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At Hawes Down Primary School, we believe that all children are entitled to an enriching and exciting English curriculum which is used to engage them and develop their abilities in speaking and listening, writing, spelling and reading. This is delivered in a way which recognises the varied needs of our children and equips each individual to maximise their learning potential. Our aim is for all children to become confident and competent in communicating their ideas through a range of different experiences and for a variety of purposes.

At Hawes Down Primary, it is our intention that children should develop a love of reading, writing and discussion, which equips them to be lifelong learners. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied language through the immersion of high-quality texts and a confidence to use their imagination through our book-inspired curriculum. We strive for these creative ideas and experiences to be applied to their writing within a variety of genres and to be discussed effectively and with confidence.

We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to engage fully as a member of society.


At Hawes Down Primary School we aim to ensure that all children can:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. Learning is enriched through a sequence of high-quality age-appropriate texts which include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We use each text to create opportunities to:

  • engage the children into exciting storylines 
  • develop speaking and listening skills as well as empathy with characters through drama activities
  • discuss ideas and themes and, from this, develop curiosity beyond the text 
  • draw inspiration from stories and poetry to create their own poetic forms
  • write descriptively and succinctly for different purposes
  • develop reading fluency and comprehension with a focus on key reading strategies and skills
  • develop grammar and punctuation knowledge and understanding to use and apply across the wider curriculum
  • explore the writing structure and features of different genres
  • identify the purpose and audience
  • plan and write an initial piece of writing with a clear context and purpose before evaluating the effectiveness of writing by editing and redrafting. 


The intended impact of our English curriculum will be to nurture children who are enthusiastic, confident and independent readers, writers and speakers who take pride in and enjoy showcasing the development and progression of their English knowledge and skills.

At the end of their Hawes Down journey, our children are able to debate their ideas, take risks in their reading and writing and have the skills to think creatively as well as being equipped to take on future challenges. 

English progression



At Hawes Down Primary School, we strive for every child to read and write with confidence. One element of achieving this is through a systematic synthetic approach to phonics with regular engagingenriching lessons. The phonic and early-reading skills that the children learn from the beginning of EYFS will equip them for the rest of their lives.

At Hawes Down, phonics is taught in a structured programme of engaging daily lessons across EYFS and KS1. Hawes Down follows a synthetic systematic approach to the teaching of phonics using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme which begins in EYFS and continues throughout Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous session, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learned.


At Hawes Down Primary, children are taught formally to read using phonics, following the Letters and Sounds programme. Other reading strategies, such as using picture cues and reading for meaning, are also introduced. Pupils are also taught a range of ‘tricky words’ which cannot be decoded using phonics. In this way they gradually develop a bank of vocabulary they know by sight. Children are also exposed to a wide range of engaging, enriching reading material, to develop their vocabulary, widen their experiences and excite and inspire our children to become life-long readers.

Phonics lessons are taught every day in Reception and Year 1 and each day the children learn or revise a new sound. Some children are placed in groups depending on their stage in phonics development; this enables children to move on to new sounds and letter patterns if they are ready, or to revisit sounds and letter patterns to ensure their knowledge is embedded. Some children will receive additional phonics support.

At the start of EYFS, children learn Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds where they continue to build upon the listening activities and are introduced to the start of systematic phonic work. Grapheme-phoneme correspondence is introduced. They are taught the process of segmenting whole words and selecting letters to represent those phonemes, as well as how to write the letters to encode words. Children are taught how to de-code and segment sounds in words in order that they can read and write with confidence. We continue to use the Letters and Sounds programme throughout Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), working systematically through the different stages, up to Phase 6. Children will develop a secure understanding of complicated letter strings which enables them to decode two and three syllable words. The spelling of high frequency and tricky words are taught continuously throughout the phases. 

At the early stages of reading development, the children initially use books without text and progress to colour banded books that are closely linked to the phonics sounds or phase that they are learning.


