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Curriculum Links

Early Years Foundation Stage:

To see the curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage, click here.  By the end of their first year in school, the Reception children aim to have covered the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) for each aspect of learning, helping them to be:

  • a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • a strong and independent person who maintains positive relationships
  • supported in an enabling environment with teaching and support from adults who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time.

The prime areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The further four specific areas of learning are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design


Key Stage 1 and 2:

For Key Stage 1 and 2, the government introduced a new National Curriculum to schools in 2014.

To see the subjects covered by the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2, click here.  

Click on the subjects below to see what the National Curriculum covers in that area:

How do we teach Religious Education?

Along with History and Geography, Religious Education is one of the ways that Hillcrest pupils learn about our world and understand our fellow human beings. The pupils are taught to ask questions and investigate how people’s beliefs are important to their lives, what has inspired their beliefs, how they express their faith and how they celebrate their special days. The pupils pose questions about what they value in their own lives. At all times, we remember our British Values, especially Respect for others and Tolerance of a variety of points of view.

Hillcrest follows the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for RE, which includes the study of the key beliefs and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Humanism, including the relationship of science and religion. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, pupils begin to learn about the main festivals in Christianity and the beliefs that have inspired them. In Key Stage 2, they begin to encounter a variety of ways in which people express their faith. Teachers gather together information from specially produced educational video clips, interviews with children of different faiths and our own non-fiction research. Pupils participate in activities to help them think about important world issues in different ways and we organise opportunities to meet representatives from faith groups so that pupils can ask them questions.