability and resilience.
  8. Has an eye on the future and the needs of future citizens.
  9. Celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  10. Has a local, national and international dimension.
  11. Develop pupils who care about their role as part of a family, community and the wider world; encouraging them to feel part of, and to contribute positively to fundamental British values.
Implementation – How is our curriculum to be delivered?
  1. Accurate assessment informs planning
  2. Reading books are accurately matched to children’s phonic knowledge and fidelity is shown to our SSP.
  3. Lessons are driven by learning more and remembering more – not by activity/outcome.
  4. To enable children to build schema to link their learning over time within and across subjects.
  5. Pupils are not cognitively overloaded in lessons in terms of content and the learning environment.
  6. There is a clear understanding of what challenge looks like.
  7. A mastery approach is applied to all subjects.
  8. Lesson planning, preparation and assessment takes into account teacher workload and aims to minimise this wherever possible.
  9. Learning is skillfully adapted so that all children can access it, whatever stage their learning is at.
  10. Trips, visitors and residential visits are carefully planned to ensure that learning is explicit.
  11. Independence and resilience are well developed.
Impact – What will our children achieve?
  1. Our children will be fluent readers who have a love of reading and can read to learn.
  2. Our children will be resilient learners who have a variety of strategies to use when things are challenging.
  3. Our children will be academically and socially ready for the next stage each time they reach one.
  4. Our children will be prepared for life in a modern British society and have tolerance and respect for all members of society.
  5. Our children will be at least in line with national outcomes at the end of each key stage and the phonics screening check.
  6. Our children will have a lifelong love of learning beyond the classroom.
  7. Our children will know how to keep themselves safe including when online and know how to look after their physical and mental health.
  8. Our children will know the importance of community and have the skills and desire to become responsible and caring citizens.
National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for schools was rewritten and launched in schools in September 2014. This statutory document sets out the content that schools must teach throughout the primary phase. The National Curriculum is comprised of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Design & Technology, Music, Art & Design, Physical Education, Languages (from Year 3) and Computing.

Religious Education (R.E) and Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) are not part of the National Curriculum, but are also taught in school and cover health and relationship education which both became a statutory requirement from September 2020.

Assessment and Tracking

Teachers use daily assessment before they plan lessons and daily assessment during lessons to ascertain how successful the learning is. This information is then used to plan the next lesson and any extra support which may be required. At the end of each unit, teachers carry out summative assessment to review how successful the unit has been and which of the knowledge and skills have been learnt. This information is then used to; plug any gaps, plan the next unit and is also passed to the subject leader so that they are aware of any changes to the curriculum which may be required.

Long and Medium Term Plans

Our whole school Long Term Overview for years 1 – 6 can be seen below. It is written to provide a broad view of coverage. We send out parent friendly information every term / half term so that parents can see what will be covered to support learning at home. 

From the long term plans, teachers then work from a Medium Term Plan which sets out clear end points and the explicit skills, knowledge and key vocabulary that must be taught. Key assessment objectives are also identified on these plans. To see our medium term plans (subject progression), please visit our curriculum subject pages.

Weekly Plans

Weekly plans are the most detailed of the planning formats. They set out exactly what the teacher will cover in a specific week. They may include the previous and post learning, possible misconceptions which may occur, a weekly retrieval opportunity / flashback, the objectives to be taught, key skills, knowledge, questions and vocabulary, how any work will be recorded and any required support and stretch.

We often only complete the first 1 or 2 days for each weekly plan in detail. This is to ensure assessment is used accurately and effectively to inform the next lesson. It gives teachers the opportunity to reflect and adapt plans to meet the needs of the children based on what happened in the lesson. Teachers and Teaching Assistants will scribble, annotate and change the order of the learning based on what they know about the children. This is exactly what we like to see as it demonstrates reflective and flexible teaching.

Curriculum statement

Curriculum Journey (How our curriculum has developed so far)  Our curriculum is constantly under review to ensure it is successful and that children are making progress.

Curriculum overview updated (Whole School Plan)


If you require further information about our curriculum please do not hesitate to get in touch using the ‘Contact us’ page.

Subject information

Learning at Sheriff Hutton Primary School

What is our learning like in –

Art       Design Technology     English       Maths      Music        Physical Education

Science    History     Religious Education

Children with SEND

We adapt our curriculum to suit the individual needs of all of our children. For further details please click on the following link to our SEND information.

Learning Beyond the classroom

We believe that learning does not stop when children leave the classroom so we offer a range of opportunities across the school from a young age to maximise these valuable experiences and build independence and resilience. 

School trips, visitors and residentials are also used to support learning within the classroom. They are an integral part of inspiring and engaging learning and can offer unique and memorable learning opportunities across the curriculum.

Please see our Educational Visits page for more details.

Curriculum updates

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