The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a transdisciplinary curriculum framework that offers authentic learning experiences.

The PYP encourages students to learn to appreciate knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and personal attributes as a connected whole.

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Our curriculum covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum but is arranged around inquiries into six different Transdisciplinary Themes.

The Hundred of Hoo Primary Academy is an IB World School, authorised to deliver the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme.

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The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Overview of the PYP framework

Our curriculum provides essential knowledge for learners to be empowered with the cultural capital to make changes to the world as educated citizens. It has the breadth and depth required to drive compassion, ambition and ownership in all of our learners through carefully planned and sequenced learning journeys. This will establish deep rooted and uncompromising attitudes and attributes that will permeate through our local community and beyond to create intercultural understanding and respect. These beliefs are firmly embedded in our academy to support children with the necessary skills to be the best version of themselves.

Our curriculum intent is implemented to both meet and exceed the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum and ensure that our pupils’ entitlement is fulfilled.

This is done within the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills with a powerful emphasis on inquiry. The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of the National Curriculum and provides a superior foundation for pupils as they move through their education at the Hundred of Hoo Academy. Pupils embark upon various lines of inquiry stemming from a central idea. From this, and the discussions in class, the children have a voice in terms of questions they would like to find out the answers to, based on their individual starting points, and this is taken into account whilst the modular overview is expertly curated by class teachers and subject leaders.

Pupils are at the heart of their own learning in the classroom and beyond. Within the context of the central ideas (and throughout their school life) the children will be learning how to demonstrate and recognise learner attributes, of which there are 10. The attributes promote learners to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. The ethos behind the programme is to inform learners of global issues and to promote the confidence of taking action and making a difference. From climate change to poverty, and from gender equality and economic growth, children will learn about these in relevant and meaningful ways through a curriculum which ensures that every child achieves their full potential. The vast majority of the National Curriculum is covered through the framework of the IBPYP, however, where explicit skills teaching is necessary, this is done within discrete sessions to be then embedded through the lines of inquiry where meaningful and appropriate.

Within the framework of the White Rose Maths Hub, children develop a strong foundation in the different mathematical disciplines  in order to be confident learners that are willing to take risks in solving a vast array of problems. Through carefully planning learning journeys, children make connections between learnt facts and new concepts which enables them to develop systematic and logical thinking. They also make informed choices about their use of manipulatives to support their mathematical thinking when exploring new concepts. Children are able to explain their thinking using mathematical language and representations. In their strive to be the best version of themselves, they will understand how mathematics is essential in all areas of the curriculum and beyond.

Our curriculum is delivered through a varied and flexible timetable which affords the children opportunities to explore their learning at greater depths without the confines of an overly structured day. Again, this promotes our children’s sense of agency and time to take risks within their learning.

Our Cross-Phase Curriculum

We enrich these curriculum opportunities through close work with the secondary phase of The Hundred of Hoo Academy. We maximise upon the opportunity to have the knowledge and skills specific to certain subjects are taught with subject specialist expertise.

As part of their curriculum journey, children are regularly taught linguistics by specialist Spanish teachers, musicality and performance through their Performing Arts sessions and develop their sporting prowess through a variety of regular sessions with Sports Specialists. However, this list is not exclusive; depending on the need of the cohort, further opportunities to engage in specialist Computing, Humanities and Science lessons are also built into their regular timetable of learning.

As a result of our carefully planned and sequenced curriculum, our children will have opinions and feel empowered to shape informed opinions about subjects, current affairs and their learning. They are able to make links across the curriculum and their learning between lines of inquiry and also over time. Through their understanding of the skills necessary for each subject across the National Curriculum, they can identify and apply these across a range of contexts, understanding that these can be used in conjunction with each other to glean the best learning experiences. Children strive to be the best versions of themselves and understand what this means individually to them. Academically, socially and emotionally, children are supported to achieve this through targeted interventions and feedback within which they are active participants. Children will be able to exhibit this in a variety of ways, including, but not exclusively, through opportunities to informally share their experiences with others including their parents during “exhibition” sessions, present more formally in assemblies and performances and also through achieving well within statutory assessments. This will be due to the secure foundations developed through their enjoyment of a varied and aspirational curriculum. Ultimately, our pupils are happy to come to school, are active learners and engage wholeheartedly in becoming the best versions of themselves.

