Houghton School, Main Street, Houghton on the Hill, LE7 9GD

0116 2412 465

office@houghton.leics.sch.uk

Houghton on the Hill C of E Primary School

"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" John 10:10

Our Curriculum

We hope this page gives visitors to our website an insight into some of the vast variety of experiences which make up our curriculum. We believe this curriculum to be much more than the statutory content we are required to teach, and some of the images below give a flavour of what we are about.

At Houghton on the Hill Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum  and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.  

National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Christian Values and character development work, which together with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils are woven through the curriculum.

Our school uses a whole class teaching, mastery pedagogy, with support for those who need it and greater depth opportunities for all who can tackled them. We do not set in ability groups or provide different work for different learner, but our aim is for the large majority of children to securely secure master key learning. We believe in high expectations, and do not place ceilings of achievement on any pupil.

The English curriculum is taught through discreet lessons, linked to topic work where ver possible, and following a book-based. Literature-rich approach. Phonics, spelling, grammar and handwriting are taught daily. 

The mathematics curriculum follows a mastery approach, which is now in its fourth year of being embedded across the school. Work is blocked, and provides deep learning in small steps. Opportunities to practise fluency are provided weekly, and there is emphasis on speed, efficiency and accuracy.

Our topic-based curriculum provides opportunities to develop and apply English and Maths skills, but teachers are also committed to giving pupils enriching, practical and hands-on experiences to ignite excitement and interest. We believe that pupils can and should excel and achieve in non-core subjects regardless of their literacy levels.

Intervention for reading, writing and mathematics are provided through rapid response, same-day interventions, as well as formal programme for specific needs.

Curriculum subject are led by named leaders, who evaluate provision and plan annual improvement actions. A dedicated sports coach enhances PE provision and supports professional development of teachers. Peripatetic teachers are available for individual and group music tuition, and pupils in Year Four experience a funded year of who-class brass or string tuition, with the option to continue in subsequent years. Themed days, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Residential opportunities are available in Year 3, Year 4/5 and Year 6.

The outdoor environment is especially important in our curriculum, with a mature arboretum used for science and geography as well as our well-developed Forest School programme.

The school leaders are carrying out a full review of the curriculum in the coming year, underpinned with research and reading. We look forward to sharing this with our parents as it evolves!

Independent craftsmanship
Independent craftsmanship
The Iron Man
The Iron Man
Pondering programmability!
Pondering programmability!
Victorian Wash Day
Victorian Wash Day
Barefoot Sensory Walk!
Barefoot Sensory Walk!
Visit Theatre
Visit Theatre
Homework Project - Trees
Homework Project - Trees
Electrical Puzzles
Electrical Puzzles
reenacting 1066!
reenacting 1066!
Architectural Art
Architectural Art
Poppies for Remembrance
Poppies for Remembrance
Peripatetic Piano
Peripatetic Piano
Dance Competition
Dance Competition
Everyone A Swimmer!
Everyone A Swimmer!
Archaeological Discoveries!
Archaeological Discoveries!
Down In The Mud!
Down In The Mud!
Sometimes you just need to write....
Sometimes you just need to write....
Cross-Curricular is best
Cross-Curricular is best
Stonehenge Explorers
Stonehenge Explorers
Fire Circle Fun
Fire Circle Fun
Aspiring  To Be A Vet
Aspiring To Be A Vet
Investigating Bosworth Bones!
Investigating Bosworth Bones!
Homemade Cyclones!
Homemade Cyclones!
Team Brass
Team Brass
Investigating Numbers
Investigating Numbers
Write Like A Pirate Day!
Write Like A Pirate Day!
Visiting Teachers Observe Mastery Maths
Visiting Teachers Observe Mastery Maths
DNA Extraction!
DNA Extraction!
Independent cutting
Independent cutting
House Cross Country
House Cross Country
Tree Dressing Day
Tree Dressing Day
Rockingham Castle
Rockingham Castle
Bible Discussion
Bible Discussion
Learning About Cells
Learning About Cells
Reading Buddies
Reading Buddies
Published Writing
Published Writing
First Steps in Computing
First Steps in Computing
Investigating Seven...
Investigating Seven...
Phonics Treasure Hunt
Phonics Treasure Hunt
Visited By Newborn Calves!
Visited By Newborn Calves!