Our children will make rapid progress from their start point in reading and writing. They will leave EYFS equipped with some of the fundamental skills of learning to read and write and will build on this knowledge throughout Year 1 and Year 2. By the end of Year 1, they should have a secure understanding of the phonic sounds to enable them to achieve highly in their Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. 

Ultimately, as children become more secure in their phonic knowledge, reading evolves from learning to read, to reading to learn. 

Phonics Progression



At Hawes Down Primary School we aim to inspire all children to engage with Maths in a way that develops a life-long love of the subject. Our children will use Maths on a daily basis in adult life. Accordingly, at HDPS, we strive to equip our pupils with the mathematical skills they need to make Maths a simple, enjoyable aspect of their day-to-day lives. We are proud to say that we do so in an inclusive way. Maths at HDPS is a creative, stimulating and exciting lesson, accessible to all learners.

At Hawes Down, we want our children to be confident mathematicians. Through inspirational teaching and enriching, hands on experiences within the classroom, by the end of their time with us each child will be able to:

  • Confidently and successfully recall times-tables to 12x12 and related number facts
  • Answer arithmetic questions quickly and efficiently
  • Use their knowledge of fundamental maths skills to reason their learning
  • Use all of the above in order to solve problems


Mathematical skills are taught every day following the White Rose Maths scheme and other mathematical resources. Every lesson begins in the same way to ensure consistency across the school: ‘5-4-5’ or ’10-4-10’ depending on the key stage. These are programmes designed and adapted to allow our learners to begin their lesson with fluency-style questions relating either to their prior learning or to their learning intent for the day. Every year group complete key-stage appropriate times-table challenges (quick-fire recall tests) once each half term. Children are also exposed to arithmetic practice papers on a bi-weekly/weekly basis which contain fluency based questions.

Lessons across the school are well resourced and structured to ensure the best progression of learning not only in the lesson but throughout the progression of skills taught. Maths lessons across the school will be set out in the following three categories/sections:

  • Do It – fluency based questions consolidating the skill itself
  • Secure It – reasoning based questions applying the skill to a setting/context
  • Deepen It – problem solving questions/’real-life’ scenarios specifically targeting using that skill

When learning new skills (and consolidating prior learning) children will be encouraged to use the following three approaches:

  • Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
  • Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
  • Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.


At HDPS we believe a maths concept or skill has been truly mastered when the child can show their learning in a multitude of ways. This includes being able to recognise relationships and make connections in maths allowing them to independently apply these concepts and skills to new problems with confidence. We want our pupils to not only be equipped with the skills and understanding but more importantly take the excitement and confidence in maths to secondary and beyond.

Maths curriculum Overview

MATHS progression




At Hawes Down Primary School we want to inspire curiosity in all children, while also enabling children to make connections between previous knowledge. We recognise that exploration and discovery are vital characteristics of children’s learning and the teaching and learning of Science should be done through practical experiences wherever possible.  We will create an enriching, progressive and diverse curriculum to engage and inspire all learners in all areas of science. We will create exciting opportunities for children to work scientifically, developing their application of skills.  We will equip our children with the knowledge and skills they need to become future scientists. These rich experiences will enable our children to know more, understand more and remember more.


In EYFS Science is taught as a part of the Understanding of the World area of the curriculum. Children are provided with hands on opportunities to investigate, observe and to ask and answer questions. All of these skills help to prepare them for Science in KS1.

At Hawes Down our Science curriculum is based on the National Curriculum which provides a structure for skill and knowledge development for the Science curriculum being taught throughout the school.  We ensure progression throughout the school using our progression documents and scheme of learning which link directly to the National Curriculum.  

At Hawes Down we have developed our scheme of learning into topics which are creatively themed to support the delivery of the curriculum. Each topic identifies the correct scientific vocabulary and knowledge that the children need to have learnt by the end of that unit of work. Our systematic approach supports children in retaining and retrieving knowledge from previous experiences and enables them to build on these.  

