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Hillbrook Primary School

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The Curriculum

At Hillbrook, we have developed our own curriculum model and methods in line with the expectations of the National Curriculum. Our topic-based approach to learning enables children to become fully immersed in a topic as well as apply their literacy skills across all subjects. In line with the ‘Power of Reading’ approach, carefully chosen, quality lead texts from our reading spine inspire purposeful reading and writing opportunities.

Topics and lead texts for each year group can be found on our Whole School Curriculum.

Our English Curriculum Overview maps out the core literacy skills taught in each year group for reading and writing as well as key learning outcomes for each genre of writing. This careful sequencing ensures that skills are introduced gradually and consolidated and built upon as children progress up the school.

Skills are organised in line with the National Curriculum strands:

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading
    • Word Reading
    • Comprehension (both listening and reading)
  • Writing
    • Transcription (spelling and handwriting)
    • Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
    • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation


PDF icon English Curriculum Overview