Subject Specific Curriculum

International Mindedness

International-mindedness is central to the IB mission and is a foundational principle to its educational philosophy; it is at the heart of the continuum of international education.

International-mindedness is a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility towards its members. It is an awareness of the interrelatedness of all nations and peoples, and is a recognition of the complexity of these. Internationally minded people appreciate and value the diversity of peoples, cultures and societies in the world. They make efforts to learn more about others and to develop empathy and solidarity towards them to achieve mutual understanding and respect (Oxfam 2105; UNESCO 2015).

Primary Years Programme (PYP) learners and their learning communities have a range of perspectives, values and traditions. The concept of international-mindedness builds on these diverse perspectives to generate a sense of common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

Co-curriculum at the Hundred of Hoo Primary Academy

Co-curriculum refers to the activities and learning experiences that take place in school alongside the academic curriculum.

Hundred of Hoo Primary Academy not only believes in providing a world-class academic offer, but also seeks to provide the enrichment opportunities which help to provide the cultural capital, social and leadership skills and community and global awareness to create well-rounded citizens who are ready for life in a global context.

The primary academy has introduced a Pupil Leadership Team (PLT) which is made up of six pupils from years 5 and 6. This group of pupils meet regularly with the Vice Principal to enact changes regarding the academy.

At The Hundred of Hoo, we are always looking at new and interesting ways to extend and enrich the learning. Across the school year, staff provide a range of clubs which focus on developing skills, furthering knowledge and having fun.

Most clubs will run from 15:15 until 16:15, unless otherwise stated.

Places in clubs are limited to ensure that supervision and engagement is prioritised, however, If you are unsuccessful in securing a place for your child within a club, they will be put on a waiting list and should a space become available, we will offer to whoever is at the top of the waiting list. 

A weekly register will be taken for the sessions and if a child hasn’t attended for 2 or more sessions, there will be a discussion the parents/carers about whether your child wants to continue with the club. There is an expectation that children will remain in the same club for the module. This will enable them to fully participate in the activities and gain from the experience.

If you feel that you have any interests, expertise or passions that you would like to share with the children by running a club, please let either the office or your child’s class teacher know.

Each term the list of available clubs will be disseminated by the school office and you are able to sign up using the My Child At School App or website.

When pupils join the Hundred of Hoo Primary Academy, they are allocated to one of the primary houses of Ocelot, Sunne and Victory. These are mapped to the secondary colleges so that if children continue their educational journey from year R to year 13 there is a real sense of continuity. Children in Ocelot proceed to Neptune when they move, children in Sunne move to Forseti and children in Victory join Athena. 

This is a best-fit based on primary houses and secondary colleges and will be used for cross-phase activities and competitions this year. These cross-phase activities will allow for the primary and secondary children to make links with each other in preparation for transition. It will also provide opportunities for both primary and secondary pupils to communicate with each other more and allow for greater cooperation within the student body regardless of whether pupils are based at the primary or secondary site. There will also be opportunities ,in the future, for secondary pupils to mentor primary pupils with a view to this being able to continue once pupils have moved to the secondary and support with transition.

The primary small school model will see the children take part in a number of activities and competitions in their houses  Although not an exhaustive list, some of the activities and competitions are listed below:

House Competitions

  • Art
  • Dodgeball tournament
  • Short story writing
  • 24 and maths number facts

At The Hundred of Hoo Academy we believe that our pupils benefit significantly from visiting places of interest and we know these experiences will broaden pupils’ horizons and deepen their learning.

We will run regular trips to universities, museums, galleries, theatres and sports venues. You will always be informed if your child has been invited to take part in a trip or visit.

We will ask parents for a contribution towards the cost of academy trips where necessary. We do not want cost to be a reason for pupils to miss out, so if parents are unable to make a contribution they should discuss this with the academy.