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Hillside Academy aims to provide a curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated to provide for varied abilities. Barriers to learning are removed and we provide suitable challenges that respond to diverse needs.

This encompasses a variety of exciting, first-hand experiences which enable children to acquire appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding preparing them for today’s world. Through the provision of a stimulating environment, children will develop to their full potential academically, socially and physically.

The framework for the children’s learning is provided by the National Curriculum which sets out the core subjects of Maths, English and Science along with ICT, PE, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Religious Education and MFL.

We also teach Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education attaching great importance to the development of social skills. The curriculum encourages children to develop self-discipline and responsibility and to work collaboratively with others.

Great emphasis is placed on learning the basic skills of English, Communication and Maths. As well as teaching these lessons separately, we believe that a creative thematic curriculum where areas of learning are linked will motivate children to learn more effectively. This in turn will allow them to develop personal skills which are transferable across lessons and useful in wider life.

We use AET planning resources for the teaching of mathematics, The Literacy Tree planning resources for writing and the Letters and Sounds document for the teaching of phonics and early reading.

An overview of the full year’s curricular offer can be found here:

Whole School Curriculum– Autumn Term

Whole School Curriculum- Spring

Whole School Curriculum- Summer Term