At The Heights, we believe that the curriculum is a powerful tool that promotes a love of learning and a willingness to explore and take risks, whilst at the same time having fun. We use the National Curriculum as a starting point for a wide and varied learning experience for our children.
Our curriculum aims to:
- Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils that’s coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge for skills and future learning and employment
- Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations
- Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
- Promote a positive attitude towards learning
- Ensure equal access to learning for all pupils, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
- Have a high academic and vocational ambition for all pupils
- Equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life
- Lesson observations/learning walks
- Planning and book scrutinies
- formative and summative assessments
- feedback from pupilsProvide high quality remote learning where necessary
We plan our curriculum in three phases. We agree a long-term plan for each year group. This indicates what topics are to be taught in each term.
With our medium-term plans, we give clear guidance on the objectives and teaching strategies that we use when teaching each topic.
Our short-term plans are those that our teachers write on a weekly basis.
In the Foundation Stage, Key Stages 1 and 2 we adopt an inter-disciplinary topic approach to curriculum planning. We plan the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum and early learning goals, and there is planned progression in all curriculum areas.
Over the six terms of the academic year, each child has the opportunity to experience the full range of National Curriculum subjects.
See our EYFS policy for information on how our Early Years curriculum is delivered.
The impact of the curriculum is measured in the following ways by subject and Key Stage Leads:
- Learning walks and observations in lessons
- Book/work scrutinies
- Formative and summative assessments
- Discussions/interviews with pupils
- The Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher report on the impact of the curriculum to Governors on a termly basis.
The Curriculum Overviews for each year group can be found on the links below:
The Curriculum Sequencing by Subject can be found on the links below:
- How we teach writing at The Heights
- Writing – assessment frameworks by year group
- Design & Technology
- Art & Design
Further information around topics for all year groups are available on our weekly Parent Planners which are sent via ParentMail.
The Heights Reading Curriculum
The Heights Reading Progression
Year 1 Reading Expectations
Year 2 Reading Expectations
Year 3 Reading Expectations
Year 4 Reading Expectations
Year 5 Reading Expectations
Year 6 Reading Expectations
We use reading targets that align with each coloured book band. These targets support every child’s reading development. The intention is for the children and their parents to know what they need to achieve at each stage of the reading book bands. The book bands are explained here. Book Bands