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Curriculum

At Highgate Primary School, we foster a love of learning by delivering an innovative curriculum rich in creativity and academic rigour. From Nursery to Year 6, cross-curricular topics have been created that cover the National Curriculum subjects in a relevant and engaging way. Topics reflect the interest and enjoyment of our children, whilst at the same time providing a high degree of challenge.

Our topics have also been created to make full use of the local area. This might include researching the lives of children in Highgate during the Second World War, or studying the hideouts of Dick Turpin for the topic ‘The Ghosts of Highgate Past’. Other recent topics have included Flight, Explorers and Adventurers and The Circus. We aim to develop all of the children’s unique skills and talents and provide opportunities for everyone to shine.

We understand that children learn in different ways and in all sorts of environments, so we aim to be learning outside the classroom and outdoors as much as possible. It could be storytelling in the Peace Garden, tree climbing and bug hunting in Highgate Wood or a trip to the National Gallery.

Thinking skills are at the heart of our curriculum. We have recently introduced philosophy sessions in which the class are presented with a different thought-provoking stimulus to encourage discussion. The stimulus could be a book, an object or an animation. The children are encouraged to think, listen, reflect, express what they think, and respect each other’s opinions.

There are two classes in each year at Highgate Primary. We are lucky enough to have a teaching assistant in every class at school.  The parallel teachers plan their curriculum together and work in partnership to deliver exciting, inspiring and thought-provoking learning topics that both engage and challenge all the children in the class.

If you would like more information about the Curriculum, please speak to the relevant teacher, who will be more than happy to help you.

Every half term the teachers write a Class Newsletter which gives lots of information about what the children will be learning. You can access these newsletters in our Parents section in Letters & Class Newsletters  alongside the objectives for English & Maths for children in Year 1 – 6.