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Our Curriculum

At Haberdashers' Crayford Primary, we understand the needs of our community and have created a unique curriculum to prepare our children for an ever-changing future. Our global curriculum allows our students to gain an understanding of the world and the skills and knowledge they need to flourish as empathetic, 21st century learners. We do this through the exploration of the of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals and by prioritising personal development and our core values which enable our students to become well-rounded individuals who are able to navigate the complexities of life and flourish.

Our curriculum is designed to provide all students with the core knowledge and cultural capital they need; we aim to maximise their cognitive development to achieve this. The diversity of the curriculum reflects our pupils lived experiences as well as those which are different. The Haberdashers’ Advantage is carefully structured to enable our children to enjoy rich experiences and opportunities beyond the day to day. Through these, they find their voice and understand their responsibilities in helping the world in which they live.

Within our curriculum, reading is prioritised and our teachers understand their role as teachers of reading to develop fluency and reinforce the belief that we ‘cannot rely on one narrative to be the only narrative we seek regarding anything we hope to learn.’ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2014). We believe that our brain prioritises stories and by this principle, embedding stories into long-term memory will ensure that learners at Haberdashers' Crayford Primary have authentic knowledge, which will allow them to become part of the global conversation.

The above ensures we are able to provide an inclusive education so all children, including those with SEND, can achieve their full potential.

See our whole school curriculum overview map for more information on the curriculum subjects for each year group

Early Years Foundation: Nursery and Reception

We provide interesting experiences that are appropriate for our Nursery and Reception classes, basing all the experiences we offer around the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

We offer each unique child the opportunity to learn indoors and out, as we help your child towards achieving the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year.

When planning for children’s learning we consider their stage of development within three prime areas and four specific areas of learning outlined below.

Prime Areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

Reading and writing are taught through the daily use of synthetic phonics. 


  • provide a safe, secure and inspiring environment with a happy, welcoming atmosphere.
  • provide experiences that are broad and balanced and offer equal opportunities to all children.
  • promote personal and social competence and children develop positive attitudes towards each other.
  • monitor and document children's progress through regular observation, photographs, and collected pieces of work. This process helps us identify the next steps in their learning. Parents are invited to collaborate in this process and share information through discussion.
  • recognise that play is child's work; it is how they learn about the world in which they are growing up and it can be very intense. Play helps children to learn and develop through doing and talking, exploring and investigating and by creating and experimenting.
  • plan a range of play activities and experiences, which help children to make progress in each area of learning and development. There is a careful balance between child led and adult led experiences, and are all designed to develop the whole child.