Teaching and Learning

At Highfields Primary Academy, children, parents, Governors and staff firmly believe that good teaching enables good learning. In our inclusive learning community, both staff and children know what good learning looks like. Through a practical, creative, challenging, fun and child-centred curriculum we aim for our children to set high expectations of themselves, develop a love of learning and achieve success. We deliver purposeful lessons linking them to real-life situations and problems where we can and we are continually improving the range, quality and number of learning opportunities through stimulating and inspiring topics, projects, outdoor activities and community links.

Recent and ongoing planned improvements to the Academy site and buildings will enable us to offer a good quality outdoor and indoor learning environment and a broader curriculum to all our children. We encourage our children to learn in a variety of contexts.

We are passionate about providing our children with learning experiences that take them out into the wider world and which enable them to take on responsibilities, problems and challenges in an engaging way. Recent educational visits/activities have ranged from visiting Cusworth Hall, Leeds Museum and to Cast to see Macbeth. Each year we hold Theme days and fundraising days to add an extra dimension to children’s learning, supporting events such as World Book Day, Tour de Yorkshire and Remembrance Day. Children can further develop their skill and creativity by attending a wide-range of free extra-curricular clubs including choir, football, taekwondo and art and crafts.

We are also committed to developing children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. We do this through our daily assembly time and in our regular timetabled PSHCE lessons, circle –time activities or topic-work. All children enthusiastically take part in additional half-termly assemblies led by a team of Bible story tellers from our local church. Morality, fairness and kindness lie at the heart of our curriculum and we use national and international events to raise awareness of and celebrate different religions and festivals.

At Highfields we measure our success by the number of children at our Academy who, during their time with us, become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. We are always active in our pursuit of continuous improvement and excellence.