Welcome to our curriculum page here at Cliffe Hill School. Like most schools we follow the revised National Curriculum 2014. We want our children to be engaged in their learning from day one, so we have devised an exciting curriculum that teaches the children through a thematic/creative approach to learning. We have some first class facilities here at Cliffe Hill in our lovely, bright, modern and new building, including a state of the art ICT suite, i-pads, food technology room, allotments and fabulous outdoor space and equipment! Wherever possible, provision will be enriched and enhanced by visits to places of interest and by the use of specialist teachers/coaches of sports, dance and music. For example, we plan a number of residential trips for children in Key Stage 2. One is a camping trip at the beginning of the Autumn Term to Bradley Woods near Huddersfield, where the children can experience the great outdoors! Additionally, pupils have the opportunity to visit the Robinwood activity centre in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. This visit provides the children with a wide range of activities that we cannot accommodate in our school building or environment. Children also enjoy the time they are able to spend with school staff and their peers in a non-academic setting.
The National Curriculum (NC) identifies the knowledge and understanding that schools are required by law to teach. There is little detail in this document; as such, schools are expected to build a broad, balanced and detailed curriculum around the key objectives. At Cliffe Hill School, we believe in the importance of children learning key skills and knowledge and NC objectives are met by teaching a wide range of skills at the appropriate level for each child.
This curriculum information page is broken down into subjects for Key Stages 1 and 2. The Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS, comprising nursery and reception) operate a separate and distinct curriculum.
For Key Stages 1 and 2, the curriculum has been organised by subject, although in reality, we often teach different subjects based around a common theme or topic. Some subjects are taught using published schemes, such as RE. Phonics, which is an integral part of the curriculum throughout school, is taught following the Ruth Miskin phonics scheme, which ensures a consistent approach to delivery.
For more specific information of what is being taught by year group at Cliffe Hill, including links to SMSC & British Values (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education), please click on the appropriate tab for the year group overviews in the menu. Should you require more information on our curriculum at Cliffe Hill, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Lomas or Mrs Grindley.