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Aims and Curriculum intent

At Hornton Primary School, we are proud to deliver an inspired, contextual and sequential curriculum, that is wholly aspirational for every child. 

Through our fundamental belief in the benefits of outdoor learning and hands-on approach to exploration, children are immersed in a deliberate combination of imaginative learning projects and the teaching of knowledge based skills, to ensure that the opportunities provided, furnish them with a breadth and depth of learning that will prepare them for future learning and success.

Hornton Primary School is set within the picturesque village of Hornton, in the North Oxfordshire countryside. There is a high proportion of farming families in the area as well as families who have lived in the village and surrounding villages for many generations. As with many other small village schools, the children who attend our School do not only come from the village and the surrounding villages, but also from our nearest town, Banbury. Children come to Hornton School with varied experiences and ideas based on their own personal circumstances, presenting us with a divided cultural demographic, that we are proud to be the educators of.

Our role at Hornton Primary School is to ensure our curriculum builds on the strengths and addresses the challenges of our location, to enable all children to develop a depth and breadth of knowledge and experiences, both from within and outside of their contextual understanding.

Our curriculum makes the most of our location:

  • The dramatic local history, looking at the events at Broughton Castle and the Battle of Edgehill. 
  • Exploring the economics and traditions of the local farming community, both past and present. 
  • The polyethnicity of the thriving market town of Banbury.
  • The historical impact of the Oxford Canal, putting Banbury on the trade map.

Our curriculum addresses the challenges of our location:

  • Exploring life further afield, how does it differ from city living and the world beyond.
  • Transport links. What doors do they open?
  • Road safety.


Mental Health and Well-being

Research suggests that, when asked, adults find it difficult to remember what they did at primary school, whereas they remember the emotions they felt. At Hornton Primary School, we recognise the immeasurable impact emotional literacy has on learning and the development of resilience. 

Children’s emotional well-being is the solid platform on which our curriculum is built.

We believe that, through our social learning agenda, of

  • Whole school/Cross phase learning activities
  • Cross phase responsibilities
  • Celebration assemblies
  • Child led learning
  • Dedicated PHSE curriculum
  • Consistency
  • Strong pastoral care
  • Whole family involvement
  • Parent workshops
  • Safe environments (both physically and mentally)
  • Wellbeing Champions,

we are giving the children the emotional scaffolding needed to allow them to reach their full potential.

Our ideology aims to create an educational climate where children learn together and learn from each other, where collaboration and communication are the key to success. Our creative and responsive curriculum is delivered with flair, compassion and flexibility, to ensure all children can access an inspiring, contextual and emotionally embedded educational experience. Positive role modelling encourages all stakeholders to value and celebrate the creativeness and uniqueness within themselves and in others.

Our approach to cultivating young minds, aims to support children to grow into tolerant, respectful, responsible, independent and confident individuals, who are prepared for a successful future.

Don't take our word for it, come and see for yourself!