Curriculum Overview

We are incredibly proud of our curriculum at Hale and how it has been specifically designed to meet the needs of all our learners. Our over-arching aim is to inspire a lifelong love of learning through a broad, skills based approach, within a safe, inclusive environment.


Power of Reading

English at Hale is taught through The Power of Reading. This is a well established scheme from the Centre of Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) that builds a culture that focuses on ensuring the best practice in the whole class teaching of Literacy.

It achieves this through:-

Text-based units of work that place high quality literature at the heart of learning;
It promotes creative teaching approaches that are proven to raise engagement and attainment;
It develops a whole school culture that values and fosters the importance of reading FOR PLEASURE;
Children explore fictional situations through talk or role-play, they become inspired to write in lots of different genres.

Guided Reading

At Hale we use the Reciprocal Method of Guided Reading, this is a structured method of guided reading where children are gradually taught to take on group roles to explore and find meaning in texts. Children read in a small focused groups for 30 minutes every day, to ensure they are learning the key objectives necessary for them to develop a life long love of learning.

This approach also

  • Encourages pupils to think about their own thought process during reading;
  • Helps pupils learn to be actively involved and monitor their comprehension as they read;
  • Teaches pupils to ask questions during reading and helps make the text more comprehensible.

Whilst emphasizing teamwork and supporting independent comprehension skills.

Children take on one of these roles during the session:

  • The Predictor: The Predictor asks all the readers to make predictions about the text before the group reads. Feedback at the end of a session.
  • The Summariser: The summariser helps the group to identify the most important ideas in the text and what the text is mainly about. They provide a summary of the text.
  • The Clarifier: Collects and identifies confusing words, sentences and ideas for discussion as soon as the reading is over.
  • The Questioner: The questioner asks questions about the text. Guided Reading Questions Blooms Taxonomy could be helpful in establishing which questions to ask in order to encourage higher order thinking.
  • Feelings Finder: The feelings finder finds word or parts of the story which show or describe feelings or emotions.
  • Link Maker: The link maker links between this story and other stories or real life events.


We follow a bespoke Hale approach that combines the robust and highly successful Ruth Miskin 'Read Write Inc.' (RWI) Phonics programme in Year R and KS1 with the fun and creative Letters and Sounds Approach. By combining these two successful approaches we have created a successful phonics programme for the children of Hale Academy. We also run additional phonic interventions for children in KS2 'Fresh Start' and follow the Ruth Miskin 'Spelling programme'. Together, the programmes form a cohesive and creative approach to teaching children to read and write, complementing each other to provide a whole school literacy approach.


White Rose Maths

We use the White Rose Maths programme to deliver a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. No matter what the child's starting points, we support the children to achieve excellence. As part of our work on delivering a 'Mathematics Mastery' curriculum we use a multi-part lesson approach to teaching Maths, every lesson is split into discrete, flexible sections.

We start with a 'do now' task which can be used to recap previous learning or as an 'assessment for learning' tool.
This will be followed by 'new learning' and 'paired language' work where the importance of using accurate, high-order vocabulary is essential.
This leads into 'developed learning' and an 'independent task' where children are required to challenge themselves daily.
Finally, the lesson concludes with a plenary which allows a review of learning.
High quality resources are essential in the teaching of Maths and all classrooms are equipped with Numicon - a concrete apparatus with supporting imagery to embed deep understanding. Along with this, children have access to online resources which allow parents to support with home learning - My Maths and Times Tables Rock Stars.

At Hale our Thematic Curriculum is designed around our children to be broad and inclusive. We strive to ensure our curriculum is exciting and engaging. Our curriculum is knowledge and skills based which allows children to build their learning year after year. By having a knowledge and skills based curriculum it allows learners to make connections jumping off what they already know rather than depending on memory to memorize facts.  Our themes are carefully planned from the objectives each year group covers and is book led to support the learning of vocabulary. 




Half Term 1  

Half Term 2  

Half term 3  

Half term 4  

Half term 5  

Half term 6  


Magical me and my family 

Traditional Tales 

Traditional Nursery Rhymes/ Rhyming stories 

In My garden 

Around the 



Year 1 




Polar regions 




Year 2 



Come Together 


 Healthy Me 

Micro Habitats 

 Inspirational Women 

Year 3 

Time Travellers 

Marvellous Metals 

Fabulous Food 



Our Wonderful World 

Year 4 


Robin Hood 

Rhyme and Reason 

Ancient Romans 

Picturing Nature 

World of Sport 

Year 5 

Ancient Greeks 

Scream Machine 

Anglo-Saxons and Scots 




Year 6 


The Darkest Hour 

Antarctica and the Arctic 

Evolution and the life 

The Maya


Physical Education (PE) and Religious Education (RE) are taught discretely, outside of our curriculum. All children have two hours of PE each week; one hour of indoor PE taught by class teachers and one hour of outdoor PE supported by a Sports Coach . We are fortunate enough to have extensive playgrounds and fields, as well as an indoor hall and a dedicated Sports Hall.


Please see our Teaching & Learning Policy underpins this core purpose.

Our Homework Overview details the expectations for each year group and how best to support your child.

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