We believe that it is necessary for children to develop key skills in English and Mathematics. These skills are fundamental to progress in all subjects.
Highampton Primary School teaches the National Curriculum, in the context of the Devon Curriculum Statement, which includes the following areas of study:
We use the Devon Book Banding scheme supported with Babcock Learning and Development Partnership's 'Rethink Reading' principles.
KS2 also studies a Modern Foreign Language (French) for the summer term. A specialist teacher delivers this teaching.
Religious Education is also taught following the Devon agreed syllabus.
Often specialist teachers for music and PE teach sessions for the school. OCRA, based at Okehampton College provide coaches. Along with the other DMAT schools, Highampton School engages in many sporting events through OCRA.
The school currently uses a two-year rolling programme in KS1 and a new four-year rolling programme in KS2 has been implemented to deliver these subjects through a topic based curriculum. Links are made with KS1 as much as possible.
Each half term a visitor or event will take place, linked to the learning. The PTFA also provide trips and resources to enhance the curriculum and the enjoyment of the children at the school.
The school is divided into 2 classes.
In Class 1 Foundation and Key Stage 1 pupils (Years 1 and 2) are taught together.
Years 3,4,5 and 6 are taught together in Class 2.
Our children take part in a range of extra-curricular activities:
Cooking, sports, gardening , photography and art clubs are run at various times of the year.
Residential visits are aimed at Key Stage 2 children. Residentials are run with the other Dartmoor Federation primary schools. Children are offered an outward bound residential for Year 4 and 5 and a separate year 6 residential.
Music The school also offers opportunities for the children to learn a musical instrument by arrangement with visiting music teachers. Last year 2018 year the focus has been on brass instruments.
Miss Baldon who has just joined us, is a music specialist. This term she is looking at teaching recorders and liaising with the Holsworthy Music Hub.
OCRA PE The children attend a variety of sporting festivals throughout the year within the Okehampton Learning Community organised by OCRA. There is also an after school Sports Club. The children also take part in netball matches with the Holsworthy League. We have a specialist dance teacher to teach a session of dance and performance during the year.
A variety of trips take place throughout the year, some are funded by the PTFA. Trips are aimed to link with the topic learning.
A specialist French teacher teaches KS2 for a term during the year.
Arts Week A week of arts is set to take place for this year of 2018 in the summer and going forward. A piece of art to be displayed in the school will be created each year.