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At Haxby Road Primary Academy we provide an exciting creative curriculum , which provides our pupils with memorable experiences and builds upon their interests and aspirations.

“Pupils have the opportunity to explore and develop their learning, through practical activities in the ‘forest school’ and ‘cook school’. The teaching of art results in high-quality work.” Ofsted 2016

Curriculum Teams

To ensure our curriculum is broad, diverse, challenging and engaging, we have curriculum teams who meet on a regular basis to plan, review and update key areas that will ensure coverage and creativity throughout all lessons. This means our pupils are inspired, motivated and challenged by more meaningful and linked learning.

Haxby Road 100

The Haxby Road 100 is a pledge for our children’s Creative, Cultural and Everyday Entitlement. We are part of the York Cultural Education Partnership.

We strongly believe that culture enriches lives, and participation in creative and cultural activities can have a significant impact on our pupils, by developing their appreciation and skills and helping them to learn. The arts are a unique way of inspiring, motivating and communicating ideas. They are a vehicle for personal expression and play an important role in the personal development of our children.

Cultural experiences give our pupils the chance to develop as:

  • informed spectators (through attending top quality theatre and dance performances, world class exhibitions, galleries, museums and heritage sites)
  • participants and creators (through learning a musical instrument, playing and singing in ensembles, taking part in theatre and dance performances, producing artwork, making films and media art, or curating an exhibition).

At Haxby Road Primary Academy every child will have the right to a wealth of cultural and creative experiences that will broaden their knowledge, extend their opportunities and raise their aspirations. Every child has their own passport to keep a record of their memorable experiences.

An education that focuses on developing children’s creativity and ability to participate in cultural experiences, will enable skills, attitudes and aspirations to transfer across their learning to ensure they achieve the best possible outcomes.

Phonics and Reading

At Haxby Road Primary Academy we are firm believers in reading for enjoyment and to become life-long learners. Learning to read begins with a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics, which continues through Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2.

In Early Years and Key Stage, 1 pupils have a daily 20-minute phonics session, which we teach using the ‘Letters & Sounds’ scheme. As children move through Year 2 and then throughout Key Stage 2 pupils learn different spelling patterns and rules according to the National Curriculum 2014 and to fill any gaps in learning.

Each September we hold parent workshops for Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 parents are invited to learn about reading within their year group.

At Haxby Road Primary Academy reading practice takes many forms:

  • Individual reading to an adult using either the Phonics Bugs and the Oxford Reading Tree schemes;
  • Silent reading followed by a comprehension activity;
  • Guided Reading in small groups with a teacher or teaching assistant;
  • Paired reading with another child;
  • Whole class reading of texts aloud;
  • Listening to class stories read by the teacher.
  • Children read texts (fiction and non-fiction) from books and screens. Each classroom has access to a range of reading materials. Pupils regularly use reading journals to record their thoughts, ideas and understanding of their reading. Reading is encouraged at home and Reading Records are used to enable parents and teachers to record progress made, thus facilitating the transfer of information between home and school.



Literacy Curriculum

Our Literacy Curriculum is varied and interesting.

  • Literacy overview

    To view our Literacy curriculum, click here


Speaking and listening is taught throughout the curriculum as a whole in many different ways, giving our pupils the opportunity to develop it in different contexts.

Our reading and phonics progression is outlined on this website. By the time our pupils leave us in Year 6 the aim is for them to be fluent readers who can understand and discuss many different texts. This helps them learn about the world around them and also experience the joy and fun of fiction works.

Writing involves the application of many skills: Reading, grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, composition an handwriting.

We use our VCOP acronym to support the development of the sentence structure and composition elements. Our pupils also use the prompt ‘ Think it, Say it, Write it, Check it’ as a process for planning and writing quality sentences.