Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The aim and purpose of what we do at Highwood Primary School is to strive to develop confident young people, who want to learn and achieve their best. Our vision for Highwood Primary and those that serve is simple: “Promoting Resilience, Achieving Potential”. We want to impart the following five core values to the children …

Mathematics

Intent Mathematics is essential to everyday life and is a central component of the curriculum of Highwood Primary School. We believe that all pupils can achieve in Maths and become confident, resilient and independent mathematicians, who are proficient in using mental and written mathematics to further their understanding of the world around them. We want …

English

Intent We aim to develop our pupils into confident communicators, both in school and outside, so that they will be able to express their ideas, opinions and emotions. Our English curriculum will develop a sense that writing can be fun and purposeful, enabling pupils to communicate their imagination and ideas to others, and persuade them …

Reading

Intent Reading lies at the heart of Highwood, we believe it is the foundation for future success and underpins our entire curriculum. We believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers who are passionate about books. Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our …

Phonics and Spelling

Rapid, early coverage of phonic knowledge and skills will allow the pupils to have a firm foundation for decoding going into Key Stage 1 where explicit phonics teaching will continue. Teachers will use the strategies of segmenting and blending, recognising common digraphs and consonant clusters and then moving to segmenting words using knowledge of prefixes, …

Guided Reading

The teaching of word reading and reading skills is essential to a child’s learning journey throughout primary school. At Highwood, we promote a love of reading through many different teaching and learning approaches: Phonics Spellings, Punctuation and Grammar Guided Reading and Shared Reading Reading at Home. The school is grateful to the Friends of Highwood …

Science

Intent At Highwood Primary School we value science as one of the core subjects. We want all of our pupils to leave having a good knowledge and understanding of the world around them and how it works. We aim to provide a science curriculum that excites and interests the pupils through provoking awe and wonder. …

Computing

Intent At Highwood we believe that Computing is central to the education of all children, now and in the future. We aim to give each pupil the opportunity to apply and develop their technological understanding and skills across a wide range of situations and tasks. Pupils are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach …

Geography

Intent Pupils of Highwood will be enriched with a Geography curriculum that exposes them to cultures and locations from around our world. We want them to be keen to travel, explore and protect our planet from within our classroom and our local area. We wish to provide an insight to places they only dream of …

History

Intent At Highwood Primary School, we want our pupils to explore a range of significant historical periods in time, both in Britain and in civilisations around the world. They will learn about the lives and achievements of important individuals in the past allowing them understand the historical context in which to place the past, the …

Art

Intent Our aim is to provide an art curriculum that allows children to develop the skills that they need, to be creative and express themselves. Pupils will be exposed to a range of works and a variety of artists from around the world. This will allow them to develop their own opinions and preferences to …

Design Technology

Intent At Highwood, we believe that Design and Technology prepares pupils to deal with the rapidly changing world.  It encourages pupils to learn to think creatively, to meet a design brief, both as individuals and as members of a team, whilst remaining resilient to the challenges they face. Our DT curriculum provides opportunities for pupils …

Physical Education

Intent At Highwood Primary school, PE has four fundamental pillars upon which the subject is grounded. Health, fitness and lifestyle Teamwork and respect Fairness and equity Self-reflection All children at Highwood are taught PE weekly, with KS2 having up to two lessons each week. These lessons will cover a range of sports, as well as …

Religious Education

Intent The Highwood pupil will be introduced to the beliefs, traditions and values of different religions. They will be provided with opportunities to understand and celebrate one another’s differences and form their own ideas about what they believe. Our curriculum aims to challenge pupils to ask questions about different beliefs, in order to understand them, …

Music

Intent At Highwood we aim to provide every pupil with a musical experience which offers a foundation on which to build a lifelong appreciation for a wide variety of genres. By exploring music through performance, composition and listening, pupils begin to recognise, not only the key elements of music such as pulse, rhythm, pitch, and …

French

Intent Highwood aims to encourage pupils to learn French as it is a language that is spoken widely across the world and aids their transition to secondary school.  Throughout our curriculum children are given opportunities to learn about French culture and through learning the language further improve their life chances as a global citizen. Our …

PSHE/RSHE

RSHE The aims of the Relationship, Sex, Health Education at Highwood is to enable young people to become: successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.​ RSHE is comprised of three strands: Health …