Children come to Newton Hall Infants’ School with a desire and enthusiasm to learn! As a staff and school community, it is our role to capture this and to develop their enquiring minds. We respond to our children’s needs by having a curriculum in place, which supports, encourages, excites and challenges them!
Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.
Our Curriculum promotes spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development. It aims to enable all pupils to:
- Be ADVENTUROUS
- Have a SENSE OF PRIDE
- Be UNIQUE
How is our Curriculum planned and delivered?
Our ambitious curriculum is implemented through successful subject leadership, secure subject knowledge, detailed curriculum planning and is delivered via a progressive model in a non-discriminatory manner.
As our curriculum evolves, subject leaders will ensure that their subject is carefully planned and sequenced, in order to ensure continuity, progressive learning and skills development based upon the National Curriculum requirements (2014) and the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017). Both the senior leadership team and subject leaders are responsible for monitoring the delivery, balance and review of how subjects are taught.
The curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach to provide a context for learning and is chosen to engage, inspire and enthuse the children in their learning. However, within these topics lessons are taught discretely, teaching our children what it means to be a ‘geographer’, ‘historian’, ‘scientist’ etc. and ensures a progression in skills and language development.
The high standards that we promote in English and Mathematics are reflected across all subjects and outcomes in all subjects are assessed by teachers and subject leaders to ensure that our children are making progress across the curriculum.
To support our teaching of British Values and enhance our SMSC ethos, we not only promote these values through our curriculum, we teach them through assemblies. This helps our children to understand some key values and identify that many of the same values are important for people regardless of background, culture, faith or beliefs.
Walking into our school you will see our ethos and curriculum in action
You will see children who are adventurous, they are enthusiastic about their learning and have developed the skills to be resilient and problem-solve. To deepen their own understanding they are curious and inquisitive and will tackle a challenge head on.
You will see children who have a sense of pride in themselves, the school and the wider community. Children who can confidently express themselves and are tolerant and considerate individuals. They are proud to celebrate different cultures and beliefs and display high levels of respect.
You will see children who are unique. They are caring, confident and independent individuals. They have developed the personal and social skills they need, to believe they can achieve whatever they want.
You will see teachers and leaders who inspire, challenge and care for our children.
As a staff and school community, we never stop learning and growing. As such, our curriculum will continue to evolve and develop with the needs and interests of our children. We are confident that our curriculum allows our children to leave our school not only with a love of reading, writing and mathematics but also the ability to use number and language effectively; but with the skills and creative flair that they will need in real life and to equip them well on the next stage of their journey in education.
You can view or download our Plan for Collective Worship by clicking the link below:
Our curriculum is based on half-termly topics and we use the programmes of study which indicate the opportunities, experiences, skills and activities the children should experience in each subject as a starting point for our planning. During their three years at Newton Hall Infants’ School, each child will cover each part of the National Curriculum including six half termly topics for each year group. View the curriculum in action by visiting the Our Classes section of our website.
Please select the link below information on Year 2 pupil assessment.
KS1 assessment Information 2019
Promoting British Values
Please select the link below to see how we promote British Values here at Newton Hall Infants’ School.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Newton Hall Infants’ School we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEN Information Report. If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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