Houghton Primary School

"Working hard to achieve our best"


For details of the curriculum for each Year group each term, please see the Class pages under the Children menu on this website

We have identified the following 'drivers' for curriculum development at our school.


to encourage our children to be inquisitive, to ask questions and be resourceful and independent in their learning. They need opportunities for independent thinking and application of skills whilst developing collaborative learning. They need to be able to take risks and to develop perseverance

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Our school believes in

*truth *justice *equality *a sense of right and wrong


to develop our children’s horizons and understanding of a variety of lifestyles


to support our children in developing more independence and the opportunity to show initiative


to develop our wish to be a central part of the community


to continue to reinforce that we value the environment and feel passionate about its management


because children need to learn to assess and manage risks by having fun and a little bit of danger!

The Arts

to support our passion for a broad, cultural education for our children


to support our belief that competition and sportsman develop confidence


The KS1 and KS2 curriculum at Houghton Primary School draws upon an 'Essentials Approach' * and is made up of the following elements:

Essential Characteristics: The characteristics required to be successful and to achieve within each subject. 

Essential OpportunitiesThe content of what we teach. This includes the Programmes of Study for the National Curriculum and content that is not in the National Curriculum, but has been chosen by the school as part of an essential opportunity for learning for the children at our school.

Essential Learning Objectives: The identified and defined learning objectives which are essential to support a culture of deep learning for all our children.

Essentials for Progress: The milestones within the curriculum which will enable us to measure progress. Children are expected to reach milestone 1 by the end of Year 2, milestone 2 by the end of Year 4 and milestone 3 by the end of Year 6. The milestones use the National Curriculum as a reference point but in most subjects are far more ambitious supporting our high expectations and opportunities for challenge.

Our curriculum endeavours to support our school mission and values:

Our mission is to achieve our best 

Aim high...
through an Active curriculum which is Accessible to all in order to Achieve the very best that we can
Challenge ourselves...
within a culture of Care, Cooperation and Community
Help each other...
to achieve within a Happy, Healthy and Hard-working environment
Inspire others...
to be Independent, Involved and ever Improving 
in all that we do, having the highest Expectations of ourselves and others.
Value every individual...
and prove Varied and Valuable learning experiences
Encourage everyone...
through our Enthusiasm and Eagerness to be our very best


 * Reference: Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum

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