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Explorers enjoying Longdown Farm

We aim to make education fun and engaging for our pupils, which is why, in addition to the National Curriculum subjects, we provide other creative options to extend the learning further.

We see the community as our classroom and are keen to take advantage of it, such as our use of the local park  to extend pupil’s understanding of the natural world.  We use a project-based approach to education, grounded in the National Curriculum, maximising and deepening learning, whilst building our pupils capacity to apply their learning to the world in which they live.

At the heart of all learning is literature. This begins before the children enter the Foundation Stage with our pre-school reading project. We have a team of trained voluntary community readers who support us in a program that aims to support the development of literacy skills and prepare the children for transition into primary school. As a school, we aim to promote a love of reading and encourage children to read ‘real books’, as well as using a scheme based approach.

The Hope Community School, Southampton Curriculum:

• Provides a unique curriculum designed by the teaching team, developed from the original Educational vision for the school.

• Focuses on learning, with additional community outcomes.

• Creates ‘Community Entrepreneurs’ - children who are empowered to engage with and change their communities.

• Is committed to ensuring excellent academic outcomes by the end of each key stage.

Our curriculum embraces a wide range of learning opportunities, with strong cross-curricular and community links, through effective local partnerships. We deliver a thematic approach to learning with key texts at its heart. These are used as a basis for writing over a period of time and, where possible, the different subject areas are linked to the chosen text.

To ensure coverage of all the genres and skills within the English Curriculum, teachers look at the text to decide which genre/s and skills can be taught through the text, as well as how the text lends itself to other programmes of study.

A thematic, cross curricular approach is used to ensure meaningful links are made for pupils’ understanding and building on their prior learning, whilst not compromising on delivering the depth and breadth of the National Curriculum. As a result, some subjects are taught discreetly, for example Phonics and Maths to ensure appropriate coverage.

At Hope Community School, our Foundation Stage follows the national Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. Children are currently assessed against the EYFS profile at the end of the Reception Year. The curriculum for Key Stage 1 follows our creative project and personalised learning curriculum which has the National Curriculum at its core. You can read more about the Year 1 and 2 Curriculum Framework on our website.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of our curriculum, please contact the Mr Wright, the Principal, via the school office.


Our phonics program in EYFS and through Key Stage 1 and 2 is developed from ‘Letters and Sounds’ and is taught daily for a 20-minute session. Each class differentiates according to the phase the children are working on and staff are deployed as necessary within the class.