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Curriculum

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom
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Oprah Winfrey

The curriculum at Hampton Vale is at the very heart of our educational offer. We have designed a bespoke, ambitious and innovative curriculum that ensures our pupils are taught the necessary knowledge and skills they need to succeed in every subject area. Within our school, we firmly believe that all children must be given the opportunity to thrive and have their individual talents nurtured. This belief underpins the equal value we place on all subjects and is evident within the inspirational provision we provide at our school. 

Through our curriculum design, we aim to ensure our pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful, responsible and empathetic citizens who make positive contributions to their community and wider society. In order to do this we recognise our pivotal role in providing a well-rounded education so that all pupils are well-prepared academically, socially and holistically for the next step within their education, as well as for the future. In combination with our pedagogical teaching and learning principles, we ensure that all our teachers have a robust curriculum so that they can focus on ensuring their well sequenced lessons are the very best they can be. 

Our curriculum has been designed and developed by our own curriculum leaders and is informed by educational research. By doing this we have ensured that our teaching and learning is tailored specifically to our pupils so that we can proactively meet the needs of our locality. The curriculum in each subject area is carefully sequenced so that knowledge and skills are built upon within each year group. Each subject has been planned with the key concepts and strands within each of the disciplines underpinning all the learning. 

Learning at Hampton Vale is a tapestry of interwoven strategies and within our curriculum, we also place a strong emphasis on planning for experiences, visitors and educational trips to further enhance our teaching and learning. Our school environment is also a key element within our curriculum design as we have transformed many of our communal spaces to become areas that can be used within our teaching and learning. 

For example, in Year 6 when pupils learn about their World at War topic we have a fully functioning bunker which has been built to give children the experience of what this would have been like for people living through this time period. 

In light of our broad and balanced curriculum we have invested in ensuring that Performing Arts, Art, Music, Forest School and P.E specialists teach these areas of the curriculum from Nursery to Year 6. We have a purpose-built performing arts building with a dance and drama studio, art classroom as well as a music room. We also have an outdoor Forest School environment on our school site that consists of three meadow areas and is expertly led by our Forest School leads. In order to enhance our P.E provision we have an outdoor P.E arena, new basketball courts as well as a purpose-built hall within school. 

Each of our subjects is organised into each of the main curriculum disciplines: 

  • Citizenship (PSHE, RE and Forest School)
  • Humanities (Geography and History)
  • The Arts (Performing Arts, Art, Music)
  • Engineering and Technology (Science, Digital Technology and D.T)
  • The Core (Writing, Mathematics, Reading, Oracy and Phonics)

Each curriculum discipline and subject area is led by a teacher within school under the guidance and leadership of an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for curriculum. 

Please feel free to navigate through the side menus on the left-hand side which will take you through to the curriculums of the individual subject areas.