Here at Northdown, our 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 design to meet the needs, aspirations and interests of all of our pupils equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to be responsible and respectful 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 develop into 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.
At Northdown, we feel passionately about giving children opportunities and experiences outside of the curriculum as well as in.
As Northdown is based in area of high deprivation, these experiences are crucial for our children and opens up a gateway of opportunities which allows our them to succeed educationally, morally and emotionally. These experiences provide a context and a 'real life' purpose to the learning that takes place in school, allowing for relevant, purposeful learning to take place.
Together, we mapped out a charter of experiences that ALL children should experience by the time they leave primary school. Our list includes activities such as; rolling down a hill, cooking for someone, dipping toes into the sea, looking after a pet as well as many more. We map these into our yearly curriculum planning to ensure that all children have access to these experiences that they so often miss.
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. Teachers map out learning objectives using the National Curriculum each term linking them to the topic that is being covered.
The impact of our curriculum is carefully monitored by our wider curriculum and subject leads. We track achievement 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. This analysis is then used to address any gaps that may occur in children's learning. Regular pupil and staff voice allows us to keep our curriculum fresh and exciting but taking into account the views of all stakeholders.
For information about the curriculum at Northdown, please speak to:
Roxxi West - Wider Curriculum Lead
Natasha Mathews - Writing Lead
Harry Fetherston - Maths Lead
Emma Stow - Science Lead