There is always something in the curriculum to challenge everybody


The teaching of English covers three main areas: speaking and listening, reading, and writing.In speaking and listening our aim is to develop your child’s ability to understand and use language appropriately and effectively. During P4C sessions the children direct class discussions; learning to put forward reasoned arguments, respond and empathise with other’s views.

The main focus for the direct teaching of English is the Literacy Hour during which the skills of spelling, reading, letter formation, text type, format, grammar and punctuation are taught at the appropriate level of development. Aspects of writing are developed in all subject areas. We place a strong emphasis on Literacy Skills. Our aim is to enable children to become fluent readers, to communicate effectively in speech and writing and to have the ability to use their skills in all areas of the curriculum. We want pupils to develop the ability to write clearly, fluently and quickly as well as having the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing.

Y6 Recommended Reading List 2016

End of Year Expectations (Reading) Y1-Y6

Band 1 Reading

Band 2 Reading

Band 3 Reading

Band 4 Reading

Band 5 Reading

Band 6 Reading

End of Year Expectations (Writing) Y1-Y6

Band 1 Writing

Band 2 Writing

Band 3 Writing

Band 4 Writing

Band 5 Writing

Band 6 Writing


Pickhurst Mathematicians are curious, flexible learners who are confident, adventurous, resilient and risk-taking in their approach. Through practical activity, exploration and discussion, at Pickhurst Academy we aim for all children to be mentally fluent, able to see patterns and connections within the number system. Children are focused on how they got to their answers and encouraged to make their own discoveries. Pickhurst children will be competent at dealing with number and its application to real life contexts, able to use appropriate terminology. They will develop their own reliable, effective strategies for calculating, reasoning and problem solving through logical, systematic approaches. We set aspirational goals for our children so that they become confident in their everyday lives and promote enjoyment and enthusiasm through maths.

In 2014 a new mathematics curriculum was introduced which become statutory for all pupils from September 2015.

“A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”

(National Curriculum 2014)


The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

All children, at Pickhurst Academy, study maths 4 times a week. Teachers use the ‘Busy Ants Maths‘ scheme (Collins) in order to ensure every learning objective from the National Curriculum is taught. 

Maths Morning Lower School

Maths Morning Upper School

Maths New Curriculum Objectives

Progression in Calculation

End of Year Expections (Maths) Y1-Y6

Band 1 Maths

Band 2 Maths a (1)

Band 2 Maths b

Band 3 Maths

Band 4 Maths

Band 5 Maths

Band 6 Maths

Maths photo


We have taken on board feedback from teaching staff, children and parents to create the policy and we hope you find it to be helpful in supporting your child with their home learning.

Please find the policy listed below:



Spellings & Times Tables




Creative Project

Year 3

To be tested on Wednesday

Daily – 15 minutes a day

One piece of written homework (or MyMaths for Maths) alternated between English & maths each week which is linked to their learning.

A creative and practical project will be set in place of other homework at the end of each term. This will be linked to the new IPC topic.

Year 4

To be tested on Wednesday

Daily – 15 minutes a day

One piece of written homework (or MyMaths for Maths) alternated between English & maths each week which is linked to their learning

Year 5

To be tested on Wednesday

Daily – 20 minutes a day

One piece of written homework each week which is linked to their learning

One piece of written homework (or MyMaths for Maths) each week which is linked to their learning

Year 6




To be tested on Wednesday

Daily – 20 minutes a day

At least one piece of written homework each week which is linked to their learning

At least one piece of written homework (or MyMaths for Maths) each week which is linked to their learning

All homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday.

Spellings & Times Tables:

Each week, the children will be tested on their spelling words (given out via Class Dojo) and times tables. The children will be expected to learn the spellings of each word and their definitions also.

The results of these tests will be given to parents every week so you are aware of the children’s scores and which words/times tables they still need further support with.

Reading Records:

All children will be given a reading record, where parents are asked to record when they listen to their children or when the child reads independently at home. The reading record will be shown to the teacher daily as evidence of reading; this will then be used daily for the child to move up the reading ladder which is displayed in the classroom. Every time the child moves up a step on the ladder they receive a reward, with the ultimate goal of getting to the top step, which results in being awarded with a sticker for their reading records. 

Reading Ladder:

  1. + 1 House Point (For reading Sunday Evening)
  2. + 1 House Point (For reading Monday Evening)
  3. + 2 House Points (For reading Tuesday Evening)
  4. + 3 House Points (For reading Wednesday Evening)
  5. + Sticker (For reading Thursday Evening)

If a child reaches ‘Stage 5’ more than 4 times in a half-term, they will receive a certificate from the Senior Leadership Team at the end of half-term.

Written Homework (English & Maths):

Every child will have a homework book for both English & Maths where they will complete the given homework tasks. All tasks will be marked either by peer assessment or teacher assessment. We encourage homework to be marked during the lesson time as this allows for the children to work collaboratively and discuss learning points with each other and their teachers.

