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Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy

We will ensure that all children are nurtured, challenged and inspired so that they achieve the best outcomes during their time at our school and contribute positively to society.


At Thomas Hinderwell we have a broad and varied curriculum, ensuring our pupils are able to apply their English and maths skills across a range of subject areas whilst also developing creativity and imagination.

We offer a well-balanced curriculum that ensures that all targets set by the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum are available to all children.

This education is not only academic, but includes cultural, social, spiritual, physical development, growth and fun.

We plan the curriculum carefully to provide a meaningful and worthwhile education that will prepare our children for the experiences and responsibilities of secondary education and later life. Clear procedures are in place to identify and meet children’s needs providing extra support and new challenges where appropriate to help every child fulfil their potential.

A wide range of learning opportunities and activities are offered alongside the statutory curriculum, which complement learning within the classroom.

If you would like further information about the curriculum followed at Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy please contact the office to make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher.


Mathematics is essential to everyday life. It teaches children how to make sense of the world around them by developing their ability to calculate, reason and problem solve.

At Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy, the maths curriculum is taught through Effective Maths: a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics that aims to ensure every child reaches his or her full potential. Lessons have a strong focus on developing conceptual understanding, promoting pupil discussion through active partner work and looking at different strategies to solve problems.

Our aim is to ensure that all pupils have the ability to recall mathematical knowledge, and use this knowledge to problem solve, reason and build a foundation for understanding the world.

View document curriculum/maths_curriculum_statement.pdf


At Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy we understand that literacy is the key to education, providing children with the tools to understand and fully engage in the world around them. The study of English therefore underpins our entire curriculum, with spoken language, reading and writing used and developed at all opportunities.

Phonics/Read, Write, Inc

At Thomas Hinderwell Academy we choose to teach phonics through a scheme called ‘Read Write Inc’. We invest in this award winning programme as we believe it is the most effective and engaging way to teach children how to Read and Write.

In Reception the pupils begin to learn a sound (letter) a day and once they have learned just six sounds, we introduce blending the sounds together to read words. After a few weeks, the children are assessed and placed into groups where bespoke teaching of the programme can take place.

Once pupils have grasped reading simple words, the scheme introduces stories and writing simple sentences. By the end of year 1, Read Write Inc enables pupils to have the skills to pass the Year 1 Phonics Screening test and be able to read and write at a high standard. Pupils who fall behind have daily 1:1 RWI tutoring sessions to support them to catch up in line with their peers so that no child is left behind. Our phonics check results have been below national in previous years but we are predicting a rise to meet the standard level in 2020 and our ambition being for 100% of pupils being able to read at the age appropriate level.

If you would like further information about Read Write Inc please visit the following website and click on the parent tab to view short videos and tips how to help your child with reading and writing at home.


Our academy promotes a love of words and books with reading being a central part of our curriculum as we know that being able to read is the gateway to education. Our expectation is that all pupils develop their reading both in school and at home. With such high expectations, we recommend pupils read at least three times a week at home and that reading records are completed by parents and guardians so that progress can be monitored and there is a positive home-school link. All children, from our early readers to those who are fluent, have a rich and varied reading diet, promoting both reading pleasure and an experience and appreciation for a range of texts

By the end of Key Stage 2 we expect children to be competent and confident readers who can read a wide range of texts and show an understanding through proficient comprehension skills.

View document curriculum/readiing_curriculum_statement.pdf

View document curriculum/talk_4_reading_curriculum.pdf


As writers, we teach our children to be creative, viewing the written word as a tool for expressing themselves. Writing is taught using a Talk 4 Writing approach from Nursery to Year 6. This allows pupils to learn a quality story or text that they can then imitate in their own writing before innovating in a different context. We look at many different forms of writing across the school such as stories with imaginative settings, instructions, recounts, humorous poems and so on. We apply these writing genres across the curriculum to ensure the children gain lifelong skills and are prepared for writing in the wider world.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is taught as part of the T4W lessons as well as in cross- curricular writing opportunities. Our children are continually developing their technical skill-set in terms of structure, content, grammar, punctuation and spelling. We have exceptionally high expectations of presentation and handwriting in all of our work, knowing that attention to detail and quality produces work our children will be proud to share.

