The Curriculum is planned in a 2 year rolling programme. We are constantly aiming to improve our curriculum to keep it broad, challenging and interesting to the children.

A new National Curriculum was implemented in September 2014; we are continuing to develop existing units of work and new ones to meet this new challenge.

We emphasise the links across the curriculum in all subjects.  We teach French from entry to Nursery-teaching  written, spoken and the reading of French as well as cultural understanding.

Our International School Award is very important also, and we devote time to helping children understand Global Issues, their place in the world and the wide variety of faiths, beliefs and cultures in the world. This will help them to develop respect for a range of beliefs and traditions, and support the idea of respect for others, acceptance of others' views, but challenging those views that do not promote freedom and equality.

The following curriculum areas are co-ordinated by these members of staff:  Mrs Eadie (Literacy and KS2 Maths), Ms Wooddisse (KS1 Maths, PE and Music), Mrs Radley (RE and PHSE), Ms Munro (DT, Computing, Science and joint Art role), Mrs Hopkins (Art joint role), Mr McKernan-Lewis (History, Geography, MfL).

Below are links to each year's outline plan for each class.

Further information upon request from each class teacher or by emailing the school on

Reading and Phonics schemes  At KS1, we use a variety of schemes and approaches. The phonics scheme is called Letters and Sounds. 

Reading Schemes include Dandelion launchers, Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Storyworld, Big Cats and Rigby Star amongst others. We believe these give children a breath of reading experience which is vital in developing reading skills. All texts in the early stages of reading are phonetically decode-able.

If you would like more detailed information , please see your child's class teacher.



Here at Horwood and Newton Tracey Primary School we want to offer a curriculum which enables children to “be the best that they can be”.   This is achieved by developing aspiration; encouraging the children to be part of our local community (engagement); whilst realising there is a wider community and world which the school is part of and the children need to be prepared for.

An important part of our ethos is providing an equity-focused environment which enables all learners to succeed regardless of their background – the expectation is that with support (if needed), high quality teaching and an aspirational environment each child will meet their own individual potential.

Areas of focus:

  • Having a positive attitude to learning (steps)
  • Engagement with learning behaviour (learning animals)
  • Aspiration (outward looking)
  • Community engagement (local)



Positive attitude (steps)


Learning behaviours


We want our children to “be the best that they can be”.  Our aim is for children to learn, develop and leave the school with the following behaviours and attitudes towards all areas of their learning:


  • The equipment to be ready to learn.
  • The resilience to fail and try and try again.
  • The willingness to take risks to find answers and get things wrong.
  • The ability to make links between areas of the curriculum and learning.
  • The ability to listen to the instructions and ideas of others.
  • The willingness to use teamwork to work collaboratively and solve problems.
  • The wisdom to approach problems carefully,logically and methodically.
  • The ability to ask questions and be curious.
  • The empathy to be kind to other
  • The skills to be independent in their learning.


These learning behaviours are linked to animals to help the children to remember the behaviours they need to develop.



Being ready to learn – elephant

Being resilient – ant

Taking risks – meerkat

Making links – spider

Listening – bat

Teamwork – bee

Wisdom – owl

Being curious - cat

Independence - tiger



Looking wider than our North Devon, rural community.


  • Understanding the wider world;
  • International Award;
  • Residential to a city in Class 4;
  • Artsmark award;
  • Visiting speakers: storyteller, fire brigade, police, theatre groups, dance groups, etc;
  • Trips out each year for each class;
  • Parental/community involvement re career aspiration.



Community engagement


  • Looking after the school allotment (on the Parish field);
  • Forest School and working with the Woodland Trust;
  • Agreements to use the Village Hall, Parish field and local woodland;
  • Communication and collaboration with the Parish Council;
  • Respectful behaviour in the local area – walking to school, parking responsibly;
  • Visiting and learning about local farms;
  • Nursery Partnership with Lovacott Nursery and Little Learners;
  • Local community group visits and events (Amateur dramatics group, church groups, charity fundraising);
  • Wider partnership with schools in the local community.


Our Citizenship Awards encourage the children to act responsibly in their local communities and learn about the wider world ...