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Our school teaches a creative, broad balanced curriculum that engages children and aims to develop a lifelong love of learning. 

We believe in presenting the children with lively, first hand experiences through visits and visitors in school to bring learning alive to demonstrate how learning prepares us for life in the world in which we live.  Our curriculum encourages excellence and enjoyment whilst providing opportunities for the children to be ‘the best they can be’.

Children’s progress is carefully tracked and monitored to ensure each child fulfils their potential in all areas of learning.  Accurate assessment ensures each child is appropriately guided and supported to develop and succeed in their learning.  Children’s successes are recognised and celebrated.


English Information

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 and 4

Year 5 and 6

Pearson Reading


Helping your Child with Spellings

Parents often ask school staff how they can help their child with their spellings.  Click on the link below to find a booklet full of ideas and the words children are expected to know at different ages.

Helping your child with their spelling guide


Maths Information for Parents

Maths Calculation Policy

Year 1 to 6 Statutory Objectives


Y1 PoS Exemplification

Y2 PoS Exemplification

Y3 PoS Exemplification

Y4 PoS Exemplification

Y5 PoS Exemplification

Y6 PoS Exemplification


Click here for a copy of our Curriculum statement

Assessment & Recording Policy

Teaching and Learning Policy



All children attending a setting must legally follow a specific curriculum from birth to the end of the school Reception Year.  It is called The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). 

There are four guiding principles in the EYFS

A Unique Child: This theme is about how children develop. Children are all different and their learning requirements and styles are unique too.  At Sand Hutton School we know that children do their best when all their physical and emotional needs are being met.  We encourage children to have a positive sense of their own identity.


Positive Relationships: This theme is about children learning to manage their feelings and build friendships.  We respects all families and aim to develop a positive two-way relationship with parents and carers.  The staff at school will support, listen to and work with children to help them learn.  Positive relationships and good communication play a vital part when planning for individual needs.


Enabling Environments: This theme is about how we provide for and support every child.  Sand Hutton School works in partnership with parents and the local community.  Staff ensure that inside and outside spaces at the setting are fun, safe, interesting and engaging.  Children will learn about risks and safety, how to make good choices and gain an understanding of boundaries. 


Learning and Development: This theme is about how children learn – through play and exploration, support for each individual.  We encourage children to develop their imaginations, to get actively involved in learning and to make decisions.  Sand Hutton School also supports and develops children’s creative and critical thinking, engaging them in learning from the start.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.   Learning and Development is divided into two areas: Prime Areas and Specific Areas.  Prime Areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences and run through and support learning in all other areas.  The Prime areas continue to be essential throughout the whole of the EYFS.


Prime Areas:

    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour.

    • Communication and Language: listening and attention, understanding, speaking.

    • Physical Development: moving and handling, health and self-care.


The Specific Areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.  They grow out of the Prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.

    • Literacy: reading, writing.

    • Mathematics: numbers, shape, space and measure.

    • Understanding the World: people and communities, the world, technology.

    • Expressive Arts and Design: exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.  They allow settings to follow your child’s unique needs and interests


Supporting the EYFS at Home

Every parent wants their child to develop. All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development.

These are a few of the best ways families can support at home:

    • Spend lots of time talking with your child

    • Read plenty of books together

    • Encourage your child to take part in lots of activities – digging in the garden, visiting interesting places, playing outside with a ball

    • Play lots of games together – spending quality time with your child is the very best way to help him or her learn and develop.

At school we like to celebrate your child’s achievements both at home and in the classroom.  Your information enables us to chat with your child about what they do at home and we can tailor activities to support your child’s learning in ways they will enjoy. 




The National Curriculum


British Values Statement – June 2016

The DfE has recognised the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.'

These are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Sand Hutton & Warthill Federated Schools are committed to serving our community and local area.

We model and consistently reinforce British Values in the following ways:

  • We actively promote Christian values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils character and moral perspective.
  • We ensure that through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching, children and staff learn together within a positive, loving environment,
  • We promote respect and tolerance for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.
  • Our curriculum has strong links to British History and reflects modern British culture i.e. events in the life of our Royal Family, major events in our country such as the Tour De France, the London Olympics and the elections to Parliament, as well as recognising people who are important in British History, like Winston Churchill and Henry VIII.
  • We ensure that British values are not only taught but lived through the school’s ethos and values in our everyday actions.


Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos throughout the schools. All adults listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions, children are encouraged to listen to and consider the views of others.

Pupils have further opportunity to have their voices heard through the School Council and Pupil Voice.

The elections of School Council and Pupil voice members are the result of pupil votes and all of these groups seek the opinions of their peers.


The Rule of Law:

The importance of rules, routines and laws are consistently reinforced in our school, in the classrooms as well as through school assemblies.

Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws -they are there for the protection of individuals, the responsibilities that this involves for other people and the consequences when laws are broken. Children are kept upto date concerning UK and world news items.

Pupils follow a Positive Behaviour Policy and clearly understand the place of rewards and sanctions and why they are used.
Assemblies and discussions in our classrooms focus on recognising good from bad, right from wrong. Visits from the local Police, Fire Service, local magistrates and other services help us to reinforce these messages.


Individual Liberty:

Pupils are encouraged to be independent thinkers and learners, constantly making choices wisely, within a safe and supportive environment.

Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is very important and we provide a variety of opportunities where these can be developed such as play-leading and becoming peer mediators.

Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect.

All pupils are keen to support those less fortunate, through charity fundraising, whether local, national or global.

They are taught about having an awareness of others and a real consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons where they learn to make informed choices and take greater responsibility for their own behaviour, learning, health and environment.

E-safety teaching equips children to make informed decisions about safe use of the internet and gives them guidance on who to inform when they feel unsafe online. 


Mutual Respect:

The school’s ethos, Behaviour Policy and assemblies are based on the Christian values of treating others as you would wish to be treated. This also promotes respect for others and the importance of making right choices, as well as the promotion of good manners.

All pupils are taught the importance of self respect, honest and open communication with others and of fair play.

Discussions and assemblies focus on what respect means and how it is shown which is a core value of our schools.

This is demonstrated when pupils work collaboratively and value each others’ ideas and opinions.


Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

Pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education and PSHCE curriculum which help to develop awareness and appreciation of others and promote diversity -spiritually, morally, socially, and culturally.

As part of this, we study the similarities and differences between World Faiths and pupils are given the opportunity to visit places of worship.

We welcome members of different cultures, faiths and religions into our schools to share their beliefs and practices in order to remove barriers and to enhance learning.
At the core of our school ethos and at the root of all our actions involving the whole school community is the below statement and values, our absolute faith and belief in the ministry of Jesus and the values and way of life he put forth. This permeates at every level of our care.

Our schools aim to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief. It seeks to develop the full potential of all children in a caring environment which values all its members.

A school family of children, staff, parents, governors and friends of the school who all share a commitment to putting universal Christian values at the centre of our daily lives, in all our actions, in all that we think, say or do.

  • Love and Respect We care and share and treat others as we would like to be treated
  • Responsibility and courage We are brave enough to admit when we make mistakes
  • Self-control and Moderation We know the effect actions can have on others
  • Honesty and Integrity We are honest and trust each other
  • Kindness and Compassion We are polite and helpful
  • Contentment and Thankfulness We recognise how lucky we are
  • Patience and Perseverance We try hard, have a go and don’t give up.
  • Peace and Humility We appreciate quiet and reflection
  • Loyalty and Commitment We are fair and know what makes a good friend
  • Forgiveness and Justice We understand and forgive each other
  • Hope We are positive, resilient and forward looking

To learn and to grow and ‘to be the best we can be’

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