What is the purpose to our curriculum?

Our curriculum is driven by our school’s vision and aims so that children can grow to be the best they can be. Each year group follows the aims of the National Curriculum which we ensure is broad and balanced in order to excite and enthuse all pupils. Children are encouraged to challenge themselves to become successful learners and develop key skills for lifelong learning. Our curriculum enables children to learn about and engage with the world around them in order to become responsible citizens.

How do we implement our curriculum?

At Hillside, we are passionate about our children learning through a creative and knowledge-rich approach called enquiry based learning. Every half term, each year group begins with a question for the children to investigate which is based upon the National Curriculum requirements for their age range. Although these questions have an historical, scientific or geographical focus, other national curriculum subjects are woven into the children’s learning.

We also use enquiry work for our children to apply key literacy skills, including reading and writing, as well as mathematics. During each half term, the children gain essential knowledge to be able to answer the enquiry question and, in addition to this, have the opportunity to develop key learning skills such as team work, evaluating, perseverance and the ability to reflect.

The children also participate in special themed events such as Science Week, World Book Day and International Week. Whole school enquiries are also planned across the academic year. Year groups organise enrichment days, including trips to local educational sites and residential visits for our older pupils.

Should you require any further information about the school curriculum, please contact your child's class teacher or key stage leader.