The Curriculum: 

Our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow.

At Hartest Church of England Primary School the curriculum is designed to:

– recognise children’s prior learning,

– provide first hand learning experiences,

– allow the children to develop interpersonal skills,

– build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

Underpinning everything we do are our focus on vocabulary, BLP (Building Learning Power), our Christian and British Values, as well as life skills. Our aim is to ensure that our children have the resilience to overcome barriers, are equipped to be effective learners and have the social skills to be valuable and caring members of the community.

Our curriculum is driven by ‘Big Ideas’ rather than subject content.  By leading pupils to consider the context in which they will use their understanding, concept-based learning brings real world meaning to content, knowledge and skills.

Children leave Hartest Church of England Primary School with a sense of belonging to a community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

To see our Curriculum Vision for 2022, Click here.

 Working Curriculum

Each term our children have a Topic.  The drivers for the topics are Geography and History and can be seen on the Curriculum Overview.  Each topic has a list of Outcomes that need to be met by the end of the topic – they can be seen by clicking on the topic name.

Hedgehogs 2021-2022 Transport Weather Our School in the Local Area
Squirrels 2021-2022 Roman Empire and Interventions Rainforests Tudors
2022-2023 Famous for More than 5 Minutes Castles Oceans and Seas
Kestrels 2020-2021  


and Ancient Greeks



Rivers, Mountains and Coasts


Vikings and Anglo Saxons

(Settlement by the Anglo-Saxons and the Scots)

2021-2022 Dinosaurs and Fossils

Stone Age to Iron Age

Earth Matters Migration
2022-2023 Ancient Egypt Comparing People and Places

The Maya


EYFS Long Term Plan – Click Here

Hedgehogs’ Curriculum Overview – Click Here

Squirrels’ Curriculum Overview – Click Here

Kestrels’ Curriculum Overview – Click Here

Each topic has a list of Outcomes that need to be met by the end of the topic, an example is The Romans in Britain (Squirrels’ topic: Cycle 1, Autumn Term) where the History learning is clearly listed – Click Here

All other subjects are taught as discrete subjects.  Please click on the subject name to see the overview:

Art Overview   Computing Overview   Design Technology Overview   French Overview  Music  PSHE Overview  PE Overview  RE Overview

Knowledge Progression documents are being populated from our new curriculum and will appear for each subject below once completed.

Art    Computing    Design Technology    French    Geography    History    Music    PSHE    PE    RE

Early Reading and Phonics

At Hartest we use Read Write Inc (RWI) as our Phonic programme.  Click here for an overview of Phonics at our school.

We work with the Myland English Hub.


At Hartest we are developing into a Maths Mastery School.  We are working with the Angles Maths Hub and are part of the NCETM Number Mastery Programme.

Click here for an overview of Maths at our school.

Curriculum Enrichment Passport

As part of our curriculum work across the MAT, we wanted to ensure that within our schools, all children had the same opportunity to take part in a range of common experiences.  Please Click Here for information about our MAT Curriculum Enrichment Passports.

The activities have been divided between the classes.  Click on the class names to see their Class Curriculum Enrichment Passports.

Hedgehog Class                                 Squirrel Class                                         Kestrel Class

A Guide for Parents

The new national curriculum in English Primary schools Guide, to download – Click Here

Religious Education and Collective Worship

To read more about our Religious Education and Collective Worship plans please click on the links below:

Religious Education

Collective Worship Themes