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Headteacher : James Pynn
Age Range : 3 to 11
Number of Pupils : 43

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Long Term Plans

Please click below to read our long term plans.  Termly plans can be found on each class page.


KS1 - Long Term Plan

KS2 - Long Term Plan



We aim to make St. Hilda’s CEVC School a happy and exciting place to learn.  We believe that this will encourage the children to do their best and be willing to embrace the opportunities that we offer.  They are introduced to a wide range of themes which we hope will set them on the path of “lifelong learning”.

The teachers use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum to plan their lessons, making sure that our cycles of planning cover all of the areas of development and programmes of study in the current documents.  We draw up long term plans, which are in place before the start of each school year, medium term plans for each half term and detailed weekly plans.

The core subjects are those set down in the National Curriculum, i.e. Mathematics, English, and Science.  The other “foundation subjects” are RE, History, Geography, ICT, Design Technology, Music, French, Art and Physical Education at all stages.

Whilst we ensure that all areas of these subjects are part of our curriculum, we plan in a themed way, working across subjects and enabling children to enjoy exciting and purposeful activities which encourage them to achieve high standards.

Curriculum Drivers (April 17)

Following the introduction of the new Primary Curriculum (2014) we have reflected and taken the opportunity to customise our curriculum content with the aim of providing ever more relevant and appropriate learning experiences for the children of Hovingham and St Hilda’s, Ampleforth Primary Schools Federation specifically.

We will plan for and deliver this curriculum with consistency across the school so that over time there is a real impact on academic standards and our children’s personal development.

Drawing on the knowledge and experience of our staff, with consideration of our aims and values, and by carefully analysing the needs of the children of Hovingham and St Hilda’s, Ampleforth Primary Schools, the following Curriculum Drivers have been developed:

  • Emotional Awareness
  • Knowledge of the World
  • Enquiry

What do we mean by Emotional Awareness?

  • being aware that children have different needs;
  • teaching empathy;
  • helping children to acquire the essential skills required to be a good learner; 
  • helping children to be a good friend, sociable, a member of our community;
  • understanding and exploring different feelings and emotions;
  • addressing spiritual and moral values.

What do we mean by Knowledge of the World?

  • coverage of the National and the School Curriculum;
  • participation in our Local Community;
  • promoting cultural awareness and celebrating diversity;
  • relating learning to real life contexts;
  • investigating the impact of important individuals in our world;
  • discovering how and why things work;
  • environmental awareness;
  • using technology and connectivity.

 What do we mean by Enquiry?

  • encouraging children to be inquisitive and questioning;
  • encouraging children to be resourceful and independent in their learning;
  • providing opportunities for independent thinking and application of skills;
  • developing collaborative learning;
  • encouraging ‘risk taking’;
  • requiring perseverance and improvement through evaluation;
  • nurturing problem solvers.

We recognise the importance of out of school learning and organise visits into the local area and beyond to enrich the curriculum for our children. The children in years 4, 5 and 6 are offered the opportunity to take part in an outdoor activities or city residential visit each year.

The quality of our curriculum was recognised by OFSTED in the most recent inspection.  “The school has worked successfully to improve the curriculum.  There are good, enriching opportunities for pupils to nurture their individual skills and interests and broaden their horizons.”

We also organise a range of lunchtime and after school clubs.  These vary from term to term, depending on the time of year and likely weather conditions.

Click on the link for a copy of the new "Primary National Curriculum 2014" 

Click on the link for further information for parents - Depth of Learning Information for Parents

Collective Worship

St. Hilda’s School, being a Church of England school, lays emphasis on Christian worship, following the festivals and celebrations of the Church whilst also including topical events, seasonal festivals, lives of famous people and stories or legends.  Acts of worship are held in school every day and the Revd. Sue Bond regularly takes some of these.

Parents, friends and villagers are invited to annual Harvest Festival and Christmas Carol Services held in St. Hilda’s Church, Ampleforth.

Parents have the right, under the Education Act of 1944, to withdraw their children from R.E. and Collective Worship if they so wish.

Religious Education

All County and Controlled schools must provide religious education for all pupils (apart from those withdrawn by their parents) as part of the basic curriculum.  St. Hilda’s School has adopted the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus and Guidelines for Collective Worship

Sex and Relationships Education

The provision of Sex and Relationships Education in St. Hilda’s School is the responsibility of the Governing Body under the mandate of the 1986 Education Act.  It will be dealt with as part of a theme or in response to a child’s query, when it is answered in a factual way in the context of a Christian approach to family life.  Puberty and human reproduction are covered for year 5 and 6 children in sessions provided by the school nurse. Parents are consulted and informed of this programme of Sex Education and are given the option of withdrawing their children from these sessions. This has proved to be an effective approach.

Equal Opportunities

The school believes in equal opportunities for all regardless of gender, racial background or disability (physical or intellectual).  We recognise that all children must have every opportunity to develop to the fullest extent. The primary objective of this school will, therefore, be to educate, develop and prepare all our pupils, whatever their sex, colour, culture, origin or ability, for life as adults.


In Key Stage 1 school reading books are sent home with a reading record booklet so both school and parents are aware of progress. Please make sure that you record the book that your child has read and comment in the reading record book, so that the teachers can use that information to help with work in school. Spellings and “tricky words” are also sent home for children to learn to read and to spell.

In addition an amount of homework is given each week to children in Key Stage 2, e.g. learning tables, learning spellings, completing/preparing work, a maths game or task linked to their current theme. It is still important for children in KS2 to read regularly at home and this is a key part of their homework.


Parents can find out more about our curriculum by speaking either with the class teacher or the Headteacher.


Please click here to view Acorn Class (KS1) Homepage

Please click here to view Oak Class (KS2) Homepage

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