Children asking and answering questions is a key part of their learning and Science lessons at Hawes Down often start with a question and are followed up with key learning questions. Sequential lessons are planned to support answering these questions.  Working scientifically, skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school life.  New vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching and revisited regularly to ensure children remember and build on them.

Science is enriched through school visits, trips and experiences.  We will ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will equipchildren the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.  


The measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the Science curriculum, but also have skills to move their learning forward.  

All children at Hawes Down will develop:

  • A greater scientific knowledge and understanding

  • A wider range of scientific enquiry skills

  • A richer scientific vocabulary

  • An enjoyment and enthusiasm about Science in our school and as future scientists

  • Standards in Science at the end of Key Stages are good or better than National and Bromley

Science curriculum Overview

Science Progression



At Hawes Down Primary School, history periods are informed by the National Curriculum and are relevant to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum at Hawes Down is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning. 

The curriculum at Hawes Down aims to ensure that all children: 

  • Develop knowledge of how significant events and people fit into a chronological framework.
  • Develop a greater understanding of our world and its people, of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to engage children’s curiosity and prompts them to ask questions and seek the answers. 
  • Learn the skills of research, selecting and evaluating evidence, drawing conclusions and arguing their point of view.
  • Begin 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.  
  • Understand how the past influences the present and future.
  • Understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture.
  • Have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world.


Historical knowledge, skills and understanding are taught in units throughout the year, so that children are excited to achieve depth in their learning. By the end of Year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to Roman Britain to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. As a school, consideration is given to how we can enrich children’s understanding of the historical topics within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure progress of historical knowledge, skills and understanding. 


The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Hawes Down are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.

We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.

History Curriculum Overview 

History Progression



At Hawes Down Primary School, we aim to provide our children with geographical experiences to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Building on the childrens’ experiences we will enrich their knowledge of how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and changed over time. They will deepen their understanding of the physical and human processes that form our landscapes and environments.

Through exploring the world together at Hawes Down Primary School, we aim to equip our children with awareness, curiosity and the ability to ask questions about our planet and its inhabitants. As they progress, children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. Through enriching experiences the children will gain knowledge of the physical side of the Earth’s natural features such as mountains, deserts, rivers and oceans. They will learn about human geography including the impact that humans have had on the world and how the natural world has affected them. Introducing awareness of environmental issues will equip the children to understand and formulate their own ideas regarding sustainable development. A range of localities will be studied from the local area to contrast with localities both in our own country and abroad.  


The geography curriculum at Hawes Down Primary School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England and is delivered through engaging and exciting lessons appropriate to each Key Stage. Geography is taught throughout the year, so that children can experience continuity and depth in their learning. Vocabulary and prior learning will be revisited at the start of each lesson equipping our children with geographical language and knowledge. Geography lessons develop a range of geographical skills and a variety of learning styles to engage all learners, including those with SEND. 

At Hawes Down Primary School we recognise the importance that fieldwork in educational visits plays in developing the children as geographers and learners. We utilise the local area as well as residential visits in KS2 to provide children with exciting and engaging first hand and practical experiences.


We want to equip our children with the knowledge of how their actions impact the world. The children will have a breadth and depth of knowledge that will equip them as they progress into KS3.  

Geography Curriculum Overview 

Geography Progression



At Hawes Down Primary School we believe that a high-quality enriching languages education will foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching will enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It will also provide exciting opportunities for them to engage for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking. Language teaching will provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.

The learning of French provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all children. Children develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between French and English.

Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to children’s learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of French provides a medium for cross-curricular links and the reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.


Although the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages is only statutory in the KS2 curriculum, we at Hawes Down Primary School believe that preparing the children in KS1 will have a positive effect on their willingness to engage and become successful linguists.

