Harpur Hill Primary School

Trent Avenue, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9LP

01298 23261



The National Curriculum

At Harpur Hill Primary School, we deliver a broad and balanced creative curriculum based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and Religious Education. 



The primary national curriculum includes the core areas of learning and experience which are essential to children's development and defined within the National Curriculum.
These are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Religious Education

Children will also study the following foundation subjects:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • PE
  • Design Technology
  • PSHE

The National Curriculum for primary schools can be found below:

    Primary National Curriculum


Our Curriculum Aims

At Harpur Hill, we believe that the curriculum is about more than separate subject knowledge, and at its best, it provides a vehicle that opens a pupil’s mind and equips him/her with the knowledge and skills needed for later life.

To this end, we believe that the curriculum should be:

  • Broad and balanced
  • Practical and challenging
  • Stimulating and exciting
  • Integrated and experiential
  • Open- ended and child- centered
  • Able to be owned and personalised by individual children

 In striving for this, we can help our pupils to develop:

Lively, enquiring minds with the ability to question, to argue rationally and be able to apply themselves to tasks.

Knowledge, skills and practical abilities relevant to the needs of adult life at home, work, at leisure and as citizens.

A reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs including a respect for and understanding of other people’s religious, moral and cultural values and ways of life

An understanding of the social, economic and political order of their country and the world and feel that they are part of this process and can contribute to it.

An appreciation of human achievement in art, music, drama, science, technology, physical pursuits and literature; and to experience a sense of achievement in some of those fields.

A sense of self-respect, the capacity to live full and active lives as independent self-motivated adults with the will and wisdom to contribute to the welfare of others and society.

Co-operative and interpersonal skills by learning to share common objectives through working in groups.


Learning Journeys

Our curriculum is organised into subjects as well as a series of lessons or ‘learning journeys’ that aim to capture the interests of the children whilst making the learning relevant to them. This planned school curriculum must also meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. We aim to deliver an engaging, skills-based curriculum, taught through rich social and cultural experiences that are both locally and globally relevant.

Our learning journeys require teachers to think carefully what their curriculum should include in order to meet the needs of the children whilst at the same time, aiming for high standards in all subject areas.

We use a combination of a topic-based approach to the curriculum combined with subject lessons across the school. The planned topics involve linking some subject areas through a common theme or project designed to ensure the children are interested in purposeful learning.

Alongside the class topic planning, the teachers will also focus on basic skills in the core subjects of English, mathematics, and science.