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Hill View Infant Academy

Believe and Achieve

We are recently revised our school curriculum as part of 2017-18 School Development Plan. The person responsible is Mrs  Scott who can be contacted via the school office 

Click the image to view our bespoke curriculum which encompasses all we value as an Outstanding Infant School.

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The curriculum at Hill View

Our curriculum is planned to meet the needs of our children and families and is reflective of baseline data and the life experiences our children bring with them. Most children enter our nursery broadly in line with age related expectations, and go on to leave Year 2 with high levels of attainment.

As an Early Years school our curriculum is heavily centred around play-based learning. This incorporates continuous provision both indoors and outdoors. The outdoor classrooms are progressive and encourage risk-taking and the development of key characteristics of effective learning from Nursery through to Year 2. This is reflected in our thematic planning across each year group, which ensures full curriculum coverage and flexibility to follow children’s interests. We offer our children a wide range of educational visits and visitors to enhance our curriculum.


Unique Features:

We are very proud of the independence of our children, which is developed through our school council, anti-bullying crew and little leaders. Our rich curriculum enhances learning through:

  • Outdoor learning for every child
  • Open-ended, child-initiated homework
  • French lessons from reception onwards
  • Specialist music teaching for every year group
  • Full Fairtrade Status
  • Full International School Status – links with a range of schools
  • The Gold Anti Bullying Charter Mark / Sunderland Outstanding Achievement Award for Anti-Bullying
  • Early Years Quality Mark

At Hill View Infant Academy children are given support and challenge in their work and we ensure high expectations for their behaviour.  Diversity, effort, achievement and care for others will all be encouraged, recognised and celebrated. 

Children love to play, explore, ask questions, imagine, try out new things, and become good at new skills - consequently they are always learning! In school our task is to structure their experience so that they learn as much as possible in key areas, and take part in a broad and varied programme of learning activities, which reflects the richness and diversity of both the human and natural world. We also aim to promote British values and so our curriculum is underpinned by this, alongside spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so that we develop the whole child.

We value the importance of parents and carers involvement in the education of their children. We hope that the information on our website gives you an insight into and clear understanding of teaching and learning at Hill View Infant Academy.

EYFS Curriculum


 Throughout EYFS (Nursery and Reception) everyone works hard to develop each child's capacity to learn, helping them to make good progress and develop excellent attitudes.

                                      Characteristics of Effective Learning                                                                                                      EYFS Curriculum


We ensure that the Characteristics of effective learning support the development of the Unique Child in how children are learning.There are 3 Characteristics of Effective Learning. Practitioners use these to make judgments about how children learn and to plan for next steps of progress which will engage and excite learners catering for their unique learning styles. The characteristics of learning share equal importance with the learning outcomes and ELG’s are outlined in the development matters document which can be found here 


Our curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of the EYFS curriculum - Development Matters Document (above) .





We teach French to all children from Reception to Year 2 in a set lesson weekly. Children receive this lesson from our specialist French teacher. To find out more about this click here



Read Write Inc

We use the programme Read Write Inc to teach phonics and reading in school. Please go to Read Write Inc link to learn more. The how to help your child at home link should also be useful!

Key Stage 1

In both English and Maths we are assessed using the 'Teacher Assessment Framework' document from the standards and testing agency. This helps form our end of year assessment judgements


Key Stage 1 Programme of Study- English


Reading for Pleasure

Each day children take part in Reading for pleasure which entails sharing set class stories.

The authors covered in each year group are:

  • Nursery:
  • Reception:
  • Year 1: Julia Donaldson
  • Year 2: Roald Dahl / C. S. Lewis

Guided Reading:

Children across Reception take part in Guided Reading sessions daily at 1:00.



For current Assessment arrangements please click here to be taken to our page 'How we Assess'

Year 1 Programme of study

Year 2 Programme of study

Key features of a mastery approach



Here are the long term plans for Maths at Hill View. Each year group follows a specific set of units to ensure progression

Mathematics Long Term Planning Year 2

Mathematics Long Term Planning Year 1

Mathematics Long Term Planning Reception


Each day the children take part in Mega Maths. This is a short session at the start of the day specifically for children to focus on and practise their counting or fact recall. The progression of skills across each term can be found here.


Please see the whole school curriculum document (above) for more detail on how we teach Science