At our school, we follow the National Curriculum. Here’s some more information about what and how we learn in school.


Our curriculum for each class

Visit our class pages to find out what we’ve been learning recently, and click ‘Discover our curriculum’ to see an overview of what we will be covering this year.


We help our pupils develop a high standard of language and literacy, in the spoken and written word. We share a love of reading for pleasure and are always finding ways to encourage it.

Letters and Sounds

Phonics is how we learn to read, a proven approach which gives children a really strong foundation. Read more about our phonics programme.

Our approach to learning spelling builds on this phonics approach, teaching children to apply sound and spelling rules rather than lists of specific words. We use the Shakespeare and More programme.


Children’s reading develops as they gradually progress through more challenging books. We use the Phonics Bug and Oxford Reading Tree schemes, and the Rigby Star Scheme for guided reading. As pupils become more confident readers, they read a wider range of books from our school library and celebrate their progress with certificates for reading books from different genres.

Read the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for English.

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As well as being a core subject of the curriculum, Mathematics plays a vital role in all areas of life. Hebden Royd gives all pupils the opportunity to acquire a wide range of mathematical skills and understanding of concepts.

We recognise that mathematics is very much a cross-curricular subject, from time-lines in History to composing result tables and graphs in Science. We aim to promote this richness of the subject and develop pupils who are numerate and able to solve problems in a wide range of situations.

Discover how we approach calculations, including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Read our Maths policy.

Read the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Maths.



We encourage the children to develop enquiring minds by asking questions about the world around them. Through these questions we select ones which can be tested using scientific investigation skills. There are many skills from observation, grouping and classifying, recording of data and fair testing that can be developed through the investigations we do. Children are encouraged to develop understanding and the ability to carry out their own investigations in a fun and interesting way. Working in pairs or small groups, also develops their social skills and individual responsibilities.

Science week

Each year we hold a Science week, with a linking theme throughout the school. All children from Nursery to Year 6 are given more time to Science throughout the week, linking learning with lots of other subjects. Visiting Science groups are often involved to enrich learning, promoting STEM activities that will enthuse and inspire children. By the end of the week, we have some wonderful work produced and all our children have enjoyed and engaged with Science. Read about what we got up to at our last Science Week.


Religious education

As a Church of England school, spiritual values are at the heart of our school. As people, it is important for us to develop knowledge and understanding of other religions and cultures. About two thirds of our units are based around Christianity.

Each half term we have a theme for our collective workshop, and we do activities based around it. These include things like ‘Thankfulness’ or ‘Friendship’.

Read our RE curriculum plan for this year.


What have we been up to recently in R.E?

The wider curriculum

Every year we have special weeks devoted to one theme. These include Science Week, Diversity Week, Aspiration Week and Anti-Bullying Week. They’re always great learning experiences and lots of fun.