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 Carlyle Inspire Curriculum

At Carlyle, we personalise The Harmony Model Curriculum with our INSPIRE ethos.  We aim to provide an excellent education for all our children and every activity a child takes part in in our academy is part of this curriculum. The total learning experience is designed to maximise achievement within the National Curriculum and develop skills, attitudes and attainment that helps children to achieve their full potential in the widest sense.

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Intent, Implementation and Impact

An except from our Teaching and Learning Handbook demonstrates our approach to curriculum planning:



Our Long Term Plans are in line with the National Curriculum and are devised to incorporate cross-curricular links – where and when appropriate – and to integrate the principles of the INSPIRE curriculum.

The Long Term Plan (including subject overview) for EYFS-Y2 can be found by opening the file at the bottom of the page: 

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Cross-Curriculum Links and Mapping

We understand that our children learn best when they are fully immersed in a subject, therefore our Long Term Plans are in line with the National Curriculum and are devised to incorporate cross-curricular links – where and when appropriate – and to integrate the principles of the INSPIRE curriculum.  Many of our children speak English as an additional language and benefit from being able to learn and use vocabulary in as many contexts as possible.   

Teachers include their intent and their plan for implementation at this stage of our curriculum development after reviewing its impact over the previous year.   

An example curriculum map for Reception and KS1:


Curriculum Enhancements

Opportunities are taken to extend the curriculum through the use of educational visits out of school, to involve parents, visitors, artists, crafts-people, actors, musicians etc. and through the use of the school grounds, the locality and the wider environment.

Termly Curriculum Enrichment Days enhance the INSPIRE vision of the school, promoting a WOW factor and to foster a love of learning.  High quality displays are generated after Curriculum Weeks in order to celebrate the children’s learning and achievements.


Our Curriculum Overview for each year group can be found here and can also be downloaded at the bottom of the page:




The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum requires that children will be taught the following subjects:

Core Subjects

Maths, English, Science, Computing and R.E

Foundation Subjects

History, Geography, Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education, P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education)

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.


Children have access to a range of technology in addition to the devices provided under our HTML scheme. Our children are taught computing skills in a structured and progressive way.

More information about The National Curriculum can be found here: 


The Harmony Trust Phonics Scheme of Work maps out the teaching of phonics from the time every child starts school.? The aim is to ensure that all children learn to read with confidence and fluency at the earliest stages. Details of the scheme are below:

Files to Download

Carlyle Infant and Nursery Academy

Carlisle Avenue, Littleover, Derby DE23 3ES

Catherine Hitchcock

01332 760369