The Wider Curriculum at Northdown
Here at Northdown, the wider curriculum is designed to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that nurtures curiosity and passion to inspire lifelong learning. Full of experiences, excitement and enjoyment, we have developed a bespoke broad and balanced curriculum to meet the needs, aspirations and interests of all of our pupils equipping them with the skills needed to be responsible citizens.
Through a thematic approach, the children are immersed into the topic through environment, experiences and the highest quality of teaching and learning allowing the children opportunities to remember, revisit and transfer skills and knowledge to other contexts.
The wider curriculum incorporates all subject areas other than the core subjects; maths, writing and reading. Our curriculum gives equal importance to core and foundation subjects, allowing for links to the topic in core subjects as much as possible.
The intent of our curriculum is to develop and nurture the development and application of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes that are needed for children to development in to successful leaners. Our curriculum prepares children for further study and adult life by enabling them to become:
Resilient and ambitious children who use their initiative and aren’t afraid of making mistakes
Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
Curious children with a thirst for knowledge
Successful learners who are self-motivated to learn and achieve
Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
We deliver our broad and balanced curriculum through a series of thematic topics which are carefully planned to incorporate both skills and knowledge acquisition detailed in the National Curriculum. Our subject progression documents ensure that previous learning is built upon at each stage and consolidated regularly allowing for the children to become ‘experts’ in each area.
The impact of our curriculum is carefully monitored by our wider curriculum team. We track progress and attainment in all subject areas regularly to ensure that all children are achieving and deepening their learning in all areas of the curriculum by building upon prior knowledge.