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Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday


We moved to the area mid-year and were really impressed with how the school team supported our two children to fit in.

Parent of 2 children new to the area


Parent of 2 children new to the area

Lunch staff know the kids so well, my kids are much more adventurous food wise thanks to them

Parent of 2 children


Parent of 2 children

The school’s warm and nurturing atmosphere enables each child to develop confidence in their own individual voice/identity.

Parent of year 2 child


Parent of year 2 child

Sport is very inclusive, all about taking part & enjoying it

parent of 2 children


parent of 2 children

Excellent extra-curricular activities – books at bedtime with your teddy & hot chocolate – brilliant idea!

Parent of 2 children


Parent of 2 children

Our curriculum is not static; it is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the learners at Hawkesbury. It adapts to reflect significant world events and the world around us.

Our purpose is to connect learners as local citizens of today with the ideas, knowledge and skills they will need as the global citizens they must become.

We will help them to be curious, ask probing questions and be brave in finding solutions.

They will engage with the familiar and be engaged by the unusual; be immersed in language and communicate in multiple languages; know how to practise, be resilient and challenged; to be proud of their local environment and think on a global scale; work individually and add their voice to the many; to accept help, give charitably and embrace altruism; to love difference, be different and stand up for the rights of others just because it is the right thing to do.

We want them to be relentlessly creative, critically curious and to live ambitiously.

For more information about the Intent, Implementation and Impact of our curriculum please click here

Curriculum by subject area

Below we have added information for each subject area. Click on the buttons to find out about each subject.

Why is reading important?

At Hawkesbury, we recognise that reading provides the gateway to learning across the school curriculum both at primary school and beyond. Through the sharing of quality fiction and non-fiction texts, our goal is to enable all pupils to develop spiritually, culturally and emotionally. We aim to foster a love of reading so that all our pupils flourish intellectually, becoming socially empowered by an understanding of a wider range of vocabulary. We strive for high standards in reading for all children, equipping them with the decoding skills (through a structured programme of effective phonics teaching) as well as strong comprehension skills that will enable them to read, understand, enjoy and be inspired by a wide range of literature for the rest of their lives.

Phonics and Early Reading

At the Pinnacle Schools Federation children are actively taught and supported to use phonics as a prime approach to reading. We teach children to decode and read effectively every day through well-planned, well-prepared and well-resourced lessons which follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.

Pupils deepen their phonics skills by reading fully decodable books carefully matched to their phonics phase and reading fluency. They include the phonemes and common exception words the child has learnt so far which ensures that children are successful when applying existing phonic knowledge to the text. At the Pinnacle Schools Federation we use Big Cat fully decodable reading books which enable all pupils to move on from decoding to reading fluently and for pleasure.

Pupils who are still struggling to decode and read are identified quickly. Specific individual sessions ensure pupils receive the support they need and continue to make good progress.

Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. In addition to this we ensure our children are enthusiastic and motivated readers who are inspired by literature and read for pleasure.

Letters and Sounds programme


Big Cat phonics fully decodable reading books


Why is writing important?

Writing empowers pupils with the skills to communicate effectively in a range of ways to meet the demands of the modern world. We want writing to provide opportunities to nurture, recognise and celebrate creativity among all our pupils. Through a programme of phonics and spellings, together with the teaching of cursive handwriting, we strive to have a high standard of transcription for all of our children. Writing enables children to develop their composition skills, developing a sound knowledge of grammar and using a broad range of fiction and non-fiction genres in subjects across the curriculum. Our aim is that we equip all children with the necessary skills to confidently communicate using the written word.

Why is maths important?

Maths at Hawkesbury aims to to inspire curiosity and enjoyment of the subject, whilst enabling all children to be fluent in using and applying the fundamentals of maths which are essential to everyday life. Pupils will have the confidence to calculate and solve problems by recalling facts within the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Pupils will reason, prove and explain their ideas using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. They will quickly link maths ideas together and discuss them using mathematical language. We will support all children to deepen their understanding of maths and become masters in the subject. By doing this we give all children the opportunity to make sense of the world around them and become mathematically literate and prepared for their future.

