Heatherlands Primary School is committed to ensuring that it delivers high quality education. We teach the National Curriculum in a creative and cross curricular way offering authentic learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom, utilising the whole school environment and forest school.
Our curriculum was designed collaboratively in year groups, key stages and with the whole school. Time was given to discussion on the delivery of the objectives in a creative, theme led way. A curriculum event was delivered by Poole Schools to enable us to transition to the new National Curriculum, which we took a lead role in delivering.
Each theme we have chosen has a core subject focus, where objectives are taught and assessed to aid reporting at the end of the year. The other curriculum areas link to the focus and are taught in a cross curricular way where it is possible. These themes are reviewed annually to meet the needs of the cohorts of children and to link learning to current events.
To enable children to meet their potential we ensure the curriculum develops engagement in the foundation subjects with the capacity to further extend their learning. We give children the opportunity to deepen their understanding through questioning and challenge tasks and link to our school values wherever possible.
What do the Heatherlands Voice think of our curriculum?
"I enjoyed our forest schools work because I learned how to build a den with others. I learned all about teamwork. I liked working with others."
"Our curriculum is fun but educational at the same time. We went to Monkey World to help us to learn more about monkeys and we used this in the leaflets we wrote."
"We have lots of different activities and some of them are quite challenging. Sometimes we work together to help each other with the more challenging bits."
British Values Statement
At Heatherlands Primary School we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, which permeates through the schools’ curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The ability to communicate is the most important area of learning. At Heatherlands Primary School we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.
Rule of Law:
We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent and predicable environment within the school and beyond. We can help some pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.
Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say ‘No’ when appropriate. Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in local community and national events and charitable events such as, Fair-trade, Children in Need, and Local Charities. We believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by learning to be independent can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
We promote each pupil’s inclusion, where possible, in a range of activities and settings and locations. Events and circumstances are planned for pupils to go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: sports events, community events and shared participation with other schools within and beyond our MAT.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
We serve a multi-faith community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others. Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes. We take part in local sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’. For example, children have the opportunity to participate in football, netball, athletics and swimming competitions. The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils school are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.
Below are the curriculum overviews for each year group.