We teach a knowledge-rich curriculum underpinned by cognitive science, promoting community cohesion through an understanding of diversity and inclusion.

At Hillside we follow the CUSP (Curriculum with Unity Schools Partnership) for the majority of the subjects as it is:

  • ‘Connected’

  • ‘Cumulative’

  • ‘Coherent’

CUSP is underpinned by evidence, research and cognitive science. Modules are deliberately sequenced for robust progression and allows teachers to focus on the lesson.

There is an emphasis on oracy and vocabulary acquisition, retention and use to break down learning barriers and accelerate progress. A rich diet of language and vocabulary is deliberately planned for.


Specific skills are discreetly taught and practiced so that they become transferable. The sequenced modules activate prior learning, build on skills and deepen knowledge and understanding. Learning, vocabulary and content is cumulative; content is learned, retrieved and built upon.

Curriculum Information by Subjects

Please click on the icons below for Curriculum Information for each subject.