Maths Overview

Why is art important?

At Hawkesbury, we recognise that art provides plenty of scope for all children to express themselves creatively using a range of materials and techniques. Art enables pupils to think critically about the requirements of a task, to challenge themselves and take risks when creating artwork whilst developing resilience by evaluating and improving their output. Through study of famous works as well as leading artists and architects, we aim to enable all our learners to appreciate art and develop their cultural, emotional and spiritual understanding. This subject provides excellent opportunities to promote mental well-being and we encourage such mindful opportunities for our children.

Art and DT Overview

Why is computing important?

Computing enables children to develop their digital literacy. It gives pupils the knowledge to be safe using technology, the ability to use a variety of digital systems and an understanding of computer science. Computing is designed to provide children with the necessary skills and knowledge to be active participants in a digital world.

Why is design and technology important?

A subject described in the National Curriculum as ‘inspiring, rigorous and practical,’ design and technology inspires children to problem solve and develop resilience, whilst drawing on their science, mathematics, computing, art and engineering skills. Our goal, through the delivery of a wide range of design projects, is to ensure that all our pupils can grow up to think on their feet, be resourceful and find creative solutions.

Art and DT Overview

Why is Geography important?

The central aim of Geography is to enable all children to understand the physical world and the people within it. This encompasses the development of the skills necessary to name and locate places within the world and to understand different geographical features. It also involves an exploration of a wide range of peoples and cultures to allow children to develop an understanding of the diversity of the human race. We will also teach children about environmental change so that they are aware of their own impact upon and responsibilities towards the world around them, allowing them to develop their sense of self as socially responsible citizens of the world.

Geography Overview

Why is History important?

The intent of our History Curriculum is that we ensure pupils have a coherent knowledge and are curious explorers of the past. We want pupils to use the investigation skills of questioning, enquiring and analysing to finding out about significant periods and people from Britain and the wider world. We want pupils to think critically about how and why things have changed, building perspective and making judgements to help understand how our diverse societies are shaped today. We also want pupils to develop chronological skills so they can connect their knowledge, enabling them to remember and understand more about history.

History Overview

Why are Languages important?

We aim for all children to have a rich and deep learning experience that includes the learning of the basics of an additional language. This will foster children’s curiosity and understanding of other cultures and the world around them. In addition, we intend to prepare children to become a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.

Languages Overview

Why is it important?

We believe music is hugely important universal language for all children. Research shows that it is crucial for brain development, it provides opportunities for high quality social interaction and improves learning skills such as resilience and team work. It also helps to develop confidence and can be a source of calm.

How do we teach it?

We follow the Charanga Musical School approach. This is an online program complete with music, video clips and tutorials which provides week by week support for teachers in delivering the Music curriculum. Each lesson is taught through three key stages: listening and appraising, creating and exploring and finally performing.

Every week the pupils take part in a singing assembly where the whole school learns a combination of traditional and modern songs linked to our value of the term or the season of the year. Children also have the opportunity to sing songs from other cultures.

In addition to this, the school works with the South Gloucestershire Music Hub to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to experience playing a musical instrument. This occurs through termly workshops such as samba and singing and through parent funded lessons, all of which are taught by Music specialists.

Music Overview

Why is PE important?

PE provides all children the opportunity to become physically confident through active and engaging lessons. It is inclusive of all pupils encouraging them to lead healthy, active lives. PE is a vessel to engage in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities, building character and helping to embed the school values.

PE Overview

Why is it important?

By studying Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) children understand how to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our diverse society, accepting differences and being fully inclusive towards others. PSHE supports children to have positive relationships, develop personally and socially and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It gives them knowledge how their bodies change over time and a chance to ask questions in a safe, secure and respectful environment.

PSHE is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

How do we teach it?

At Hawkesbury Primary School we follow a carefully structured program called Jigsaw to deliver our PSHE curriculum. It includes British Values and all the statutory (September 2020) requirements for Relationships Education, Health Education and Sex Education.

