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Curriculum Information

St. Hugh’s Statement of Curriculum Intent

Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure that each child can ‘be the change they want to see in the World’ by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with Christian values and high aspirations at its heart.

It is bespoke to the needs of the pupils at St Hugh’s, not only by focussing on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, but by modelling the virtues given to us by Christ and by developing individual and collaborative learning experiences, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.

We are an urban school with a curriculum which responds to the needs of the learners and their interests by enhancing learning experiences and raising awareness from the local area to the national and global arenas.

We are highly ambitious for our children, irrespective of their background or academic prowess.  All staff know what their children should achieve at the end of each year and the learning is carefully planned to meet these points.    All of our pupils are provided with a rich and relevant curriculum, with enhancement activities - including those with special needs and disabilities. 

The curriculum at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year will centre around re-integrating the children back into school following the Covid-19 closure.  The school will implement a ‘recovery style’ approach to teaching the curriculum, focussing on rebuilding relationships, assessing and addressing gaps in learning, re-building resilience, catch-up programmes and settling the children back into routines.  We plan to use the Jigsaw PSHE ‘Recovery Package’ and other recovery PSHE resources to implement this. 

Additional Information

The curriculum has been designed to be a ‘Knowledge-rich’ curriculum focussing on the sticky knowledge for each topic.    Each topic is complemented with a knowledge mat.  Key literature has been selected to complement the topics and support the English curriculum.

Hooks and Wow starts

Every new topic begins with a ‘hook’ for learning or a ‘wow’ start.  Each class will select a trip (the ONE that will be most beneficial to the class) and organise it well in advance – it can be in any term.


The school uses the White Rose Hub Premium maths scheme alongside Maths Shed to create a bespoke curriculum for St Hugh’s, which is in line with our school policy and reflects the core principles of CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) in mathematics. We also have a wide variety of resources to support pupils in their learning. The curriculum runs from EYFS through to Year 6 to ensure consistency for our pupils. Our assessment is also based on White Rose to enable a true reflection of pupils’ capabilities.


Nursery to Year 2 use Read, Write, Inc. to teach phonics and RWI reading books are sent home for individual home reading along with supplementary books matched to the phonics phase of the child.  Once a pupil has completed RWI, they will move onto Oxford reading Tree reading books and free reading. There are also several interventions and initiatives to increase reading attainment including: Read Theory, Rapid Reading and targeted 1:1 reading sessions for children that may need further acceleration.

Reading ‘Gems’ are utilised in KS2. These follow a progression of skills linked to the National Curriculum for word-reading and comprehension which are taught in a consistent manner and monitored rigorously throughout the year.

Writing is taught across a range of genres and matched closely to our high quality texts. Spelling is taught via the Ruth Miskin materials and common exception words/high frequency words are incorporated alongside the relevant texts. Similarly, grammar is taught explicitly within each genre, allowing for both technical and creative skills to be utilised.


The school uses the Manchester Diocese scheme (Questful RE), supplemented with Understanding Christianity units as appropriate.


The school follows the Jigsaw scheme for PSHE with circle time and mindfulness sessions.  Half-termly sessions are as follows:


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Being me in my world

Celebrating difference

Dreams and Goals

Healthy me


Changing me


The school will utilise the Jigsaw ‘Recovery Package’ in the Autumn Term to focus on rebuilding friendships, discussing Covid-19, re-establishing routines and coming back to school.


Science at St Hugh’s is taught through the use of the Snap Science Scheme and  Topic Based units of work.  We offer a knowledge  rich curriculum which continually develops children’s working scientifically skills and creates independent learners who are able to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them.

The science vision and principles underpin the science teaching and learning. 


St Hugh’s has recently been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark which acknowledges the hard work of both children and staff in  making Science a success at St Hugh’s.



Reading buddies at St Hugh's


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