Curriculum matters

At Hartwell Primary school our main aim is to ensure that all children receive an excellent all round education built upon a foundation of basic skills which will equip them to be secondary ready and prepared for life in modern Britain. You can see a copy of the Long Term Map for all year groups.

Our intention is to teach the National curriculum in a way which motivates and engages all pupils. The way in which our curriculum is structured within a year group and across the year groups means that knowledge and skills are progressive and children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to use their knowledge and skills across the breadth of our curriculum. This is done in a way to support knowledge retention as our choice of topics across each term allow links to be made and learning to be more meaningful.

Each topic opens with a “key”: a task which will serve to stimulate the children’s interest and raise questions about the learning to come. The topic closes with a “lock”: an experience which serves to lock in the learning which has taken place i.e. a presentation to a given audience or a visit to a relevant setting. Topic outlines are shared with parents in order that they can support the children’s learning outside of school. Individual Curriculum overviews can be found on the class pages.

We believe that securing basic skills are a crucial part of our teaching and children are expected to apply their basic skills across all aspects of the curriculum. Children are motivated through reward schemes such as “144 club” membership for learning times tables and the bronze to platinum spelling awards.

Reading and Phonics

At Hartwell Primary School we pride ourselves on being avid readers and value the joy reading brings to all. Reading is the cornerstone that our curriculum is built upon!

In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use 'Read, Write, Inc Phonics' to teach children's early reading and writing skills. In Classes R & 1 children are taught a Phonics session daily and throughout the day will have a range of opportunities to rehearse and refine their skills. In Class 2 and beyond, 'Read, Write, Inc' is used according to the needs of the children.

We are able to offer children a range of reading books that support progression in reading. Our library is well stocked and inviting: all children have weekly access to our library where children in older year groups select their reading books and all children have the opportunity to choose a 'library book'.

In Key Stage 2 (and some of Class 2), children follow 'Accelerated Reader', known as 'AR'. This system guides children's reading book selection to be appropriately challenging to their word reading age and their reading comprehension age. AR covers fiction and non-fiction books, providing children with a vast reading choice!

Please click here to see our Grammar Glossary for parents.

Information Technology

We are committed to equipping children with the necessary skills needed for life in a technologically rich society. We teach all children a wide range of computing skills, following the National Curriculum for Computing. We use IT to enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum. We teach and support children to be safe independent users of IT, extending learning opportunities outside of lesson time. 

P.E and Sports

We believe that encouraging our children to lead active and healthy lives is a crucial part of our role as a school. We use 'Real PE' as our scheme of work to progressively guide children's skill acquisition and we also teach a wide range of sports for children to use their skills learnt in 'Real PE'. Our intent is that by combining Real PE and a range of sports children are motivated to participate in sports and exercise outside of school. At our school, we offer the opportunity to employ these skills in a range of competitive situations both within school and through the School Sports Partnership. We also offer children participation in games and exercise through a wide range of extra-curricular clubs.

In November 2018, we were very excited to introduce the 'Daily Mile'. We have a bespoke running track on our field where all children, run, jog or run everyday. Since this time we have seen children's fitness levels improve and we've had greater success in the external sports competitions we have participated in. It's been amazing to see what just 10 minutes a day can do!

The Arts

We are committed to offering our children a range of opportunities through the arts. The arts are not only a means of expression for all pupils but also support the learning of basic skills, the building of self-confidence and the opportunity to explore different cultural dimensions.


As a Church school we strive to ensure high quality teaching in R.E. We follow the Peterborough Diocese Board of Education Syllabus for R.E. and our long term map can be found by clicking here. The R.E. curriculum is enriched through visits and visitors giving our children relevant first hand experiences to make their learning real.

Geography language Progression

The following is a list of words which your child will meet during their Geography studies. While the list is not statutory, it is helpful for your child to become familiar with them in a Geographical context during the year. They are not intended as a test list but show the kind of language staff will use and explain in lessons to broaden your child's knowledge and understanding of Geography.

Reception, Year 1 & 2 Geography Vocabulary List

Year 3 & 4 Geography Vocabulary List

Year 5 & 6 Geography Vocabulary List

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