Religious Education

Highfurlong School is non-denominational. Religious Education is provided within the framework of the Authority’s agreed Lancashire syllabus, in accordance with the Education Reform Act. Parents who do not wish their children to take part in religious education lessons or collective worship have the right to withdraw them, following discussion with the school.

The school delivers two assemblies, one on Monday morning, to welcome the pupils and set out the focus for the week.
Friday is achievement assembly.

Pupils work hard all week to earn ‘Dojo’ awards. The overall winner receives a trophy which is kept in school and a certificate to take home.
Other awards include:
Therapy-Occupational, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language
Dog walking ‘Doodles
Lunchtime achievements
As well as individual awards for any achievement that week.
Themes covered in assembly may include Christmas, Easter, Eid and other religious festivals as appropriate.

CURRICULUM

EARLY YEARS-NURSERY & RECEPTION
Pupils learn by sensory exploration of resources and recreating the stories by role play and in the sensory rooms. Artefacts and visits and visitors to school, all support learning through first hand experiences.
Children take part in the Easter competition and the Christmas production based around the story of the Nativity.
Pupils explore dolls and toys from other religions and culture.

KEY STAGE 1
Pupils learn through a sensory or academic pathway about different religions and ways of life. Religions studied cover: Judaism, Christianity, Muslim and Hindu faiths and Buddhist beliefs.

KEY STAGE 2
Pupils learn through a sensory or academic pathway about different religions and ways of life. Religions studied cover: Judaism, Christianity, Muslim and Hindu faiths and Buddhist beliefs.

KEY STAGE 3
Pupils explore different religions such as Christianity, the Catholic Church, Judaism, Hinduism, the Islamic faith and other belief systems such as Buddhism.
At KS 4/5 students focus on external accreditation which may or may not include R.E.

History

At Highfurlong History is taught from Key Stage 1 up to the end of Key Stage 3. In Key Stage 1 children are taught about specific events and people that may be beyond their lifetime. Topics are chosen that interest the classes and there are links to local events and local people. Much of their work is hands on as this helps bring history to life for our children.

In Key Stage 2 children will be introduced to civilisations such as Ancient Greeks, Ancient Egyptians, The Mayans and also British History. The children learn through an exciting combination of sensory work, academic writing and sometimes drama and singing may be included.

In Key Stage 3 the teaching of history is varied. Students will learn about local heroes/heroines and national and international heroes and heroines. They will also learn about myths and legends which may be of particular interest to them. Key Stage 3 students will also look at the film and theatre industry as this is of particular interest to our students. The curriculum is a three year rolling programme and is flexible and may be adapted to suit the interests and needs of the cohort of students.

Throughout the teaching of history there will be a focus on teaching in the way our children and young people learn best. Some will follow a more academic route while others will learn through a more sensory, hands on approach. All our pupils enjoy history and some will continue on to external accreditation in Key Stage 4.

In Key Stage 4 we may offer History Entry Level. This is not an option every year and is dependent on other subjects being taken at Entry Level and also the availability of the accreditation. Subjects previously studied include Britain at War, American Indians, The American Roaring Twenties and The Effects of the Blitz.

Geography

Geography at Highfurlong aims to inspire and capture pupils curiosity of the world, their local community, and the people in it. Here at Highfurlong we know the importance of understanding the world around us, and how this can sometimes be difficult. We aim to provide a geography curriculum that provides pupils with the opportunity to look at real places and their local environments. We look at the similarities and differences in these environments, and their physical and human features.   Our curriculum aims to provide pupils with an education with practical and sensory elements to meet pupils needs. Highfurlong pupils will learn about the earth structure, weather and climate and its lands and oceans.  By allowing pupils to explore the world around them they are enhancing their skills base, and having a practical opportunity to put their learning into context. We aim to provide pupils with opportunities to visit the local community, and other locations to do this. Here at Highfurlong we strongly believe in a cross curricular approach. So pupils geography concepts and understanding will be reinforced in other areas, such as literacy, mathematics, science, and ICT. We strive for an inclusive curriculum, where lessons support pupils level of learning, and the use of supportive technologies/ aids.