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Hopton's Curriculum

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At Hopton Church of England Primary Academy we ensure that our curriculum meets the statutory requirements by using:


  • The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Reception)
  • The Primary National Curriculum (Years 1 to 6)
  • The Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education


Through our curriculum we aim to:


  • Inspire and motivate the children to learn
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of each child
  • Give opportunities for children to learn from each other
  • Promote a positive attitude to learning
  • Create life-long learners
  • Help children to understand Britain’s heritage
  • Teach children how to be positive citizens in society.


Throughout the school year, the curriculum actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. Children will also follow a programme of Personal, Social Citizenship and Health Education.


At Hopton we promote learning behaviours that encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning. We strive to develop each child’s personal qualities by using Hopton Learning Powers:


  • Have a go
  • Open to other's ideas
  • Persevere, keep going!
  • Think creatively
  • Own your own learning. 
  • Notice things and be curious


Learning to Learn Week

At the start of every year, we jump into 'Learning to Learn' week where, as a school, we explore the learning process. From growth mindset, to the learning pit, every class has the week to learn more about themselves as learners. We use creative activities and challenges to encourage pupils to immerse themselves in what learning really is. Throughout the year, we continue to revisit areas of 'learning to learn week' to help develop our pupils into more reflective and ambitious learners. 


Unique Week

Every term, we have a week where we celebrate what is unique and special about us. With a theme to follow, pupils explore the pride and joy we should share in what makes each of us different. Once the week is complete, we invite the school community, parents and governors, to come and share what the pupils have been upto.


Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
The curriculum in the school is designed to provide access and opportunity for all children who attend Hopton. If adjustments to the curriculum are required, then these are made in line with pupils’ Personal Learning Plans (PLPs), parents and the various external agencies that may be involved with working with specific pupils.


Curriculum Organisation


The Early Years Foundation Stage


The provision delivered in Reception meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Provision and curriculum planning focuses on working towards the children achieving the Early Learning Goals and on developing children’s skills and experiences. Weekly planning outlines focus teaching opportunities and continuous provision both for inside and outside learning. 


Key stage 1 and 2


The curriculum taught across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is in line with the National Primary Curriculum and with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.


Continuity and Progression


Our curriculum is planned to provide continuity and progression throughout the school and consists of:


Long Term Planning:

The long-term plans are across two year groups; Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4; and Year 5 and 6, they are also written for 2 years as our curriculum is on a 2 year rolling programme. Within this, we strive to provide skills and knowledge progression within every subject from year to year. The long term plan is reviewed on a yearly basis. 




Our Governing Body
Our Governing Body is responsible for monitoring the way the curriculum is implemented throughout the school. The Headteacher produces half-termly reports to assist the Governing Body in its monitoring duties. The effectiveness of the curriculum is monitored within the Curriculum and Standards Committee meetings, which is then fed back to the Full Governing Body. 


Revised curriculum policies and new initiatives are also discussed and ratified, where appropriate, within the Curriculum and Standards committee. Named Governors for areas of learning liaises with the subject leaders and monitors their area closely, looking at the impact on learning, attainment and achievement.