Highfield Primary School, Leeds
  • Curriculum Enrichment at Highfield

    At Highfield, we believe enrichment opportunities are crucial for the holistic development of our children. For this reason it is one of our four curriculum key drivers. These enrichment opportunities go beyond the standard curriculum, providing our pupils with a range of experiences that enhance their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Here is why we consider enrichment opportunities so important for Highfield children:

    Stimulates Cognitive Development: Enrichment activities often involve problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity, which can enhance cognitive skills. Exposure to diverse subjects and activities can broaden a child’s knowledge base and intellectual curiosity.

    Promotes Social Skills: Enrichment activities often require collaboration and teamwork, fostering social skills and the ability to work effectively with others. Interacting with peers in different settings helps our children develop empathy, communication skills, and a sense of community.

    Encourages Creativity: Many enrichment opportunities, such as art, music, drama, and creative writing, allow our children to express themselves creatively. Creativity is a valuable skill that can be applied in various aspects of life and is essential for problem-solving and innovation.

    Builds Confidence and Self-Esteem: Success and achievement in enrichment activities can boost a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Overcoming challenges in diverse settings helps our children develop a positive self-image and resilience.

    Fosters a Love for Learning: Enrichment opportunities often involve hands-on, experiential learning, making education more engaging and enjoyable for children. Developing a love for learning at an early age sets the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

    Identifies and Nurtures Talents: Enrichment activities provide a platform for discovering and developing our children’s talents and interests.Early identification and nurturing of talents can contribute to a child’s sense of purpose and fulfilment.

    Promotes Physical Well-Being: Enrichment opportunities may include physical activities, sports, and outdoor experiences that contribute to the overall health and well-being of children. Many of our activities at Highfield involve physical activity in a range of disciplines. Regular physical activity is essential for the development of motor skills and a healthy lifestyle.

    Prepares for Future Challenges: Exposure to a variety of enrichment opportunities equips our children with a broad skill set that is valuable for facing future challenges as global citizens. This is supports our Highfield Curriculum Statement which outlines our aim to ‘prepare children for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century by providing opportunities for our children to develop socially, morally, spiritually, and culturally, alongside maximising academic achievement to unlock every child’s potential’. Adaptability, resilience, and a willingness to learn are essential qualities developed through diverse experiences.

    Enrichment opportunities play a vital role in shaping well-rounded individuals by addressing various aspects of a child’s development. They contribute to academic success, social skills, creativity, and overall well-being, providing a foundation for future learning and personal growth.

    The full Enrichment offer is detailed in our Highfield Enrichment: Educational Visits and Workshops Long Term Plan which you can see below. Our Educational Visits Policy is also available to view.

    Our Personal, Social and Emotional Development Curriculum further supports this key driver. Although PSED is a component of the Early Years Curriculum, the fundamental principles and values which underpin it are values we believe should be taught throughout Highfield. We therefore teach PSED weekly in every year group to further support the development of our children. This is guided by our PSED Action Plan (below).