The Highway Primary School

The Highway Primary School

Curriculum

Curriculum drivers can be thought of as the foundations for the curriculum – they are key principles that anchor the school’s provision in all aspects of learning and wider school life.

Curriculum Key Drivers

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Drivers

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

  • We recognise that the physical and mental health of each of our children, their happiness and wellbeing, is of paramount importance. Through our curriculum we will ensure that our children develop an awareness and understanding of how to keep themselves safe and healthy, including how to stay safe online and in an increasingly digital world. A focus on pastoral education and building strong relationships with children and their families enables us, where appropriate, to tailor our provision to meet individual needs. In this way, we aspire for every child to be happy and healthy.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

  • When planning and delivering our curriculum we will ensure that all pupils feel valued and visible, and are able to thrive. We will purposefully seek opportunities to promote a better understanding of diversity, celebrate difference, and challenge discrimination in all its forms. All children will be treated as equals and we will address disadvantages that might cause inequity.

 

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Drivers

Kindness

  • At The Highway, kindness and care is at the heart of our ethos and underpins our school learning experience. Through our curriculum, we want our children to be provided with opportunities to develop and expand their experiences of the wider world, other cultures and beliefs, in order to become part of their own and wider global community, as kind, empathic and respectful young citizens.

Creativity

  • By offering a broad and balanced curriculum, our children will have the ability to think, act, and design creatively. We want them to be involved in creative learning that is engaging, inspiring and motivating.

Independent Thinkers

  • We want our children to develop the skills and knowledge to become independent thinkers that display a curiosity for learning and have the confidence to problem solve throughout their life.  Through our curriculum, we will ensure that we provide opportunities for problem solving, challenge, questioning and reflection.

 


The Highway Primary Curriculum

 INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION, IMPACT

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INTENT

Curriculum Intent – the extent to which schools demonstrate a rich and varied curriculum, one which is not simply focused on teaching to the tests or achieving good exam results.

 

Our curriculum is driven by putting the child at the centre, with the need to prepare our children for lifelong learning and to be global citizens.  At The Highway, we offer a vibrant curriculum which is rich in oracy and ambitious for all learners.  Through our curriculum, we expose and develop the essential and progressive knowledge, skills and understanding which are the building blocks for later life.  Our curriculum encompasses not only the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, but goes beyond the experiences of the classroom to ensure that our children are exposed to the richest and most varied opportunities that we can provide.  Our aim is to enrich every child's school experience by creating an environment where they are encouraged to succeed and be the best they can be.  At The Highway, our ethos of kindness ensures our children have positive relationships, based in mutual trust and respect, and is at the heart of everything we do .  The exploration of new skills and experiences help to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity and develop independent thinkers.  The curriculum is further enhanced by our commitment to Values-based Education (including British Values) and, through this, we provide learning experiences which promote confident, self-motivated pupils, eager for lifelong learning.

The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • to enable children to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills; being ‘determined to succeed’ and becoming independent thinkers and questioners; acquiring a solid basis for lifelong learning
  • to nurture kindness, show empathy and compassion, so children take responsibility for themselves and their actions, are respectful and value diversity
  • to develop an awareness and understanding of how to keep a healthy body and mind, by building the skills to foster strong relationships, resilience and celebrate uniqueness.
  • to fulfil all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

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IMPLEMENTATION

Curriculum Implementation – that teachers present all aspects of this broad and balanced curriculum (not just English and maths) and are visibly encouraging discussion and the whole-hearted engagement of pupils, without an over-concentration on outcomes and with a far greater emphasis on processes.

 

Our Curriculum is implemented with our Curriculum Intent at the heart of all we do at The Highway Primary School.

A Curriculum overview is produced and adapted to meet the needs of the learners each year, for the whole school, ensuring clarity of coverage with a strong emphasis on progression of knowledge, skills and oracy, as well as cultural capital.  Carefully selected enrichment opportunities are key to providing all children rich experiences to enhance their learning.  Developing an understanding of the fundamental British values infiltrates aspects of the curriculum and assembly themes.

Our curriculum design is based on evidence from principles of learning, on-going assessment and organisation and cognitive research. These main principles underpin this:

  • Start from a learner’s existing understanding. 
  • Involve the learner actively in the learning process. 
  • Develop the learner’s overview, i.e. metacognition – this requires that students have a view of purpose, have an understanding of the criteria of quality of achievement, and self-assess.    
  • Emphasis the social aspects of learning (i.e. learning through discussion) as these make a unique contribution to learning.
  • Curriculum organisation and timetabling enable learners opportunities for constant recapping of knowledge and skills with well-spaced reviews.

The Core Curriculum

For our core subjects, we use a variety of planning resources as we believe that following one programme does not provide the bespoke teaching and learning experience that we want for our pupils. Using prior knowledge as a starting point for all future planning and teaching, we plan lessons which are required for all pupils to make progress. 

We teach reading as a whole class from Y2 - 6 with a focus on understanding and applying reading skills, using Reading texts that are enriching and vibrant. Early reading is developed through Read Write Inc, where we teach a daily phonics lesson to develop segmenting and blending skills. Reading across the curriculum and reading for pleasure is an integral part of our curriculum.

Our teaching of writing is based on a 'talk for writing' approach with lessons following a cycle through the processes of immersion, imitation, invention and independence. 

Maths is taught primarily through the White Rose Maths programme. Skills are taught in small steps and consolidated and applied throughout the lesson. Problem solving and reasoning are integral components of our Maths lessons.

Support in the Core Curriculum

We use PiXl Primary for all vulnerable pupils and pupils who aren't making the required progress, allowing us to be certain that we are meeting our INTENT of developing pupils academically. We place a huge emphasis on pupil engagement and design lessons with the help of our pupils.

 

The Whole School Overview:

Teachers organise each half term's learning under a ’topic’. They plan lessons to ensure the children make connections across a variety of subjects.

  •  The curriculum is planned thoroughly, starting with the children's current knowledge and skills, so that real progress can be made and measured.
  • The topics have rich, inclusive, diverse and relevant texts to complement the learning and enrich the love of reading
  • Each term there are a variety of visits and visitors planned in each year group to enrich the learning and create lasting memories via real experiences - Planetarium visit, African Drumming workshops, Story-Telling workshops etc.

The curriculum is reinforced by the school’s ethos and values and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children and their understanding of British Values and the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.

Specialist teachers support the teaching of PE and French.

Theme days e.g. Roman Day, Ancient Greek Day etc, whole school activities, including Science Week and opportunities within and outside school, all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.

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IMPACT

Curriculum Impact – that learners develop detailed knowledge and skills across the whole curriculum. It follows that there will be a greater emphasis on the behaviour and attitudes of pupils and a much less single-lens approach to data.

 

Children leave The Highway Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and globally aware; how to make positive contributions to the local area and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be. We aim for all of our children to leave The Highway kind, respectful, skillful and ambitious, with the motivation and passion to continue to learn and with a thirst for life and all it has to offer.

We measure the impact of this through:

  • Reflecting on the standards achieved against planned outcomes.
  • Celebrating the learning, where children demonstrate the knowledge they have gained
  • Sampling children's learning across the school, where they demonstrate learning
  • Pupil discussions with teachers and Senior Leaders about their learning
  • Annual tracking of standards across the curriculum

Whole School Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022

SOLA Curriculum Policy