Through the teaching of French at Hawes Down Primary School we:

  • Ensure every child has the opportunity to study French as a foreign language; developing their interest in the culture of other nations, communities and beliefs.
  • Ensure children have access to high-quality engaging teaching and learning opportunities.
  • Ensure children have exposure to simple commands including day-to-day French language, including days, months, numbers and classroom instructions.
  • Ensure children develop an increased wider cultural understanding through our enriched and varied curriculum to which languages contribute.
  • Provide language informed by the National Curriculum and the skills expressed in this: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.

At Hawes Down French is taught by a specialist native French teacher and supported by class teachers using phrases and vocabulary within class. A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used, with a physical element introduced wherever possible as an aid to understanding and retention. Lessons are enjoyable, non-threatening with success built in at every level, in order that the children develop a positive attitude to the learning of a foreign language. Confidence and self-esteem are built through positive reinforcement for any contribution they make, however tentative. 


Our MFL curriculum is engaging and enjoyed by all learners, well-resourced and planned to build progression. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through:

  • Pupil discussions about their learning;
  • Monitoring and reflection against subject-specific skills defined in each year of study;
  • Children applying their knowledge of language to other areas of the curriculum;
  • Children applying their cultural understanding and tolerance across society and cultures.

French curriculum OverviewFrench Progression



At Hawes Down Primary, we aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of Information Communication Technology is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment. 

Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using and understanding a range of technology. Our intention is for Computing to support children’s creativity and cross-curricular learning, engaging children and enriching their experiences in school.


Our whole curriculum aims to enable all children to succeed. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that children’s skills and knowledge are built on and sequenced appropriately during their time at Hawes Down Primary School in order to maximise learning for all children. To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, Computing is taught across three main strands: Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology. Within Digital Literacy, children develop practical skills in the safe use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills to solving relevant, relatable and real-life problems: for example, understanding safe use of internet, networks and email. In Computer Science, children are taught to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science through practical experience creating exciting programs, allowing them to analyse problems to computational terms. As part of Information Technology, children learn to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT by designing and creating a variety of digital content: for example, writing and presenting as well as exploring art and design using multimedia. Computing vocabulary is an integral part of supporting children in their understanding of the subject and our curriculum is designed to ensure that all children develop confidence when using complex technical language in their Computing lessons. Online safety is taught as a unit in the first term each year and revisited half-termly to ensure that The Internet remains a safe place for children. 


Our curriculum aims to make sure that the children of Hawes Down Primary School head into their secondary education and subsequent endeavours as competent and safe users of ICT. We aim to provide every child with a knowledge and understanding of how technology works. At Hawes Down, pupils will have developed a range of skills to express themselves creatively using digital media and be equipped to apply their computing skills moving forward. 

Computing curriculum OverviewComputing Progression



At Hawes Down Primary School, Art and Design teaching is used to engage, inspire and challenge pupils. Our Art and Design curriculum equips children with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment and be creative. We want children to learn from the process of working creatively and to become more confident in creating their own works. Our Art and Design curriculum seeks to give pupils an understanding of how art impacts and enriches our world and so the work of artists and designers is an integral part of the curriculum. At Hawes Down, children learn how being creative is part of being human.  As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more informed understanding of Art and Design. 


At Hawes Down our Art and Design curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and this is delivered and progression is ensured by following the Hawes Down Art and Design Curriculum progression of skills map for each year group. Our children show engagement because they are challenged by our curriculum. The children will be resilient learners who overcome barriers and understand their own strengths and areas for development. They will be able to critique their own work as an artist because they know how to be successful.  All children will be safe and happy in art lessons; these lessons will give them opportunities to explore and experience their own creative development. They will be encouraged and nurtured to overcome any barriers to their learning or self-confidence because feedback is positive and focuses on artistic skills and knowledge.  They will be able to talk about a variety of famous artists over time and develop artistic skills and confidence.


