The curriculum overview for the academic year for EYFS and Key Stage 1 will appear termly.
At Hyde Park Infant School, our vision is to be an inclusive school where all children feel
safe, loved, challenged in their learning and are respectable role models for other children.
We are determined to achieve our mission, which is to prepare all our children for the next
phase of their academic journey whilst enabling them to contribute positively to their
We have designed our curriculum to provide the best learning opportunities for all our
children to be curious learners. The curriculum we deliver is aligned to the National
Curriculum, whilst incorporating Programmes of Studies that meet the needs of our children
as identified by staff. Our curriculum is ambitious and designed to give all learners the
knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced to provide our learners with the
knowledge and skills needed for future learning and the next phase in their education. We
understand that a child’s ability to learn is based on gaining knowledge and building on
learned knowledge, as well as the ability to use and apply any associated skills adeptly and
We believe that reading is a fundamental life skill and therefore reading is prioritised across
the school. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they
become enthusiastic and critical readers. It is our intention to ensure that all pupils read
widely and confidently with fluency and comprehension appropriate to their age.
Our curriculum is designed to marry these key components to ensure progress and a greater
depth of understanding that leads to sustained mastery. We do not narrow our curriculum
but ensure that children receive a broad and balanced curriculum, and that learning is
relevant, exciting, aspirational, and challenging. All subjects within our curriculum are viewed
as drivers and are underpinned by the understanding that basic literacy and numeracy
competency is vital in all learning.
The children are encouraged to believe in themselves. We have the same ambitions for all
learners: to be the very best they can be. The curriculum is designed to make children
intrinsically motivated over time and therefore be in charge of their own learning journey.
This will be achieved through careful consideration of individual needs, and, in some cases,
individual programmes of study based around the needs of the children.
All learners study the full curriculum, which is broad and balanced, and which aims to
provide our children with a wide range of experiences. We have further enhanced our
programme using the school’s core values which are ‘lived’ daily through our relationships
and school ethos.
We are determined to provide the best educational opportunities for all children at Hyde Park
High quality CPD and a commitment to learning from research and best practice lie at the
heart of our curriculum implementation. Staff at every level are provided with extensive
opportunities to develop their own subject knowledge and pedagogy to ensure the
curriculum can be delivered effectively with maximum impact.
Vocabulary is taught explicitly and effectively across subjects and cross curriculum
vocabulary is explored where applicable. Learning is made accessible to all, by clear
coverage of prior knowledge and learning and, within each lesson, consistent scaffolding,
chunking of new learning, opportunities for talk and feedback. Opportunities for depth are
provided through questioning, reasoning, depth tasks and reading beyond the curriculum.
Formative assessment is used routinely within lessons, in order to address children’s
misconceptions. Summative assessments are used termly to track how pupils are
progressing against the curriculum. Lessons allow pupils to practise our core values within
their learning being brave, curious, optimistic, kind, inclusive, enterprising, and
The curriculum provides children with deep learning experiences that are built on year on
year across our schools, providing children with a chronological understanding of how
events fit together. Repetition also plays an important role in securing knowledge. Therefore,
knowledge is often revisited in subjects across the school to allow the knowledge to become
sticky. The curriculum provides diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn
and develop a range of transferable skills. Every term, the children have one of three
enrichment experiences. Examples include an expert, enrichment or experience all used to
gain further knowledge to what has already been taught within the classroom.
We feel it is important to use the children’s own communities, heritage and traditions as a
starting point for engaging interest. Our curriculum incorporates strong links to our rich
geographical and historical areas, whilst providing children with the opportunities to reach
out to a wide range of cultures and communities globally. As stated by Facer 2009, “…by
creating rich connections with the communities, cities and cultures that surround them and
by distributing the education effort across the people, organisations and institutions of a local
area...” we want children to leave our school with a sense of belonging to a community
where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make
connections, and become lifelong learners.
Pupils leave Hyde Park Infant School with a secure understanding of the knowledge and
skills learned ready to progress into KS2; with the understanding of how to be socially,
morally, spiritually, and culturally responsible and are globally aware; how to make positive
contributions to the community and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be.
Progress in reading is important and provides children with life skills, which then promotes
reading for pleasure and enjoyment.
We aim for all our children to leave Hyde Park Infant School: brave, curious, optimistic, kind,
enterprising, inclusive, and confident learners, with the motivation and passion to continue to
learn and with a thirst for Modern British life and all it has to offer.
Hyde Park Schools’ Values
We are inclusive, confident and enterprising learners who are brave, curious, optimistic and kind. We are ready to embrace the future.
To us this means:
Valuing and respecting everyone for themselves and their contribution to the team by:
· ensuring that the curriculum and resources reflect and embrace diversity
· planning and promoting opportunities for pupils to experience the diversity of Modern Britain
Encouraging all to be brave and embrace challenges through a range of opportunities by:
· building a secure environment to explore and experience uncertainty
· developing self-awareness and learning how to manage feelings
· promoting positive relationships by learning how to collaborate to manage conflict
· valuing effort and perseverance in all learning
· celebrating personal achievements
Promoting, supporting and encouraging enthusiasm and determination in our approached to learning by:
· creating opportunities for experimentation, investigation and thoughtful enquiry
· encouraging an open-minded, creative approach to solving problems
· having flexible adaptable thinking to make connections in learning
· seeing unlimited opportunities for the future
Kindness is promoted in school by:
· Promoting opportunities to show kindness and celebrate kind acts
· Encouraging pupils to empathise with others
· Encouraging pupils to see their impact on the world around them
Curiosity is promoted in school by:
· Encouraging pupils to seek new things to try
· Promoting mistakes as part of the learning process
· Promoting a love of learning and the continuation of learning outside of school
Optimism is promoted in school by:
· Promoting a belief that things will work out if we keep trying
· Promoting a belief that obstacles can be overcome
· Promoting the idea that we can seek to have influence over things that we want to change
Bravery is promoted in school by:
· Showing that problems need solutions and those solutions are not always easy
· Understanding that doing the right thing is not always doing the easy thing
· Standing up for justice is the right thing to do and can be achieved in many ways