Curriculum

The Curriculum

Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014) and the Early Years Curriculum, we enhance this with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum.

We aim to make learning exciting and meaningful. Where commonality exists between subjects and aspects, learning is linked and lessons are taught using a crosscurricular approach. Where this is not achievable subjects are taught discreetly.

Key Stage One pupils learn to read, spell and write using the phonics programme, Letters and Sounds. Our school also uses a variety of reading scheme books including: Rigby Star, Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn & All Aboard. Key Stage Two teachers use a range of strategies and schemes to support children with their spelling.

There is also a structured phonics programme in Key Stage Two. School has many reading materials from a range of reading schemes including: Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and All aboard.

We believe in the importance of essential learning skills which are:

• Communication skills
• Problem solving skills
• Computing skills
• Working together skills
• The skill of being able to improve your own learning
• The skill of thinking

We recognise that these skills are best learnt in an environment that is interesting, varied and creative. We follow the National Curriculum 2014 for England and Wales and the Early Years Curriculum, which sets out what teachers should teach. In addition, whole school themed weeks are planned for throughout the year. These provide further in-depth coverage of other subjects.

We acknowledge that the arts can have a powerful effect on raising attainment in the core subjects, so each year group has opportunity to work with visiting specialists and organisations such as The Primary Players at West Yorkshire Playhouse, on exciting and sustained projects.

We strive for rigour, excellence, equal opportunities and aim to promote British Values, including universal moral values in every aspect of the curriculum as well as developing the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding of our pupils. We are sensitive to the needs of all our children and carefully plan special educational provision to meet individual and group needs.

Children are generally taught in mixed ability classes but may be grouped according to their ability for different lessons such as reading and maths. Teachers plan to ensure that the most able children are stretched and challenged and children with special educational needs receive the extra help they need.

The curriculum at NBCS aims to:

• Inspire children to develop a love of learning
• Develop children to become reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development.
• Build confidence and motivation within our children
• Develop children who understand the importance of perseverance, resilience and tolerance.
• Encourage children to value others, their views, cultures and beliefs.
• Encourage children to make a positive contribution to the school, local and wider community.

Our curriculum engages the children and high expectations are demanded across the curriculum in all subjects.

For more detailed coverage of subjects see individual year group long term maps. If you wish to find out more about our curriculum you can attend one of our regular coffee mornings or make an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher.