At Husborne Crawley Lower school we aim to provide a creative curriculum for our children which is stimulating and exciting, making our children want to learn more. We are teaching the objectives from the 2014  curriculum and more, within our school’s Creative Curriculum.

NEPAL SCHOOL  During the Academic year 2016 – 2017 we will establish firmer links with the school in Nepal. This follows on from staff fundraising in 2015 to aid the school immediately after the earthquake disaster.  Please see monthly newsletter for updates.

Please scroll down the page for up to date information about how we are teaching the  2014 National Curriculum, and on Assessment. Separate class information is still here.  Please click on one of the links below to access the class pages:

Foundation Stage

Class 1

Class 2

Helpful Literacy and Numeracy games are available on this website: Have a look at the Sound Buttons section which has really useful phonics games.


 National Curriculum 2014: 

(For further information on the new curriculum use this link: The New National Curriculum September 2014 )

The  children in our Foundation Stage are following the Early Years Curriculum and those children in Years 1 to 4, the New National Curriculum. At Husborne Crawley Lower School the children learn through an exciting and challenging thematic based approach to learning called the ‘Creative Curriculum’. Each term the children embark on new learning journeys . These learning journeys are Literacy based, with several key texts, and provide cross curricular links with Science, Art, History, Geography, ICT, Design and Technology, Music and Dance. Each learning journey is carefully planned to ensure coverage of and progression through  National Curriculum objectives for the Key Stage. Some subjects are timetabled separately. These include Maths, Phonics, RE, PE and Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE).

Please click here to see our long – term rolling programme for KS1 and KS2:HCLS Long Term Plan KS1 & 2 2017 and beyond

Please click here to see how Foundation Stage learning links in with Years 1 to 4: Foundation Stage long term planning and how it fits with KS1 and KS2 learning journeys

ENGLISH:  We follow the guidelines set out in the New National Curriculum Framework which focuses on: reading, writing, grammar, spoken language and composition.

Reading: At Husborne Crawley we are committed to ensuring that all children achieve their full potential, have a positive attitude towards reading and a love of books. Group guided reading sessions take place weekly within the classroom setting. They are part of a rich and comprehensive reading programme where the children become acquainted with a wide range of books, such as classic and modern stories, poems, plays and non-fiction texts. Class 2 receives a weekly children’s Newspaper. Library skills are taught in all classes and the children enjoy making full use of our well stocked library. Older children have a younger reading buddy; these short fortnightly sessions are highly valued by both children in the partnership.

Writing: We believe it is important that children learn to write independently from an early stage.Teaching phonics, spelling and handwriting complement this process and help to build up speed and accuracy. We use the recommended Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics and spelling  and children take part in the daily ‘phonics’ sessions. As the children progress through the school there is greater emphasis on composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Through our Creative Curriculum the children are encouraged to write in a variety of styles for a variety of audiences; an example of this is writing a newspaper report on the discovery of a Woolly Mammoth in the field behind our school. We have an extensive range of resources including software for our interactive whiteboards which further enhance the teaching of writing throughout the school.

Spoken Language: We believe that every child should be able to speak confidently and also listen carefully to others. The children are encouraged to take part in drama activities and group discussions in school and within their community, for example KS2 children will experience chatting to friends at the Help the Aged club. In each classroom there is a changing role play area related to the current learning journey. In assemblies children are encouraged to speak out about their achievements, both at school and at home. In class assemblies, children have an opportunity to prepare a short talk about an item, poem or piece of music they have brought along to share.

MATHS  is taught in an exciting and wide ranging way, through practical, oral and written activities. An emphasis is placed upon practical learning and mental and oral maths, working with talk partners and also on the development of children’s calculation strategies and rapid recall skills.  The New National Curriculum Framework is followed and we use the Chris Chrispus Jones  planning and resources guide, to support our teaching. The use of interactive whiteboards in all our classes has enhanced the teaching of mathematics with exciting lesson content and interactive games and activities. Extra practical resources have been purchased to help teachers deliver these lessons effectively.

Children in Key Stage 2 have an hour of mathematics teaching each day. Children in Key Stage 1 have a session of 50 minutes every day. Homework is sent home regularly to complement the learning in class.

Please click here to see the calculation policy we have adopted, in line with 2014 requirements: Calculation Policy 2014 CCJ

ASSESSMENT – the way forward 

‘The removal of levels in primary education should allow schools to move to a model based on focused assessment of the specifics of the National Curriculum’ Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment.

Click here to hear a useful explanation of the removal of levels:  Tim Oates speaking about assessment

With the introduction of the New National Curriculum and removal of levels nationally as a means of assessing pupils, Husborne Crawley Lower School is using the following Government advice: Assessment_Principles to guide the development of an assessment strategy without levels for our school. This is our working document: Assessment_Principles and Policy January 2015

We are working together with the other local lower schools and middle school in our area to ensure consistency and a collaborative approach. All staff at Husborne Crawley are fully committed to the  idea of working without levels, having explored the theories and research which have led to these changes. We believe that children’s confidence in themselves is  hugely increased and everyone is given the opportunity to really find their full potential.