What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
The National Curriculum and organisation of Learning
At Newtown Primary School the programmes of study for all the compulsory subjects of the National Curriculum are followed. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
The National Curriculum, which was introduced by the 1988 Education Reform Act requires schools to teach core and foundation subjects – English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, History, Geography, Art, Music, DT and Physical Education ,Religious Education, PSHE and Modern Foreign Languages (in this school the language taught is French.) Embedded across these subjects are the fundamental British Values.
In our curriculum planning we produce schemes of work which identify appropriate content, teaching and learning activities in each subject area to meet the Programmes of Study and National Expectations as laid down in the Statutory Orders for National Curriculum Subjects. We always endeavour to ensure that activities are matched to the individual needs, development and experiences of the children.
Please also note the following:
Parents have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education. Parents are requested to write to the Headteacher to request that a child does not take part in Religious Education lessons. Children would still take part in daily assembly but not the part that is concerned with a corporate Act of Worship. Parents are also entitled to withdraw their child from Sex Education but not the part of this that is covered by the Science Curriculum. Parents should again put this request in writing to the Headteacher.
Our exciting integrated curriculum engages children with learning by developing thinking skills and equipping them to become lifelong learners who are able to raise questions, partake in deep thinking and reflect on learning. There is a strong emphasis on ‘learning to learn’ alongside building resilient learners with a growth mindset.
Learning is organised around themed cross-curricular learning projects, which provide purposeful learning opportunities (outcomes) and harness children’s inquisitive nature. The children are involved in the plan, design and implementation of the project outcome. Whilst English, Maths and Science are always at the core, the ‘drivers’ (leads) for our learning projects can come from the whole of the Primary Curriculum. English will always be a main lead subject, or a secondary lead subject, thus ensuring that children have the opportunity to practise their skills within a range of contexts. The projects encompass a wide range of subjects as lead subjects, or applied subjects (where children have the opportunity to apply previous learning) such as Music, Design Technology, Dane and Drama, Computing, PE, PSHE/SMSC, P4C. Maths, French and RE are taught in discrete units unless specifically applicable to the project, along with some music.
Meaningful curricular links are made with the local community and emphasis is given to children engaging in current affairs. This enables our children to question and have an awareness of the world around them.
Please visit the year group pages to the right to see the home learning, project overview and newsletter for this term.