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The Curriculum

The Sandford Hill Curriculum


At Sandford Hill Primary School we strive to provide our children with a rich and broad curriculum within which all pupils can learn and achieve their best whilst showing “Thoughtfulness and Respect” to others. Our curriculum delivers the National Curriculum in an exciting and purposeful way: cross-curricular links are exploited to make learning interesting and meaningful and the curriculum is enhanced through visits, visitors and special events throughout the year.

To read The Primary National Curriculum please click on the link below:

Further information about each of our curriculum can be found by clicking on the links below:



British Values

















e Safety



Each term every year group adds an overview of the key areas of learning to the year group pages on the school website.

Life in Modern Britain 

Sandford Hill actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. This is delivered through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, through our school curriculum, extra-curricular activity and work within our local community.

Here is a short 'whole school' overview of each subject:


At Sandford Hill Primary School, English underpins the curriculum; the ability to read, write and to communicate well enables all other areas of the curriculum to become accessible. We provide opportunities to write across the curriculum and encourage the children to use their English skills to research other subjects. English lessons are comprised of a balance of reading and writing; as well as speaking and listening and grammar activities and are taught every day. The Oxford Reading Tree is used to support reading; with books being banded into colour bands to match the children’s reading abilities. Pupils are taught to read using a systematic, fun programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’. From Year 2 upwards, phonic knowledge is combined with the ‘Support for Spelling’ programme to ensure progression 

The children are encouraged to listen attentively, to speak clearly and to express themselves confidently through conversation, class discussion and drama.

Pupils are given opportunities to read from a wide range of materials. All children are encouraged to read daily in and out of school and reading incentives are used to encourage this. Additional information and resources to support reading is available on the Reading page of the school website.

Pupils are taught to apply their grammar skills for a variety of purposes and audiences, producing both fiction and non-fiction genres. They are given opportunities to explain, recount events and to express ideas, thoughts and feelings. Every effort is made to ensure that children develop a legible, fluent style of handwriting and we encourage the development of a cursive style from the beginning.

English is also supported by the use of ICT; using both the school’s netbooks as well as its iPads.



Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a valued subject within school, which is delivered carefully in each class every week. The school’s motto of ‘Thoughtfulness and Respect’ underpins the children’s learning. The children are encouraged and helped to develop the skills necessary to listen to and value the views of others. Policies are in place for the teaching of drug and sex education. These lessons are planned and delivered alongside our school nurse, using a range of approved resources. Permission will be sought from parents prior to these lessons and parents are given the option to withdraw their child from the lessons.






Sandford Hill Primary School
Clayfield Grove
Stoke on Trent

Tel: 01782 235511
Tel: 01782 235518

Headteacher: Mr D Wardle

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