• "Pupils enjoy trusting, respectful relationships with staff and each other. These strong relationships ensure pupils work hard and try their best.’ OFSTED 2015"
  • "An extensive range of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtime and after school provide opportunities to develop life skills and confidence. OFSTED 2015"
  • "‘The school’s values are at the heart of all relationships and are constantly referred to by staff and pupils ... pupils are able to talk eloquently about how to live by the values in order to become good citizens.’ OFSTED 2015"


The curriculum at High Down Junior underpins our commitment to children becoming Learners for Life - successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

We plan a curriculum that

·        challenges and inspires all children to achieve their best

·        is motivating, stimulates and fosters creativity and independence.

·        is broad and balanced with literacy, communication, numeracy and science at its core.

·        encourages children to be independent, reflective and collaborative learners

·        seek outs and utilises expertise and firsthand experience including educational trips, visiting scientists, community members, artists and performers

·        offers an exciting range of sporting, creative  and musical experiences


Our curriculum, based on the skills required by the National Curriculum, is taught through key texts, topics or themes wherever possible. We make use of all of the facilities in the school, including ICT and the school grounds. This thematic approach allows our learners to incorporate more independent research and to delve into a subject in greater depth. We encourage and enable children to ask questions, challenge assumptions and to think for themselves.

Of paramount importance are the key skills of reading, writing, communication and mathematics. Great emphasis is placed on the importance of reading with Guided Reading, Class Books and regular reading events in school to foster a love of reading. Mental calculations and problem solving are key elements in mathematics. Weekly home learning tasks consolidate, enrich and extend classroom activities.

Science, history, geography, ICT, music, art and design & technology lessons are linked to our themes wherever possible. R.E. is taught in line with the local SACRE recommendations. French, PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) and thinking skills are also a valued  part of our curriculum.

For further information about any element of the curriculum, please refer to the subject and year group pages on the left hand menu.  If you would like further information, please talk to your child's class teacher.