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Curriculum

We endeavor to ensure that our pupils aim high, and achieve high. We strive to ensure that our pupils have a happy educational experience, built through positive relationships and constructive practices throughout the school learning environment.

Quarry Hill Academy aim to tailor education to meet individual needs, interest and aptitude, so as to fulfil every child's potential.  Through the curriculum we use at Quarry Hill Academy, every pupil will have access to a rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum.  However, it is recognised that every child has a different knowledge base and skill set, as well as varying aptitudes and aspirations; and that as a result, there is a determination for every young person's needs to be assessed, and their talents developed through diverse teaching strategies. This means that at Quarry Hill Academy teachers will use the flexibilities that already exist to allow high standards in the basics, with opportunities for enrichment and creativity. 

Aims and Objectives

We aim to help pupils to:

  • acquire knowledge and skills relevant to life in a rapidly changing world;
  • use language and number skills effectively;
  • understand the world in which they live, and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations;
  • develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally, and to apply themselves to tasks, and physical skills;
  • appreciate and understand religions and moral values and show tolerance for other races, religions and ways of life;
  • appreciate human achievements and aspirations;

Please click here to view our Curriculum Map

Implicit in our view of the curriculum is the fact that we believe everything that goes on within the school, whether inside or outside the classroom, forms part of the curriculum. A summary of our curriculum follows, for further information click on the heading:

English: We follow the National Curriculum for English. Synthetic phonics are taught systematically in Early Years and Key Stage 1 using the Read Write Inc. scheme. Additionally, children progress through the banded reading books in the book band library during Early Years and Key Stage 1. Then, soon after starting Key Stage 2, pupils begin choosing from a range of high quality and stimulating texts. Reading comprehension skills are taught weekly during a dedicated comprehension lesson, often based on an age-appropriate quality texts. Writing skills are taught systematically using a range of resources and stimulus covering a multitude of genres across the curriculum. Handwriting is taught using the Nelson handwriting scheme. Grammar, punctuation and spelling is taught daily within every English lesson. 

Mathematics: We follow the National Curriculum for mathematics. Teachers prepare mathematics lessons using a range of resources following the whole school calculation policy. Pupils complete weekly homework activities using Schofield and Sims mental arithmetic books. Problem-solving strategies are taught and practised weekly during dedicated problem-solving lessons. 

Science: We follow the National Curriculum for science. Lessons are prepared based on Snap Science units of work.

Religious Education: RE lessons are based on SACRE, the locally-agreed syllabus.

History: Pupils explore, discover and investigate developments from British, European and World History, following our own personalised schemes of work.

Geography: Pupils develop knowledge, skill and understanding related to people, places and environments at different scales in the UK and overseas, following our own personalised schemes of work.

Computing: Computing lessons are based on the Switched On Computing scheme. 

Physical Education: PE lessons in gymnastics, dance, games and athletics are based on the Val Sabin schemes of work. Swimming is taught by specialist teachers at Impulse Leisure Centre.

PSHE: The school uses the Cambridgeshire framework along with additional Channel 4 material to support Sex and Relationships Education. Where appropriate, the IPC Society and Personal goals are incorporated into a term’s learning. 

Music: We follow the Charanga Scheme of work for year groups 1 to 4. These lessons are based on: listening and appraising; Musical Activities - creating and exploring; singing and performing. Years 5 and 6 have african drum lessons delivered by Thurrock Music Services.

Art: In Art the children explore the history of artists and a range of mediums. Pupils learn about visual, tactile expression and communication. 

Design and Technology Pupils lessons combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and enviromental issues, functions and industry. 

More detailed information about our curriculum can be obtained on request at the school office, or you can contact us by clicking the ‘contact us’ link at the top of this page. Additionally, below are some links related to the above information:

1. National Curriculum

2. Read Write Inc.

3. Nelson Handwriting

4. Switched on Computing

5. Religious Education

6. P.E. - Val Sabin

Every term each year group provides a curriculum information letter. These can be found below:

EYFS  
Year 1 Year 4
Year 2 Year 5
Year 3 Year 6

Our School Day

The outline of our school day is:

Nursery

Morning session:     8.40am - 11.40am

Afternoon session: 12.20pm - 3.20pm

Years are 1,2, 3

Years are 4, 5, 6

9.00 – 9.50

Session 1              

9.00 – 9.50

Session 1

9.50 – 10.40

Session 2              

9.50 – 10.40

Session 2

10.40 – 10.55

Break     

10.40 – 10.55

Break

10.55 – 11.10

Assembly

10.55 – 11.10

Assembly

11.10 – 12.00

Session 3

11.10 – 12.00

Session 3

12.00 – 12.50

Lunch

12:00 – 12:15

H/writing Spelling

12.50 – 1.10

Phonics

12:15 – 1:05

Lunch

1.10 – 1.35

Guided Reading

1:05 – 1:35

Guided reading

1.35 – 2.25

Session 4

1:35 – 2:25

Session 4

2.25 – 3.15

Session 5

2:25 – 3:15

Session - 5