We are a Primary School Academy with the Diocese of Leicester, catering for children aged 4-11. Children are admitted during August/September in the academic Year in which they are 5. Other children transferring at different times, into different year groups, are admitted in accordance with local authority guidance. We have a pupil admission number (PAN) of 15 children per year group.
Children who will be five in the period between 1st September and August 31st have the opportunity to take up a full time place from the beginning of September, into our Foundation Stage Class.
The period of induction for new starters will take place over the last weeks of the summer term, in order to settle them into school. An activity is provided by the FS class teacher for each child over the summer holidays to maintain a link with school. In the first few weeks of term parents are invited to bring their child into the classroom to help them feel at ease with their teacher and new environment.
The school is an ‘Extended School’ and as such provides services to families in the local area beyond the normal school day. We have a breakfast club and an after-school club, for children whose parents need childcare. The breakfast club is based in the school hall from 8am to 8:50 am and after school from 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm. Daily or weekly sessions can be booked in advance via the school office.
Children study all subjects in the National Curriculum from Year 1. This includes English, Mathematics, , Science, RE, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Music, Art and Design Technology, PE and a modern foreign language. Personal, Social and Health Education is also taught.
Each teacher has a responsibility for particular curriculum areas. A panel of governors is responsible for monitoring the curriculum we provide.
Further curriculum information is detailed below and parents, carers and members of the community, can also contact the school directly, if necessary, by telephone or email.
All children are taught English daily; this includes spoken language, reading and writing.
Verbal skills are assessed for all children as they progress through the school. We encourage all children to become articulate and considerate in their use of language across the curriculum. Opportunities to develop these skills are included within the curriculum through drama, show and tell activities and literacy.
Regular reading, with its twin aspects of word decoding and comprehension, takes place throughout the school, when the children are taught specific reading skills. Stories are read to the children in whole class groups suited to their ages. All Children have an individual reading book for reading homework, and are heard to read in school by an adult regularly and frequently in the younger classes. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. All children visit the school library and have an opportunity to use the mobile library which visits the school fortnightly. We encourage children to enjoy reading. We celebrate World Book Day in school and organise fun activities to encourage good reading habits. There are a range of reading materials in every classroom and outside at lunchtimes in the summer term.
All Foundation Stage and Year 1 children receive daily Phonics sessions and Years 2 & 3 children receive Phonics within these sessions or within spelling teaching. Further up the school additional Phonics is delivered in small groups dependent on the need of the child. Our main resource is Ruth Miskin Phonics but we also use Letters and Sounds resources as well as some Jolly Phonics techniques. The phonics check at Year 1 is undertaken each year. Those children who did not achieve the desired mark are re-tested the following year after intervention.
Both the transcription aspects; spelling and handwriting, and composition are regularly taught. Children are encouraged to write in a variety of forms and styles. They are also introduced to good pieces of writing by significant authors and poets. Poets and writers have visited the school to work with the children and foster a love of literacy.
Children take part in extended 'Big' writing; this is when they write at greater length, following a particular genre, such as a narrative, letter, recount, poem or newspaper article. Pieces of work are display around the class and school and often often published in ‘The Outlook’, a local community magazine.
Spelling tests and handwriting activities are carried out regularly. Children with legible, joined handwriting and using a 'tripod' grip, are granted a pen license which allows them to write in pen from Year 4 upwards.
Mathematics is taught daily in all classes. Counting, number bonds and times tables skills are practised regularly at age appropriate levels. Calculation skills, in all four number operations are taught. Mental arithmetic skills are taught through lesson starters, throughout the school.
We encourage children to see the relevance of mathematics to everyday life, making curriculum links where relevant. Children are trained to run the National Westminster School bank on Thursday mornings. All children are encouraged to save money in the school bank and understand the value of money.
The school uses the 'Abacus' Maths resources which team interactive whiteboard activities with text book exercises.
The Science curriculum is organised into topic. The modules are planned throughout the school to ensure balance and progression within the content of the National Curriculum. Much of the work is of a practical nature and will involve the children in observing, hypothesising and predicting results within Topics such as Light, Sound, Electricity, Forces, Plants and Living Things. Some science work is developed by visiting other schools or museums. Cross curricular links are made to ensure children understand the relevance of science to their lives and our world. In the summer term all children visit the pond as part of our ‘pond watch’ activities. Our Peace garden is planted each spring with vegetables by the children.
Each classroom has a teacher's laptop, an interactive whiteboard and a visualiser. A class set of laptop can be used in all classes. There are 3 touch-screen laptops in Haedgehogs class.The children are taught computer skills following the National Curriculum. The Rising Stars computing scheme of work is also used to support teachers' planning and delivery. The school has Digital Cameras and camorders to record still and moving images. We have a school website, Internet access, video conferencing facilities and e-mail.
The study of Humanities aims to help the children have an awareness of time and place. In KS 1 activities concentrate on the local environment, history focusing on the last century, family life and famous events and people from long ago. This will often include a school visit or in the case of a local study, walks out in the area to explore the environment. A variety of skills are explored, looking at artefacts, investigating historical evidence to discover how people used to live, and researching information. In KS 2 activities widen from the local to national and worldwide localities. History covers both British and World units. In both key stages humanities are seen as practical ‘hands on’ subjects and are often linked with art, design and technology. Off site visits also enhance the teaching and they are incorp
orated, wherever possible, into the teaching.
In both Key Stages, PE incorporates a variety of activities, particularly Games, Dance and Gymnastics. These activities expand in KS 2 to include Athletics, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (orienteering). Children get the chance to go swimming during the school year. We also offer a range of extra-curricular activities including football, dodge ball, canoeing, cross country and tennis. The school are active participants in inter school competitions, often with great success.
Art and Design
Children are given the opportunity to explore work of different artists. A variety of materials are used to produce work and each year children will experience printing, painting, collage, 3D work, sketching and model making. Children are also taken on visits to Museums and Art Galleries where possible. They take part in a local art exhibitions and competitions. We hope through our art curriculum, children have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy a wide variety of artistic experiences.
A large variety of experiences take place whilst designing and making various articles, ranging from wooden cars, to bridges. Children look at materials used to make different items, such as fabrics used to protect us in the dark, i.e. Road Safety to using exotic fruits to make a Caribbean Fruit Drink. Children have worked with a creative partner to produce large outdoor wooden sculptures, now placed in the Peace Garden.
Children sing each day in Worship and are encouraged to take part in all whole school productions at Christmas and the end of the year. All children are given an opportunity to sing, either as part of a group or individually, sometimes performing jointly with other schools.
Each class has regular music lessons in which the skills needed to make music are taught by the class teacher using ‘Music Express’, a differentiated and progressive scheme of work for music. We aim to enable children to identify instruments, to play different effects when composing a piece of music, to be able to play in time to a piece of music and to enjoy singing and playing. All children in year 4 and 5 receive instrumental tuition as part of their timetable from a specialist teacher, this has included clarinet and ukelele. Children also have the opportunity to learn piano, for which there is a charge.
PSHE (Personal, Social Health Education including Relations Education)
At Higham-on-the-Hill Church of England Primary School, Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) is regarded as being paramount in our children’s development.
We undertake to follow the principles in the Church of England Charter for faith sensitive and inclusive relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education (RSHE).
The promotion of pupils’ personal development (which includes their social development) is a fundamental aspect of education and underpins all other learning. Through our curriculum, our school environment and our school ethos, we promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work and in the community.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children learn about keeping safe and healthy; relationships; being responsible; feelings and emotions; computer safety; our world and hazards.
In Key Stage Two, children learn about keeping safe and healthy; growing and changing; being responsible; feelings and emotions; computer safety; the working world and a wold without judgement.
As we are a Voluntary Controlled Primary School we teach Religious Education according to the Practices and Beliefs of the Church of England supplied to us by the Leicestershire Diocesan Guidelines.
We work closely with our Church St Peters, which is located next door to the school. A school service is held termly in the Church, to celebrate the major Christian festivals. The children are encouraged to behave in a caring fashion towards each other and to extend that friendship into the wider community, other religions, cultures and parish.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and Acts of Worship; however, it is not possible to isolate children from the strong Chri
stian ethos of the school.
Our aim is to ensure that we meet the needs of all individuals within our school. Occasionally some children experience greater difficulties than average for those in the same age group, these children are then offered extra support and may sometimes be identified as having Special Educational Needs or disabilities (SEND).
The school follows the SEND Criteria set by the LA. The school implements the SEN Code of Practice and children with difficulties are placed on the school SEN register, which is confidential to teachers and parents of individual pupils. Their progress is closely monitored and reviewed at regular intervals by the SEND Coordinator, the class teacher and parents. The school is also able to access many support agencies in order to support children with specific difficulties.
Mrs Lisa Gilchrist is the SEND Coordinator
Work in class is differentiated in order to meet the needs of all children, including the most able. Wherever possible, children with SEN are supported in their work. Most of the time this occurs within the classroom and on occasions children to work 1-to-1 with an adult or in a small group.
Children with a Special Educational Need are supported by the school through the use and implementation of Learning Support Plans (LSP) in accordance with the Code of Practice. These are formulated with parents and reviewed regularly.
The school is a Healthy School, which means we are involved in a joint project with the Health Authority to promote healthy living. Several developments have taken place through this partnership including every child having access to fresh water, use of sun hats and the provision of fresh fruit and milk. Foundation stage, Year 1 and Year 2 receive free fruit every morning, older children are encouraged to bring a fruit snack for playtime.
In line with the school's commitment to meet the needs of individual pupils, we aim for all children to succeed regardless of race, culture, religious beliefs, disability or gender. We are especially conscious of ensuring equality of entitlement and opportunity for both boys and girls; children with English as a second language and children from less fortunate socio-economic backgrounds.
We have two elected bodies that ensure the opinions of the children are heard. Both the School Council and the Worship Team have menbers fro Y2-Y6. The School Council with meets weekly to discuss a range of issues which reflect the needs of the children in their classes. The children are encouraged to view themselves as active citizens who can share ideas and inform the change process in their school. The school council are responsible for counting the colour team tokens each week; organising and running charity events and making decisions about new equipment.
Positive Behaviour Management
All stakeholders believe that we should set high standards of behaviour and expect positive attitudes and contributions from all pupils towards the life and work of the school.
Rewards for positive behaviour include verbal and written praise, team tokens and gold tokens.
Everyday a child is chosen to be the Star of the Day. They choose a friend and lead all lines; are given the special jobs for day and take the registers. Every child in school receives a card on their birthday and this is celebrated in assembly.The aim is to make all children feel valued and part of the school.
A system of 3 steps used to support good behaviour choices. Sanctions are mainly missed free time and parents are contacted if matters do not improve.
On rare occasions it may be necessary to exclude pupils from school for serious offences or misbehaviour. In this case the Headteacher will inform parents, initially by telephone and then by letter and arrange to meet them at the earliest opportunity. Exclusions are short term but in extreme cases permanent exclusion remains the final course of action. In this event parents are informed by letter and are invited to attend a hearing by the Governing Body. Parents may appeal against the decision made and are also able to appeal further to the Director of Education.
We believe that pupils who display positive attitudes towards and make positive contributions to the life and work of the school should be rewarded, regularly and routinely.
In Golden Worship, on Friday at 2.45pm, children who have earned 15 gold tokens are rewarded with a certificate. Their names also go into a box and there is a prize draw at the end of each half term. Annually awards are shared at the end of year leaver’s service for children who have made an exceptional effort or contribution to the life of the school throughout the year.
We expect all children to wear school uniform and the items suggested have been chosen for safety, comfort, smartness and ease of care. Jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of flat-faced watches and stud earrings, though these must be removed for PE and swimming.
Please ensure all items of uniform are named:
*Boots may be worn in bad weather but school shoes must be brought, to change into.
**If shoes are out-grown, in the last few weeks of the school year, and parents wish to wait for the new school year to buy new ones, black plimsols must be worn, not trainers.
Y6 Only - Red fleece embroidered with the school's logo and 'Year 6'
Adaptation of our uniform code is acceptable for religious or cultural reasons, please speak to the Headteacher.
There are a variety of teaching methods used in the classroom, depending on the subject taught and the age of the children.
For the majority of lessons the children remain in their class groups. Some lessons start with a whole class introduction from the teacher but as a school with mixed age classes, we try to teach smaller groups wherever possible. The main part of the lesson consists of independent or group activities. Children are generally grouped by ability within their class groups and these grouping can change depending on the subject or activity. Where appropriate, children may access the curriculum in another classroom. For other activities children work in mixed ability groups.
Reception children follow the Foundation Stage 2 Curriculum, which involves them in ‘play’ activities as well as more formal work. As the year progresses the children then begin to follow the Programmes of Study from the National Curriculum.
Throughout KS1 and KS2 many of the classes split the children into ability groupings for the teaching of English and Maths. This type of group work enables staff to target work to meet the needs of the children.
All teachers within the school hold specialist knowledge in a particular subject area. These skills are used to benefit all children by teachers training their colleagues and sometimes taking classes other than their own within the school. We have 5 teachers and 4 support staff helping to deliver a range of learning opportunities for all our children.
Below shows the amount of time spent in lessons during a normal school week.
Age 4-7 21 hours per week
Age 7-11 23.5 hours per week
We believe that Extra-Curricular activities make a vital contribution to the all round development of the pupils at the school. We offer a variety of activities throughout the year, some lasting all year, others for short 6 week sessions. Some activities take place at the end of the school day; others take place during the school day at lunchtime. All children are given the opportunity to take part in extra –curricular activities.
After school clubs vary from year to year depending on the interests of the children in school and availability of trained adults. These often include; gardening, chess, lego and craft.
Cross country after school club and small schools competitions entered
Tag rugby club
Sports day, annual competitive event.
Shrove Tuesday pancake race event
The school supports the work of various nominated charities throughout the year. This has involved the children in a number of different activities enabling them to express their concern for others. Each year we hold a Harvest Festival when we aim to help a charity involved in providing for people less fortunate than ourselves.
The school believes that homework supports and extends the learning in school and pupils will develop the practice of independent study and the qualities of perseverance and self-discipline.
The school values your support for the successful implementation of the Homework Policy. Guidance on what is expected for each year group will be adapted to suit individual children’s needs.
Reading and counting
Reading and counting
Reading, spellings and Maths (incl. x tables)
Reading, spellings and Maths (incl. x tables)
Reading, spellings and Maths (incl. x tables)
Reading, spellings and Maths (incl. x tables)
Reading, spellings and Maths (incl. x tables), revision material for SATs
All year groups are set a piece of preparatory homework over the holiday preceding a new topic.
As a rough guide, time spent on homework should be no more than:
FS/Yr 1 – 10 minutes per school night
Year 2/3 – 15 minutes per school night
Year 4/5 – 20 minutes per school night
Year 6 – 25 minutes per school night
If during the course of your child’s time with us you have a particular concern about your child’s education, please call into school and discuss the matter with your child’s class teacher. If you still have further concerns the Headteacher is also available to discuss any matters of concern in confidence. We will attempt to resolve all issues promptly and discretely in the best interests of all our children.
Attendance in school is a legal requirement. The target for attendance, set by Governors, is 97% over the course of one academic year. Attendance is monitored rigorously and parents of children whose attendance falls below the national average will be alerted by letter.
Lessons start at 9.05a.m. Children who arrive after this time will miss out on valuable learning. A late mark is given in the register after 9.30a.m.
Holidays during Term Time
Holidays cannot now be authorised in term time. Authorisation for any time out of school, is only given in exceptional circumstances.
Parents are asked to let the school know if their child is absent and the reason for the absence. This can be done via a phone message, email or a letter to school. If parents do not let the school know the reason for absence on the first day then the secretary will phone to ensure there are no problems. If parents fail to give a reason for absence, it then becomes an unauthorised absence, that is an absence the school knows nothing about or perhaps, worryingly, an absence that the parents know nothing about.
Please try to ensure that medical appointments for children are made outside school hours but in the event of this being impossible please make appointments after 1pm and sign children out of school at the school office.
If your child becomes ill in school we will try to contact you or a nominated person. Please ensure you notify the school office of any change of telephone numbers for the above reason. If your child has been ill please ensure that he/she is well before returning to school.
If a child has a minor accident in school i.e. a graze, then he/she will be attended by a member of staff trained in First Aid. Parents will be informed if the injury gives rise for concern. If we cannot get in touch with parents, the school will contact the emergency services for treatment whilst the effort to get in touch with parents and inform them of the situation continues. All accidents involving children are recorded in the School's Accident Book.
Medicines in School
Prescribed medicines are able to be administered in school and must be given in to the school office. Parents should fill in a form giving the instructions for administration. The medicine will be stored appropriately until needed. Non-prescribed medication cannot be administered by school staff but parents are most welcome to come to school to administer medicine to their own child.
Inhalers are kept with the children in the classroom, where the children can obtain them easily. Spares can be kept in a separate bag outside the office. Children may use them whenever necessary and the child must be capable of self-administration. Inhalers are also taken with the children on outside school trips etc.
Advice from parents and medical officers is followed closely to ensure school meets the needs of the child.
Occasionally there are children with head lice in school. The school follows the policy guidance set out by the Health Authority and Local Authority letters to all children in a class or group where there has been a case of head lice will be informed.
School recommends the following;
If school notices a child with head lice, parents will be informed and asked to treat the head. Should the problem be recurrent you may wish to contact the School Nurse.
'Nit' combs are available to purchase from the school office.
The school tries to encourage parents to show an active interest in school and give support to the many and varied activities and functions organised, so that the children are aware and benefit from the good relationships between school and home.
Parents can help by ensuring their child completes the homework activities. Parents can offer valuable help to teachers by hearing readers in school. Parents can also help with the supervision of children on School Visits, and on various school occasions such as parties, discos, fun days, sports days...etc.
Parents are invited to attend 'Meet the Teacher' events at the start of the school year, giving them the chance to discuss any issues. Parent’s evenings are held each term for parents to meet individually with their child’s class teacher and to discuss their child's progress. Parents receive an annual report about their child/children. These are sent to parents in the summer term and an opportunity is always given for parents to meet the class teacher to discuss the report if requested.
A Committee of parents called the Parent Friends Association (PFA) work to help the school through organising various fund raising activities. All parents are automatic members of the PFA, and are notified about events via school newsletters.
Items of personal property should not be brought into school unless there is a special reason arranged by a member of staff for this to take place.
We request that children do not bring mobile phones to school. The school office is manned from 8.00am to 3.15pm daily in order to ensure messages can be given to children when necessary. Always leave a message as often the secretary is in school but may be busy on other tasks and messages are picked up regularly.
Please ensure that all clothing and other items are clearly named. Every child will be wearing similar uniform! Please mark your child’s clothing CLEARLY. Reversible fleece jackets are difficult to name, please label the inside of the pocket.
Inquiries about lost property should be made initially to the class teacher. Lost property will be stored by the front door in a red linen basket. Each term there will be a viewing session of lost property. Items which are not collected at the end of term will be disposed of.
School meals are provided daily and there are 2 menus for the children to choose from. Dinner money is payable on a Monday morning for a week in advance. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a free school meal as part of the government's public health initiative. We encourage parents of children within these age groups most strongly to take up this offer. There is plenty of choice so that even 'picky' eaters find something that they like.
Packed lunches can be brought from home. We have no means of storing lunch boxes in a cool place so care should be taken when choosing food. Drinking water is provided by the school.
We advise parents who are in receipt of Income Support and some other benefits to apply for a Free School Meal for their child/children. For further advice contact the school office or visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
School Trips and Educational Visits
Trips and visits out of school are part of a child's experience and an important part of their education. We endeavour to ensure that all children have the opportunity to take part in a visit.
The school organises a residential visit every year for children in Year 4-6. Siblings of Year 6 children who are in Year 3 may also attend. Parents will receive a letter in advance of the visit giving details of the trip; cost and including a parental permission slip which must be completed in order for the children to take part.
Teachers are encouraged to give children the opportunity to take part in walking trips around the village. We will also visit St.Peter's Church regularly. Consent for these walking trips is given by parents on induction. Visits by coach or mini-bus will require specific consent. Letters will be sent home in advance.
In accordance with the school's policy, the governors cannot charge for activities taking place in school time, unless the activity involves an overnight stay. Instead we ask for a 'voluntary contribution' from parents to enable the activity to take place.
Our local schools are Redmoor Academy, Higham Lane School and St Martins. We have close links with all three schools and support all of their induction days in the Summer term.
The information included in this booklet relates to the current school year. Although correct at the time, there may be changes that take place throughout the school year and in subsequent years.
Further information about our curriculum or any other information within this section, can be obtained from the school office. Please email, telephone or call in during school hours.