One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
Carl Jungpsychiatrist

The Curriculum at HCJS

Our curriculum, both in and outside the classroom is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which not only provides essential knowledge and skills, but also promotes important spiritual, moral, social and cultural beliefs. In essence we aim to prepare all pupils to be well-balanced citizens who live in an ever changing and demanding world. A core principle of our curriculum here at HCJS is for it to be developmental. A curriculum should reinforce prior learning and increase in cognitive complexity. This means it should widen out as your child moves through the school, revisiting concepts in greater depth.
We do this in 4 ways:
  • Core skills teaching – English and Maths focused learning
  • A Topic - Whenever possible and appropriate to do so we arrange content into Topic based units of learning Consisting of the other National Curriculum subjects - (eg - Let's Rock in Year 3 or Crime and Punishment in Year 6)
  • Discrete subject teaching - Content not easily placed in topic units such as PSHE or computing are often taught discretely in weekly timetabled lessons.
  • A Theme – Delivered through a themed week. (eg Outdoor Education week or Science and Engineering week).
 Through these 4 aspects thread our 2 ‘ribbons’ ; LOtC  and Values.
 (Follow the links to the'About Us' section of this website).
Please see the documents at the top of this page for more information about how our curriculum is organised. For more detail about our approach to each National Curriculum subject, please follow the individual links on the menu bar to the left of this page.