Our Curriculum

 Harbour Primary & Nursery Curriculum 

 At Harbour Primary & Nursery School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.  The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the necessary skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education, showing curiosity (motto Always Be Curious) and being willing to take risks and make mistakes, recognising these as valuable learning opportunities. In addition to their skills as learners, we also use our curriculum to promote the necessary social and inter-personal skills so that our children become successful members of a modern multi-cultural British community and global citizens, aware of how their values and behaviours impact on themselves and others.

 The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has a statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well.  In school this refers to both the Nursery and Reception Year.  It promotes teaching and learning and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.  Children who have not quite reached expected levels within the Early Learning Goals at the end of the reception year may need to work on achieving them as they enter Year 1.  There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children will progress to the National Curriculum.

A strong command of English and maths is vital for success across the whole curriculum. 


 Our English curriculum is based around quality texts. We aim to develop children’s abilities within an integrated approach to Speaking & Listening and Reading & Writing. We aim for our children to have an interest in books and read for enjoyment; to write with confidence, fluency and understanding and to orchestrate a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct. Our children will be supported in developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness. Children are given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills. The acquisition of phonic knowledge and the development of clear and confident speaking and listening skills is a significant part of the curriculum. We use the skills we have developed in our P4C sessions (Philosophy for Children) to extend our children further, developing debating and persuasive skills.  We are working hard to develop our spelling skills. 


 In Maths we prioritise three main strands: 

  • the acquisition and application of basic skills
  • problem solving
  • reasoning

Children have daily maths lessons following the National Curriculum and use a Mastery Approach. We use MathsMap as our planning tool to ensure continuity and progression both within and across years and key stages. To develop mental mathematics we use ‘Maths Passports’ to support our children in learning, retaining and recalling facts. We ask our parents to support their child’s learning in this area. We run tailored interventions in KS1 and KS2 to further support progress such as First Class @Number. Our children also make use of ICT to extend their mathematical learning both at school and at home using the ‘My Maths’ website and resources.

 Computing (and ICT)

 We aim for our children to confidently and independently use and apply computing skills to support and extend their learning.  We have developed a culture where the use of technology has become second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances of the future. We have a key emphasis on learning skills for computing; these include programming, debugging and exchanging information.  Our children are taught how to access information, evaluate its suitability, store it, share it with others and tailor it to meet their own needs.

 Digital Literacy is a big part of the curriculum, with children learning how to use ICT safely across the curriculum. Children undertake e-safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying or keeping information safe.

 The use of ICT is a core part of our curriculum, every child in Year 6 has their own tablet device and we use iPad and laptops extensively along with the desktops in our ICT suite and mini - suites around the school. We use green screen technology, make films, generate QR codes, and have our own  Radio Station.

 Foundation Subjects

 We use a skills based curriculum to teach History, Geography, Art and DT. Where there are strong links, we use a cross curricular approach. Each theme is usually enriched by an educational visit or a visiting expert. As well as valuing them in their own right, we use foundation subjects as an avenue for children to consolidate basic skills learnt in the core subjects.  


 We use Science Bug to support our planning and assessment. Science is either taught discreetly or as part of a theme; whichever fits the content of the curriculum most appropriately. Investigation skills are a key part of the science curriculum and given a high priority in lessons.


 Where possible, music is taught as part of a theme. If there are no obvious links then it is taught discreetly. In Year Four every child has access to a weekly class ukulele lesson and we have violin and keyboard lessons running in school for children to opt into should their families wish. Music Express and Charanga are used to support teachers’ delivery of the music National Curriculum.  Key Stage singing sessions provide opportunities for children to consolidate musical skills and our after school Glee Club is also very popular!


We provide 2 sessions of PE per week to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum, and make use of a Sports Coach to ensure that high quality PE is embedded across the school. Our rich PE curriculum ensures the children learn how to play a variety of games to further their dance, gymnastic, athletic and games skills. Swimming is taught in Year 4 and 5. We are the first primary school to be awarded a Gold Level Award in our area (‘Special congratulations go to Harbour Primary School in Newhaven who are our areas first ever primary school to be awarded the prestigious Gold Level Award. Their successes in encouraging participation in Level 1 intra school sport, involving young leaders and a sports crews in developing and running school sport and in particular the success of their Change for Life clubs are outstanding.’ July 2015)


RE is taught according to the East Sussex Locally Agreed Syllabus. This allows children to learn about the six major world religions through different topics such as special books and places of worship; developing understanding of and respect for local faith communities.


We learn Spanish. This is taught discreetly in Key Stage Two and in Key Stage One informal activities are used to introduce children to the language

At Harbour Primary we want you to be aware of what we are teaching in school. We send home termly letters from each year group to help you see how you can support your children's learning at home (see our letters section of this website.) Available to download here are curriculum maps for each Key Stage. If you have any questions about what is studied in each year please speak to your child's class teacher.

SMSC and British Values - see our values section of this website. You will also find examples of where these are covered on the curriculum overviews for each year group below.



Our Foundation Stage Village Long Term Plan


Year 1 Long Term Plan

Year 2 Long Term Plan

Reading Scheme and Phonics Information


Year 3 Long Term Plan

Year 4 Long Term Plan

Year 5 Long Term Plan

Year 6 Long Term Plan