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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is built around 5 key themes which run through school, underpinned by great texts, and our core values. The key themes are: Our place in the world, Who are we and where do we come from?, Nurturing nature, Exploring new worlds, and What are we fighting for? Each topic is built around our spine of fantastic books that support our reading and writing, and which tie in with the foundation subjects.

 

As the children move through school, the topics that they study have one or two of these key themes as a focus, where key content is revisited and then which will build understanding over time. For example when studying the “Roman Britain” topic, the children will learn about the idea of empire, invasion and settlement. This will be revisited and built up when studying “The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England”, and again when studying World War 2. These will all be part of the “Who are we and where do we come from?” key theme, where children develop an understanding of how modern Britain came to be as it is. Some of the themes run throughout every year group explicitly (Our place in the world, Who are we and where did we come from? and Nurturing Nature), whereas others have a broader scope lower down school (e.g. exploring in general, learning turn taking and following rules) before these become more explicit higher up school.

 

Each topic is underpinned by a knowledge organiser (outlining the critical knowledge and vocabulary, supported by visuals), as well as setting out the wider knowledge we expect the children to know for each subject. We have progression documents for each subject, showing how the skills and knowledge for each subject build over time towards the key theme end points (see links below). Many of these topics are built around threshold concepts ('big' ideas or skills which run throughout each topic).

 

The curriculum is underpinned by our core values, which we weave through teaching and learning throughout school.


 

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 2021
(Nursery and Reception Children 3-5 years)

https://www.highfieldhall.derbyshire.sch.uk/foundation-stage/

 

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.

 

 


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