Hindley Junior & Infant School
Argyle Street, Hindley. WN2 3PN Tel. 01942 255339 Email. enquiries@admin.hindley.wigan.sch.uk

Our Curriculum

Hindley Junior and Infant School - 'Believe and Achieve' Curriculum Statement


The curriculum at Hindley J&I School is designed to offer our children a bespoke and progressive approach which builds on their starting points and is complemented by an exciting range of experiences. This aims to prepare our children for the next step in their educational journey. Through a combination of academic experiences covering the statutory content of the National Curriculum, balanced with memorable visits, we aim to raise aspirations whilst facilitating the holistic development of each and every child. Our teachers are highly skilled and provide excellent curriculum provision in a nurturing, inclusive environment
Our curriculum, which is progressive and skills-based, is designed to ensure academic success, creativity and resilience as well as physical development, well-being and mental health -the key elements that support the holistic development of each child – preparing them for their future. It endeavours to celebrate diversity and utilises the skills; knowledge and cultural wealth of the community whilst supporting pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development.


Our curriculum is experiential where possible and the range of memorable experiences we provide are designed to reduce vocabulary deficit and build cultural capital.

Foundation Stage (Early Years)

Our Early Years class follows the Foundation Stage Guidance which supports children to achieve the Early Learning Goals. The curriculum is divided into various areas of learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. This curriculum is the foundation of the later National Curriculum subjects taught in Years One and Two.

Key Stage 1 and 2 Classes

National Curriculum foundation subjects (Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music and Computing) as well as Science are delivered through a topic-based approach based on a clear progression of skills and knowledge. Reading, Writing, Maths and PE, PSHE and RE are delivered in discrete sessions. This approach ensures coverage and progression throughout the school. The curriculum is underpinned by our school motto ‘Achieve and Believe’ and by Fundamental British Values. These are taught both discretely, through assemblies and PSHE and RE lessons, as well as being interwoven within.
Our core curriculum is primarily based on the acquisition of basic skills and ensuring a secure understanding of English and Maths. The teaching of Reading is central. In Key Stage One and Early Years pupils are taught consistently through the Read Write Inc. systematic phonics programme. This is complemented by a range of commercial, structured reading schemes covering different genres and fostering a love of reading. Any children who experience difficulties in acquiring these early reading skills, are supported through one-to-one phonics tuition or the Better Reading Programme. In Key Stage Two, daily, whole-class reading lessons provide a focus on comprehension skills within the National Curriculum’s content domains. There is focus on building reading fluency as well as understanding.
Writing lessons are skills-based. High quality texts, including class novels and visual literacy, provide hooks which engage pupils in the process. Alongside this, children experience regular lessons focusing on grammar, spelling, punctuation and handwriting.
Our Mathematics curriculum is a mastery approach and follows the White Rose planning schedule. This is flexible and adaptive to meet the needs of individuals and different cohorts. .
Specialist teachers and instructors are employed to teach aspects of Physical Education and Music. Themed weeks, whole-school activities and opportunities within and outside of the school day enrich and develop children’s learning. After-school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole-school programmes such as Reading Plus, Jigsaw and Read Write Inc. Spelling support high quality, precise teaching and learning. The school is well-resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technonolgoy.
The outdoor environment and community are considered as an opportunity for active learning for all of our pupils. The school grounds have been developed to enrich different curriculum areas, for example; a story teller’s chair and outdoor classroom. The community is well-used for woodland walks, mini-beast hunts, visits to the local supermarket and green grocers.


The impact of the curriculum at Hindley J&I is judged by the outcomes to which it leads - both in terms of statutory assessment results and by the holistic progress made by pupils in their personal development. Both of these key elements are vitally important in preparing children for the next stage.





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