Our School Curriculum

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we as a school organise in order to promote learning of skills and knowledge, personal growth and development. At Hawridge and Cholesbury C of E School we have designed our own rigorous, well planned curriculum, based upon the National Curriculum 2014 for years 1-6 and the Early Years 2012 framework for Reception, to provide rich and varied contexts and experiences for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding so as to raise standards of achievement for all children. As a Church of England School our RE education underpins these values and is supported through teaching a RE scheme of work adopted from the Diocese of Oxford.

Our unique Hawridge and Cholesbury curriculum, designed by staff and children, is called FRESH (Fascinating, Rounded, Everyone yearning to make a difference, Spiritual and Highly inspirational) and we are committed to delivering 35% of lessons outside the classroom or through nature. Utilising our fantastic natural resources we have embraced a term called Kith and Kin whereby parents are invited into school termly to celebrate an aspect of learning through nature. In addition, we offer Forest school to all pupils from Windmills to Year 6 further supporting the importance we place on outdoor learning for all.

Through our carefully planned FRESH curriculum, combined with high quality teaching we want children to:

  • be independent
  • listen
  • persevere
  • have self-confidence and a positive self-esteem
  • be curious, ask questions
  • love learning
  • have a sense of awe and wonder
  • appreciate the world around them and take care of it
  • take pride in their own achievements and achievements of others
  • celebrate individual talents and successes
  • have a growth mind-set that values effort above natural ability and recognises that all is possible with sustained effort
  • to take some responsibility for their own learning
  • feel safe in their learning, knowing that making mistakes is OK and is part of learning

Please see our Long Term Overview and Subject Information & Progression documents for detailed information about how each subject is sequenced and developed across the school.