Providing infinite opportunities


Ofsted recently announced it will introduce a new focus on how schools plan their curriculum. Abbey Hill Academy welcomes this development.

Our curriculum is our school. It is complex and ever changing to ensure we continuously meet the needs of all our amazing learners. Our curriculum is designed to be flexible however, every part of it is very skillfully planned and structured, focusing on: Intent, Implementation, Impact.

Beginning as novices, pupils are on a trajectory towards expertise; a joined-up curriculum recognises this. A curriculum is a narrative; pupils begin the story knowing relatively little and end up knowing a lot more. The aim should be to provide a curriculum full of the best that has been thought and said, mixing the familiar with the strange. We all learn best in the context of what we already know.(Murray 2017)

What knowledge will empower our children?

The head of our curriculum:

‘The best that was thought and said’ – Matthew Arnold (24 December 1822 – 15 April 1888)

Subject specific learning planned by passion subject specialists

What do we want our young people to become?

The heart of our curriculum:

Confident and full of self-belief

Independent and empowered

Sociable and friendly

Happy, loved and able to love

A valued and respected member of their community

Respectful, tolerant and polite


Calm and patient



Sensible and responsible (Safe)

Enthusiastic and engaged in life

Inquisitive and mindful


Considerate, empathetic and appreciative

Fulfilled and secure





How can we ignite every child’s unconscious mind through enrichment and opportunity?

The hand of our curriculum:

Every child should have the opportunity to….

Sleep out over night with friends

Ride a bike

Go to the beach

Climb a hill

Understand the power of relationships

Fail and know it is OK

Express themselves

Understand that money is not everything

Question what they hear and see

Take care of their own needs (Life skills)

Meet an idol

Create something

Explore a new place

Ride a horse

Try a new look


Spend and save money

Play an instrument

Perform in front of others


Use tools


Eat out

Make a meal

Sign their name

Walk in the rain

Go sledging

Build something in the snow

Make memories

Teach someone

Make decisions about their own life


Have a voice

Help in the community

Visit a zoo

Visit a farm

Find their way through a maze

Sail, row, ride a boat

Go to a pantomime

Visit the theatre

Visit a city

Be immersed in another culture

Learn where and how things are made

Visit an art gallery

Visit a museum

Play in a garden

Enter a castle

Dress up

Sing in a cathedral

Dance and sing

Attend a festival

Explore a woodland

Build a den

Look up from the bottom of a waterfall

Go on a picnic


Belong to a group/ be part of a team

Post a letter

Receive a letter

Have a conversation

Take part in a sporting event

Learn how to look after someone

Fill in an application form

Take part in work experience

Plan a journey

Play sport

Experience competition

Join a club

Enjoy a series of books

Climb a tree

Swing on a tarzy

Watch a lamb being born

Watch a chick hatch

Learn how to fish

Eat fruit from the tree

Traverse a rope bridge

Visit an island

Be immersed in nature (flora and fauna)

See a shooting star


Build a fire

Learn CPR

Win something

Jump the waves

Learn new songs


Sell something at a car boot sale

Go to the circus

Lead a team

Request a song at a disco

Fly a kite

Visit a skate park

Drive something with a motor

Visit a gym

Dam a stream

Be responsible for something important

Dissect something

Develop a passion

Give a tour

Solve a problem

Play games

Explore a rock pool

Travel in unusual ways

Make friends

Make choices

Get wet in the name of fun


Go caving

Take a risk

Grow something


Our list continues to grow….

A good curriculum empowers children with the knowledge they are entitled to: knowledge that will prepare our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life so that they become actively involved in their community, contributing to society and living as independently as possible.

A good curriculum provides experiences and situations that focus on developing young people who will enter the adult world as respectful, tolerant, valued, confident and independent young people with resilience and ambition.

A good curriculum ensures young people play an active part making remembering almost inevitable.

Read all about our very special curriculum and how we assess progress here.

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