Hightown Primary School’s Vision for a Good Curriculum
‘Together we Thrive’
Inspire Values: Innovation, Nurture, Success, Passion, Integrity,
We believe learning is for life: a dynamic journey of discovery that provides memorable and enjoyable learning experiences to encourage inquisitive minds.
At Hightown Primary School, we believe passionately that our curriculum should be broad, balanced, relevant and meet the needs of all children, whatever their ability, race or ethnic origin, gender, religious belief or disability. Whilst focusing on high standards, our curriculum has been designed to reflect the needs of our children - to be fun, interesting, creative and thought provoking - thus combining excellence with enjoyment. We aim to give all children the cultural capital (essential knowledge & skills) to be successful citizens.
- The curriculum is the totality of experiences which are planned for the children as they progress through all of our schools.
- The curriculum will have at its heart the learning behaviours that will support all children to be successful learners for life.
- We will ensure that the curriculum is literacy rich, raises aspirations, drives ambition, and maximises high rates of progress in all areas.
- Our curriculum will be broad, balanced, meaningful and relevant and build upon children’s prior knowledge
- It will be equitable, providing children with essential knowledge, skills and experiences to reduce the effect of disadvantage
- It will support all children to develop healthy attitudes to their physical and mental health and support them in their development as respectful members of the local community and society at large.
- New Technologies will be used creatively to engage and support children in their learning
We use The National Curriculum to create carefully thought out long-term overviews in English, Maths and foundation subjects. These plans then inform mid-term plans in these subjects. Subject Leaders support staff to develop midterm plans to ensure progression of skills and knowledge from year R to year 6.
Subject leaders have developed progressions in skills and knowledge for history, geography and science in order to-
- Ensure secure knowledge for staff
- Identify key teaching points
- Highlight key knowledge & skills to be taught
- Identify prior learning/links
- Identify subject specific vocabulary
- Ensure the integrity of each individual subject
Each integrated project has a hook to inspire the children and captivate their interest at the start. The unit can then sometimes culminate, when appropriate, with a celebration where parents or other year groups are invited to share in the learning outcomes. Each project has English as a lead subject, alongside two foundation subjects (art, design technology, history, geography or computing). This ensures that the integrity of these important subjects remains at the forefront. We balance these both in each year group and across the key stages to ensure a broad and balanced approach. All other subjects, including maths, are taught explicitly, unless a purposeful link to the integrated project can be made.
Our Principles for our integrated themes of learning
- Enrichment/Enjoyment (eg learning from experts, investigating artefacts, extending learning beyond school in the local and wider community)
- Depth & Challenge (A depth of experience is gained through skills such as creating, designing, developing, appraising, questioning, experimenting, analysing, evaluating)
- Quality Outcomes which give purpose to the learning (eg visitor’s guide, leaflet, powerpoint presentation, model)
- Personalisation (Giving children choice and a passion for following their own lines of enquiry through; choice of outcome, choice of resources, choice of layout, choice of study route)
- Connections (eg links to prior knowledge, topics, skills)
- Extended writing opportunity (In all themes children are given the opportunity to apply skills learnt across a range of genres)
- Maths (Children are given the opportunity to develop, master and apply previously learnt maths skills across a range of subjects eg data handling, number, measures)
- Relevant to our children and context (Bespoke to Hightown children and responsive to need, eg using grounds, local area, local community, being creative in approach)
- Purposeful (Identifying the purpose of learning and the intended outcome through real life audiences and real experiences)
- Enquiry based/igniting curiosity (Questioning to develop interest and engagement, enquiry questions, children asking their own questions)
Through the provision of a rich, broad and balanced curriculum we aim to:
- encourage the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils
- ignite children’s curiosity across a range of subjects
- develop the use and understanding of subject specific vocabulary
- enable pupils to make links across different areas of the curriculum
- help pupils to think creatively and solve problems
- enable pupils to respond positively to opportunities, challenge and responsibilities
- enable pupils to acquire and develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding
- foster our learning behaviours- Resourceful, Reciprocal, Reflective, Resilient
To complement our academic curriculum we provide our children with a wide range of opportunities to nurture develop and stretch their talents and interests. These meaningful experiences encourage children to understand how to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to a diverse society.
This is achieved through the following:
- Anti-Bullying Week
- Charity Events-Comic Relief, Children in Need, Sport relief, support Food Bank City Mission, Macmillan
- Religious Celebrations-Harvest Festival, Easter, Christmas, Diwali, NSPCC
- Annual days- World Book Day, Maths Day, National Poetry Day, Friendship Day, Online Safety, Remembrance Day
- Sporting Events-Sponsored Run, Run a mile, in house competitions, Bungee Run, Inflatable obstacle course, sports days, games days
- Inviting experts in to inspire all our learners – authors, actors, artists, musicians, sports people
- Sporting competitions open to every child- in particular Pupil Premium children
- Musical Events-O2, Big Band, singing at nursing homes, instrumentalist performances
- National Events- Queen’s Birthday, Royal Wedding, Election, Brexit
- Global Events- Olympics, 100 Years World War 1, World Cup, VE Day
- Clubs eg. Sports clubs, dance clubs and stage school
Intended Curriculum Impact
- All children know more and are able to retain this new knowledge
- All children grow as rounded, caring and responsive individuals with personal ambition.
- All children show positive attitudes for learning, apply essential knowledge and learn to use skills flexibly and purposefully. They are well prepared for their secondary school education.
- All children, regardless of their starting points, achieve personal success and make good progress.
- All children leave Hightown Primary School with a positive attitude to learning. They are risk takers, show resilience and become lifelong learners.
We continue to develop our broad and balanced curriculum, which is based on themes that are relevant and meaningful for the children in each class. Our themes are responsive to need and our curriculum therefore is forever evolving and changing to meet the needs of our ever-changing school community. Our aim is to enable all our children to become lifelong learners and aspire to be the best they can be.