About Our Lessons

A number of our lessons throughout school are planned around the Paragon Curriculum. Visit our Brochure page to find out more.





Children do synthetic phonics every day in groups based on their ability. Teachers aim to read individually with children once a week and swap books with children three times a week. There are Guided Reading sessions every day with some follow up activites.

Children have lots of independent reading time.

We have a range of Reading Scheme books such as Oxford Reading Tree , Songbirds, Alpha Blocks phonics books and other independent schemes.

Books are banded to match the childrens’ abilities.


At Heron Park Academy we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons with paragon. Art enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing work. We do this best through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods and the work of others, and say what they think and feel about them. We give children the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.


At Heron Park Primary Academy RE enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. We develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths and address questions concerning, for example, the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children to learn from religions as well as about religious.