Our Curriculum

A Comprehensive Curriculum

Our school delivers a comprehensive, skills based, thematic curriculum. It is designed to engage all learners by delivering learning through themes that are of real interest to our children.

The section below shows the themes, books and artists each year group will be studying as the school year progresses. Harvills also delivers discrete lessons in English, Mathematics, Science, R.E and PE.

  • Our Curriculum
  • Our Curriculum
  • Our Curriculum
  • Our Curriculum

Curriculum themes, books and artists...

Year Group Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Year 1

The Jolly Postman

Book: The Jolly Postman

Artist: LS Lowry


Book: Dinosaurs love Underpants!

Art Focus: Landscapes

Lighthouse Keeper

Book: The Lighthouse Keeper

Seaside Art Focus

Year 2

The Magic of the Nile

Book: Aristotle

Egyptian Art

Tip of the Iceberg

Book: The Penguin Who Wanted To Know

Artist: Inuit Art

Pirates Ahoy

Book: The Man whose Mother was a Pirate

Artist: Andre Derain

Year 3

Groovy Greeks

Book: 100 Greek Myths

Greek Art

Our England

Book: Naughtiest Girl Again

Artist: Andy Warhol


Book: Grandpa Chatterji

Indian Art

Year 4

The Vicious Vikings

Book: There is a Viking in my Bed! 

Viking Art


The Beast Quest

Artist: Adam Blade


Book: Running Wild

Artist: Oenone Hammersley

Year 5

The Vile Victorians

Book: Street Child

Artist: William Morris

Dungeons & Dragons

Book: Dragon Stories

Out of Africa

Book: Dear Olly

Artist: African Art

Year 6

World War 2

Book: Goodnight Mister Tom

Artist: Henri Matisse

Natural Disasters

Book: Refugee Boy

Artist: Matsushika Hokusai

Breaking News

Book: The Philosophers Stone


Philosophy for Children (P4C)

To enhance our curriculum yet further, our teachers are trained in the use of strategies that help lift our teaching to an outstanding level.

Harvills' staff use Philosophy for Children (P4C), specialist focus weeks (e.g. mathematics AT1 week) and collaborative learning to make the curriculum both rich and purposeful.

Our Curriculum
Our Curriculum

Harvills Focus Weeks

Our Focus Weeks, that take place throughout the school year, are based on different subjects. So far we have completed weeks on:

  • AT1 mathematics (see above)
  • Design and Technology
  • Diversity
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Food Technology
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