Our Art and Design curriculum successes will be measured by the children having a developed understanding of the names, key works, styles and techniques of major artists at an age appropriate level. A secure understanding of the key techniques and methods for each key area of the art curriculum: colour, form, line, tone, texture and shape. A progression of understanding, with appropriate vocabulary which supports and extends understanding. Confidence in discussing artists, art, their own work and identifying their own strengths and areas for development.

ART and design Curriculum Overview

Art and design progression

Design and Technology


At Hawes Down Primary School, Design and Technology is taught in an exciting and engaging way using the Design and Technology Association’s Projects on a Page scheme. This ensures that there is an appropriate progression of knowledge which supports pupils in knowing more and remembering more as design technicians. It ensures that there is an appropriate progression of design and technology skills which are taught over time through different experiences so that pupils are supported to be the best design technicians they can be, and challenge teachers to support struggling design technicians and extend more competent ones. The scheme equips children to learn the most about design and technology and identifies designers who underpin specific areas of the curriculum and raise aspirations for pupils. 


Design and Technology learners are engaged because they are challenged by the curriculum which they are provided with. They are resilient learners who overcome barriers and understand their own strengths and areas for development. They are able to critique their own work as a design technician because they know how to be successful.  Children will be encouraged and nurtured to overcome any barriers to their learning or self-confidence because feedback is positive and focuses on design and technology skills and knowledge. Through an enriched curriculum they will be able to talk about a variety of famous design technicians over time. From fantastic experiences our children will develop design technology skills and confidence over time because of careful planning, focused delivery and time to practice and hone skills


The successes in Design and Technology are measured by the ability of the children to remember and to have developed an understanding of the names, key works, styles and techniques of design technicians at an age appropriate level. The children will have a secure understanding of the key techniques and methods for each key area of the curriculum: design, plan, make, evaluate. Our children will also have the confidence in discussing design technicians, their own work and identifying their own strengths and areas for development.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY Curriculum OverviewDesign & technology Progression



Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

At Hawes Down Primary School, we believe in the power of music and its nurturing effects on the creative, academic and social development of our pupils. By the time our pupils have completed their primary education, they will have experienced music in its many shapes and forms, and they will have learned to perform, compose, listen and analyse, and understand its history.


At Hawes Down, our music curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and we ensure progression throughout the school by following the Music Express scheme. We offer each year group lessons in a different specialist area of music provided by visiting specialist from the Bromley Youth Music Trust, as well as our class teachers. We have created a curriculum plan which provides a clear line of progression from EYFS to year 6 whereby each year we continue add on to the already acquired skills of our pupils. This makes sure that knowledge is built on prior learning and that there is full music coverage across all year groups.

This is further supported by a huge number of musical performances which include two annual school concerts, music competitions, piano concerts, music assemblies and services, productions, reflection assemblies, and further concerts such as Infant Song Festival throughout the Langley Park Learning Trust, all of which provides our children with enriching and exciting experiences to remember. Our ensembles include year group choirs, chamber choir and a rock school, and we offer individual instrumental tuition in piano, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, drums, flute, violin and singing.


The measure of our intent is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the Music curriculum, but that they also have the skills needed to move their learning forward. This is evaluated by monitoring the progress the children make through regular assessment and review.

Music Curriculum Overview 2021-22

Music Progression



At Hawes Down Primary School personal, social and health education (PSHE) equips our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. We feel it is an important part of children’s education to help them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. Our intention is for our PSHE curriculum to shape children’s learning through engaging and enriching experiences in school and to equip them to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life. We provide our children with enriching experiences for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live.

We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to school and the wider community through a wide range of exciting opportunities.


At Hawes Down we deliver the PSHE curriculum by building where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on:  drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, sex and relationship education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. Teachers utilise P4C (Philosophy for Kids) to create exciting and stimulating lessons that question and challenge children’s perceptions.  

PSHE plays a vital part of Hawes Down School and, as well as discrete focused lessons, it is also embedded throughout the curriculum. This enables staff to ensure a full coverage of PSHE is taught in their year group.


