Hazelwood’s Curriculum

Our curriculum meets the statutory requirements and encompasses unique Hazelwood Learning Journeys in line with the National Curriculum Programmes of Study (click here for the National Curriculum)  underpinned by our core purpose and Curriculum Drivers.


Core purpose: To achieve educational excellence by inspiring awe and wonder through a broad and balanced creative curriculum.
Hazelwood Drivers which help to create a curriculum that meets the needs of our school community; a unique fingerprint for our school curriculum that helps to shape our learning journeys.
Our Curriculum Drivers are:
Real, Relevant, Immersive and Purposeful (RRIP)
Our children are more invested in learning that is real and relevant to them. When there is a purpose, it excites them and motivates them. It helps children make links to our community and the wider world.
Nurturing Responsible Citizens
Our shared values are at the heart of all we do. Our entire community (including our children) care about their responsibilities and their role in society.
We know that our children learn best when they are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively.
Problem solving and thinking skills
We believe that developing resilience will enable children to overcome challenges and problems in their learning and every day life.

The Learning Journey Curriculum Webs can be found on your child’s year group page.

Further information on the Schools’ Curriculum can be found in our School Prospectus click here to view and to find out more about our philosophy for Teaching and Learning, click here to read our Teaching and Learning Policy.

Click here for Our British Values Document


Phonics at Hazelwood 

At Hazelwood, we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.

In Nursery, we follow the ‘Foundations for Phonics’ guidance. and the focus is on daily oral blending and language development through high quality stories and rhymes.

In Reception and Year 1, children follow the progression within Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme.

  • Phonics is taught daily and there is a review session on a Friday.
  • Phonics starts in Reception in week 3 to ensure the children make a strong start.
  • By the end of Reception, children will have been taught up to the end of Phase 4.
  • By the end of Year 1, children will have been taught up to the end of Phase 5.
  • Reception lessons start at 10 minutes, with daily additional oral blending – increasing to 30 minutes when the children are ready.
  • Year 1 lessons are 30 minutes long.
  • In Year 2 and Year 3, phonics lessons are taught daily to children where appropriate – following the model of Little Wandle but addressing specific gaps identified through our assessment.
  • In Year 2 – Year 6 there are planned phonic ‘catch-up’ sessions following a set model to address specific reading/writing gaps.

For more information on the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Programme, please click here: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/


PE Curriculum taught by Miss Hammond our PE Specialist 

PE Lessons are compiled of Dance, Gymnastics, Yoga, Net and Wall game, Outdoor adventurous activities, Striking and Fielding, Invasion Games and Athletics. Foundation stage cover the fundamental skills of Gymnastics, Dance and Games.

Music Curriculum taught by Mrs Halpern our Music Specialist 


Spanish Curriculum taught by Mrs McColgan our Spanish Specialist 

Years 1 to 6  have weekly Spanish lessons, covering a wide range of topics to develop their understanding of Spanish language.   A wide range of activities are used to engage and immerse the pupils in the Spanish language which include songs, stories, puppets and a variety of games and Computing.


Click below for the relevant Spanish Curriculum

Spanish Curriculum Overview
Spanish Skills Progression


Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Following a consultation of all stakeholders (staff, Governors, children and parents), the Governing Body approved the use of the SCARF curriculum to teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) as part of our PSHE curriculum at Hazelwood.

The consultation document can be found here: Consultation Summary

The RSE Policy can be found in the Policies section of our website.