Teaching & Learning

HPS is a caring school, with a team of dedicated professionals who are here to ensure that the children get the most from their education. Every member of staff is committed to providing the children with a happy, well-disciplined environment where all children can make the most of every learning opportunity offered to them.

School governors meet regularly and have general oversight of the school, approving all policies.

The whole school curriculum is carefully planned to create a challenge to all children and to give continuity and progression through their career at Hornton. Building upon previous successful experience, children become more confident and independent in their learning.  

Full details of the curriculum delivered for each year group can be found by visiting the class pages.

Organisation varies according to the number of children in each year group. It is important to be flexible in order to accommodate the varying needs of individual children.

The school presently has 4 mixed age group classes. We currently employ six teaching assistants who are allocated to classes according to the needs of the children.

Special Needs

The Governing Body’s policy on children with special educational needs aims to ensure that individual children’s needs are quickly identified and steps are taken to meet them, to ensure consistency and continuity through the use of the Code of Practice’s staged approach, and to further develop liaison and partnership with parents at all stages of the code.

Children experiencing learning difficulties are generally supported by the class teacher who differentiates the tasks to the ability of the child. Children receive additional help from Teaching Assistants. However, some children need a little more support and we have an expert special needs teacher to withdraw groups of children for extra help.

Able children

Hornton Primary School has many years of experience teaching the more able and provision for them is firmly embedded in the day-to-day lessons taught. We differentiate by ensuring that children have opportunities to deepen their understanding, but also recognise that there is much to be gained from whole-class teaching, whereby ideas and explanations can be suitably developed through peer work and discussion.


In September 2017, the school decided to change its approach to homework on the premise that there is one over-arching skill that all children should practise at home: reading.  Each class will have differing expectations for reading, based on national curriculum objectives, and each child is required to read, five times per week, at home.  To view the reading expectations for each year group, please refer to the class pages on this website.