Our school values and inclusion of safeguarding within our curriculum is vital as first and foremost, we want our children to be safe and happy so they can excel in all aspects of school life. Our PSHE curriculum provides them with a chance to reflect and learn about these crucial elements and this is shown throughout their time at Hawes Down through their personal learning journeys and memory books.

Our children and staff value well-being, mental health and good citizenship. Through our curriculum, we believe that we equip children for the next stage in their education with the skills to become positive and successful members of society who have the ability to aim high and achieve the best they can be.

PSHE Curriculum Overview

pshe Curriculum topic overview final


Religious Education


At Hawes Down Primary School, RE is an enriching part of our broad and balanced curriculum. RE aims to give children an insight into other people’s religions and views. RE nurtures the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and of society, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. 

At HDPS, we plan our RE lesson in accordance with the 2020 Bromley Agreed Syllabus. The curriculum aims to give children the opportunity to learn about and develop respect for their own beliefs as well as others.  Through encouraging children to learn from religions, they will develop a willingness to ask questions and to explore things in greater depth. All children will gain careful consideration of the views of others. In EYFS, children learn about different celebrations through “Understanding the World”.


In order to ensure that RE is a fun and engaging subject, it is taught using a variety of engaging teaching methods such as stories, music, and discussion, as well as looking artefacts. Through these different mediums, children gain a holistic approach to RE and are excited to learn. Where possible we want our pupils to have opportunities to encounter and have experiences with local faith communities through visits to local places of worship or visits from members of local faith communities.


RE gives the children a solid moral base and sets them up to be responsible, confident and caring people. Alongside the school’s moral code and champion choices, RE equips children with the skills and knowledge they need to be understanding, tolerant and explorative learners, now and in the future.

RE Curriculum Overview

RE Progression



At Hawes Down Primary School, we aim to encourage a lifetime love of sport and keeping fit. Within our PE and sport curriculum we aim to deliver a unique set of engaging, exciting experiences within a sporting context that serve to create an enriching experience which will equip them for their future lives.  We also aspire to build determination, passion, respect, honesty, self-belief and teamwork through this.

These values will:

  • Help children to understand the importance of health and well-being.
  • Equip our children with the knowledge and understanding of how to develop and live healthy lifestyles.
  • Provide a broad range of high-quality exciting experiences,opportunities and outcomes for all.
  • Develop links with other schools and organisations in the community.
  • Promote active participation and competition at all levels.
  • Encourage children to continue their interest in fitness and sport into secondary and beyond.


Pupils in both KS1 and KS2 will engage in lessons of high-quality PE each week. In KS1 the curriculum focuses on fundamental movement skills to develop agility, balance and co-ordination. Curriculum content includes ball skills and team games, gymnastic and dance activities. At KS2 pupils will continue to apply and develop a range of skills and units of work which include a range of invasion, net/wall, and fielding and striking games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and swimming. 

Children’s experiences will also be enriched through opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities. A range of resources will be used to support progression across the curriculum including specialist coaching sessions for different sports. Children will become equipped with knowledge on how to have a fit and healthy lifestyle.

The School uses the principle of STEP for adjusting lesson activities for differentiation. Some children with particular needs may require different activities, for example, with a particular focus on fine motor skills if hand to eye coordination is a challenge.

S = change the space available

T = change the time allowed

E = change the equipment, e.g. softer or larger balls, different sized bats, etc…

P = change the people, e.g. size of the groups 


Developing a positive attitude generally is not simply about celebrating sporting success and learning to lose well; but also encouraging children always to do their very best regardless of their ability; praising progress and achievement in a way that does not cause fear or upset for lack of performance or failure; and treating team mates, coaches, teachers, opponents and referees with respect. Essentially, using every opportunity to maintain and raise self-esteem all round.

PE curriculum OverviewPE Progression

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