Spring Term 2021 Update In Response To Covid-19
Returning to full time education after Covid-19 will involve some extra time consolidating work in the core subjects to ensure that any gaps in learning are met before the children move on. This will be done on a needs basis and whilst much of the autumn term curriculum will be core curriculum based, we shall be still following our topic plan as we are keen to motivate and stimulate the children’s interest. We have also altered our Teaching Assistant structure so we can provide more pastoral support as we all settle into our new routines. Our curriculum term plans for each class have been updated and are added to the ‘termly overview’ section on this page. We also have a blended learning policy which has been written in response to Covid-19 and will be kept under review in light of any changing guidance.
March 2021: We have added some information regarding a recovery and catch up curriculum which the DFE have recently mentioned in the press.
At High Ham Primary School, we offer an engaging and inclusive curriculum, which builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding of all children. The aim of our curriculum is to ensure we provide thought-provoking, hands on experiences that are contextual to our school and will equip our pupils for today, as well as tomorrow. Our curriculum includes creative, inspiring and stimulating activities that allow children to aspire to be life long learners. This is underpinned by our growth mindset philosophy and school ethos of ‘Discovering, Learning, Believing Together’. Our curriculum reflects the needs of all children who enter our school and we strive to support children in achieving their potential and exploring their curiosity.
At High Ham Primary School, our curriculum leaders have planned inclusive lessons to ensure children learn transferable skills and knowledge for their future learning which also develop an interest and curosity in their own learning.
Our school is dedicated to providing clear subject knowledge and to using meaningful assessment in order to progress learning through thoughtfully planned sequences of lessons.
Through our development of a broad curriculum, we strive to develop the skills and knowledge of children, whilst fuelling their aspirations for future learning.
The National Curriculum states that we are ‘legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum, which sets out in programmes of study and subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils’ (National Curriculum, 2014: pg. 5). Therefore, our curriculum has been structured to take account of this requirement whilst also making the curriculum relevant for our school context.
We have based our curriculum using the National Curriculum, 2014. Our RE Curriculum is based on the ‘Understanding Christianity’ resources, which has been recommended by the Diocese of Wells. This has been chosen to support our school ethos and researched by our SIAMS committee. It offers a broad and in-depth approach to teaching Christianity, alongside the study of different religions from the AMV teaching scheme. Each year is planned carefully to ensure curriculum coverage whilst being adaptable to the needs of the class, particularly in mixed classes.
Currently, our school follows a two-year rolling programme that ensures children are developing skills and knowledge from previous learning.
Providing additional learning activities
As well as broad and engaging curriculum, our school provides opportunities for children to explore and extend additional learning through a wide range of activities:
- A varied assembly rota, which includes guest speakers, our Church Reverent for ‘Respond and Reflect’ sessions, reward assemblies and singing assemblies
- A wide range of after school clubs, such as Singing and Dodgeball
- Participation encouraged in the wide range of CLP Sporting events and taster sessions at Huish Academy
- Encouraged participation in activities that will develop links within the school and the wider community, such as working with the Dementia Alliance Society at the village hall, Remembrance Services and Carol Services
- Performances, including our Christmas production at Edgar Hall and CLP Music events
- Taking part in Poetry Competitions and taking part in the ‘poetry slam’ at Dillington House (2019)
- Opportunities to develop a student voice, such as the School Council, Digital Leaders and Eco Warriors
- Residential overnight trips for Year 5 and Year 6
- Visits to sites further afield, such as Bristol Museum, Theatre and Fleet Air Arm Museum
- Opportunities to explore our local area through historical tours
Developing our curriculum
High Ham Primary School has worked hard to develop and implement a creative and well-balanced curriculum. The teachers and staff maintain and implement this curriculum to ensure fundamental concepts and skills have been taught. We strive to ensure that intent, implementation and impact is at the heart of our planning.