At Downholland Haskayne School we believe that every pupil is entitled to a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that stimulates lively and enquiring minds, but above all produces happy and confident members of the community.

We aim to

  • Provide a well-resourced curriculum built on the solid foundations of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT and Humanities.
  • Develop each child to their full potential academically, artistically, physically, morally and spiritually.
  • Develop a responsible, mature and independent attitude towards work, to relationships with others and to the life of the school.
  • Respect children as individuals and provide for their needs through personalised learning.
  • Promote confident, self-motivated and self-disciplined independent learners.
  • To encourage children to actively contribute to decision making within the school.
  • Teach appropriate, responsible and thoughtful behaviour at all times, showing respect for all members of our school community.
  • Promote positive attitudes towards all individuals regardless of race, gender, disability or religious beliefs.
  • Encourage children to make healthy choices in their lifestyles.
  • To promote the Christian ethos of the school by following the teaching and examples of Jesus.
  • To provide a well ordered, happy and secure learning environment.
  • Embrace "Every Child Matters" agenda.

Learning and teaching activities are structured and appropriate to your child’s development, emphasis being placed on individual progress. This ensures that the work is purposeful, and that he/she gains satisfaction and fulfilment in day-to-day activities. From Year 1 all children are taught to National Curriculum guidelines. The National Curriculum provides clear guidelines for study in the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and ICT and are given emphasis to help the children to develop a depth of knowledge and understanding and to gain skills in these areas. Foundation Subjects include Design Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, PHSE/Citizenship and Physical Education.

As a voluntary aided school, daily Collective Worship is fundamentally important. It is further enhanced by the Liverpool Diocesan religious syllabus for Church of England schools.

Early Years Foundation Stage

"Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential."

A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. The EYFS is for children from birth to five years of age. The final year of the EYFS is referred to as the reception year. All children begin school with a variety of experiences and learning. It is the privilege of the practitioners working in reception to take on the task of building upon that prior learning and experience. This is done through a holistic approach to learning, ensuring that parents/guardians, support staff and the reception teachers work together effectively to support children’s learning and development.