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Curriculum Statement


The curriculum can be defined as every learning opportunity provided by the school.  We intend to help the children develop in many ways; socially, culturally, emotionally and spiritually as well as academically.


As a whole school we follow the LCP phonics scheme, with the children being split into their appropriate phases across the school.

For reading we split our books into coloured book bands. Each coloured box has a variety of Oxford reading tree fiction and non fiction books, alongside a number of real, everyday books that the  children enjoy choosing from.

Maths is drawn from the White Rose Hub, exploring key skills and developing mastery across the subject.

For RE we use the Leicestershire agreed syllabus for Religious Education.


Foundation stage, reception

During the first year at Richard Hill School the reception children follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).Early years learning concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design


The teachers provide group learning through focus groups and teacher led activities. The children are given the opportunity to explore their own learning through a selection of child initiated tasks. The children have the opportunity to explore their learning either within the classroom or on a larger scale using the outdoor area. Teaching is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and other people through games.


As the children move into KS1  and KS2 the curriculum follows the new National Curriculum which  became statutory from September 2014.

The National Curriculum is split up into English, Maths, Science, Computing, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Languages, PE and Music.

We aim to provide a broad and balanced creative curriculum which fully immerses the children in their learning. A Topic new letter will be sent home every term to inform you of what your child will be learning this term so that you can help to support their learning at home.



Through topic work the children will be developing their phonics, reading and writing work. They will explore a variety of different authors and genres giving them wide experiences of different types of writing.


Maths is often taught as a more discrete subject as skills are learnt and applied. The children will learn number names, how to read and write numbers, various methods of addition and subtraction including number bonds. They will practise timetable facts and link this to division, extending the level of difficulty throughout their school life. Real life problem solving enables the children to apply these skills and understand the reasoning behind certain mathematical concepts.


Science will become part of the topics that the children are learning. They will look at a variety of areas such as humans, plants and animals, everyday materials, seasonal changes, light, forces and magnets, sound, states of matter, Electricity, Earth and space and many others. The children will carry out different investigations,carry out fair tests, make predictions about what they think will happen and record what they have found.

For more information about the Curriculum at Richard Hill School please see our class pages, where you will find a copy of each classes yearly topic overview, along with termly curriculum newsletters which go into greater depth.

Or feel free to contact us through the school office.