Our Key Skills Curriculum

We offer a creative and inspiring curriculum which allows our children to develop skills which will enable them to be life-long learners.

Our curriculum has been developed into a two year rolling programme for years 1-6. Within this the year groups are paired as follows Year 1&2, Year 3&4 and Year 5&6. Each term each pair of year groups is provided with a theme. These themes are known as ‘Contexts for Learning’. Studied termly the children will cover three ‘Contexts’ in each academic year.

Before each theme starts the children take part in a pre-planning exercise. This session may last up to a day and will immerse the children in the theme they are to learn about. Through a range of activities within this day class teachers gather information about what the children already know and the children write questions about what they want to find out. Teachers then use these questions to inform their planning and build lessons around things the children want to learn, not what they already know.

As a school we ensure progression in learning by focussing on progressive key skills that the children need to learn. Delivering the content of the new national curriculum through these skills ensures children are provided with a challenging and responsive curriculum and which provides the necessary coverage.

In taking opportunities to enhance our curriculum teachers make use of a range of resources including the local environment, residential experiences, educational visits, school visitors and links with other establishments. Many of these enhancements can be seen through our ‘Curriculum Enhancement’ portfolios in school.

The linked pages and documents show how the new national curriculum has been adapted by the school.

The 'Supporting documents' page provides our policies, theme overviews and an overview of the planning process.

The Year A and Year B pages provide detailed overviews of the themes covered in these academic years and demonstrate how the renewed national curriculum has been linked / divided by our school to ensure coverage.

Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs F MacCready
& Mrs S Tregilgas


Tel: 01928 722991
admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk