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Our Curriculum

We believe that 'Learning is for Life' and we want our children to be confident, independent, lifelong learners. We offer a curriculum that is planned to challenge, engage and inspire children of all abilities. Using the National Curriculum as a basis, we believe in providing opportunities for children to learn through a cross curricular approach; making links between subjects and applying their skills across all areas of their work. We have high expectations of the children and of ourselves and the curriculum is therefore designed to

  • Take account of children’s different abilities, learning styles and interests.
  •  Provide first hand experiences and creative opportunities.
  • Build on children’s prior knowledge so that teaching  enables the best progress to be made.
  • Develop key skills such as speaking and listening, citizenship, computing, perseverance, empathy, cultural awareness, research enquiry and critical thinking; preparing children for the next stage of their learning and for the diverse and technological world in which they will be living and working.
  • Promote the importance of good health, exercise and personal wellbeing.

At Heatherside, children learn French across all year groups and Music is taught by a specialist teacher and we are proud of the standards achieved.  Some children have additional lessons with Hampshire Music Service and other specialist teachers, which adds further to our music provision.

Personal, social and health education is an integral part of our curriculum and through activities such as drama, discussion and circle time children learn the skills to help them make positive choices about their lives. Sport also features highly at Heatherside, both as part of the PE curriculum but also through clubs, fixtures and whole school events.

We promote the British Values throughout the curriculum; please see the overview below more information on British Values at Heatherside Junior School.