Henwick Primary School



Whole school curriculum overview

The curriculum at Henwick is purposefully constructed to provide a clear progression model linked to expectations set out in the National Curriculum. Henwick learners are entitled to an education that equips them with the knowledge, skills and values they need in order to embrace the opportunities and challenges they encounter; leaving them ready for their next stage in life. 


Our whole school curriculum map


Our curriculum map shows the learning undertaken from the Early Years through to Year 6.  In the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) we follow the statutory guidance of the EYFS framework. For years 1 – 6 we follow the National Curriculum.

Subjects are taught in units that are planned to enable the development of knowledge and skills alongside gaining understanding of key themes and ideas. Vocabulary is a key element of this. Each subject is valued as its own discipline. Where possible links are made to ensure there is a connection in learning. Cross-curricular learning where possible enables a chance for deepening understanding across subjects or units within subjects.  


Our curriculum intent is built upon our school values: belonging, respect, compassion, collaboration and ambition. The Henwick curriculum aims to enable pupils to:
  • Value and understand the importance of their ongoing education.
  • Become confident, positive learners who make effective progress and achieve their potential.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the world around them and their place within it, both locally and globally.
  • Understand how to live a safe, healthy and happy life.


We do this by ensuring:
  • Learning is purposefully planned to build upon prior learning and develop deeper understanding from EYFS to year 6.
  • Clear progression documents (based on the National Curriculum) account for how the curriculum is both spiral and interleaved; accounting for prior knowledge, key objectives (from the national curriculum), key vocabulary and key themes. We focus on both the journey our curriculum takes children on and the role of cognitive psychology to build up knowledge and skills.
  • Teachers deliberately 'go beyond the obvious’ and ‘what’s to hand’ in curriculum delivery to ensure pupils are able to learn about key topics from different perspectives.


Our curriculum: 
  • Promotes ambitious, aspirational high standards in reading, writing and maths – readying children for their next stage of education.
  • Exposes children to a diverse range of quality texts and a love of reading, across the curriculum.
  • Is broad, balanced and well-structured; with sequenced learning that ensures progress in each subject.
  • Values subjects as a discipline in their own right.
  • Provides children with a sense of wellbeing and pride in all that they achieve.
  • Offers a broad range of enrichment opportunities to further support the development of cultural capital.


More information about the school curriculum
For more information regarding our curriculum, please contact the school office or click on this link: National curriculum in England - Primary Curriculum