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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.



Core Curriculum

  • English Overview


    Our English Curriculum is varied and interesting.

    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.

    To view our Literacy curriculum, click here

  • Maths Overview

    Mathematics – Our Vision

    Our vision is for all children to be able to access an engaging, coherent and challenging journey through maths with the belief that they can achieve an in-depth understanding.

    As a school, we are always looking for opportunities to improve your children’s education. Since the change of the National Curriculum in 2014, the expectations and the way that mathematics is being taught in schools has also changed. Inspired by a teaching philosophy from Asia, the teaching for mastery approach is being adopted across the country, and here at Haxby Road, we believe that this is the way that mathematics should be taught so that children can apply maths in the wider world as they grow up.

    The teaching for mastery approach aims to provide all children with the opportunity to learn the basic foundations of mathematics earlier on in their school lives, and then build on these and gain a deeper understanding of all concepts throughout their academic journey in school. We are currently working towards a long-term goal of implementing and modifying the teaching for mastery approach, undertaking much training and development, in order to deliver an even better education for your children.  

    The mathematics lessons and curriculum we provide help and guide our pupils to make sense of the numerical world around them by being fluent in basic number facts, understanding patterns and applying learning to real-life problems.

    The skills and concepts come under the headings of Number, Place Value, Addition and Subtraction/Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics. These are further divided into Fluency of mathematical basics within each section alongside Reasoning and Problem Solving. These are taught following the teaching for mastery approach and CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) framework. This encourages the children to firstly understand mathematics through physical representations before linking this to different visual/pictorial representations and finally to grasp the abstract nature of the numbers or problem that they have encountered.

    We endeavour to teach lessons that are stimulating and interesting in addition to keeping a keen eye on the fact that many mental skills need hard work and regular practice. It is amazing the confidence that is gained when our pupils have mastered their number bonds or times tables.

    To support learning, we include a variety of IT resources such as: NumberGym (which provides repetitive practice of number bonds and tables facts), TT Rockstars (a programme that allows the children to practise tables in a fun and interactive way) and MyMaths (a programme that school invests in to support the children with home learning).

  • Science Overview


    The science lessons and curriculum we provide help our pupils to make sense of the world around them and equip them with the skills to investigate a scientific question and review evidence.

    Our teaching principles for science are:

    • Hands on, minds on – children are engaged in activities that allow them to explore and experience, first hand, scientific concepts and phenomena.
    • Curiosity is key –  we aim to foster curiosity and actively encourage the children to ask and, where possible, investigate their own questions.
    • Language for learning – meaning children are encouraged to speak in full sentences and use scientific vocabulary as much as possible, allowing them to broaden their vocabulary and understanding.

    Working scientifically is also taught alongside and is interwoven with the content of the National Curriculum, these are key skills that allow children to be able to understand the processes and methods of scientific enquiry. These types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources

    These skills are applied by children using a variety of real-life contexts spanning the following areas of science across KS1 and KS2; materials, forces, humans and other animals (and their habitats), seasonal changes, plants, rocks, states of matter, space, electricity, light and sound. We use ICT to support and enrich learning in science wherever possible (for example ipads, cameras, data-loggers and websites).

    Below are some useful websites for children enthusiastic about science:

    For news and information on a range of scientific topics:

    For KS1 science topics:

    For KS2 science topics:


Other Areas of the Curriculum

  • Computing Overview


    Our computing vision at Haxby Road Primary Academy is to ensure all pupils leave school with the skills and knowledge to navigate a technologically driven world. We have invested in chromebooks across school, which has boosted each child’s learning capabilities and encourages them to take ownership of their learning. Computing is used largely as a tool for cross curricular learning alongside our Haxby 100 and day to day lessons to maximise the opportunity for communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Elements of computing such as coding and debugging are also being taught discretely.

    The skills and concepts are broadly under the headings: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DS).

    • Computer Science: Logical Reasoning and Solving Problems Through Coding
    • Information Technology: Search, Collect, Design and Evaluate Information
    • Digital Literacy: Use Technology Responsibly and safely, Recognise acceptable and unacceptable Behaviour, Identify how to Raise Concerns, Understand Collaborative Opportunities
  • Art & Design Overview

    Art & Design

    Art and Design at Haxby Road are taught, linking both artistic skills to topic related subjects. Throughout their time at Haxby Road pupils are encouraged to develop their independence in Art & Design through exploration, experimentation and application.

    We develop the following skills:

    • Drawing (observational and practical)
    • Painting
    • 3D Media (clay work, junk modelling)
    • Textiles (mixed media, sewing, collage)
    • Art History (research skills)

    Art & Design is taught by class teachers throughout the year.

    Design and Technology

    Work in the area of Design and Technology, including Cook School, is undertaken throughout the school in both cross-curricular and subject-based work. The Design and Technology lessons and curriculum aim to broaden the pupils’ understanding of technology and its uses, whilst giving them the chance to explore a range of materials and their properties. We provide our pupils with opportunities to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. They are taught to test and evaluate these products and, if appropriate, redesign them in the light of what they have discovered. Materials as diverse as wood, paper, card, cooking ingredients, sewing materials and commercial construction kits are in use.

    In Key Stage 1 the children work on a design and make projects involving textiles, cooking and nutrition, mechanisms and structures.

    In Key Stage 2 the children work on a design and make projects involving electrical systems, mechanical systems, structures, cooking and nutrition and textiles. We hope that through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, the children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

  • Humanities Overview


    A creative cross curricular approach to History ensures that pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

    These aspects are developed across the headings of:

    • Chronology
    • Knowledge and Understanding
    • Historical Interpretations
    • Historical Enquiry
    • Organisation and Communication


    We ensure that our creative cross curricular coverage and lessons for Geography enable our pupils to experience and develop their knowledge of  diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a developing a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

    These aspects are developed across the headings of:

    • Local knowledge
    • Place knowledge
    • Human and Physical geography
    • Geography skills and fieldwork
  • Religious Education Overview

    Religious Education (RE)

    Why is RE important?

    All primary schools need to “raise the status of RE” (Ofsted) and provide an RE curriculum which promotes respect and empathy.  RE is considered to be an important part of a child’s education, especially their early education, because it allows young people to develop their beliefs and values.  It helps children understand the place of religion and belief in the world. The teaching of RE is also important because it contributes educationally to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils, whether or not they are from a religious tradition.

    Which world religions do we study?

    Our children are taught a variety of the major world religions.  These include Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism, as well as considering the beliefs of those that are not religious. Throughout both Key Stages children are given the opportunity to not only learn about the individual religions but are encouraged to discuss and think about their similarities and differences with other religions at the same time.

    P4C Approach to R.E at Haxby Road

    At Haxby Road, we teach R.E through P4C lessons (Philosophy for Children). This approach allows our children to become more reasonable thinkers and problem solvers. It supports the children in building their curiosity and creativity when exploring religious ideas. During our P4C lessons, we ask questions, explore and investigate different topics, such as Peace or War. We then link these topics to different religious beliefs and ideas. This allows the children to express their own thoughts and ideas and build up their own views surrounding topics.

    At Haxby Road, we believe in inspiring the children through hooks such as videos, music or books. This supports our teaching and helps the children live in those situations. We also have made links with the local community and plan trips to link into our religious topics and enhance the learning for the children further.