Foundation Curriculum

The afternoon session between 13.30 and 16.00 is used to teach the other subjects that make up the National Curriculum. Having a school day that continues until 16.00 means we have additional time for PE and games 3 times per week and extended afternoon lessons.


Science follows the demands of the National Curriculum, with children learning key knowledge in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics and developing the ability to think and work scientifically. Practical science is a key feature of lessons right throughout the school, with Phase 3 children having the opportunity to use the laboratory facilities at our sister secondary school.

Modern Foreign Language

All of our children learn Spanish from their Reception year. In Phases 2 and 3 the subject is taught by a specialist teacher. We hope as the school grows we will be able to offer a wider range of languages for children to learn through our enrichment programme.

Sport and PE

All children at Hackney New Primary School have three sessions of PE or sport as part of their timetable each week. In addition to this every child has the opportunity to attend a wide range of sports clubs as enrichment activities between 16.00 and 18.00. Once the school is established, competitive sports both within the school and against other schools will be an important feature of school life.

Computing and ICT

Children learn to use a range of ICT hardware and programs right across the primary curriculum In addition to learning how to use a range of computer programs confidently and creatively, HNPS children are taught the first steps of coding and writing simple programs. As a new school, all of our ICT equipment is state-of-the-art.

Foundation Subjects

Art, design and technology, history, geography and RE are taught through an integrated curriculum. This means that the subjects are organised into broad topics. Each subject is taught discretely, but is also be grouped together to make meaningful links between them. This means if children are studying The Tudors as a topic, the unit will primarily be a vehicle for learning a great deal of history, but art lessons might focus on Hans Holbein and portrait painting and RE lessons would consider the Reformation and some of the different branches of Christianity. The advantage to this approach is that it combines the rigour of a subject-specific curriculum with the flexible nature of a project-based approach to learning. It means HNPS children become immersed in a topic; reading about it, researching it, making links between different facts, and constantly revisiting key vocabulary and concepts.