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Harehills Curriculum

NOTE: This section is currently being reviewed.

September 2014 saw the introduction of the new National Curriculum for all schools in England.

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


At Harehills Primary School we have consulted pupils, staff and parents in or to develop a deep understanding of what successful learning looks like for all. This has resulted in the creation of some key principles that underpin our bespoke Harehills school curriculum.


The National Curriculum states that the following subjects are compulsory across Key Stages 1 and 2

 Key stage 1Key stage 2
Age 5-7 7-11
Year groups 1-2 3-6
Core subjects    
Foundation subjects    
Art and design
Design and technology
Physical education


All schools are also required to teach Religious Education at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and must make provision for PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education, drawing on good practice.

Schools are free to include other subjects or topics of their choice within the planning and design of their own curriculum.


The Key Principles of the Harehills Curriculum


  • At Harehills Primary School we want to create a curriculum which will enable our children to learn, laugh and love.
  • To prepare our learners with the skills to respond to opportunities, responsibilities and experiences.
  • To create quality activities, enabling children to develop happy and lasting memories.
  • To ensure high expectations are embedded within an effective curriculum.
  • To promote high quality teaching and learning to inspire, motivate and challenge all learners.
  • Staff and children are deliberately ambitious in all that they do and barriers to learning and achievement are recognised and removed.
  • Enable children to have the essential knowledge and skills needed to be educated citizens and proactive members of the community.
  • Ultimately we aim to provide a rich, relevant curriculum that will be broad and balanced and enable all children to live a ‘life fit 4 learning’


Through the Harehills Curriculum we want to develop learners who can;

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Harehills Curriculum Design

The content of the National Curriculum is delivered through themes across the school.

    Within each learning experience there will be;
  • Inspirational Starter Lesson (ISL) / A clear purpose for learning
  • Key text(s) that will maximise reading opportunities and extended writing
  • Speaking and Listening embedded within teaching and learning that includes the teaching of specific vocabulary
  • Real experiences which provide and reinforce context for children
    (trips, visitors, props, role-play etc…)
  • Extensive opportunities for basic skills in Literacy and Numeracy to be developed and applied
  • Links to prior learning and clear progression within skills developed
  • A broad range of activities that incorporate and include visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles.


As an introduction to each theme staff will provide children with the opportunity to discuss prior experiences and knowledge. This will then be used as a foundation for them to build upon their skills and shape the pathway of learning that they will follow. Key attributes from our curriculum statement will be identified and used as a focus throughout the theme.

All evidence of work and progress made by the children will be recorded within a ‘theme book’. This will enable children to reflect upon their individual learning journeys and self-assess against the key attributes and required outcomes.

In addition to the themes there will also be direct teaching of Phonics, Basic Skills including SPAG, PE, PSHE and RE. A cross-curricular approach which encompasses healthy living and global dimensions will also be used across the school.

The Whole School Curriculum Overview

Click on a year group to see the long term plan for that year.

Whole school overview

Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

You can download a printable copy of our Curriculum Statement here

Curriculum Statement Sept 2014


For further information about the curriculum content within individual year groups please ask your child's class teacher. We will be adding more information here soon.


Foundation 1 (Nursery) and Foundation Stage 2 (Reception) use the curriculum guidance for the Foundation Stage to plan the learning environment, activities and experiences for the Early Years curriculum.

KS1 follow letters and sounds in order to teach phonics with children completing a phonics screening check at the end of year 1. Children who do not pass this check recieve additional support in year 2, re-taking the check at the end of KS1. KS1 mainly uses the Oxford Reading Tree to support reading in school. This scheme is supplimented with other teaching resources where appropriate.

Our school has a computer suite that allows whole class teaching of computer skills. Computers are also sited in every classroom. All classes have interactive whiteboards. All our computers are linked to a network and they have broadband Internet access.

In our school, children work at levels appropriate to their individual abilities and needs. A flexible approach is adopted, which means that children may be taught individually, in groups and as a whole class, as appropriate. More formal whole class teaching is evident at the upper end of the school.

Religious Education

All schools provide Religious Education for all pupils as part of the basic curriculum. We follow the requirements of the Leeds Agreed Syllabus. We aim to educate pupils in their own religion and that of others, so that they have some understanding of the major world religions.

Collective Worship

Assembly is a time when children meet to share activities, ideas and events. Each week our school introduces an ‘Ethos Statement’ which encompass such themes such as ‘forgiveness, respect, justice and love of ones neighbour.’ These themes are discussed and developed in class circle times and other assemblies throughout the week.

Children are told about significant Religious Festivals.

Parents who wish to withdraw their children from Religious Education or Assemblies may do so by informing the Head Teacher in writing.

Personal, Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.)

Our school P.S.H.E. curriculum aims to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life as future citizens.

All staff in school are committed to delivering a comprehensive programme of work in this area of the curriculum. This begins in the Foundation Stage with work focusing on, for example, ‘Growing and Changing’ and ‘Keeping Safe’.

In Key Stage 1 children will learn about, for example, ‘Healthy Lifestyles’, ‘My World Near and Far’ and ‘Feelings, Loss and Separation’.

In Key Stage 2 work will include, for example, ‘The World of Drugs’, ‘Active Citizenship’ and ‘Rights, Responsibilities, Pressures and Risks’.

Children in Years 5 and 6 will take part in lessons on ‘Growing up, Relationships and Puberty.’


Sports Provision (Physical Education)

Our school aims to provide a full and balanced curriculum for all children whatever gender or ability. The provision is both curricular and extra-curricular and includes; swimming, football, cricket, athletics, gymnastics, dance, tennis and rugby.

Children in Years 3 and 4 will go swimming weekly for one and a half terms.

We have specialist coaches who provide a variety of sporting activities for different year groups.

Premier Sport coaches work with children during lunchtimes and provide a wide range of activities to keep them active.