School Curriculum

Hester's Way Primary School uses the National Curriculum Framework laid down by Central Government. We address much of our English and Maths teaching through the daily Phonics, Reading, Writing and Maths lessons. We aim to provide a broad and balanced a curriculum planning to incorporate Science and the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum into theme based units of work. Some subjects will be taught on a weekly basis whilst others may be blocked within a term.

Reception: 4 to 5 year old children, KS1: 5 to 7 year olds, KS2: 7 to 11 year olds.

Our youngest children work towards the Development Matters and Early Learning Goals in the Early Years Foundation Stage, which prepares the children to enter Year 1 and learn though the National Curriculum. These steps start in nursery or pre-school as Development Matters tracks children's progress from birth to 60 months. The curriculum is planned to meet children’s individual needs, using Development Matters as  an assessment tool to identify the next steps in learning. Children are regularly assessed through their work, outcomes and observations. 

During Key Stage 1 pupils work through the programmes of study in ten National Curriculum subjects. They are taught knowledge and skills which are assessed by the teacher and formally assessed at the end of Year 2 when children are 6 or 7 years old. The results of these SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are reported to parents/carers in the annual report to parents/carers along with your child’s end of year report.

Children enter Key Stage 2 at 7 years old when they are in Year 3. The curriculum continues to be delivered in a variety of ways. Some subjects are taught discreetly e.g. Maths, English and Science, as these form the core of your child’s learning. Other subjects may be taught through units of focused work, topics or themes. Teachers organise this work in meaningful, relevant and enjoyable ways through whole class lessons, group work and individual work. We have a whole school rolling programme of topics covered to avoid children repeating units of work. Annually, in May, Key Stage 2 take part in statutory SAT tests for Year 6 children and ‘Rising Stars’ Reading and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) tests for the others. The result of KS2 tests are reported to parents/carers through your child’s end of year report.

How to find out more about our curriculum: 

  • Follow our Social Media on Twitter and Facebook (links on our home page) 
  • Theme Overviews and other pages on the website
  • Visit the National Curriculum site https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum (see documents below)
  • Parents/Carers can ask for paper copies in the office and ask to speak to the class teacher if they wish to find out more. 
  • Visitors or prospective parents please call the school office on 01242 525616 if you wish to make an appointment to speak to a member of staff or visit our school.