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Our Curriculum

We aim to give the children the best possible education, foster a love of learning and develop academic and social skills in a safe, supportive and caring environment, where individuals are valued. Our curriculum comprises all of the learning experiences that we carefully plan for the children to enable them to enjoy, learn, achieve; giving them a strong foundation for life. In this section you will be able to find out how we organise and enrich the curriculum and how highly we value effective teaching and learning.

The Curriculum

Our curriculum comprises all of the learning experiences that we plan for the children to enable them to enjoy, learn and achieve. We aim to ensure that the curriculum:

  • Reflects our high expectations and promotes our school values
  • Is broad and balanced allowing pupils to develop a range of skills and acquire knowledge and understanding
  • Is enriched with exciting and enjoyable opportunities and experiences
  • Promotes spiritual, social, moral and cultural development
  • Enables children to develop their talents and interests
  • Prepares children for the next steps in their education and for their future lives as workers and citizens

Phonics and Reading

At Hambleton Primary School, children are introduced to synthetic phonics as soon as they start with us in EYFS.  Children are taught using Jolly Phonics which is a comprehensive programme, based on a fun and multi-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age.

The children work on phonic knowledge every day through dedicated sessions, as well as having opportunities to apply their skills through games, activities and songs. This is in addition to reading and writing.

Jolly phonics and Jolly Grammar continue to inform the teaching and learning of phonics, spelling and grammar as children continue through KS1.

As children become fluent readers and have developed all reading skills, they are given access to Accelerated Reading Programme. The internet-based software assesses reading age, and suggests books that match pupils' needs and interests. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress.

We are able to offer the children of Hambleton School a range of reading materials to support their love of reading: 


  • In EYFS and Key Stage 1 Oxford Reading Tree books and Big Cat Collins books are used as home readers to build fluency, confidence and discussion around books. These are closely matched to their phonics ability and comprehension skills.
  • Big Cat Collins books are used as a basis for our guided reading scheme in Key Stage 1. Guided reading is used to teach decoding and comprehension skills in small groups at this early stage. Through guided reading, children have the opportunity to read and talk about books with a group of peers, led by an adult.
  • From Year 2, reading is taught as a whole class using high quality texts.
  • From Year 2 the Accelerated Reader (AR) system is used – this allows children to be rewarded for decoding and comprehension skills, which are assessed through online quizzes.
  • The school library and class reading areas offer a wide range of age-appropriate books that can be read for pleasure. 

Click here to download Phonics Screening Check - Year 1 Presentation

Essential skills for learning and foundations for life

At Hambleton CE Primary School we place great emphasis on equipping children with essential skills, that help to support their personal development and learning across all subjects. These skills are part of our everyday curriculum and routines. The skills apply to every age and stage of learning.

These essential skills are:

  • Literacy skills (reading, writing, phonics, spelling, handwriting)
  • Numeracy skills (using and applying numbers)
  • Information Communication Technology skills (computer skills)
  • Communicating effectively (speaking clearly and listening with concentration)
  • Learning independently and working collaboratively
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem Solving
  • Enterprise, innovation and creativity


The personal skills we strive to develop:

  • A positive attitude and desire to learn
  • Curiosity and imagination
  • Self-confidence
  • Independence, organisation and self motivation
  • Resilience and determination
  • A sense of achievement and self-worth
  • Respect for self, others and the environment



At Hambleton CE Primary School we follow the Early Learning goals for the Foundation Stage, and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2. We are currently reviewing and developing our Hambleton Curriculum to meet the needs of our community and offer all of our children a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum.


Religious Education (RE) & Collective Worship

Hambleton is proud to be a Church of England School and we maintain strong links with St Marys Church. Reverend Anna Burr & Lay Reader Janys Cliff regularly attend our school events and lead a weekly Collective Worship assembly. Our Collective Worships take place daily and are whole-school events (apart from Wednesday when we have Class Worship). If you would like to find out more about Collective Worship, our policy can be found in the Policies section.

Religious Education (RE) is taught using units from Understanding Christianity and the new North Yorkshire County Council Agreed Syllabus 2019-2024. As a church school, RE is one of our core areas of learning and our long term plan (LTP) can be found at the link below as well as specific detail for your child’s year group.


Click here to view the Long Term Plan for 2019-20


The Foundation Stage

The curriculum for children in our reception class is based on the following areas of learning:

The Prime Areas

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


Key Stages 1 and 2

The National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 is delivered using the Chris Quigley Essentials Framework as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school.  Milestones at the end of Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 ensure that children are meeting expectations in their learning. Challenge is at the heart of our curriculum. Statutory elements and unique school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. It is not possible to list what is covered as content changes year on year according to the needs of each learner and in response to local and national events. The curriculum has the twin threads of our Christian Values and British Values running through it. All statutory National Curriculum content is taught at the relevant year group or phase – full details of which can be found here;

The English and mathematics curriculum are supported through a framework developed by subject leaders, consultants and children. These subjects are taught in mixed ability groups throughout school. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.

Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and the teaching of French. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Themed events, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, open mornings, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing the whole child is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.


Curriculum Long Term Plans

Year 1 English and Maths

Year 1 Other Subjects

Year 2 English and Maths

Year 2 Other Subjects

Year 3 English and Maths

Year 3 Other Subjects

Year 4 English and Maths

Year 4 Other Subjects

Year 5 English and Maths

Year 5 Other Subjects

Year 6 English and Maths

Year 6 Other Subjects

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