Kents Hill Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 5PS


Mr Michael Thomas

Kents Hill Junior School


School Curriculum


Curriculum overview

‘The school has a unique and exciting chosen approach to the delivery of the curriculum….Pupils very much enjoy these opportunities to acquire and practise different skills’ Oftsed 2017


At Kents Hill Junior School, we strive to present the best possible learning opportunities to our children and continually review and evaluate the curriculum being offered. Our curriculum is designed to meet the current and future needs and aspirations of our children as well as make the most of the learning opportunities offered on our doorstep.

We believe that a broad, balanced and creative curriculum will not only result in excellence and enjoyment but will also drive the push towards higher standards and profound life-long learning.  We want to own an outstanding primary curriculum that will challenge and inspire all our pupils and prepare them for the future. We aim for all of our children to become:

  • Successful learners who achieve and enjoy learning
  • Confident individuals who can live safe and healthy lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and achieve economic well being

The curriculum:

  • Ensures a robust curriculum that meets National Curriculum requirements
  • Develops skills that are transferable and which support life-long learning
  • Better equips children for their future...including changes that we cannot even anticipate now
  • Provides opportunities for child-initiated learning
  • Provides rich learning and teaching opportunities based on excellence and enjoyment 


Our curriculum is designed to ensure that at all stages, pupils are able to apply what they have learnt towards a specified audience and purpose. 



Maths and English - Pupils are taught maths and English daily.  Some groups are taught in classes and some in mixed ability sets.  

Short courses - Some subjects are taught by specialist teachers.  Pupils complete a different short course every half term (six short courses in total every year). 

Skills and challenge - In the first half of each term, pupils learn a variety of skills and improve their knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects.  In the second half of each term, pupils apply what they have learnt to a specified challenge.

Other subjects - Some subjects taught by class teachers are not linked with the rest of the curriculum (e.g. PE and PSHE).        


Short courses

In order to ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced, engaging and challenging, we employ subject specialists to teach 6 short courses.  Pupils attend each short course with their class every day for half a term.  We have found this method of organisation leads to rapid and sustained progress and our short courses have led to raising aspirations of many of our pupils.  The current short courses are:

  • Healthy living
  • Violin
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Education