The Curriculum at Hill West

The whole curriculum as approved by our Local Governing Body is concerned with the holistic needs of our individual pupils. The school is committed to teaching all of the National Curriculum and has developed a localised curriculum that is embedded in our curriculum plans. Our curriculum aims to develop key skills across a range of subjects to enable effective learning. Hill West is a place ‘where Learning is fun and All children succeed’. Our curriculum is stimulating, challenging and enriching with the highest aspirations for pupil’s achievement and progress. We enrich the National Curriculum subjects by teaching through cross curricular key questions that are aimed to improve the children’s ability to; ask questions, investigate, interrogate information, present and argue whilst developing a range of skills and deep knowledge. Our Curriculum is designed to be flexible to the changing needs of our pupils and wider community. As such it is under a continuous cycle of review and evaluation. As part of this our pupils contribute to curriculum design by informing us how they learn best and what they enjoy learning most. Pupils therefore play a significant part in planning, assessing and recording their personal learning journeys and targets for improvement.

The specific aims of our curriculum include: promoting the very highest standards in Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Computing; allowing children to develop knowledge of themselves as learners; enabling children to acquire knowledge and key skills across the curriculum; promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and in doing so ensuring high levels of involvement and wellbeing; growing children’s awareness of the importance of, and participate in, the arts and related cultural themes; growing children’s awareness of the importance of the humanities including R.E; preparing pupils well for transition and the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Birmingham Curriculum Statement

In Birmingham community cohesion means working towards a society in which strong and positive relationship exist and continue to be developed in schools, in the workplace and in the wider community.  This is achieved through shared values which would include: the valuing of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and mutual respect of people’s backgrounds and circumstances; promoting equal opportunities and challenging discrimination, all of which is based on the Equality Act 2010 and in non-negotiable.  ALL children in Birmingham will experience a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to grow and learn in an environment without prejudice or inequality.  The curriculum will: promote children’s engagement in learning through enquiry-led approaches that develop skills, dispositions and attitudes to learning; equip children for their futures in a rapidly changing world recognising the importance of technology, science, languages and communication for dialogue and understanding between different groups; value, celebrate and build on children’s religious and cultural heritage and develop a sense of identity, honouring the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; promote the fundamental shared values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; help children develop an understanding of all faiths and none, and participate in the celebration of different religious events in understanding and accepting differences; develop children holistically – their intellectual, practical, aesthetic, spiritual, social and emotional capacities; ensure and understanding of protected characteristics of the Equality Act and how through diversity they can be celebrated; encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in which the school is situated and to society more widely; 

All children and young people will be given the opportunity to learn the benefits of physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles, by participating in high quality personal, social and health education including sex and relationships education. At school, ALL children will have opportunities to explore their talents and abilities through:

  • Developing and appreciation of the arts
  • Taking part in a wide range of physical activities, sports and games
  • Developing a sense of self in a non-judgemental, mutually supportive environment
  • Experience music and it’s intrinsic value for enjoyment and self-expression through performing, singing and the playing of instruments
  • Experiencing social, moral, spiritual and cultural education which broadens children’s awareness and understanding of the world and their place within it
  • Independent careers advice that inspires and motivates them to fulfil their potential.

In this way we work together to: Equip our children and young people to be happy, talented, confident and ambitious citizens of Birmingham and of the wider world.