The school follows the Primary National Curriculum which sets out the expectations for learning for each child at each stage of their schooling.  Our school operates in ‘units’ where staff work together to plan exciting, engaging and motivational experiences for the children around the National Curriculum expectations.

The units are as follows –

Foundation Stage children who first join the school in Reception year
Key Stage 1 (KS1) children in Years 1 and 2
Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2) children in Years 3 and 4
Upper Key Stage 2 (UKS2) children in Years 5 and 6

Each unit has a member of staff who is unit leader.

Each unit plans the curriculum around a common theme each term and the different subjects are taught through this, with clear links in order to make the learning meaningful and relevant.  Each term there is opportunity for parents/carers to be part of the learning, whether that be through our popular learning cafes, coming to sharing assemblies or learning together through take home tasks, etc.

English and Maths is taught daily as we aim to make every child effective communicators and confident with number.  We aim for every child to be a confident reader by the age of seven as we believe this is key to successful learning.  We teach synthetic phonics through a programme called Letters and Sounds, have an intensive support programme to support readers in Reception, run a very successful Ready Steady Read programme in Year 1, and promote a love of reading through our ‘reading adventure’ across the school.  During Key Stage 1, the children progress in their reading through books, which are colour banded, known as their ‘book bands.’ In Key Stage 2 the majority of children will be accessing the Accelerated Reader Programme which tracks a child's reading level, suggesting the most appropriate books for them to read.

Reading and Spelling Schemes in Key Stage One:

Jolly Phonics - reading/spelling scheme

Ready, Steady, Read - An intervention approach that we use for children in Year 1.

We use a range of reading schemes within the Banded Reading books. Banded reading book schemes include:

  • Collins Big Cat
  • Project X
  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Rising Stars
  • Story Sparks

If a child is working at or above lime level in Year 2, they will be accessing Accelerated Reader.

We also use Word Shark, an IT based package.

Assessment –the children’s learning is assessed continually through day-to-day teaching, and tasks and activities are shaped to help children move on and make good progress. We call this Assessment for Learning.  More formalised assessment is used to check children’s understanding at various times throughout the year and these assessments are used to help teachers make judgements about how the children are progressing against the age related expectations set out in the National Curriculum.  At the end of the academic year we will report on whether your child has reached these age related expectations (ARE) for the year group they are in.

We provide a full written report on your child’s achievement at the end of the year in the Summer Term, but communicate regularly throughout the year via parent evenings and more generally through informal conversations.  We operate an ‘open door’ policy and welcome your comments, queries and feedback – we want to work together to ensure your child is making the best possible progress and feels happy and safe in school.

We are lucky enough to be able to support specialist teaching of PE and Music.  The children benefit hugely from this and it enhances the curriculum. We also invest heavily in human resources as we believe adult to pupil ratio and having small groups/classes is an effective way of ensuring the children make the very best progress.  We have a team of very skilled support staff who work closely with the children either in class alongside the teacher,  or by providing intervention programmes, conferencing children to help them understand next steps in their learning, supporting specific 1:1 needs and providing pastoral support to help nurture and grow children’s confidence and self-esteem.

To find out more about the curriculum in specific year groups,please view our curriculum learning maps at the bottom of this page.

Units send out curriculum letters each term to let parents/carers know about their child’s learning in more detail.  This includes outcomes of their learning, ways in which parents can get involved and usually an invitation to an opportunity to share in their child’s learning experience.

The school is well equipped with excellent resources for learning including ‘Tanglewood’ our outdoor classroom, an art area for practical work, a pottery studio, DT/Cooking facilities, a specialist music room, an animal area designed and built by our Y5 and Y6 children, covered play areas for outdoor learning and continuous provision, a well-stocked and well-used library with dedicated librarian, ICT facilities and interactive whiteboards in every classroom and a large field with adventure playground equipment, to name but a few.  With the support of the ‘Friends of Hayward’s’, we have recently invested in a number of ‘Learn Pad’ tablets to support learning across the curriculum.  New parents often comment on the wide and varied facilities that we are able to provide.


These provide you with an overview of the content that your children will be learning over the course of the year. They are updated on a termly basis.

For any queries about the curriculum please discuss this with the relevant unit leader.

EYFS Unit Lead - Emma Hockin

Key  Stage One Unit Lead (Year 1 and 2) - Naomi Partridge

Lower Key Stage Two Unit Lead (Year 3 and 4) - Ruth Dixon or Andy Smith

Upper Key Stage Two Unit Lead (Year 5 and 6) - Kat Cousins