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Our Curriculum

School Vision

As a school we take pride in creating a nurturing environment where our community of learners are valued as individuals. Through God’s love, rich experiences and a sense of belonging, all will make strong roots to grow, flourish and bear fruit.


I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will

bear much fruit.

John - Chapter 15 verse 5

    Our Intent

    With our vision at the forefront of all we do at High Halden School, we worked closely with all stakeholders to design a curriculum specific and unique to our school community and context.

    From this we established key points and considered how we wanted children to leave our rural setting with the appropriate skills and experiences to enable them to succeed in life beyond High Halden. As a direct result, the aim of our curriculum is to enrich the children’s lives and provide opportunities to grow their…


    Curiosity and Creativity:

    • Through enriching first hand experiences.
    • Inspirational and enquiry led teaching and learning.
    • Broad, active and exciting curriculum.


    Strong Sense of Community:

    • Engaging with the features of our beautiful rural village.
    • Collaboration with local residents and our wider communities.
    • Embracing the diversity and background of all.


    Character Development:

    • Building resilient, confident learners by providing opportunities for all to flourish.
    • Encouraging aspirations and independence.
    • Strong sense of moral purpose underpinned by our Christian values.


    We recognise that our curriculum must not only support and build upon the children’s interests, but ensure that the children are given the opportunity to experience British culture and provide them with the knowledge to ensure that they can make informed choices in the wider world.


    At High Halden, we understand the importance of reading, writing and mathematics in order to ‘open doors’ to other aspects of the curriculum. We aim to provide an education where all children are literate and numerate, giving them a solid foundation to build upon in the next stage of their journey.


    Every child has a fundamental right to a good education, thus it is vital that our curriculum is implemented effectively. At High Halden Church of England Primary School, we strive to ensure that teaching and learning are a joyful experience for all. In doing so, children are passionate about their learning whilst acquiring and developing the skills and knowledge required to meet their future aspirations.



    Our teachers maintain that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone; it should be fun. Through delivering our High Halden Curriculum consistently and applying teachers’ own spontaneity, creativity, imagination and individuality we equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help children to flourish: leading happy and rewarding lives in our wider community and beyond. 


    Our curriculum design:

    Through embracing our children alongside teachers as ‘curriculum designers’, the High Halden Curriculum is specifically designed to meet the interests and aspirations of the school community, embrace the locality of the school setting and to provide children with a broad range of learning opportunities whilst also ensuring all statutory coverage is met. We believe in incorporating children as part of the curriculum design process, teachers are further empowered to ensure learning excites, hooks, inspires and engages children.



    At High Halden Church of England Primary School, we believe that in ensuring our curriculum is implemented effectively, children will develop a set of skills which prepare them for life beyond High Halden and support them to flourish as learners. As the curriculum allows time for children to think, discuss, practise and explore their skills, we expect learning to be fully embedded across the curriculum.  In turn, high quality learning is consistently produced by all pupils across the curriculum. Children are supported in their next stage of education and the school nurtures an ethos of life-long learning.



    At High Halden Primary School we are proud to provide a safe, stimulating and inclusive learning environment where every member of our community is valued and respected. Our broad, balanced, creative curriculum and enrichment activities provide opportunities for everyone to achieve and succeed. We celebrate our achievements, gifts and cultural diversity, irrespective of individual differences within the protected categories of the Equality Act of 2010. This also includes the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. We are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what their needs. 


    Please find more details about how the school complies with the Equality Act here.  Additionally, you can find more information about how we support children with SEND here

    If you'd like more information about our curriculum, you can speak to your child's class teacher or Mrs Ridley (our assistant head/curriculum lead).