Pupils’ learning and development should be at the heart of every school’s curriculum; it should be broad and balanced and equip pupils with the skills necessary to succeed in life after school. At Northlands we recognise that all children are different and we are committed to supporting the complex needs of the children in our community through our inclusive curriculum.
This curriculum intent outlines how our school has created its curriculum and the benefits it will bring to pupils’ learning and self-improvement.
What the curriculum is designed to do
At Northlands Primary School and Nursery we have designed our curriculum with pupils’ learning and wellbeing at the centre. We recognise that a curriculum has to be broad, balanced and offer pupils opportunities to grow as individuals as well as learners.
Through a combination of learning techniques and engaging content, we aim to ensure pupils enjoy learning, are motivated to continue learning, as well as ensuring they feel prepared for life after school. We intend to offer our pupils new and exciting experiences through visits, trips and extra-curricular activities that are designed to build resilience, self-esteem and expand their world-view.
We recognise that pupils should be challenged in their schooling; learning from failures and celebrating successes. We intend for our curriculum to be empowering; enabling pupils to develop their interpersonal skills, creativity and independence.
How the school intends to deliver the curriculum throughout the school
As briefly mentioned above, we intend to deliver the curriculum through a variety of methods that are both classroom-based and extra-curricular. Below, we have outlined how we intend to deliver this promise. We promote equal opportunities to all of our pupils in line with the Equality Act 2010 throughout our practices.
Classroom-based learning: Our staff value the different ways in which pupils learn, and plan lessons as part of a topic-themed curriculum to account for these differences. Creative approaches to learning include having a ‘hook’ and ‘grand finale’ for every topic, alongside the use of themed, charity and PSHE days. We encourage teachers to make cross-curricular links where possible within their lesson plans, so that pupils can draw upon knowledge from different subjects and understand how each topic plays a part in everyday life.
Teachers use different learning resources to teach core content, e.g. educational videos, guest speakers and ICT lessons. By using different techniques, we intend on keeping pupils engaged with learning and accommodate pupils who learn differently to their peers.
The school carries out one-to-one teaching sessions for pupils who require additional support as well as interventions for small groups of pupils lead by teachers and TAs. Within these interventions, the content of the lesson is broken down into more accessible chunks for pupils. This allows pupils to get dedicated one-to-one time ensuring any questions that pupils may have get answered in a way they understand. It is important to note that these interventions supplement the work of the teacher and do not replace it.
Extra-curricular activities: We provide a variety of extra-curricular activities for pupils to enhance their learning experience. These activities range from after-school clubs, to educational trips, workshops and guest speakers. Extra-curricular activities are designed to inspire awe and wonder, develop creative thinking, form personal connections between pupils and their peers, and teach skills essential for life after school.
Outdoor learning: We have good links with Wat Tyler Park where we are proud to take part in a Forest School programme. This is to develop the children’s respect for the environment, understanding of wildlife and enhance their risk-taking capabilities. Forest School is a valuable experience which gives our students the opportunity to explore and be creative within a natural space. Outdoor learning has been shown to significantly advance children’s confidence and wellbeing. Children throughout the school take part in these important opportunities and enjoy applying their new-found skills to lessons in other subject areas back in the classroom.
How the school involves parents, pupils and the local community in curriculum planning and delivery
Our school values the input of its pupils, parents and the local community with regards to the planning and delivery of the curriculum. We believe pupils get a well-rounded education if everyone is involved in shaping it. This is why we invite parents in to look at children’s books on a monthly basis as well as having termly “Topic Teas” when parents can learn about the upcoming topics the children will be covering and discuss ways of support.
We are keen to engage with our wider community, for example we have strong ties to local care homes and the local church. This means the children have additional opportunities to learn about diversity within our community. We also welcome visitors from an array of Essex businesses and organisations to come and talk with students. Through these events we aim to provide the children with ambitious aspirations for their future careers.
How the curriculum benefits pupils’ learning and personal development
Our curriculum has been designed for a range of learners, providing equal opportunities for all – by doing this, pupils will benefit in the following ways:
- Learning how to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Understanding that failure is part of the road to success
- Being rewarded for academic successes
- Being supported with their next stages in education or training and feeling prepared for life after school
- Becoming responsible individuals who contribute to community living and the environment
- Achieving to the best of their ability
- Acquiring a wealth of knowledge and experience
- Becoming critical thinkers
- Finding a sense of belonging to the school and its community
- Learning how to cooperate with their peers and respect one another inside and outside the classroom.