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Highwoods Community Primary School
Tynedale Square, Highwoods, CO4 9SN, UK Colchester
+44 (0)1206 845887

Highwoods Community 

Vision and Aims


We value our children and believe they deserve to learn and achieve their full potential in a stimulating environment where they will thrive in this secure, happy and enjoyable school. Our school should be the key to a successful and fulfilling life.


  • to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which develops the whole child
  • to provide access to the curriculum for all levels of ability, based on a partnership between pupils, staff and parents
  • to inspire enthusiastic and inquisitive children with an appetite for life long learning
  • to develop confident, independent and articulate individuals with a strong sense of self fulfillment and high self esteem
  • to ensure our children and staff enjoy full mental and physical health
  • to enable children to take responsibility for their actions and decisions so that they will become responsible members of the community
  • to enable children to develop spiritually and engender tolerance and respect for one another, the school environment and the wider community
  • to ensure that a variety of reviewing and monitoring strategies are employed to enable reflective self evaluation and challenging target setting
  • to respond positively to changes in the curriculum and the changing needs of the children


Welcome to the Foundation Stage section of the Highwoods CP School web site.
Whether you are an existing parent, a prospective parent or just interested in education we hope you will find the following information useful.
Provision by the school for all children in the foundation stage is very good and is a significant strength of the school Ofsted 2002
The Foundation Stage of a child's education begins on their 3rd birthday. At this point your child will be monitored by professionals such as your health visitor, play group leader and doctor.
They will mainly be concerned with physical and social development.
In the year containing your child's fifth birthday they begin the school based phase of their foundation stage education. This year is commonly known as the Reception Year.
At Highwoods we understand that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent makes.
We aim to provide as much information as possible including home visits, open story sessions, drop in afternoons and playgroup visits to enable you to make a confident choice and to ensure a smooth transition between home and school.
A very effective program of meetings and home visits prior to starting school ....ensures....
a confident, happy start to their school life
Ofsted 2002
In the Foundation Stage classes, children's attitudes to learning are very good and in some cases excellent. They are keen to learn and parents agree that they like coming to school.
Ofsted 2002
Our experienced team are committed to ensuring that every child enjoys a happy secure and stimulating start to their school career We provide an action packed curriculum which places great emphasis on learning through play while teaching basic literacy and numeracy skills in a thorough and structured manner.


Once children have completed the Foundation Stage they move on to Key Stage 1. They spend two years at Key Stage 1, Year 1 (6 year olds) and Year 2 (7 year olds).

Links with Parents

We aim to maintain the strong links with parents established at the Foundation Stage.
There is a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere in the school and teachers are readily available for informal discussion, which parents welcome Ofsted 2002
Parental support in the classroom is most welcome. Some parents enjoy listening to the children read, others help with sewing or art work. We can always find a job to suit their talents!
The children bring home reading books and library books to share with parents.
At the beginning of the Autumn term we invite all parents to a 'Meet the Teachers' session. We explain to parents the curriculum their children will be following during the year and answer any questions that may arise.
Parents receive regular reports on their child's progress. Mini reports are sent out at the Autumn and Spring half terms and a full report is sent out at the end of the academic year. Parents' evenings are held during the spring term when appointments are given for interviews with the class teacher.
We have an active P. T.A. who organise fund raising events and sponsor many of our activities. Each Christmas they pay for our transport to the Mercury Theatre to see the Christmas pantomime.
Towards the end of the Summer Term we go to spend a day at the beach at Walton on the Naze. Parents and younger brothers and sisters are invited to join us there.
We celebrate the diverse nationalities in our school and enjoy learning about other cultures.


The final stage of the children's primary education is Key Stage 2.
The children start Key Stage 2 in the academic year in which they become eight years old and remain here until they are eleven years old.
It is our aim, throughout this key stage to continue the progress they have made in Key Stage 1 and to develop the children's independence.
The children cover a broad and balanced curriculum, which enables them to understand many interesting concepts in an enjoyable and stimulating way.
We are also keen to emphasise that the children are encouraged to develop a wide range of skills to aid them in their educational development.
Design Technology involves practical activities which develop a range of skills.
Lessons gradually become more formalised ready for secondary school.
Pupils are set by ability for mathematics throughout Key Stage 2 in order to help target support.
The Key Stage 2 library is categorised using the 'DEWEY' system (as used in all libraries) and contains fiction and non-fiction. As part of our continuing emphasis on the enjoyment of reading and literacy skills all Key Stage 2 pupils have regular access to the library.
Pupils who wish to learn an instrument have the opportunity to have lessons with visiting specialist teachers during the school day.
Throughout Key Stage 2 the children continue to bring home reading books as well as now having a more formal homework structure including spellings, literacy and numeracy work.
As in Key Stage 1, parents are invited to attend a 'Meet the Teacher' session during the Autumn term.
Parent's evenings are held during the spring term, mini reports are sent out at the Autumn and Spring half term and a full report is sent out at the end of the academic year.
Teachers have a good understanding of the needs of young children and the learning is stimulating and exciting. Praise is used well to enhance the children's self esteem Ofsted 2002
As part of the National Curriculum the children begin swimming lessons during Years 3 and 4 and will visit Kentwell Hall as a focus of their Tudors topic. Dressing in authentic costume being all part of the fun.
Children in these years can join recorder, textiles, netball and drama clubs. Other outside agencies (such as Colchester Utd) also provide football and sports clubs. Some children in these years are invited to join the athletics club and to represent the school at District Sports.
Teachers have very high expectations of behaviour and learning Ofsted 2002
As part of their Personal Social and Health Education the children in Year 5 watch videos about maturing and discuss their changing bodies.
Children in Year 5 have the opportunity to join the football, rounders and athletics clubs. The school runs a football team, which competes in our local league and a netball and rounders team, which compete in tournaments and friendlies.
Good emphasis on the teaching of literacy and number Ofsted 2002
Eventually the children reach their final year in primary school - Year 6.
We have established close links with the Gilberd School (our local comprehensive) which enables our children to engage in various activities with them as part of their preparation for their time at secondary school. The children also prepare for their end of year SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) and will watch a short Sex Education film and discuss issues arising. Parents are invited to watch this prior to their children's viewing.
Year 6 children can also become 'prefects' The responsibilities of the prefects include
  • answering the telephone at lunchtime
  • looking after younger children at lunchtime
  • showing visitors around the school
  • helping on sportsday
  • acting as role models for the younger children
They also have the opportunity to go on a residential trip; in 2002 the children spent a week in Somerset.
As a culmination of their time at Highwoods, Year 6 pupils perform to their parents, enjoy an end of year party and devise and perform their own Leavers Assembly to the whole school.

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