Our Curriculum Intent

At Hempland Primary School, we teach our children the core values of Respect, Opportunity, Ambition and Resilience and these values underpin the whole of our curriculum offer.  

We teach children to become respectful, conscientious citizens, who consider the needs of the local community and wider world.  They contribute to their world in a meaningful and considerate way, showing kindness to others.

We aim to develop creative thinkers who embrace a wide range of opportunities in order to become rounded individuals with different interests.  We maximise the opportunities that living in York offers and this is a key driver for our curriculum.  

We want children to be aspirational, ambitious and inquisitive learners who achieve well and whose success is celebrated in all areas of their life.  We encourage them to dream big.

We support children to become resilient in a changing world and prepare them for their future.


School Values

Our values are integral to our curriculum and are promoted explicitly and implicitly.     These values were chosen in consultation with the whole school community and form the basis of our curriculum design. A ‘word of the week’ linked to one of our values is promoted each week through lessons and the wider school i.e. during assemblies and children are rewarded for displaying that characteristic.

Curriculum design

We follow the National Curriculum for Year groups 1-6 and Development Matters in the Early Years.  

Our curriculum has been designed to maximise our wonderful location of York and the breadth of Geography and History knowledge that this location can inspire.  We have also ensured that our curriculum is text based and a broad range of quality texts have been chosen for every year group for every half term.  

Our Long Term Whole School curriculum plan promotes progression of knowledge and skills.  

Each subject area has a knowledge and skills progression document which ensures that learning is built upon previous learning. 

Each subject area has its own subject statement which outlines the intent, implementation and impact. Subject leaders carry out quality assurance which informs their action plan.  

Learning Environment

Our calming, neutral learning environments enhance our curriculum and support learning through consistently used working walls, displays and celebration of work and achievements. 

Our forest school is used to give children the opportunity to learn outside. 

Our vast school grounds are utilized and opportunities are planned for children to learn outdoors.  

All children will have the opportunity to an academic curriculum. 

Curriculum enhancement

All children will have the following experiences at Hempland:


  • trips
  • visitors
  • theme days
  • workshops
  • performances  & showcasing
  • all year groups to listen to live music
  • all children in school visit the local library 
  • School allotment
  • Cook school
  • Children in Year 5 and 6 have a residential school trip in the spring term.
  • We have a specialist teacher for Sport and French. 

Our curriculum is also enhanced by the following opportunities:


  • Young Leaders (year 2 &5)
  • School Council (Representatives from Y1-6)
  • Parliament workshop (Y6)
  • Bikeability (Y5 & Y6)
  • Pedestrian training (Y4)
  • Charity events (all years)
  • Enterprise (all year)
  • Extracurricular Clubs 
  • Play leaders


  • Pupils show respect and tolerance towards others and have a deepening understanding of people’s differences. Their behaviour is exemplary both in and out of the classroom and also in the wider community.  
  • Children grasp the opportunities given to them and gain self confidence to grow into motivated individuals.  
  • They are fully encouraged to always strive for their personal best and seek challenges with a determined attitude, celebrating successes along the way.  
  • Through carefully planned activities, children learn to be resilient and know how to cope when things don’t go according to plan.  
  • Children develop their core academic knowledge and are supported to achieve their best in reading, writing and maths.  
  • There is a strong culture of reading for pleasure across school and children acquire knowledge and skills building on their previous learning in all subject areas.   This is evident in the outcomes that are in children’s books and through observations in lessons and throughout the school day.  
  • Children leave Hempland Primary school equipped with the characteristics, knowledge and skills that they need in the next phase of their education. 

Curriculum Subjects

Art & Design
Design Technology


Physical Education