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A Broad and Balanced Curriculum

The school’s curriculum is designed to be as broad and balanced as possible, so as to provide opportunities for all of our children to succeed. Success is measured in many different ways- personal success comes in the form of being able to look at something you have done or achieved with a sense of genuine pride. At Hendre, we aim to provide our children with opportunities to make themselves proud every day.

All learning experiences are based on the acquisition, development and application of 3 key skill areas:

  • Literacy (oracy, reading and writing skills)
  • Numeracy (numerical reasoning, number, measuring, data handling skills)
  • Digital Competency (Information and communication technology skills)

These skills are planned progressively using the Literacy & Numeracy Framework and over-arch the subjects of the National Curriculum which are taught through a mixture of:

  • Discreet subject teaching- the core subjects of English, Maths and Science as well as Welsh which is taught as a second language and PE.
  • Cross-curricular themes- planned and taught over a term or half-term


Class teachers have the responsibility for teaching all aspects of the curriculum and ensuring they teach the required areas appropriate to the particular age and ability range of the children in the class.

Lessons are taught in a variety of ways.  Some teaching is on an individual basis, some in small groups, some as a whole class, differentiated to cater for the needs of all learners.  The children are sometimes grouped in ability, sometimes in friendship groups. The need will depend on the demands of the lesson and the requirements for teaching and learning at the time. Children are encouraged to be active stakeholders in their learning, and learning experiences are designed to be relevant, child-centred, experiential and fun.

The curriculum and its learning experiences are enriched in a variety of exciting and fun ways. Through a range of educational trips and visits, in-school presentations or workshops by visiting specialists or community partners, outdoor learning in the school grounds, and opportunities for specialist learning for smaller groups in the form of instrumental music tuition or sports coaching. Children who are identified as requiring additional support or challenge in addition to their usual classroom activities may receive tailored programmes in Literacy or Numeracy from school-based or peripatetic specialist support staff.

In addition, the school offers a wide range of very popular extra-curricular activities in the form of lunchtime and after-school clubs. These cover a variety of sporting activities from rugby to athletics and from golf to karate; performing arts- drama, singing and dance; eco-related activities and computer coding and green screen technology.

Hendre Junior School is a Lead Creative School, actively promoting and delivering creative ways of thinking, teaching and learning, with teachers who are keen to embrace and implement new ideas and approaches to make the children’s learning as fresh and invigorating as they possibly can.