For Maths, an online MyMaths task may be set in place of a written task sometimes but this will be indicated in the child’s homework book when this is the case.

Online learning:

There will be additional opportunities for on-line learning in Years 5 & 6. This will be through using Google Classroom – each teacher (in Upper School) will set extension research/tasks on-line each week and the children will be encouraged to complete these in addition to their written homework. This will help with the transition stage between primary and secondary school as most secondary homework is set online.

Please note: these on-line tasks are not compulsory pieces of homework but they will be encouraged to further support with the children’s learning.

Homework Club:

If a child does not complete their homework by the given deadline, they will be expected to attend a lunchtime homework club on a Thursday. They will then have time to complete any missing homework with a teacher. If there is a valid reason as to why your child has not completed their homework, please do contact your child’s teachers to inform them as soon as possible.


Science is a key part of our curriculum. It aims to be awe-inspiring and develop children’s understanding of the world around them.

At Pickhurst Academy we follow the QCA scheme of work which means children get a balanced coverage of topics. Science lessons are mainly taught through practical work whereby children plan, carry out and evaluate a focussed investigation. Science lessons are creative, ‘hands on’ and use a range of resources.

Closely linked to science education is the teaching of environmental awareness. Educating future generations about climate change is the first step in making a positive change. Schools are on the front line and we take environmental education very seriously at Pickhurst Academy.

Last year we held a ‘carbon neutral’ day during which the children playing old fashioned games, used natural resources to create artwork and took part in a oral storytelling workshop.

Computer Science

At Pickhurst Academy we use ICT in most subjects and allow the children the opportunity to develop their skills in a variety of different ways.

We have a suite of computers that all the children visit each week where they can access a wide variety of programs that cover all areas of the curriculum.

We encourage the children to use experience ICT through a variety of different topics and allow them the opportunity to share and develop their understanding.

In all year groups we aim to develop ICT skills, building upon previous experiences and developing them further. We also aim to introduce new experiences to help further their enjoyment of ICT, such as using animation and photography.

IPC and ICT and closely linked allowing children the opportunity to develop their research and presentation skills as well as using other ICT programs.

E-Safety Presentation – Jan 2017

E-Safety Presentation to Parents (Feb 2016)

Pickhurst TechNews vol1

In Focus Tech News May 2016

Pickhurst Junior Tech News Issue 2 May 2016

ICT photo

Physical Education

At Pickhurst Academy we really value the need for physical education and try to get all children involved in sport. It is important to us that children do at least 2 hours of physical education a week, which includes 1 hour of indoor PE with the class teacher and 1 hour of games with our specialist sport teacher.
We also try to encourage all children to join as many extra-curricular sports activities as they can. Outdoor games are taught on the field or the playground depending on weather conditions. 

‘Sport is for life and is also a great deal of fun, and in this fast changing world that we live in, it is important that children are given the opportunity to enjoy sporting activities which we hope will continue into adulthood.’

PE and Games Curriculum (2019-2020)

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The International Primary Curriculum

At Pickhurst Academy we compliment our creative curriculum with the International Primary Curriculum.

The International Primary Curriculum is a curriculum that is being used in 600 schools in 51 countries around the world. It was launched in 2000 having taken three years to create by a group of leading experts in education from around the world.

The goal of the International Primary Curriculum is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

“I like that I can do a mindmap about anything all on my own now. We always do mindmaps with the IPC. They help you think.” – Year 4 child at Pickhurst Academy.

Philosophy for Children

We introduced Philosophy for Children (P4C) in 2008 and it has had a huge impact on the children’s learning.

“In P4C children respond readily with comments and probing question. The emphasis is placed on pupils thinking and speaking for themselves at all times, but particularly through P4C sessions, enables them to make good progress in speaking and listening!”

P4C aims to encourage children to think critically, caringly, creatively and collaboratively. The children build a “community of enquiry” where the children create and enquire into their own questions. The questions raised come from a stimulus that is shared with the children. The stimulus can take the form of objects, artefacts, pictures, photographs and videos. The children can even bring in their own stimulus to share with the class.

P4C has become incredibly popular and the children enjoy their weekly P4C enquiry.

“P4C is good because there is no right or wrong”

“It is time to learn how to be independent”

“There are no boundaries, you can have unlimited answers”

“When deciding on what questions to enquire you have to work as a team”

“You learn about other people’s opinions”
The children will tell you that P4C develops the following skills:


    •       Confidence
    •        Courage
    •        Open Mindedness
    •        Independence
    •        Striving for improvement
    •        Concentration
    •        Thinking
    •        Writing
    •        Listening
    •        Deciding
    •        Respect


Religious Education

At Pickhurst Academy we provide teaching of Religious Education for all pupils, in accordance with the Bromley syllabus. Children learn about the six major faiths of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism.

We encourage children to discuss their views and often incorporate Philosophy for Children into our teaching approach.

