Curriculum Provision

Our child-centred curriculum enables pupils to become Responsible Citizens, Successful Learners and Confident Individuals within modern Britain.

Shireland Hall 2014-15 from Stephanie Prince on Vimeo.

Keeping our children safe and ensuring that we prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of our curriculum: SMSC at SHP

Shireland Hall promotes community cohesion by respecting the traditions and celebrating the cultures of our children’s homes and heritages. At the same time we ensure that all children are familiar with expectations in modern British society, particularly in relation to:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

For example, on International Day we celebrated the diversity of our school community. Some of our staff shared their feelings about their heritage to launch the day – check out the video here:

International Day Talking Heads from Stephanie Prince on Vimeo.

We follow the Programmes of Study in the 2014 National Curriculum through our own Learning for Life curriculum.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children are taught Phonics in line with the school’s bespoke ‘SHPhonics’ programme, which includes elements of ‘Jolly Phonics’ and the DfE’s published scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking. Teachers planning ensures curriculum coverage in line with ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ which can be accessed here

Across the school, teaching is informed by on-going assessment of the children’s progress in each curriculum area, with the aim of ensuring that all children achieve or exceed age-related expectations. The children are further inspired in English, Maths and Science by our school super heroes.  POW, WAM, BAM and Kimical build the children’s confidence with extended writing, independent problem solving and scientific thinking.

Here is POW sharing one of his favourite picture books, ‘Barry the Fish with Fingers’ by Sue Hendra:
(the password is POW)

from Simone Chesney on Vimeo.

Children in years 1 to 6 have daily English and Maths lessons which are planned to meet the individual needs of the children.  To support children, families and staff with the maths calculation methods, we have a bank of videos on our Youtube page. Here is an example:

Our wider curriculum is called ‘Learning for Life’: a full spectrum curriculum that allows all talents to shine and all interests to grow. It aims to ignite a life-long appreciation of the amazing world we live in.


In Years 1-6, children work towards mastering a range of subject areas. For a half term or a full term, each year group focuses on a subject area following a curriculum which is specifically written by teachers for the children of Shireland Hall Primary. Before new learning takes place the children are given the opportunity to design the learning sequence with the teacher through an exploratory ‘WOW Day’ (Wonders of the World), being exposed to awe-inspiring facts to enable the children to explore what they would like to learn and how they would like to learn it. This helps teachers to plan the curriculum around the children’s questions and interests as well as National Curriculum expectations. Learning sequences may have a hook such as a trip, visitor or experience, which immerses the children in their learning, as well as a creative learning zone to engage the children.

At Shireland Hall we have fantastic, purpose-built indoor and outdoor facilities for the children to access, enabling us to develop and broaden their learning opportunities. We offer a variety of experiences and activities which are linked to the children’s interests and learning needs, designed to further their development process.

Children also have access to 1.5 hours of Physical Education each week and swimming lessons in Year 5. All children take part in collective worship daily within the classroom as well as in assemblies. PSHE is also taught following the Dimensions programme. We offer a programme of enrichment opportunities such as:
• Curriculum Focus Days
• Outdoor Learning Residentials
• After School Sports Clubs
• Team sports and competitions
• Extended Services Clubs (including Sports, Study Groups and Drama)

For instance, one of our History Days last was themed around The Great Historical Bake Off! Watch our challenge, set by the Bard himself, here:

Shakespeare’s History Day Challenge from Stephanie Prince on Vimeo.

We work in partnership with families to support children with their learning through the Families Learning in Partnership (FLiP) programme.  The children are also given weekly homework tasks for English and Maths.

Please click on the folders below to see what is taught within each curriculum area across the Key Stages.  

Online resources

 These are the trusted sites we use for learning/extended curriculum provision:
Class Dojo
Bug Club
Manga High
Education City

Summer Term 2018-19

Curriculum Letters

Every half term, we send home letters to families: these outline what children will be learning about in the coming half term. We do this to enable families to better support their children at home. The letters also include dates of up-coming events.

Please find the current letters here:

Nursery: Nursery Curriculum Letter Summer 2 2018-19

Reception: Reception Curriculum Letter Summer 2 2018-19.doc

Year 1: _Curriculum Letter Summer 2 2018-19 Year 1

Year 2: 

Year 3: year 3 curriculum letter Summer 2

Year 4: Year 4 Curriculum Letter Summer 2 2018-19

Year 5: Y5 Curriculum Letter Summer 2 2018-19

Year 6: Y6 Curriculum Letter Summer 2 2018-19

Assembly programme

Please find below information about the theme for each of our whole school assemblies this term:

Spring 1

  • Week 1: New year’s Resolutions
  • Week 2: Friendship
  • Week 3: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
  • Week 4: Chinese New Year
  • Week 5: Online Safety
  • Week 6: Fairtrade Fortnight

Spring 2

  • Week 1: Shrove Tuesday
  • Week 2: International Women’s Day
  • Week 3: Comic Relief
  • Week 4: Safeguarding
  • Week 5: Mother’s Day
  • Week 6: Online Safety
  • Week 7: SHP’s Big Spring Sing

Summer 1

  • Week 1: SHP’s Diamond Rules
  • Week 2: Ramadan
  • Week 3: May Bank Holidays
  • Week 4: Online Safety

Summer 2:

  • Week 1: Queen’s Birthday
  • Week 2: Father’s Day
  • Week 3: (no assembly due to Parents’ Day)
  • Week 4: Windrush Day
  • Week 5: Online Safety
  • Week 6: Sports Day celebrations
  • Week 7: Year 6 Leavers’ assembly (Thursday)
Last Updated: June 2019 by S. Prince