At Highfield Hall we promote a creative and stimulating curriculum; we do this by providing an enriched, topic-based approach through a variety of stimulating and exciting termly themes.
The curriculum is underpinned by our core values, which we weave through teaching and learning throughout school. The core values are:
For further details about our school's curriculum for children in Years 1 - 6, based on the new national curriculum for September 2014, please look at the documents National Curriculum Documents 2014 pages.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
(Nursery and Reception Children 3-5 years)
The word 'curriculum' means 'a programme of learning', and within school children in Nursery and Reception have a curriculum of planned activities and experiences in the same way as children in Years 1 to 6. However, during their time in Nursery and Reception the children are involved in activities, which are based on the seventeen Early Learning Goals recommended by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). This is known as The Foundation Stage Curriculum.
These Early Learning Goals are grouped together as three prime areas and four specific:
¨ Communication and Language
¨ Physical Development
¨ Personal, Social and emotional Development
¨ Understanding the World
¨ Expressive Arts and Design
Within each of these areas there are a defined set of skills, knowledge and competencies, which children work towards achieving by the end of Reception. For more information about the Early Learning Goals, please click here.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)
Every state funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The school curriculum is about all learning and other experiences that we as a school plan for our pupils. The national curriculum (new for September 2014) forms part of our school's curriculum.
Children from Years 1- 6 follow the national curriculum.
The National Curriculum is organised on the basis of subjects, which are made up of ‘core’ and ‘other foundation’ subjects.
For more information about the curriculum for each subject, please click the link.
Teaching Phonics and Reading
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all receive a daily phonics lesson.
We use Phonics International, a programme that teaches children synthetic phonics in a high quality, systematic way to help children develop the skills necessary for early reading and spelling.
For children's individual reading books, the school uses a number of different reading schemes, with a high ratio of phonically decodable books, and real books that are grouped within colour bands. The children's book band colour is related to the level of their reading ability.
For our guided reading sessions we have books that range from fully phonetically decodable books for our youngest readers to challenging non-fiction texts for our most able readers.