Statement of Intent
Our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them with the confidence and resilience to succeed for today and tomorrow.
At Highlees and Eyrescroft Federation the curriculum is designed to: expose children to a range of activities and experiences (developing cultural capital), creating meaningful links between learning, knowledge and real life experiences, build on children’s prior learning, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build independence and become creative, critical thinkers.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse ever changing communities. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school. Our ‘70 things to do before you leave the Federation’ reflects our belief that childhood should be filled with fun, memorable experiences. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We use the 5 C’s (Care, Courtesy, Cooperation, Courage and Consideration) to promote positive attitudes to life and learning which reflect the values and attitudes needed to be compassionate citizens.
Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families and visitors to facilitate learning new skills and sharing experiences such as celebration assemblies, curriculum outcomes and Nurture cafes, bedtime reading events and coffee mornings. We value contributing to the community through a range of activities such as, litter picking, choir, visiting care homes and participating in charity events on a local and national scale.
At Highlees we are proud to offer an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum which meets the needs of our children. Our curriculum is underpinned by ‘what’ and ‘why’ we teach (our intent) and ‘how’ we teach (our implementation). We use assessments, both formative and summative, as well as regularly evaluating and reviewing teaching and learning to assess our impact whilst simultaneously keeping a clear picture of any prior gaps in learning and our intended end points.
Across the year, the children will study 6 topics. Each topic has a key subject area which comprises the main theme for learning, with other foundation subjects woven into the learning to ensure children are provided with a broad and balanced knowledge based curriculum. Science is taught through the topics.
Using Curriculum Maestro, topics are built around children’s prior knowledge and intended end points. Each topic begins with a ‘Wow’ experience designed to immerse and engage the children in their new topic. Throughout the topics, children have the opportunity to expand and embed their knowledge whilst simultaneously developing skills for life, such as, problem solving, resilience, tolerance and communication. Cooperative learning is embedded across school and plays a key role in supporting the children to learn how to be an effective member of our school through strategies such as, active listening, helping and encouraging others, everyone participating, explaining ideas and telling why and completing tasks.
Our ‘70 Things to do before you leave Highlees’ ensures that the children will have the opportunity to have ten memorable and fun learning experiences each year, from watching a chick hatch in EYFS, to having a water fight in Year 3 and theatre in Year 6!
How we keep parents/ carers/ members of the public informed:
As well as being able to find key information relating to our curriculum on our website, we also produce termly curriculum leaflets for each year group which are shared on our website and displayed in the front of the school office. Our curriculum leaflets provide key information about the different phases of the learning journey through the topic, the topic ‘Wow’ moment and celebration event, the main subject areas that will be taught throughout the topic, English and Maths skills that will be taught and homework tasks that have been set.