Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Whole School Curriculum

Our primary purpose at Hillcroft Primary School is to nurture learners so they develop a love of learning and are provided with the knowledge and skills to enable them to achieve their personal best. 

Ensuring children are socially and emotionally prepared for learning is paramount for learning to take place. Therefore, nurturing our children is central to our curriculum offer and Hillcroft has a whole school approach to this, ensuring children are taught and encouraged to adopt lifelong skills for learning. The schools STRONG learning values embed our curriculum intent as they encourage both staff and children to develop as Self motivated, Risk Taking, Reflective learners who Own their learning, Never give up and Gain in confidence over time. 

Our challenging, inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum celebrates diversity, inspires and motivates a lifelong love of learning, providing children with a rich range of memorable learning opportunities.  Driven by inspirational curriculum leaders and passionate and enthusiastic teachers, our curriculum:


-Actively reflects a wide range of cultures, social groups and people to broaden children’s experiences and actively encourage anti-racism and discourage discrimination of any kind

-Is guided by the school’s STRONG behaviour and learning values

-Is highly ambitious for, and instils intellectual curiosity within, all children

-Revisits and builds upon children’s existing knowledge and skills

-Considers the children’s context and circumstances

-Strives to close the vocabulary gap

-Encourages depth of thinking, elaboration, extension and connection 

-Involves the whole community

-Prepares the children for the next phase of their education

-Equips the children with the knowledge and cultural capital that they need to succeed in life

-Aligns to the objectives set out in the National Curriculum


Across the School, each Year Group investigates an over-arching question each half term, inline with their year group's curriculum expectations:


Key Questions for 2023-2024

Autumn 1

How can Data help us understand the world around us?
Autumn 2 Can I design and build a structure using my knowledge and understanding of a Historical period?
Spring 1 Can I design and construct a product using my knowledge and understanding of the Engineering process?
Spring 2 Can I create a piece of Art based on a period of History?
Summer 1 Can I develop an understanding of the Living World around me?
Summer 2 Can I explore Cultures and Celebrations from around the World?



If you require any further information on Hillcroft School's curriculum, please contact Carly Gear for EY and KS1 ( and Emma Parker for KS2 (

Underpinning the Curriculum is the way in which we deliver it.  The theory and practice of teaching is referred to as pedagogy and we ensure that our pedagogical principles underpin all of our teaching across the Curriculum.  Below is a link to our Pedagogical Principles, as well as another that explores our Curriculum and Pedagogical principles in more detail.

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