Our school’s curriculum intent
The Harrington Hill curriculum has been designed to be in-depth, wide ranging and ambitious. It aims to provide all pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life through memorable learning experiences. Our curriculum strives to be culturally diverse, reflecting the rich and wonderful cultural tapestry we celebrate as a school community.
The curriculum at Harrington Hill is underpinned by four key drivers: curiosity, environment, identity & diversity and life skills.
We want Harrington Hill pupils to be curious about the world. Our curriculum encourages critical and creative thinking, often through enquiry based, experiential learning and question based, open-ended lessons.
We want Harrington Hill pupils to care about the environment and the world around them. Our curriculum therefore focuses on issues of sustainability whilst also aiming to provide opportunities for pupils to learn about their local area, engage with the community and learn about/support the work of chosen charities.
We want Harrington Hill pupils to feel proud of their identity whilst also celebrating the rich and wonderful diversity around them. Throughout the year, our pupils study different world religions and learn more about their own culture whilst also exploring and learning about the cultures of others. Our school places great emphasis on inclusivity, whilst promoting equal opportunities and the importance of building children’s self-worth.
We want Harrington Hill pupils to leave school with the life skills they need to succeed confidently in the wider world. During their time at primary school, and by way of the curriculum, we aim to build independent and resilient learners – active learners who are adept at problem solving and able to work cooperatively with others, resolving conflict when it arises.
Our school’s curriculum implementation
At Harrington Primary school, we plan and deliver the whole curriculum (drawn from the National Curriculum and including school initiatives and projects) throughout the year.
As shown on our whole school curriculum map, the school has a common subject focus each term:
Summer: Art and DT
Each year group’s half termly Knowledge Organisers provide information on the topics covered within each of these focus subject areas. Where possible, cross curricular links are made but where this is not meaningful, subjects are taught independently to avoid tenuous links.
Community involvement is a vital part of our curriculum – making the most of our local area, businesses, community groups and wider world links helps our children to see and experience learning through real life experiences.
Our teachers have regular CPD opportunities, team training and team meetings to build on subject knowledge and to discuss progress and attainment of their children.