School Curriculum

Our Curriculum Promise

At Hartburn Primary School, our Curriculum Promise is a guarantee of a high quality, rigorous and creative curriculum where the needs of your child are at the centre. Our curriculum promotes high standards and excellence in all areas. In addition to academic and creative subjects, we promote independence, questioning, life skills and a desire to learn in a fun, caring and mutually supportive environment. We provide the Programmes of Study outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum, details of which can be found at National Primary Curriculum in England in addition to skills and learning opportunities over and above this.

Our Approach

While Mathematics and English skills are taught discretely, most other subjects are taught through an Imaginative Learning Project (ILP) using the Cornerstones approach.


Each ILP has a theme and specific subjects as a main focus. Teaching and learning takes place using the following structure:

Engage: This stage provides the children with a memorable experience on which to contextualise their future learning. The memorable experience may involve an educational visit, having visitors in school, handling objects or taking part in an activity that engages all of the senses.

Develop: During this stage, deep teaching and learning of new concepts takes place.

Innovate: The children are presented with a problem, challenge or provocation which they have to apply their skills and new learning to in order to solve it.

Express: This is an opportunity to share what has been learned to a wider audience within school and the community.

Where possible, all learning takes place within the context of the Imaginative Learning Project and many of the children’s writing are linked to this. Opportunities for History, Geography, Science, Art & Design, Design Technology, Music and Computing

Some subjects, or elements of subjects, need to be taught separately if they do not naturally fit into an ILP. These include: Mathematics, P.E, R.E and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).

Imaginative Learning Projects

Each child from Year 1 to Year 6 will take part in a maximum of six Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) per year. Our Nursery and Reception pupils in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) take part in a variety of Interest Based Learning Projects. Each Project incorporates several curriculum subjects but does have one subject as a main focus. Computing is used within all Projects in addition to those elements taught separately. Each ILP is cross-referenced with the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

For further information, about Cornerstones ILPs please click on Curriculum Maps below

To find out more detail about the curriculum for each year please go onto the individual year group page.

Term dates and holidays

Academic Year 2017/2018

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