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Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School
Learn to Love – Love to Learn!

Heartwood Curriculum

Making a Difference

A Memorable Curriculum 

Please note: due to the potential impact from the COVID-19 school closures, we are currently delivering a recovery curriculum, with the aim to get the planned curriculum back in place by Summer 2021. 


We aim to provide a safe, nurturing environment and a rich variety of experiences so that all pupils are able to flourish and discover their unique strengths and talents. Our mission is to enable every child to enjoy a life filled with meaning and purpose, underpinned by Christian values, a love of learning and an eagerness to make the world a better place.


Our curriculum is called  ‘Making a Difference’ as all our learning is guiding our children to grow and develop into wonderful and thoughtful citizens who make a difference to their community and society. Each unit of learning will work towards a purposeful act that will make a difference. 

The language rich, and hands on learning experiences in which our vision and values are woven through are engaging and exciting for our children. Based on deepening knowledge and skills our children are given the skills for life to become artists, historians, scientists, designers, musicians, mathematicians, writers, readers, geographers and sports men and women. 

We plan to broaden the range of experiences for our children including visitors, experiences and trips around the country and a potential trip to France in Year  6!


Children at Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School Learn to love- love to learn!

"Live life in all its fullness" (John 10:10)


At Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which enriches the children's knowledge and skills through fun experiences and hands on learning.


We have the '78 of the things that children at Heartwood Primary experience before they are 12' which enhances our curriculum offer and gives our children a wealth of experiences, skills and vocabulary. 


Find information about our curriculum subjects here. If you require any further information regarding the curriculum we follow please email or call the school Office and ask for Mrs McMillen.


At Heartwood, promoting diversity is an extremely important value.

We are aware that our Primary school consists predominantly of white British pupils. Their day-to-day experiences do not expose them to a very broad cultural background. One of our areas for improvement is to help children learn more about the customs and beliefs of the many different communities in our own country and to develop the core values of acceptance and respect. Conversations with and between children demonstrate a lack of awareness of diversity at times – we want to change this and to challenge stereotypical views.


At Heartwood, diversity is celebrated throughout as many curriculum areas as possible and we are constantly seeking opportunities to extend this further. Our aim is to provide as many opportunities as possible in order for our children to widen and enrich their understanding and acceptance of different cultures.  

We are conscious that diversity is not an add on thing. Our books, resources and toys reflect a wide range of cultures and diversities. Celebrations of key black influencers, both male and female are carefully planned throughout the school curriculum. 

Long Term Topic Plan

This is the long term topic plan. It is a working document as we are working on enriching and developing our curriculum. 

We have planned for when the school has KS2 cohorts to ensure that there is progression and knowledge and skills are built upon. 

Each topic opens with an enquiry question and an area of the curriculum where the learning will dig deeper and build on the children's prior knowledge and skills. The curriculum is named 'Making a Difference' as each unit will ensure that the children are having a impact on their school, community, country and world around them to help them to continue to develop into wonderful citizens. 

Long Term Topic Plan



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2





What will we find on a bear hunt?

Which colours can you see?

Who are our superheroes?

Why did the Gingerbread Man run away?

What can we make with nature?



What can we find down on the farm?









What is nice about ice?



Who’s the King of the jungle?

What can we see under the sea?


How big is a dinosaur?





Where can we go for help?


When is bedtime?


Can we visit the moon?

How tall is a beanstalk?


Where do minibeasts live?


Where do shells come from?







Great Artists in history







Year 1

Were the three pigs good builders?




How do God’s creations grow?



Who are we? Where do we live? How do we grow?




Did the Great Fire of London change the way we live today?



 What is great about Great Britain?






Could we have tea with a tiger?

Animals including humans

















Year 2

Are we destroying our planet?


Materials – plastic

 Black History Heroes



Did Pop Art change the way people created art?


Who would win a battle

between knights and dragons?  Zog text


Mumbai/ Norfolk 

Could a polar bear  live in Africa?










Year 3

Will we end up creating a tin forest?


Why is our church standing after so many years?

Artist- Faith Ringold



Is ok to fight for land? (Romans, Vikings and Anglo- Saxons)

 Who is the The Red Dragon of Cadwaladr



Wales- counties, major cities, land use 



The rainforest

















Subject Key


We are scientists


We are historians


We are geographers


We are artists


We are designers (D.T)




PE- Children have weekly PE sessions with a qualified sports coach the their teacher. In addition to this, each class has at least 15-20 minutes extra exercise daily. We use GET SET PE for our PE curriculum. 


R.E is taught in enquiry blocks, please see the RE page for more details. 


Forest school is taught weekly by our Forest school teacher.  Please see the Forest school page for more information. 

EYFS- Wonderlust experience, focus on Speaking and Listening Skills 

KS1/KS2- hands on Science focus 


Music- We have a music teacher who is employed by the school, music is taught throughout the year. 


Modern Foreign Languages- We teach French in year 3 weekly


RSHE-  This is planned carefully into real life contexts and alongside themes for contextual learning. Please see the RSHE page for more information. 



What will the children be learning each half term?

Promoting Fundamental British Values

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs