Learning at Hartley

At Hartley Primary School, we strongly believe that our children have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum that is engaging, exciting and inspiring.

A curriculum that promotes the development of pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as, encouraging the growth of strong values which enable all of our children to make outstanding progress.

In order for our children to develop the tools necessary to be successful, lifelong learners, we have identified three core values which underpin all that we do as a school. 

What do our values look like in terms of our curriculum?

A curriculum that supports the children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to become successful learners, honest individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society.
In practice this means that our curriculum will:

  • Give children the opportunity to explore moral issues through classroom discussions and other areas of the curriculum (SMSC).
  • Promote a sense of decency and honesty where children are given the opportunity to self-evaluate their learning, making them reflective learners.
  • Challenge children to work hard and try their best in all areas of the curriculum.

A curriculum where children have similar experiences regardless of their abilities and needs. A curriculum that will immerse all learners to inspire and engage them whilst developing a range of key life skills. A curriculum that reflects the interest of all pupils to further stimulate their learning.  
In practice this means that our curriculum will:

  • Enable children to have equal access to the curriculum through differentiated classroom activities.
  • Encourage children to choose their own challenges based on their understanding of the lesson content.
  • Give children equal opportunity to acquire new skills and therefore make accelerated progress in all curriculum areas.

A curriculum that encourages compassionate learners, who have tolerance, respect for other cultures and who appreciates and celebrate the diversity in the local community.
In practice this means that our curriculum will:

  • Enable pupils to be culturally enriched through our IPC whole school theme approach and the text- based literacy learning and festival assemblies.
  • Create happy learners with good self- esteem that are enthusiastic and eager to learn.
  • Develop a calm and purposeful learning environment where teachers and pupils feel safe.
  • Promote empathy and compassion through various subject content and through the provision of after school learning.

Our expectation is that children at Hartley will embrace, embody and display these values throughout their education here at Hartley and beyond, growing up to be effective global citizens.

The teaching of English is based around quality texts to encourage pupils to read often and widely. Our children will be taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.

Children will also be inspired to write fluently and becoming good, confident communicators. They will develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation and taught the correct use of grammar.

For phonics we use the Read, Write Inc. programme in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  We also use the Read Write Inc Literacy and Language programme in Year 2 when pupils are ready. This enhances our reading and writing and challenges the children to be independent learners.

In Years 1 and 3 we are introducing the Maths No Problem approach which is led by world- leading maths mastery experts Dr Yeap Ban Har and See Bee Huay from Singapore. For more information visit: www.mathsnoproblem.co.uk

In Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 Maths is taught using the National Curriculum 2014 framework and objectives.

International Primary Curriculum
At Hartley, we teach Art, Geography, History and Design Technology through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning.

The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach, helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. 

The main aim of the IPC is to improve the education of children globally, which is in alignment with our vision to ensure that we give our children at Hartley Primary every opportunity to be the best they can be.

For more information on the IPC visit: www.greatlearning.com

Our children are assessed against the Classroom Monitor objectives. This gives us a clear picture of the children’s progress against their age expected targets.

For more information on our curriculum and the way we teach, please contact the school office.

Curriculum for Early Years and Foundation Stage at Hartley Primary


Nursery and Reception follow a topic approach with a different focus each half term. For each topic there is a list of core books that are used. There are seven areas of learning in the EYFS and these are covered in each topic. They include three Prime areas and four Specific areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Prime)
  • Communication and Language (Prime)
  • Physical Development (Prime)
  • Literacy (Specific)
  • Mathematics (Specific)
  • Understanding of the World (Specific)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (Specific)

The statutory framework for EYFS is used and the Development Matters statements are covered over the course of the year. Each is revisited several times. This approach works towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of a child's year in Reception.

Promoting British Values

The DfE has recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."
At Hartley these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

  • Pupils’ supportive behaviour towards their peers.
  • A curriculum that promotes critical thinking, opportunities for reflection and a celebration of achievements.
  • An open and safe environment in which children can express and share their views and practise moral decision-making.
  • Encouraging pupils to work collaboratively and providing opportunities for children to exercise leadership and responsibility.
  • Developing partnerships with outside agencies to extend pupils’ cultural awareness.
  • Reinforcing the schools cultural values through displays, themed weeks, projects etc.

'The school is a harmonious cohesive community…pupils demonstrate an appreciation of the cultural and religious diversity within and beyond the school' – Ofsted, 2010.

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