The Harmony Model Curriculum

As part of a multi-academy trust, we benefit from the shared expertise, experiences and collaboration of our colleagues across the organisation.  'The Harmony Model Curriculum' has been written, regularly evaluated, reviewed and adapted by our experienced practitioners over recent years.  It provides an evidence-based approach, structure and guidance which academies implement whilst considering the individual context of their setting.  Teachers and subject leaders are supported with high-quality CPD to ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need to deliver an exciting and meaningful curriculum for the children.  

For more details on The Harmony Model Curriculum, visit our Harmony Trust website here.

The Cottons Farm Inspire Curriculum

We have used our autonomy to match our curriculum to sensitively reflect our local context, history and culture and takes a local to global approach. The curriculum has been well-designed so that throughout their time with us, pupils benefit from a variety of learning experiences designed to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world and acquire and refine transferable skills to equip them with firm foundations for their entire learning journey. CFPA Inspire Curriculum (1).png

Curriculum planning

Our curriculum is designed and delivered in such a way that we hook the children into a sequence of learning, either across a term, a week or an individual lesson.  Learning is carefully planned and sequenced to provide meaningful learning experiences, develop a love of learning and to aid children to achieve outcomes which aspire to their potential.  We use a Wonder, Learn, Challenge and Share sequence as learning progresses. Connections are made, especially across English and the arts, to strengthen the links between the subject areas and to provide opportunities to apply their knowledge, skills and vocabulary in different subject areas.

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  • Wonder – Children are asked what they already know, what they want to find out about what they are learning, and how to think about how it links to other learning
  • Learn – Our staff model the learning and give pupils the opportunity to practice the key knowledge, skills and concepts
  • Challenge – Our pupils are asked to apply their learning into another context and to extend their learning by connecting it up with other learning
  • Share – Our pupils are encouraged to reflect on their learning and to share what they have learnt in a variety of ways including: verbal recount, written reports, using IT to document their overall learning, creating individual or cooperative products and having opportunities to perform in front of others

Long term plans have been developed into detailed Curriculum Maps which outline the intention of the topic, the sequence of learning and the enhancements which enable the pupils to make links to support the ongoing acquisition of knowledge, vocabulary and to aid memory. Examples can be found below:

Our planning is all cross-curricular to ensure children have the opportunity to embed and build on their knowledge:

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Topic and Year Group Overview - Two Year Cycle

Medium term plans further detail the learning sequence and suggest activities teachers which meet the appropriate age-related content.  They explicitly reference the learning end goals as assessment criteria, key vocabulary which should be acquired and vocabulary and knowledge which are the prerequisites for that point in the learning sequence.  

Our Subject Plans 

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Phonics and Reading

Writing (inc.Spelling)






Foundation Subjects  

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We teach each of the National Curriculum subjects through one of our INSPIRE topics or themes. The themes reflect the children's interests and aim to inspire the children to learn.

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History Geography PE Art

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Design & Technology PSHE MFL Music

If you need more information on our curriculum, please email on


Sheridan Street, Sinfin, Derby, Derbyshire DE24 9HG

Mrs K Patmore - Principal

01332 771370 - Cottons Farm Academy