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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.


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.

Subject Leadership at Thomas Hinderwell

All the areas of the curriculum are looked after by different subject leaders within the school. Each subject has an individual action plan and impact plan to drive improvements. To ensure a balanced and reflective team, our school is split into four key areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Curriculum


Our Subjects


Subject Leader - Miss Chard 

Here at Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy we are committed to ensuring that all children develop the ability to communicate fluently and effectively. We do this by delivering a designated Talk for  Reading lesson a day in addition to Read Write Inc lessons. Read Write Inc is designed to support early readers with phonic development and initial reading skills such as blending and comprehension.

Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy is a Read Write Inc. model school and we use this scheme from Nursery to Year 2. Reading is taught daily through Talk for Reading and class story sessions.

All children at Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy have a reading book and a reading record to take home. In Key Stage 1 the reading books are phonetically decodable and link to the Read Write Inc. scheme. 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. 

 A love of reading is developed through the experience of high-quality texts from a variety of authors during the Talk for Writing sessions and through use of our reading for pleasure books and our class stories. 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.


Subject Leader - Mrs Webster

We believe that knowledge, understanding and the successful application of the English language is a fundamental life skill; it develops children’s ability to communicate their experiences, desires and knowledge effectively and successfully. Throughout our school, we aim to nurture and develop independent writers through purposeful, engaging and developmental lessons which link to our rich and stimulating creative curriculum work.

During our Talk for Writing lessons, we support our children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama; as well as non-fiction and media texts.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.

Our children also gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins and use their knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of different situations.

The daily talk for writing lessons are linked to the current national curriculum objectives. The units of work begin with a cold write which is an independent piece of writing to assess previous understanding and knowledge. The children then repeat this task at the end of the unit as a hot write. This showcases the progress and learning that have taken place across the unit. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is taught as part of the T4W lessons as well as in cross- curricular writing opportunities.

Thomas Hinderwell follow the Read Write Inc spelling programme to ensure that our children become competent and confident spellers building on prior knowledge of spelling rules. We also encourage and teach handwriting daily and have a Daily Handwriting Star and a fortnightly handwriting certificate award in our Celebration Assembly. At Thomas Hinderwell our children are encouraged every year to achieve their Pen Licence and are so proud when they receive their pen.

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Subject Leader - Mrs Webster

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.


Subject Leader - Miss Hawden

The teaching of maths is planned carefully to meet the needs of every child at Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy. Effective Maths is used to support children to progress quickly and develop a mastery understanding of mathematical processes.

Effective Maths is a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. It is a comprehensive framework for ensuring high quality maths teaching. Lessons are designed carefully to incorporate the below elements:

  • mastery
  • procedural and conceptual understanding
  • variation
  • mathematical patterns, relationships and connections

Planning is based on the new national curriculum standards and used to facilitate high quality teaching and learning. Every child at Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy has a Times Tables Rockstars Log ins. 

Furthermore, where possible, we believe that maths should be taught in context. We particularly value the importance of children understanding the reason why their mathematical learning will be relevant to them in the real world and demonstrate a clear purpose for learning mathematical skills.


Subject Leader - Mrs Webster

Our Science Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge and skills builds through the three distinct disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. As a result of the accumulation of essential knowledge and skills pupils’ science capital and scientific understanding will be substantial and will provide a secure foundation that will enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education.

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. 


Subject Leader - Mr Charlesworth
Curriculum Lead - Mrs Webster

Our Geography Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge builds through two distinct strands; Locational Knowledge and Human and Physical Geography.  As a result of the accumulation of essential knowledge pupils are provided with the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time, enabling them to become true global citizens. 


Subject Leader - Miss Hill

Curriculum Lead - Mrs Webster

Our History Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge builds through six unifying themes; humans and the environment, cultural develops and interactions, governance, economic systems, system interaction and organisation and technology and innovation. As a result of the accumulation of essential knowledge pupils’ cultural capital and historical disciplines will be substantial and will provide a secure foundation that will enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education.


Leaders - Miss Martin
Curriculum Lead - Mrs Webster

Art & DT

Curriculum Lead - Mrs Webster

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.


Subject Leaders -  Mr Wilson

Curriculum Lead - Mrs Webster

Music plays a central role within the curriculum at DRET schools and is fundamental to our wider trust mission of creating aspirational and knowledge-rich pupils. Pupils will perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Pupils will also learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. Pupils will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

The DRET Music curriculum aims to ensure that all children:

  • Sing with a wide range and with a variety of expression.
  • Sing confidently in parts.
  • Read staff notation.
  • Experience playing an orchestral instrument in class ensemble (and to be given the opportunity to continue learning the instrument in smaller groups/one-to-one).
  • Hear a youth or professional orchestra live.
  • Hear a youth, church or professional choir live

In addition, there are opportunities for those children showing musical aptitude to be able to develop their musicianship through singing in choirs, playing in instrumental ensembles and joining local (and national) musical groups. The school’s Music Lead, guided by a DRET Primary Music Specialist, will direct these children to such ensembles.

This year we are particularly proud to be working in partnership with the Voices Foundation.


Subject Leader - Mrs Bentley

Curriculum Lead - Mrs Webster

Children receive a varied and balanced P.E. curriculum with every child receiving two hours physical education each week. During lunch we encourage our children to participate daily in our Moving Mile.
We aim to establish an active school ethos and environment. We do this by working with key partners, including sports coaches, Scarborough Indoor Pool and the Schools Sports Partnership.

In PE sessions our children are very proud to be seen wearing their house t-shirts.


Subject Leader - Mr Charlesworth

Curriculum Lead - Mrs Webster

Bonjour. This year sees the introduction of Thomas Hinderwell becoming a French Speaking school. As this is something new across the school all year groups will be following the same units to begin with.
We are also pleased to announce that as of Autumn 2 Year 4 have been selected to pilot Latin as a language.


Subject Leader - Mr Holliday

Curriculum Lead - Mrs Webster

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 in KS1 and then go on to investigate Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism as well in KS2. 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.


Subject Leader - Miss R Houlden
Curriculum Lead - Mrs Webster

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.

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.

At Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach the British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, and the way we run our Academy (embodying respect, democracy and tolerance of all).

The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our half termly focus on a different value and whole school themed assemblies and whole school systems. We also actively promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

These values are reinforced regularly.

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