There are six Puzzles and each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.  The six jigsaw puzzles are:

  • Being me in my world
  • Celebrating difference
  • Dreams and goals
  • Healthy me
  • Relationships
  • Changing me

Every Jigsaw lesson includes mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is being able to observe your own thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement. Jigsaw teaches children to understand their thoughts and feelings through the Calm Me time exercises. This helps to develop their awareness, and their capacity to be mindful human beings.

Alongside Jigsaw we focus on specific themes at certain times through the year, such as anti-bullying week which looks at relationships and focuses on positive behaviour.  We also have life skills opportunities: visits from the Life Bus, visits to Life skills centres.

PSHE Overview

Why is RE important?

RE at Hawkesbury explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives through the major religions and world views and encourages children to respect and value other people’s points of view. It enables pupils to know about, understand and respond to the important and ultimate questions of life. RE is taught in such a way that it inspires pupils to explore, develop and affirm their own faith and values and have respect for the faith, beliefs and values of others. We aim to broaden children’s understanding of diversity within Britain and the world beyond and in doing so teach them to be tolerant and reflective of other people’s ideas and opinions.

How do we teach it?

The scheme of work for RE will maintain a balance between Understanding Christianity and the South Gloucestershire Syllabus with clear learning outcomes for all units of work, based on the appropriate expectations as set out in the RE syllabus.

In Early Years, children are introduced to the concepts of God and religion through use of Bible stories and stories from other religions as well as learning about different festivals and places of worship. This learning is built upon in years 1 – 6 with pupils being taught about Christians, Muslims and Jewish people in KS1 and about Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jewish people and Humanists in KS2. Planned visits to places of worship, both Christian and from other religions supports and consolidates learning.

RE is taught as a discrete subject and as part of a cross-curricular approach where appropriate and will be allocated 5% of teaching time (equivalent to 50 minutes per week in KS1 and 1 hour per week in KS2).

RE Overview

At Hawkesbury Primary School, an enriched science curriculum that provides opportunities for practical lessons on a weekly basis is key. The children are exposed to a wide variety of topics that support the children’s curiosity for learning and children are encouraged to be curious and form their own questions.

Our curriculum aims to broaden the children’s scientific view of the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and wanting to explore new things. In Key Stage 1, children are able to observe and experience scientific phenomena first hand. In Key Stage 2, children will be able to broaden their scientific view of the world around them and develop a deeper understanding of scientific concepts through discussion, exploration, testing and developing their own ideas.

Science Overview

Collective Worship takes places on a daily basis and is wholly or broadly of a Christian character. Each term, one of our Christian values forms the basis for the themes in Collective Worship. Other major events and celebrations from all of the main religions are also recognised, including, Harvest, Diwali and Eid.

During each Collective Worship, there is usually a welcome and greeting, an opportunity to engage in sung praise, a Bible story or other story with a message and an opportunity to reflect and pray. Sometimes, visitors are carefully selected and invited into school to lead Collective Worship, for example, the local priest and Christian organisation Regenerate.

Children are involved in the planning and delivery of Collective Worship, particularly each Friday when there is a celebration focus. Often children are invited to lead prayers, act out stories and share learning that has taken place.

Through the year, a variety of themed weeks and days will be utilised to enhance the curriculum. These include: health week, maths week, science week, anti-bullying week, Black History Month and Fair Trade Fortnight. In addition, religious festivals from the major world religions will form part of children’s learning and will be embedded alongside the Christian values explored each term.

Learning in Reception is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and children are assessed using the EYFS framework. There are 17 areas of learning whereby children engage in a range of play based and hands on experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Children are given opportunities to get involved in a mix of adult led activities and child initiated experiences. Continuous provision is a large part of learning at Reception and this includes; sand, water, construction, role play, book corner, creative area, investigation area, maths challenge and writing opportunities.

This is carefully designed in order to offer children a consistent learning environment which is safe for them to explore whilst challenging them. Within continuous provision children are able to explore the environment and develop independence. It also allows children to make choices and initiate their own play. Children are also assessed on the way that they learn and a judgement is made on their characteristics of learning at the end of the reception year.