High Hazels Academy has developed a bespoke, knowledge -based curriculum. The subjects are planned to allow pupils to build powerful, transferable and sequenced knowledge from across a range of subject matter. We deliver units of study across the full national curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Religious Education, Music, PE and computing are accessed by all pupils. In addition KS2 children are taught a modern foreign language. We have chosen French. PHSCE is a strong feature of our work and is used to nurture confident, tolerant, responsible and considerate British Citizens.
Learning is at the heart of everything we do at this school. We expect our children to work hard, enjoy their studies and achieve highly. We strive to develop positive attitudes to learning and the implementation of our curriculum is designed to build the fluency of childrens’ working memory. We are dedicated to providing a creative and innovative learning environment for our pupils.
The High Hazels curriculum is planned by our teaching team and delivered thematically in coherent units of work designed to deepen individual subject knowledge. Subjects are carefully planned to ensure that the content is accessible to all. The themes are also enriched with high quality texts, visits and visitors. Each theme begins with a 'hook' or an immersion week.
To meet the needs of our pupils, the curriculum is rich in opportunities for them to develop their language skills and vocabulary. The curriculum is planned to develop subject specific and academic language structures, ideas and concepts in logical progression. Our aspiration is that all children become confident and articulate young people, make excellent progress and leave the academy skilled in reading, writing and mathematical fluency. These core skills will help children excel in their future learning at secondary school and beyond.
Assessment underpins planning for good teaching and so we make full use of formative and summative assessments of the core subjects to help us to find out what the children know. If we find that there are gaps in learning, we carefully plan to fill them with additional teaching opportunities.
This year we are working to develop our assessment of the foundation subjects. Research has told us that regular, low –stakes assessment helps to build long term memory so we are enriching our curriculum with quizzes and short tests to help children to rehearse and build up their new learning across the foundation subjects.
Our long term curriculum map outline can be found by clicking here