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Our Curriculum

The test of successful education is not the amount of knowledge that a pupil takes away from school, but his appetite to know and his capacity to learn. If the school sends out children with the desire for knowledge and some idea how to acquire and use it, it will have done its work.

The Future in Education (Livingstone, 1941)

Our Curriculum at Arnett Hills JMI School September 2023

At Arnett Hills our children will receive a curriculum that enables them to acquire knowledge and good transferable skills that ensure they become educated children ready for the next stage of their education. We believe in feeding their curiosity, stimulating their imagination and giving them a hunger for learning. Our curriculum starts from the child and their world, and develops as they do into the wider world and their impact upon it. Our rigorous approach to ensuring the curriculum is progressive in skills and knowledge ensures that learning builds upon prior learning and children are given opportunity to practise and embed skills and
knowledge. Memorable and real-life experiences, that use our significant outdoor learning areas, inspire and engage. Essential learning behaviours that are embedded into daily life at school ensure that children have a desire to learn, and know how their learning can be useful to them. It is essential that our curriculum fosters exceptional communication skills.

At Arnett Hills, our core values are:

  • Integrity

  • Community

  • Empathy

These values will develop young people who are well equipped for their future learning;
who are good citizens; who respect others and who become responsible adults who care about the world that they are in.

Our learning behaviours which help support our pupils to be effective learners and to achieve our aims are:
being collaborative, reflective, resilient, curious, resourceful and accepting challenge.

At Arnett Hills we want all children to:

  • Aim high,

  • Reflect,

  • Never give up,

  • Enquire,

  • Take part in our team,

  • Think


Our curriculum is ambitious, covering all subjects including Outdoor Adventures. ‘Every Child a success story’ is our motto and we strive for this every day, for every child, including those who are disadvantaged or have SEND. Our curriculum is built upon quality literature with reading at the core. Reading is the most important thing we teach our children. Teachers are skilled and professional development is a key part of our work.


When pupils leave us, they have sufficient skills and knowledge across all subjects. They have a thirst for knowledge and learning. They have solid foundations, due to the rigorous and sequentially designed curriculum.

National Curriculum

Long-term Curriculum Maps


Long Term Plans

National Curriculum Programmes of Study


Progression Documents


Below you can find overviews of topics completed during the reception year. These are subject to change depending on the interests and needs of the children.

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