Harpur Hill Primary School & Nursery

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Learning Journeys

Our curriculum reflects the steps children take in learning - building, strengthening and applying their knowledge and skills as they progress through the school.




The curriculum is organised as a series of  ‘learning journeys’  that are designed to capture the interests of the children whilst making the learning relevant to them. This planned school curriculum fully meets the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Our aim is to deliver an engaging, skills-based curriculum, taught through rich social and cultural experiences that are both locally and globally relevant.

Learning journeys require teachers to plan 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.

Each class has a long term plan overview, outlining the different topics to be studied. Our learning journey units start with a main question to be answered over the course of the term. At the start of a new unit, children will be asked what they already know and what they want to know. The children’s ideas and suggestions will then be used to plan a series of ‘learning challenges’ (lessons/activities) posed as questions. Involving the children this way leads to greater enjoyment and engagement in learning.


Bear Grylls Y5 Learning Journey      


Learning journey units include opportunities for pupil reflection and intended outcomes, encouraging them to present their learning and then evaluate it. For example, at the end of a topic on the Romans, pupils may set up their classroom as a museum and invite parents to come in and look at artefacts and read information leaflets.

Children will be encouraged to present their learning to others as this enables learning at greater depth It encourages greater pride and ownership, builds confidence, speaking and listening skills, and also involves parents/carers in learning.

Individual class learning journey units can be found here: Classes