Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust Mission Statement:
“To provide the highest possible quality of education for all local children, in order to ensure pupils from all backgrounds are able to succeed.”
The curriculum and ethos of the school is underpinned by the school’s Core Vision and Values:
Learn Together, Care Together, Grow Together.
“Ready to embrace a future of opportunities”
These are promoted, modelled and taught explicitly and set the ethos for the delivery of the curriculum.
The curriculum at Highampton is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children giving them the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to prepare them for life in the 21st century as global citizens.
It enables children to develop confidence and positive attitudes to learning, which are the foundation for academic success, creativity and problem solving.
The curriculum is enriched to provide opportunities that support the development of the whole child promoting ability and resilience, as well as strategies for physical and mental well-being.
The curriculum is inclusive, celebrating diversity, supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through the British Values of our society.
As part of the cross-phase Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. At Highampton Primary School our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and is enriched through experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of all of the children in our school. Our school is nurturing with a family feel, where children support each other well to learn and grow together. The whole school takes part in enriched learning experiences collectively for trips, visitors and workshops to bring the curriculum to life. The children have a particular interest in Art and produce creative pieces in our annual Art’s week, often inspired by our beautiful setting of Dartmoor that surrounds us. Our extended provision with breakfast and morning club prepares children well for their day’s learning and a range of after-school clubs are offered. The main aim of our curriculum is for children to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education; we prepare them for life as global citizens in the 21st century. There are good links with the church, and the community and children are encouraged to be good citizens with regard to British values particularly in respecting differences.
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.
Transition into the school for EYFS children is thorough due to the strong links with our pre-school that is adjacent to our school site. Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This learning challenges children and encourages them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them within a fun, happy and secure environment. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on the following seven areas of learning:
• Communication and Language
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Understanding of the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
Children are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the KS1 National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children continue to develop their Phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics programmes and their fluency in reading through a banded reading Scheme and Rethink Reading strategies.
The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and assessed using National Curriculum statements as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. The more-able are extend to greater depth in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more challenging are appropriately supported, so that they too are enabled to experience success.
The school uses high quality texts to teach writing with valuable vocabulary, grammar and writing styles to provide a good model for pupils’ writing. Children are encouraged to be ambitious writers, make adventurous word choices and build an interesting and engaging text. Daily guided reading sessions in conjunction with reading at home encourage a love and enjoyment of books and reading. Using ‘Re-think reading’ resources each class has a strong guided reading programme whilst using class texts for pupil enjoyment. Children learn to become confident, articulate and clear public speakers through a range of performances and events.
Mathematics is delivered through a Mastery curriculum framework developed by consultants within the Local Authority and supported by the White Rose Scheme of Work. Children are provided daily opportunities to build on key knowledge and facts and develop their fluency, reasoning, investigative and problem solving skills.
This document outlines the progression of different calculation strategies that could be taught and used from Reception to Year 6
Progressions in Calculations
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all children should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, children should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Highampton follows the National Curriculum for science and aims to ensure that all children:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our curriculum, please ask your child's class teacher or speak to the Head of School Mr Phil Whittley.
Highampton Primary School believes in the strength of working together, whether this is through community relations or through collaboration with other schools across the Trust. Theme weeks, whole school activities and overnight residential trips enrich and develop the children’s learning and build a sense of belonging to a community.
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.
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. Miss Baldon 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.
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.