Our aim is to make the most of every child's ability and potential.  Each individual matters and everyone should have the opportunity to succeed and to contribute to the life of the school. Our curriculum is relevant, exciting and meets the requirements of the national curriculum. It has a project-based, thematic approach and provides children with a range of rich and memorable learning experiences. This helps them to develop their sense of self and their place in the world.


  • Engage children through interesting topics and hands-on activities.
  • Make meaningful links between subjects.
  • Develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of themes and concepts.
  • Make effective connections to the real world.
  • Help children to think creatively and solve problems.
  • Develop children’s capacities to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Enable children to make choices about their learning.
  • Take account of children’s interests and fascinations.


Our approach:

  • develops children to the best of their abilities
  • helps children to find their passions and interests
  • facilitates children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding
  • helps children to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally
  • assists children in becoming independent, responsible, useful, confident and considerate members of the community
  • promotes a positive attitude towards learning, so children enjoy coming to school
  • helps children to acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
  • creates and maintains an exciting and stimulating learning environment
  • ensures that each child’s education has continuity and progression
  • enables children to contribute positively within a culturally diverse society


Children mature and progress at different rates and Hawes Side Academy every effort is made to meet the individual needs of your child.


All children study the following elements of the curriculum:                     



English is at the heart of our curriculum and quality books are its lifeblood. English is taught via a consistent, highly systematic approach. It initially lays strong foundations in both oracy and literacy within Foundation Stage pupils and goes on to provide systematic teaching throughout the primary years. Our curriculum is evidence based and has been proven to raise standards in reading and writing.


We provide a wide range of opportunities for children to explore and develop phonic knowledge and comprehension strategies, develop vocabulary and spelling, improve grammatical awareness, analyse whole texts and develop writing in a wide range of genres. 


In Foundation Stage, our children learn Phonics and early reading skills.  Children in years 1-6 have a 90 minute English lesson each day that allows for extensive practice of reading and thinking skills, as well as providing time for effective writing.



Mathematical skills are considered vital to enable a person to function effectively in society. We aim to develop children's abilities to think analytically, solve problems and apply mathematics accurately and effectively in the real world.    Competence and confidence in Mathematics are viewed as basic entitlements for the children of this school.   Much time and energy are spent in helping this to be achieved.   In so doing we hope to impart a feeling of enjoyment in the subject, a pleasure in the recognition of patterns and the resolution of problems.


Mathematics is treated where possible as a practical subject where we aim to encourage a lively sense of interest using everyday examples to do with number, measurement and shape. Children are expected to learn tables in what we hope is an interesting way.



Science is taught throughout the school.  Our aim is to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. To ensure our children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.


Science for primary school children means exploration of their surroundings, simple investigation into their findings by making comparisons and observations and the testing of ideas.   Children will have the opportunity to experiment, explore via the senses, collect, observe, discuss and solve simple problems.   Through these activities, the children are allowed to ask questions about themselves and their world.


As the children progress through the school, they build on their earlier experiences to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills.



At Hawes Side Academy we aim to provide our students with extensive skills to prepare them for the increasing number of new technologies that they will inevitably face. In this ever growing technological world we want our children to be able to use these technologies, be aware of how they work and have a clear understanding as to how to keep themselves safe while online. We believe that these skills will provide our pupils with a firm foundation in computing, which they can build on throughout their lives.


From Foundation Stage all the way to Year 6, our pupils have daily access to a range of different devices to support and enhance their work. We are strongly committed to the development of computing across our school.


Religious Education

The school follows the Discovery RE Syllabus and we study a balance of themes and faiths, which encourages children to think about moral and religious issues. 


Parents/Guardians have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. lessons and collective worship. Children who are withdrawn will pursue other curriculum work during such times.   Should you wish to exercise this right you should put your request in writing to the Principal.



Throughout their time at Hawes Side Academy, children are encouraged to develop an awareness of the past, the ways in which it was different from the present day and the influence it has on the modern world. Children use a range of information sources to aid enquiry and interpretation.   Such sources include artefacts, pictures, written documents, educational visits and adults talking about their pasts. From considering their own recent pasts and through units as varied as Ancient Egypt and Life in Victorian Times the children are encouraged to develop an interesting and relevant perspective on history.



We encourage children to take a lively interest in the world around them, using first hand experience where possible.  We extend this by visiting parks and farms and by arranging for the children to meet people from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.  Such experiences are followed up by studies using a variety of resources.   Further to this work, the children study localities around the country and the world.   We have extensive links and partnerships with schools globally and Hawes Side Academy holds the British Council’s ‘International School Award’ for its exemplary work in this area.  We place a strong emphasis on developing the children’s awareness of the human habitat and thereby enhance their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people. 


Design Technology 

'Design and Make' assignments are the means whereby skills and knowledge are drawn together in the creation of a product.   The areas covered include Food Technology, Textiles and Construction projects that are often linked to other areas of the curriculum such as History, Science, Art and Computing.


Physical Education and Sport                                                                                                                                                   

We aim to develop skills progressively so that children may achieve their potential, individually and as part of a team.


We offer a variety of activities in this area - including sports such as athletics, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rugby and swimming - according to the age of the child.  


We are fortunate to have extensive playground and playing field to enable us to pursue these activities.  Many are practised at lunch times and after school as well as during physical education lessons.   Our sporting teams successfully compete against other local schools.


In the event of minor illness or injury, parents/guardians may wish their child to be excused from a particular lesson.   In such a case a signed letter to this effect must be provided. It may be necessary to request a doctor’s letter if there is a series of such requests.



Children work with various media, e.g. paint, clay, wood, in order to develop their skills and aesthetic appreciation. We encourage children to express themselves and to interpret and appreciate the works of other artists. 



We encourage children to express themselves and to interpret and appreciate the works of other musicians.   Children are given opportunities to learn instruments and learn about musical performance.


PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship

These subject areas aim to prepare children to play an active role as citizens developing their confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities.  The children learn about healthy and safe life styles, the importance of building good relationships and respecting the differences between people. 



In Years FS (Summer Term) to 6 Mandarin is taught alongside Chinese Culture Studies. .  We have employed Chinese teachers through the British Council and Confucius Institute for a number of years.  We support a number of schools in the area with this.


Cross-Curricular issues such as Health and Social Education.

We aim to enable children to care for their own bodies and to develop appropriate social relationships.


Sex Education is taught as part of the wider Health and Social Education policy and is related to aspects of National Curriculum Science. Our aim is to ensure that children acquire accurate knowledge set within the context of caring relationships. The approaches and content of sex education will be matched to the ages of the children and will take account of special educational needs.   Parents are informed when this subject is to be taught and are invited to view the materials prior to their use.


Parents/Guardians may withdraw their child from whole or part of sex education, apart from those elements which are required as part of National Curriculum Science.  Such withdrawals should be requested in writing.


For more information about the curriculum followed at Hawes Side Academy see our 'Curriculum Maps' and 'Helping you child to learn' pages.

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