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Curriculum Primary - Key Stages 1 - 2

The KS1 and KS2 Curriculum

The curriculum structure for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) is very similar and includes the following broad entitlement:


English is taught through a specific literacy lesson each day and through theme work. Additionally, each day there is focused teaching in the basic skills of phonics or spelling and a ‘Read Aloud’ session by the teacher at the end of each day. There is also a focus on speaking and listening in all lessons and the use of Philosophy for Children to support children in using positive language to debate ideas, active listening skills, deeper levels of thought and empathy for others.


Sixty minutes per day is spent in each key stage for the specific teaching of mathematics and also an additional 10-15 minutes, three times per week, focusing on number skills. The application of mathematics into other subjects is also facilitated.


Science is taught every week and, where possible, links are made to the theme for that half term.


Hinde House allocates a minimum of 60 minutes per week to each class in a dedicated IT Suite for the development of IT and computing skills. These lessons are linked, wherever possible, to the theme.
Each class also has access to additional time in the IT Suite and laptops/tablets in order to develop the use of IT skills across the curriculum.


Hinde House allocates a minimum of 2 hours per week in each key stage for the teaching of PE.
This includes dance, gymnastics, athletics, games, outdoor adventurous education and swimming. Cycling is also part of the curriculum for older pupils.


Children in year 4 are offered 12 weeks swimming lessons at a local swimming baths.

Personal Social Health Education (PSHE), Circle Time/SEAL (Social and Emotional aspects of learning), Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development (SMSCD)

Each half-term there is a dedicated day for the teaching of PSHE and SMSCD, which includes delivery of the SEAL curriculum.
These principles underpin a strong school ethos which is woven into the fabric of the school through our school rules, under-pinned by our core values which actively promote fundamental British values.

Religious Education

Hinde House’s coverage of the RE curriculum is based upon the locally agreed syllabus for RE. In addition to collective worship, the school dedicates one full day per half term to the study of one aspect of one of the six major world religions.

History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and Technology (D&T)

The wider curriculum is taught for a minimum of 3.5 hours per week. The length of teaching time spent on each subject, within a theme, varies. Wherever possible, Art is used as a medium, at least once a week to teach the theme. In addition there is an Art day and a D&T day each half term where the pupils have the opportunity to develop a specific skill throughout the day. The application of maths within these subjects is actively promoted.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

MFL is planned and taught by specialist Modern Foreign Languages teachers from the secondary phase on a weekly basis.

International and Global Dimensions

The global dimension explores what connects us to the rest of the world. It incorporates the concepts of global citizenship, conflict resolution, diversity, human rights, inter-dependence, social justice, sustainable development, and values and perceptions.
Every year there are separately timetabled thematic days, activity weeks and events set aside for the study of particular aspects of global awareness, together with links in all themes to the wider international arena, and through visits and assemblies.

TASC (Thinking Actively in a Social Context)

To complement and facilitate the Creative Thematic Curriculum, one day in the last week of each half term is allocated to TASC. TASC is a universal and inclusive framework for teaching, problem-solving and thinking skills. Parent/carers are invited into school to support their children in these workshops.


For further information regarding the KS1 and KS2 curriculum please contact one of the Senior Leadership Team at the school via the Contact Us page.