Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.
Aims and vision
We aim to work together with parents and families to provide learning and play experiences which will engage their interest; inspire them to want to know more; motivate them to persevere with their learning and empower them to develop skills of independence. In this way they will develop an enquiring mind and together we will enjoy creating those memorable moments of primary education that every child deserves to treasure.
Our vision is for a school where parents and professionals work together to discover and achieve each child’s full potential. We want each child to enjoy coming to school because they take joy in learning, they know they are valued and unique and they take pride in themselves and our school.
The aims of our school curriculum are:
- to enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability;
- to facilitate children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and qualities which will help them to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally so that they may become independent, responsible, useful, thinking, confident and considerate members of the community;
- to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
- to create and maintain an exciting and stimulating learning environment where all pupils are encouraged to be risk takers;
- to develop pupils resilience in a happy and safe learning environment;
- to ensure that each child’s education has continuity and progression;
- to enable children to be positive citizens in society;
- to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others;
- to recognise the crucial role which parents play in their child’s education and make every effort to encourage parental involvement in their educational process;
- to deliver a curriculum that encourages respect for the environment and society.
At Northleigh we aim to develop pupils who are successful, confident and responsible. As a result of the curriculum offered at Northleigh Primary School, the children will, at a level appropriate to their age and ability, be ready to enjoy the next stage of their wider learning journey as they move on to their secondary school.
Phase Curriculum Maps
At Northleigh C of E Primary School we deliver an imaginative and inspiring curriculum with a focus on key skills and independence to ensure our children understand the diversity of the world around us, their place within it and the skills they need to succeed.
We are a ‘Thrive’ school practising an approach to ensure the well-being of our pupils leading to happy, confident and resilient lifelong learners. Part of our vision is for every pupil to achieve the highest possible standards in the core subject areas of the National Curriculum; English, Maths and Science and therefore we have focused phonics, number, calculation, handwriting, reading, grammar and spelling sessions. Our creative approach enables these skills to be applied through the Foundation Subjects including History, Geography, Computing, Art, Design and Technology, Religious Education and French. These subjects are delivered and ‘launched’ through real life experiences provided by Educational Visits and specialist visitors, drama and role-play. Each year an additional ‘whole-school theme’ provides opportunities for all year groups to investigate and explore the same theme from different perspectives. This additional theme will usually be linked to a topical national or global event. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the whole school additional theme was based around ‘The Great War’ – commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. Each phase of the school focused on a different aspect of the war based around age-appropriate skills and knowledge.
Our pupils take part in a rich and varied Physical Education curriculum which enables pupils to compete in a diverse range of sports. Pupils enjoy singing and have the opportunity to join the choir and orchestra. Through ‘British Values’ and our embedded school values system, pupils’ celebrate their differences and similarities and celebrate the strengths and successes found in each other, an important part of each child’s personal, social and moral development.
If you would like to obtain additional information about our curriculum (which is currently under development) please contact our Headteacher.