Hartley Primary Academy provides a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that meets the needs of all the children.

Foundation Stage

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the learning in the Foundation Stage. All of these areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three prime areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

There are four other specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

The Early Learning Goals can be accessed here.

Key Stage 1 and 2

The National Curriculum forms the basis of Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum along with some aspects of the International Primary Curriculum in Key Stage 2. Most of the subjects are taught using carefully planned Quest topics.  The children are involved from the very start within the planning of each Quest. All Quests adequately cover the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our objective is to present work in a way which provides opportunities for skills, attitudes and knowledge to be applied and practised in a variety of circumstances. Teachers at Hartley provide cross curricular links within their curriculum planning in order to make connections between prior knowledge and experiences and new information and experiences. Such connections help the children to make sense of our world and develop their capacity to learn.

Please find below an outline for each year group of what will be taught over the academic year using the new curriculum which is statutory from September 2014.  As an academy we have the flexibility and freedom to make our own decisions about our curriculum, however we feel that moving away significantly from the National Curriculum could disadvantage children who may come to us from other schools or if our children move to different schools.  When children move to Secondary schools they will be expected to have covered the National Curriculum.

It is important to note that there may be some minor differences given that within some subjects certain topics may have already been taught earlier in the Key Stage or may not have been taught in the newly-specified year group and therefore there may be some slight deviations from that which has been published on our website.

The National Curriculum still allows us to retain some flexibility and topics that we know the children really enjoy and stimulate effective learning will still be included.  There is still the flexibility to respond to historical, national or local events and follow the children’s interests.

As you will see, the curriculum is increasingly crowded and it is very difficult to fit everything in to the children’s working week; we will still be working in a cross-curricular way whenever possible, maintaining our ‘Quest’ approach to learning to ensure an exciting and challenging cross curricular learning experience for the children each term and still offering a broad and rich curriculum.

Curriculum 2018/19

Term 1 Newsletters – please link on a year group to access their respective newsletter:

Year 1, Year 2 , Year 3 , Year 4 , Year 5 , Year 6

Phonics and reading schemes 

Click here to find out more about the phonics and reading schemes we are using at Hartley Primary Academy.

Find out more about the curriculum we are following:

Click on the links to find out more about:

Parents’ Guide


Click here for a Guide for Parents that has been developed for schools by Michael Tidd and Rising Stars.

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