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.

To see the Curriculum Overview, click here

Our curriculum plans are informed by Substantive Knowledge, the knowledge that the children learn during lessons, and Disciplinary Knowledge, the progression of subject specific skills.

Our Curriculum is a working document and is being developed.

Art – Taught as a discrete subject using the Suffolk Art Scheme. Click here Click here
Computing – Taught as a discrete subject using the Keychain Computing Curriculum Click here Click here
Design Technology – Taught as a discrete subject using the DT Association Projects on a Page Click here Click here
French – Taught using the MAT French Curriculum Click here Click here
Geography Click here Click here
History Click here Click here
Music – Taught as a discrete subject using the Charanga Curriculum Click here Click here
PE – Taught as a discrete curriculum using the Cambridge Scheme of Work Click here Click here
PSHE – Taught as a discrete subject using the PSHE Association Curriculum Click here Click here
RE – Taught as a discrete subject using the Emmanuel Project Click here Click here
Science – Taught as a discrete subject using Snap Science Click here Click here

EYFS Long Term Plan – Click Here

Hedgehogs’ Curriculum Overview – Click Here

Squirrels’ Curriculum Overview – Click Here

Kestrels’ Curriculum Overview – Click Here

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.

Click here for our Reading skills progression.

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