Teaching and the curriculum

 “The curriculum is strong because of the breadth of key skills taught…Foundation leaders know how well pupils are doing because they have introduced a progression of skills in different subjects.”

Writing across the curriculum allows pupils to apply basic skills and shows that these are becoming embedded in learning”

“In maths pupils are developing fluency through the practise of skills and use of problem solving activities to apply their understanding… Maths books show a range of concepts taught and exercises to promote how these concepts can be mastered.”

“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
A systematic synthetic phonics approach is used together with encouraging a love of reading. The following schemes are used:

  • Rigby Star
  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Collins

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 Key Stage 2 and ICT Curriculum Map. There is also a termly plan for Reception.

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.”

During Lockdown 3 (Spring Term 2021) Mr. Garnett led assemblies looking at the foundation subjects. He made powerpoints which parents could view with their children to increase their shared understanding of what makes each subject distinct, and also hopefully promote an interest and enjoyment of those subjects.

The presentations are available here: