Highburton CE (VC) First School


At Highburton we teach the National Curriculum the latest Government review took effect in September 2014.  Following this review we took the opportunity to develop a new long term plan to ensure our children are engaged in relevant, exciting learning.  


Science, History, Geography, Art & Design and Design Technology are taught in themed units over a two year cycle and a the Long Term Plan can be viewed here.


Computing, Physical Education, French, Music and Religious Education are taught as discrete units in year groups and follow the National Curriculum and the Kirklees & Calderdale Local Agreed Syllabus for RE.


English and Mathematics are taught in year groups set out in the National Curriculum.  See the link above to access the curriculum coverage for your child's year group.  Class Letters can also be viewed in the Year Groups tab on this website where further curriculum information is available.  Expectations for each year group can be found here. Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5.  The long term plan for English can be found here.


Children begin to read using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme alongside 'real' books and everyday reading materials eg. newspapers, leaflets.  Click here to join Oxford Owls free e-book library.   Jolly Phonics and Letters & Sounds are used to teach phonics throughout Key Stage One.


Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, Safeguarding Education and E-Safety are taught throughout school.  See here for the planning overview.


Educational visits and visitors are very important at Highburton.  We feel that children are inspired and enthused by experiencing learning in context and outside of the classroom. Residential visits are important for the development of confidence, independence and self esteem as well as being great fun!

Educational Visits Cycle


For more information about the curriculum we have produced a brochure. Please click on the link below.



Parents' Guide to Learning and Teaching at Highburton First School

The new national curriculum in English Primary schools

A guide for parents




Financial Education Planning Framework

At Highburton we think that children should have an understanding of financial management. Our curriculum is designed to give children the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to manage their money, now and in the future. Financial Education Planning Framework.

The following slide show illustrates the Reception Class Strawberry Enterprise.  They made £126 to purchase resources for their classroom.


What to you think of our new curriculum?

In March 2015 we asked children and parents what they thought of our Curriculum 2014 after two terms' work.

Pupil 'Curriculum 2014 survey' results.

Parent 'Curriculum 2014 survey' results.

In 2016/17 we asked the children about Teaching and Learning in school.  These are the results.

KS1 Teaching and Learning feedback

KS2 Teaching and Learning feedback

nace - Helping children to keep learning over the summer holidays.

In 2017/18 the children told up what they had enjoyed doing throughout the year.

Good stuff in 2017/18