Curriculum

At Harpfield Primary Academy, our vision for the curriculum is to challenge each child to reach their full intellectual, creative, physical and emotional potential through a fully integrated curriculum.  We encourage ALL children to become independent, life-long learners by developing intellectual curiosity, a thirst for discovery and achievement, a sense of understanding and compassion for others and the courage to act on their beliefs. We strive to create a diverse community that fosters mutual respect and social responsibility, enhanced by a strong partnership between home and school.

The curriculum at Harpfield is a broad and balanced curriculum which is vibrant and engaging for our children. We provide opportunities for children to use and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills accumulated through meaningful, exciting and enjoyable contexts. We believe that the most effective way to deliver the curriculum is based around exciting and challenging stories/novels. This approach allows most subjects to be taught in a cross-curricular way so that our children can deepen their learning across different subject areas. However, to avoid tenuous links, some subjects will be taught discretely: Mathematics, Science, Computing, MFL, Music RE, PSHE and PE (links made where appropriate). Children’s choice is also at the heart of our curriculum; children have the opportunity to express their ideas about what they want to learn about both within set topics and additional topics that they choose to be integrated into our curriculum throughout the year.

At Harpfield, we wish to reinforce the importance of citizenship and British values by ensuring our curriculum offers our pupils the chance to learn about their local environment, culture and heritage.

Our curriculum will have planned:

  • WOW! experiences including educational visits and visitors
  • Links to class novels
  • Children’s choice
  • Mastery learning; differentiated by basic, advancing, deepening outcomes
  • Cross-curricular approaches to learning
  • Use of ICT
  • A focus on the local environment, culture and heritage

 Organisation:

  • Literacy (including Speaking & Listening, Drama, Phonics, Reading, Writing, MFL – German);
  • Mathematics;
  • Science & Technology (Including Science, Design Technology & Computing);
  • Humanities (including History, Geography and RE);
  • Creative Arts & Design (including Art & Design, Music and Performing Arts);
  • Physical Health & Well-Being (including PE & Games and PSHCE);