Newdale Primary School and Nursery
A School of ‘doers, believers and achievers’.
“To go further than I thought
To run faster than I hoped
To reach higher than I dreamed
To become the person I need to be.”
Taken from our Vision Statement – Reviewed September 2018
Curriculum Statement 2018-2019
Achievement for children was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted June 2017
Pupils are exceeding expected progress and attainment by the end of KS2.
There is a consistent upward trend in terms of the progress pupils have made by the end of Reception, Y2 and Y6. Outcomes for pupils are significantly better than national expectation by the end of KS2.
“The curriculum is packed full of exciting activities that fire pupils’ imagination and lead to success. In many different subjects, pupils are inspired to work hard, exercise initiative and develop a love of learning. “
Ofsted Inspection June 2017
We feel passionate about learning at every level; our curriculum embodies our school ethos, we truly are a school of ‘doers, believers and achievers’. Every child that attends Newdale is given every opportunity to succeed and pupil achievement is at the heart of all that we do. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which inspires a love of learning and builds on children’s knowledge, understanding and skills regardless of their starting points. We aim to create a sense of resilience, independence and resourcefulness in all our pupils so that they are ready to take their next steps in education. Our children are taught to understand that learning is a lifelong skill; one that makes a difference to their lives now and in the future. Ensuring that our children are active and involved in their learning, enables them to achieve to their highest potential, not only in academic work but also as artists, sportsmen, scientists, writers, orators, decision makers, creative thinkers and responsible citizens for life in modern day Britain.
The Department of Education reinforce that all schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught to pupils. The Government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy.’ These values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. The school vision was reviewed to reflect this as an outcome for all pupils in school to support them in being citizens of the future.
These values are taught explicitly through Citizenship which covers covers the subjects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development (SMSC), Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), Religious Education (RE) and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE). This also incorporates aspects of Safeguarding so children know how to keep themselves safe in the real world and online.
Citizenship is at the heart of everything we do here at Newdale in order to ensure every child is prepared for life in Modern Britain. It underpins all of the work which we do at Newdale, as we aim to encourage our children into being resilient, independent and resourceful. Teachers strive to ensure they have SMSC links throughout their curriculum offer. At Newdale Primary we work to develop not only children’s academic knowledge, but rather the child as a whole. It is within our ethos to develop our pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural being.
“The school curriculum is extremely well organised. Every subject incorporates features that support and promote the school’s vision and values.”
Ofsted Inspection June 2017
A Skills-Approach Foundation Curriculum
At Newdale, we aim to equip children with the knowledge and expertise to prepare them for Secondary school and beyond. Alongside the traditional lessons here at Newdale, which involves the teaching of essential knowledge, we also guide our pupils to learn the skills of critical thinking, reasoning about problems, creating solutions to problems set in real life, confident speaking to others and working collaboratively. Across the curriculum, children are given opportunities to explore, investigate, question, analyse, and reflect (to name a few) throughout their lessons. Through providing these experiences, we believe it helps to strengthen children’s subject knowledge and provide memorable learning experiences for the children. As a school, we have designed our curriculum to help children learn essential knowledge and skills in order to develop a greater understanding of a wider range of foundation subjects.
In accordance with Government recommendations, we plan and deliver lessons in line with the National Curriculum tailoring every session to a child’s individual needs and to harness a love of learning. Throughout the academic year, we continue to review and improve the curriculum offered to our children. We set high expectations for achievement in that 85% or more children will leave Newdale reaching age–related expectations and being ‘secondary ready’.
The curriculum is mapped out for the year for each year group and reviewed each term. In Foundation stage this is a 2 yearly cycle. This is reviewed on an annual basis. The programmes of study for all subject area are mapped out linking units of work together to create a cross curricular theme on a half termly basis. We have developed a ‘Mastery’ approach to learning so that all children are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in different contexts and explain their understanding to others.
Directing the learning
Up to date subject policies support staff in planning for the programmes of study and assessment arrangements. These areas are reviewed on a 2 yearly cycle or if there has been a change to the policy due to subject development.
Schemes of work have been developed to support these subject policies e.g calculation, genre guides and computing.
These inform medium term planning to ensure coverage and progression through a sequence of lessons so that children can use and apply the skills they are developing. This is monitored by subject leaders and links to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy.
“The school curriculum offers every pupil the chance to shine. Staff are well informed about pupils’ different interests, abilities and personalities and make sure that all are able to experience success, believe in themselves and feel valued by others. Pupils’ achievements are noticed and applauded. Perseverance in the face of difficulties is encouraged. Consequently, pupils develop ‘can-do’ attitudes and the resilience needed to be confident and capable learners.”
Ofsted June 2017
What the Children are Learning this Half Term
In our parents’ area, you can visit each year group’s curriculum page. Here, you will find details about the topics and themes that the children will be learning this half term:
A short guide to how we teach each subject can be found by visiting the subjects pages:
To see how we embed Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) values including Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) throughout our curriculum, please see the SMSC page.
Curriculum leader: Miss Macfarlane