At Newlands Primary School, we have created a wider curriculum that takes into account the needs of our children, considering where they are, where they need to be and what they need to achieve.
We use a variety of resources including the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, National Curriculum 2014 and other statutory guidance, the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus for RE, White Rose Maths, Power Reading (school based programme) Talk 4 Writing and Writing Steps (school based programme). We use key questions as the focus for teaching Geography and History (supported by the Keystage History scheme), Science is taught using Edu Kent PE using The PE Hub and Music using Charanga.
Our curriculum is planned using a two-year cycle (to take mixed age classes into account) and focuses on teaching key skills within the context of a theme. This is supported by well-chosen novels – particularly in KS2 – that add depth to the curriculum theme. Developed originally from the Cornerstones Curriculum, the themes which are now planned by phase teams who have adapted these to better meet the children’s interests and the school’s needs. Subject progression plans have been drawn up for all ‘topic’ subjects and for writing, grammar and punctuation. These enable teachers to refer back to skills previously learnt and make clear plans for future learning for the children. In this way, the curriculum is planned to revisit and practise skills/knowledge learnt as new areas are covered.
Over the course of a term, ‘topic’ subjects are taught in blocks (whilst being linked through the theme) in order to maximise the learning time, provide opportunities for children to fully engage with a subject and to enable an efficient use of resources. Each phase team takes a different subject starting point and the pathway through each theme is clearly defined. PE is taught twice each week with music, MFL and RE being taught weekly.
Using the Wakefield RE Agreed Syllabus, children are taught knowledge and understanding around a range of religious and worldwide views so that they can: describe, explain, analyse and investigate. This allows them to appreciate beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity, meanings and values within and between communities (including their own) and amongst individuals.
Our science curriculum is based on the National Curriculum 2014 with children being taught the knowledge, skills and concepts to understand scientific process and methods. The curriculum builds through the phases in school to enable children investigate questions about the world.
Based on the National Curriculum, our computing curriculum is designed to equip children with the skills and understanding to live in a technological world, this includes being able to use a variety of computer software and coding programmes. There is an emphasis on the importance of Online Safety for all year groups.
Our History curriculum is based National Curriculum 2014. Children are taught about the history of Britain and that of the wider world through the use of questioning, critical thinking of motive, perspective and judgement in order to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of people around the world and through time.
Our Geography curriculum is based on National Curriculum 2014. Children are taught about people, places and processes locally, nationally and worldwide through questioning, critical thinking, looking for pattern and understanding how landscapes are formed and how land is used.
Art and Design
Our Art and Design curriculum is based on the National Curriculum 2014 with children producing creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. Children will become confident in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques and will be able to use language to analyse and evaluate their work. Through the phases in school the children will found out about great artists, crafts makers and designers; understanding the historical and cultural development of their craft.
Design and Technology
Our DT curriculum is based on National Curriculum 2014. Children are taught to plan, design, test and evaluate in a range of context, using a range of media for a range of purposes.
Our PE programme of study is based on the National curriculum 2014. It aims for children to develop competence to excel in a broad range of activities and enable them to be active for sustained periods of time. It gives children opportunities to engage in competitive sports and activities with the ultimate goal of leading healthy and active lives.
Using the Wakefield Charanga programme,
Modern Foreign Languages
Our curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. All of these approaches help to equip our children with the skills to be confident global citizens.
Visits and Visitors
In the curriculum, we recognise that children’s learning is enhanced by different experience. We offer children a wide range of educational visits which are used to motivate and engage learners with a real context for their learning. For example, trips to Chiqutos, Drax Power Station, Countryside Live, The Deep, Skipton Castle etc all underpinned the curriculum themes. Additionally, whole school trips (to see the film Wonder at the cinema, or to Countryside Live) have enhanced our whole school values themes of Kindness and Peace.
Children have regular experience of visitors from within the community – Featherstone Rovers, the local PCSO, Normanton Firefighters. In addition, they have visitors based around theme days, for example, a local engineer during Engineering week and a range of local and national visitors during Aspirations Day. These visitors included people the children knew from the community eg a local dance studio owner and visitors from outside their experience eg a forensic accountant who worked for the Government. The children have also had visits from local politicians: the Mayor of Normanton, the Mayor of Wakefield and Yvette Cooper – our MP.