We also hold collective worship on a daily basis. Assemblies are broadly Christian, exploring themes such as friendship, perseverance and tolerance. We learn about famous people and traditions from around the world. In our assemblies we celebrate the achievements of those within our own and our wider community. It is your right to withdraw your child from Religious Education lesson or collective worship. If you wish to do so, you should speak to the Principal of the Academy, in confidence, who will make the necessary arrangements. reduced 2

Design and Technology

Design and Technology (D&T) involves designing, making and evaluating items for a specific purpose.

Cooking, including all aspects of health and safety, is now a focal point and as such, both subjects are taught in conjunction with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This allows pupils to benefit from topic based learning and to ensure a balanced coverage across the school.

Staff and children from all year groups are able to access the wide ranging D&T resources to enhance learning and promote creativity.

D&T is also becoming more and more prominent in our ‘Libertas’ and ‘Maths Challenge’ days where the emphasis is on working systematically and creatively. During these sessions, children are encouraged to solve design problems and produce an outcome based on thinking, discussion, planning and, above all, trial and improvement!

MFL at Pickhurst Academy

At Pickhurst Academy all children have the opportunity to learn French at Key Stage 2. Most lessons are taught by French speaking teachers who have excellent subject knowledge and are passionate about the French language and aspects of French culture. Children receive one session of French a week, which is delivered using interactive resources and programmes. Pupils then complete engaging follow-up activities to reinforce what they have learnt that week in their French lesson. We are currently establishing links with a Primary school in Paris so that each class will eventually have pen-pals to correspond with.

In the summer term we hope to host a French day and invite parents to join in with the cheese tasting! Remember to check the website for photos in the summer term.

We are also extremely lucky to have an after school Spanish Club led by Mrs Townley.

Au revoir et a bientot!

Here are a few suggested websites:
French Websites:

Mamalisa – poetry, songs and links from around the world

BBC – Primary French

Primary Resources – French: numbers, colours, animals, time, weather, food & drink, the body, clothing, friends & family, hobbies & sport, school, around town, seasonal – a fabulous French site, always up to the minute news, good for inter-cultural development


At Pickhurst Academy, Geography is taught through the International Primary Curriculum. We encourage children to develop their knowledge of people and places by looking at the local areas and issues as well as those in the wider world. Maps, atlases, photos and the Internet are common sights in geography-based lessons. They use them to find out about cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers seas and oceans. Children use their skills that they have developed in ICT, literacy and numeracy to present their findings. First hand experiences of geography are also encouraged. This year children have visited High Elms and the River Darent.

In the summer term children will be experiencing ‘International Day’ where they will be researching and ‘travelling’ to (via the airport in the school hall!) a chosen destination. Children must know what they expect to see in their chosen country in case they are questioned by ‘immigration’ and of course they will look the part – the plan is for children to look the part. Keep checking the website for photos and information about this day!


At Pickhurst Academy, History is taught through the International Primary Curriculum. We encourage children to develop their knowledge of the past by exploring a wide range of sources such as artefacts, photographs, books and the internet. Through history, children learn to compare and contrast, find out why things have changed as well as research historical characters and places.

Our aim is for children to understand what it was like to live in the past and compare this to what it is like today. This year children have had first hand experiences through handing real artefacts and some year groups have had the opportunity to go on field trips to The British Museum, Penshurst Place, Horton Kirby and The Natural History Museum.

History will also feature heavily throughout our ‘International Day’ Keep checking the website for photos and information about this day!


Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) are separate areas of the curriculum; however they have many overlapping areas and are therefore managed by one person at Pickhurst Academy.

Children need support in developing emotionally and socially so that they are able to use their thoughts and feelings to guide their behaviour positively and develop personal awareness, emotional resilience and social skills. This is developed through their PSHE/SEAL lessons and assemblies.

The main aspects of PSHE are taught through the Life Education Mobile Classroom and a comprehensive sex education programme. Other areas are covered through the science curriculum and SEAL work, examples of topics are ‘Going for Goals’ and ‘Getting On and Falling Out’ in weekly assemblies and lessons.

Children at Pickhurst Academy are also encouraged to develop their social awareness through a variety of charity days throughout the year. These occur at least once every half term and vary from local/school charities to international help and are always well supported.

Forest School

At Pickhurst we are lucky to have  good Forest School sites within our grounds.

The aim of Forest School is to provide children with opportunities to learn through exploring the environment in a way that is both fun and meaningful.
Through a range of activities children are encouraged to take risks in a safe environment and to develop skills in the following areas:

•    Independence
•    Self-esteem
•    Cooperation
•    Social skills
•    Problem solving
•    Awareness of the natural world

Over a series of Forest School sessions a number of activities are introduced. Children lead their own learning. They can choose which activities to do and who they work with. The activities offered include:

•    Investigating plants and animals
•    Painting with mud
•    Making sculptures from natural materials
•    Using string for knots and lashing sticks together
•    Building dens
•    Whittling
•    Toasting marshmallows on a bonfire

Children often use their imagination and creativity to make up their own activities.

Forest School

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