Curriculum Vision

The vision of Hellingly School is Reach for the Stars, this is underpinned by the values we actively promote of Respect, Achievement and Perseverance. We believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that both adults and children learn new things every day. Learning should be based on an atmosphere of mutual tolerance and respect, in which all learners feel valued as individuals and are actively involved in the learning process. Children learn to demonstrate resilience, confidence and perseverance when faced with challenge and to continue to be enthusiastic when facing tasks which require application over time. We aim to provide an inclusive curriculum that gives all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential, both academically and in wider interests and talents. At Hellingly School, we believe that everybody has the right to achieve to their full potential, learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Below are the Curriculum overviews for each year group. For detailed progression of skills for Maths, Writing and Reading please click the following links:

Subject Progression of Skills

Enquiry Overview 2021/22

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
ReceptionOur New School
Can I build another me?
Light and Wonder
What do you celebrate?

The World and Me
How can I get to school?

Growing and Change
How do plants grow?

Our Community
Who lives in our community?

Super Strong Super Heroes
What do people do to help us?

Year 1Nature
What lurks in the woods?

Toys Throughout Time
Can toys come to life?
How do I get there?

Animals Including Humans
Are all animals really that different?

What’s special about these bones?

Living by the Coast
Who likes to live beside the sea?

Year 2 Predation
Who eats who?

Survival & Adaptation in environments
Could you survive anywhere in the world? 

Great Fire & Plague
Is disaster bad?

Is it safer inside or outside?

How would you grow the tallest beanstalk?

Studying a non European country
How different are faraway countries?

Year 3Early Britain
Stone Age to Iron Age 
Did life change much between the Stone age to Iron age?

Ancient Egypt
What makes a successful empire?

 How have inventions changed our life?

Humans and Animals
What do you need to survive/ live?
Why does the world need rainforests?

Year 4Invasions
Romans, Vikings and Saxons
How have the Romans influenced our lives in 2021?
How did the Anglo Saxons and Vikings build on the Roman legacy?

Earth Shattering Events
How do countries help each other after a natural disaster?

How does our use of plastics affect the environment?

Year 5Ancient Civilisations
Groovy Greeks What was their legacy?

The Mayans- Where did the Maya go?

Kenya Tudors
Can we ever have a world that’s equal and fair?
Earth and Space
What’s the impact of space exploration?

Year 6World Wars
Why go to war and does it achieve anything?

Shackleton and Darwin
How have explorers changed our thinking?

Crime and Punishment
 How has it changed?

Year Group Overviews


Each curriculum subject has it’s own page containing more information, progression of skills and resources. These can be accessed by the main curriculum menu and also via the links below:

The full national curriculum, set out by the Department of Education, can be accessed here.

Home Learning

Homework is an important part of school life. At Hellingly all children receive homework. This helps your child make better progress and complements their work in class.

Hellingly Community Primary School
Homework Expectations (with COVID-19 changes)
Reception The children in Reception will access the Oxford Owl website ( to share and read with a member of their family. It is important that we encourage parents/carers to share a book with their child everyday.
In Reception it is also expected that phonics and high frequency words that the children are learning are also sent home for the child to practise and learn.
We are not sending home reading records home
Key Stage One In Year 1 and Year 2 the focus on reading strategies continues. To encourage a child’s love of reading and enjoyment this is supplemented by the child choosing either a fiction or non-fiction book from the Oxford Owl website 
We are not sending home reading records home
Key Stage Two In Year 3-6 the focus of reading should move away from reading strategies unless it is still required by some children and focus on developing a better understanding of the text e.g. comprehension skills, inference, deduction as well as promoting an enjoyment of reading and an exposure to books by good quality authors ( both modern and traditional). 
Years 3 and 4 will access books at home via the Oxford Owl website 
Years 5 and 6 will continue to have a reading book to go home which will only be returned once the book has been read.
We are not sending home reading records home
Key Stage 1The children will be taught the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ spelling technique in school and this is what they should use at home. One copy of spellings will be uploaded on the school website under their class page. It will be uploaded on the  ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ template weekly and one will be kept in school.
Year 2 children will begin spelling tests in Term 3. 
The children will be given the list of words for Year 1 and Year 2 from the National Curriculum at the beginning of Term 1,3 and 5. The children should be encouraged to learn these words. At school and every so often be tested on them. In class common words will be picked up in writing for correction  
Key Stage TwoWe were hoping to send home spelling books each week however for the time being we will not be doing this.
Every Monday spellings from the Hellingly Termly Spelling Overview will be uploaded on to your child’s class resource page. Children will be tested on these spellings the following Monday. Any incorrect words will not be repeated in the following weeks spellings. 
The children will be given the list of words for Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6 from the National Curriculum at the beginning of Term 1,3,5. The children should be encouraged to learn these words. At school and every so often be tested on them. In class common words will be picked up in writing for correction 
We will not be sending any homework for writing unless it is linked to your topic.
All Maths learning will be based on rapid recall.
We will be introducing Times Table Rockstars and NumBots which we plan to launch at the end of September. This will be for Reception to Year 6. 
Each term (short or long depending on length of Enquiry) it is expected that the children create a piece of homework linked to their topic. This should be a creative piece of homework and develop skills in subjects other than English and maths. The children should be given several weeks to complete this homework and once completed the class teacher will inform you of how we aim to display or share the piece with the rest of the class.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about homework.

Enriched Curriculum

We recognise that children learn in lots of ways and we are committed to providing a broad, exciting and challenging curriculum which gives every child the chance to excel both during and after school.

Learn more about the wide range of activities on offer on our Clubs and Enrichment page. 

Supporting additional needs

Please see our SEN & Local Offer page for more information about how we support children additional needs at Hellingly.

Curriculum Complaints Procedure

  • The Headteacher deals with all aspects of the school curriculum and is the first point of contact for any parent who has concerns about what is taught and learned in school.
  • School rarely receive complaints about the curriculum, but all schools are required to set out a curriculum complaints procedure.
  • If you contact us we will try to answer any questions you may have in an informal and helpful manner.
  • If, the concerns cannot be resolved, then a formal complaint may be referred to the Governing Body and from there to the Local Education. Please refer to our Complaints Procedures document on the school policies page for more information on how to do this.

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