Curriculum Overview


Click here to view our Curriculum document 2016/17.

Reading and Phonics

At High Crags, the teaching of reading is at the core of everything we do. We aim to create fluent readers, with a love of books. As part of reading development, the children are taught “Letters and Sounds” phonics from nursery onwards. In Early Years, this happens in groups every day, and from years 1 to 3, the children are grouped in Phonics stages 4 times a week for a structured phonics session. Children who need catch up will continue phonics work into years 4, 5 and 6 where phonics is otherwise  replaced with spelling and grammar work.

In addition to phonics, children will have regular reading in school, through both individual and guided reading. Children will also take books home regularly and are expected to read 3 times a week at home as a minimum. All children who read 3 times a week are entered into a draw to win a reading prize in Friday’s celebration assembly.


We are proud of the PE curriculum we deliver here at High Crags. We employ a highly skilled dedicated PE specialist team which takes PE with all classes throughout the curriculum. They also deliver a full range of before and after school clubs. In addition we work with many outdoor agencies, giving the children to participate in sports and competitions throughout the region. In addition to a full time PE teacher, the school has a Health Mentor, who delivers individual programs to support physical development.

Children are expected to wear full PE kit for all PE activities. The PE kit is listed in the school handbook given to all parents.

Each child requires black shorts, pale blue T-shirt or vest and pumps to change into for PE or Games. These should be brought in a named pump bag. Please take note of your child’s PE days and ensure they have it on the right day.

Please contact school on 01274 584068 or email: for more information on any aspect of the PE provision.

British Values

At High Crags, we continue to promote the fundamental British values of:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and belief

This is done through the PHSCE curriculum, through links to community religious groups and through assemblies. We have a program of assemblies throughout the year to share these values, and to celebrate British Customs, religious festivals and key historical people and events from around the world. This is linked to our AIM – Aspirations, Independence and Magic of the World, which underpins our curriculum.

Whole School Themes

Click here to view our whole school themes.