View document curriculum/writing_curriculum_statement.pdf

View document curriculum/writing_curriculum.pdf


At Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy we expect all of our children to progress to secondary school as fluent and effective communicators and we begin this process from when the children enter our nursery setting. We include speaking and listening skills in all of our lessons. We do this through class discussions, drama activities, paired talk, oral rehearsal, echo reading, poetry recital and in many other forms.

View document curriculum/oracy_curriculum_statement.pdf


At Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy, we aim to stimulate children's curiosity by engaging our pupils in science activities that are designed to encourage pupils to plan, observe, predict, investigate and analyse.

Children learn about the nature of the solar system; understand the physical processes of materials like electricity, light, sound and natural forces; as well as understanding the life processes of living things.

View document curriculum/science_curriculum_statement.pdf

View document curriculum/science_curriculum.pdf


Geography should inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.

Through our curriculum, we teach pupils about significant events in British and world Geography, enabling them to appreciate similarities and differences in the world.

View document curriculum/geography_curriculum_statement.pdf


A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire pupil’s curiosity to know more about the past.

In Key Stage One, children should develop an awareness of the past and have knowledge of where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework. They should also identify similarities and differences between the ways of life in different periods. In Key

Stage Two, pupils should continue to develop a secure chronological knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.

At Thomas Hinderwell, we aim to provide pupils with extensive knowledge and understanding of the world that we live in. In order to provide such high quality education, Thomas Hinderwell have devised a long term plan to ensure that a wide range of history is taking place across the school. You will find the history long term plan on our website.

View document curriculum/history_curriculum_statement.pdf


We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music. At Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy, we provide opportunities for all children to create, play and perform music, developing the skills to make judgements about the music they listen to. Children are encouraged to develop a love of singing. They are taught to sing a range of traditional and modern songs, and our school choir has the opportunity to perform at various events both within our school community and at regional DRET concerts.


Design & Technology

D&T encourages imaginative thinking and enables children to develop ideas, talk about how things work and draw and model their ideas.

Design Technology is taught throughout the school through our curriculum topics. This can involve the children carrying out projects over a series of lessons, as they design, produce and evaluate their products, or individual lessons focused on refining the skills needed for each of these stages.

We encourage creative thinking and enable pupils to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making things. We aim to ensure that pupils develop creativity, technical and practical expertise.

View document curriculum/design_technology_curriculum_statement.pdf

View document curriculum/design_technology_curriculum.pdf

Art & Design

Our Art & Design curriculum stimulates creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and sensory experiences.

Our aim is for children to enjoy Art & Design through developing increased confidence in their ability to communicate what they feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern using different materials, tools and techniques.

Art is frequently taught through cross curricular lessons and we employ a wide range of mediums ranging from paint and pencil to digital and photography.

View document curriculum/art_and_design_curriculum.pdf

Religious Education

We live in a diverse society so we aim to encourage our pupils to respect and understand the variety of religions and cultures within our community.

At Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy, we explore Christianity, Islam and Judaism. There are also opportunities for our pupils to study other religions where they relate to class topic work in other curriculum areas such as history, geography and art. The curriculum is based around developing an awareness of other faiths and cultures in the community in which we live.

View document curriculum/re_curriculum_statement.pdf

Physical Education

Children receive a varied and balanced P.E. curriculum with every child receiving two hours physical education each week.

We aim to establish an active school ethos and environment. We do this by working with key partners, including sports coaches, Compass Gym, Scarborough Indoor Pool and the Schools Sports Partnership.

View document curriculum/pe_curriculum.pdf


Computing is split into three fundamental elements: Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology.

Computer Science is the core of the computing curriculum, in which children learn how the digital systems work and how to put this knowledge into action through programming. The children use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Digital Literacy ensure the children can develop their ideas with the use of information and communication technology to ensure they are active participants in a digital world and are at a level suitable for the future workplace.

We also teach the children about safety online: how to spot any dangers; how they can be avoided easily and what to do if they encounter any misuse of the internet.

View document curriculum/computing_curriculum_statement.pdf

View document curriculum/computing_curriculum.pdf

David Ross Education Trust and British Values

The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain.

A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self-esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.

Click here to find out more about British Values at our academy

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