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Curriculum Overview


Learning at Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park is exciting, engaging and relevant.  It prepares children for the world we live in now and for our future.  In January 2014 we introduced a brand new curriculum which links learning to a theme.  Each half term there is a whole-school theme, which is then divided into year group specific aspects, and most subjects are taught through the theme where possible.

Our curriculum has been written to be in line with the new national curriculum for England. As half termly units are completed they will be published on our website.

There are daily lessons in English (Reading, Writing, Phonics, Spelling and Grammar) and Mathematics for children of all ages. This helps to make sure that they become confident readers, writers and mathematicians in the earliest years of their education.

Children also learn science, history, geography, RE, PE, art, design technology, drama, dance and music.  They study Personal, Social and Citizenship education and begin learning a modern foreign language in Year 3.  PE, Dance and Drama are taught by two specialist teachers which ensures children reach the very highest standards possible in all subjects.

Creativity, fun and self-expression are important aspects of Academy life and, across every subject, we make sure there is time and space for children to develop their imagination and their thinking skills.

Please see our Curriculum overviews for Autumn 1, Autumn 2 and Spring 1. Further overviews will appear in due course.


Curriculum Overview

We have our own, unique curriculum at Harris Primary Coleraine Park that has been written especially for our children, and is fully in line with the new national curriculum.

Our curriculum is exciting, engaging and relevant for the world our children are in now and prepares them for the future.  Each half term there is one or two whole-school themes and these are then broken down into specific topics for each year group to study.  Each theme has key areas of the curriculum that covered but other subjects that are relevant to the theme are taught as well.






Length of Theme

Key areas of curriculum

Autumn 1

Breaking News

2 wks




Our Heritage

5 wks



History, (Geography)


Half Term

Autumn 2

Ethical Entrepreneurs

4 wks




Christmas Cracker

3 wks



Art, DT, (Music. Geography)


Christmas Holidays

Spring 1

Amazing Adventures

6 wks



Science. History, Geography


Half Term

Spring 2

Wonderful Me

4 wks





Easter Holidays

Summer 1

8 wks



Science, History, Geography


Half Term

Summer 2

3 wks




3 wks





The themes are then broken down for each year group:






Breaking News

Our Heritage

Ethical Entrepreneurs

Christmas Cracker

Amazing Adventures…

Wonderful Me

Time Travelling through London

Mad Science

Art Attack


This theme is dependent upon what news is breaking in our world at the time.  Last year we studied the Ebola crisis and safeguarding children – how to keep ourselves safe. This year we studied the anniversary of Queen's ascension to the throne, becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch.

Our Family

Pudsey Bear

Story of Christmas

…in a land before time

We are Special

London Today

Alexander Bell & Sound

Jackson Pollock

Year 1

Mother Theresa

Pudsey Bear

Story of Christmas

…Animal Adventures


London Today

James Dyson & everyday materials


Year 2

Nelson Mandela

Indosole (Indonesia)

Story of Christmas: Shepherds and Angels

…in the Rainforest

My Body a Temple

Victorian London

Henry Ford & use of everyday materials


Year 3


Jack’s Soap (South America and Russia)

Story of Christmas: Innkeeper & Mary and Joseph (Homelessness)

…in Ancient Egypt

My Bones

Roman London

Wright Brothers & Forces/Magnets


Year 4

Emily Pankhurst

Tearfund (India)

Story of Christmas: Bethlehem Census (Immigration Laws)

…in the Mayan Civilization

My Engine Room (digestion)

Stone Age London

Alexander Bell & Sound/mobile phone


Year 5

Martin Luther King

Cadbury’s (UK)

Story of Christmas: Herod & Mary and Joseph (Asylum Seekers)

…in Space

Circle of Life (reproduction, lifecycles, germs)

World War London

Brunel and Watt Tyler: steam engine/properties and changes in materials


Year 6

William Wilberforce

WaterAid (Africa)

Story of Christmas: Joseph’s viewpoint (teenage pregnancy)

…in Ancient Greece

My Body the Machine (circulation, brain, organs)

Anglo-Saxon London

Jenner: vaccination and electricity

Van Gogh