Teaching and the curriculum

 “Leaders have worked on developing the school’s curriculum over the past few years. It is highly ambitious for all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The curriculum is well planned, and pupils build upon prior learning at an age-appropriate stage in their understanding. Teachers know what skills and knowledge they should teach within each phase of the school. As a result, pupils are developing a secure understanding of what they have been taught.” Ofsted 2023


“Dear Mr Garnett

I just wanted to thank you and the whole team at North for everything you have done for our children over the past ten years.

They have all loved their time and they have all flourished. I think they have enjoyed opportunities they might never have had elsewhere…

You are your team should be very proud of all you have achieved…”

Parent quote

Reading Schemes for Foundation and Key Stage 1
Please click here for details about reading in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Reception parents are given information about how reading is taught in school and what they can do at home to help children improve their reading skills and develop a love of reading.  Please take a look at the presentation for information which will be useful for parents of children of any age,  including pre-schoolers.

Topic Work

Subjects and themes to be taught are presented in termly curriculum maps. Parents are kept informed of class work and how to support this at home in weekly class letters.

Open lessons and open afternoons give parents the opportunity to come into school and see the children and their work.

Topic work for the academic year is set out in the Curriculum Map Key Stage 1, Curriculum Map for Key Stage 2 and ICT Curriculum Map. There is a curriculum overview for children in Reception. For children in Nursery, please see the progression of skills and curriculum overview

Foundation Subjects

The Teaching and Learning Policy’s fourth aim states, “Children to have the opportunity to find and develop an interest and talent in the foundation subjects; to be given the time to apply key skills across all subjects; to leave the school with an understanding of what makes each subject distinct.”

In 2021 a series of presentations was shared with children and parents to increase their understanding of what makes each subject distinct, and also hopefully promote an interest and enjoyment of those subjects.

The presentations are available here: