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.”

Curriculum Statement 2021- 22


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


Our Curriculum Intent: How we ensure children gain the correct knowledge and skills at each stage of their education

Here at Newdale, we feel passionate about learning at every level. Every child who attends our school is given every opportunity to succeed and pupil achievement is at the heart of all that we do. We aim to create a sense of resilience, independence and resourcefulness in all our pupils. Our curriculum is designed to support children with retention of subject knowledge and to develop long term memory skills. Across all parts of the school, series of lessons contribute effectively to delivering the curriculum intent. 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. We set high expectations for achievement in that 85% or more children will leave Newdale reaching age–related expectations and being ‘secondary ready’.

Our Curriculum Implementation: How our curriculum is sequenced, taught and assessed. How we support pupils with being able to build on their knowledge and as a result, being able to apply that knowledge through taught skills.

We have designed our curriculum to ensure that it encompasses a range of knowledge to equip children with the knowledge and skills to support them in being life-long learners and successful in the future. The foundation of our curriculum is based on the substantive knowledge which includes the components (the building blocks) to support learning.  Once these components have been acquired by the children, they are then able to use them to complete composite activities. Once substantive knowledge has been established, children at Newdale are then exposed to disciplinary knowledge, where they are able to apply their prior knowledge such as exploring how historians investigate the past through use of source work. We value the importance of both types of knowledge (substantive and disciplinary) as they work hand in hand, as one cannot be successful without the other.

Our vibrant and rich curriculum is designed so that children are not only taught the knowledge appropriate to their year group, but also the skills to enable them to be successful across the curriculum. The curriculum consists of planned experiences in school and out: lessons, topic days, outdoor learning, school parliament, assemblies, clubs, sports, trips and visits, workshops, residentials, fund raising, and community work.  Outcomes are designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but also to develop the skills needed for future learning and beyond.

The curriculum is mapped out for the year for each year group and reviewed each term. 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. Children are given th opportunity to apply their knowledge in different contexts and explain their understanding to others.

In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained, we have clear, progressive planning overviews, for every subject. These planning documents are succinct and allow learning to be built on each year. In addition to these progressive documents, intent documents have been devised, which clearly identify ‘end goals’ for each subject, from a year group level, key stage and then through to end of the primary phase.

Curriculum Monitoring and Review

Evaluation is essential for the planning and development of the curriculum. The Headteacher, Deputy Head and Curriculum lead are responsible for the overall school curriculum. The standards team and subject leaders monitor lesson plans, moderate pupil work, conduct learning walks in order to support their self-evaluation of their subject, provide training, support to colleagues and to identify next steps for improvement.

Our Governing body is responsible for monitoring the way the school curriculum is implemented. Delegated governors for specific subjects liaise with the subject leader to monitor their identified actions and impact of these on the quality of learning, teaching and provision in the subject. Termly committee meetings take place so that governors can monitor and review the school curriculum.

Our Curriculum Impact: The outcomes that pupils achieve as a result of the education they have received.

Our staff and Governors work tirelessly to ensure our curriculum impact is significant for all children.

  • Our children are academically and physically prepared for the next phase of their education, in Britain and the world.
  • Our children are taught age appropriate objectives to support them in achieving age expected standards. If they are not working at this level, they are well supported to ensure they are making progress from their starting point.
  • Our learners are able to recall knowledge across all areas of the curriculum.
  • Our learners have developed a love of reading.
  • Our learners are taught how to read fluently and have sound comprehension skills.
  • Our learners are fully rounded characters with a clear understanding of complex values like equality, friendship, trust, tolerance and many others.
  • Our learners are highly motivated to succeed and achieve and are equipped with all the personal skills to do this.
  • Our learners are motivated by a strong personal sense of morality. They make decisions for the right reasons and in the best interests of their community.
  • Our learners can reflect on their learning and identify their next steps.
  • Our learners demonstrate resilience and the ability to persevere, when they encounter a challenge.
  • Our learners know ways to keep themselves safe and know channels to follow if they need help and support.
  • Our learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills are secure and embedded to ensure they are secondary ready.
  • Our learners have aspirations for their future.

“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

Long Term Plan Year 6 2021- 2022

Long Term Plan Year 5 2021-2022

Long Term Plan Year 4 2021-2022

Long Term Plan Year 3 2021-2022

Long Term Plan Year 2 2021-2022

Long Term Plans Y1 2021 2022

Early Years Reception Long Term Planning 2021-2022 with Golden Links

Early Years Nursery Mighty Oaks Long Term Planning 2021-2022

Curriculum Intent Statements

SMSC Intent Statement

RSE Intent Statement

Religious Education Intent Statement

Music Intent Statement

History Intent Statement

Geography Intent Statement

French Intent Statement

Science Intent Statement

Art Intent Statement

DT Intent Statement

Life Learning (PSHE) Intent Statement

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:

Nursery Curriculum

Reception Curriculum

Year 1 Curriculum

Year 2 Curriculum

Year 3 Curriculum

Year 4 Curriculum

Year 5 Curriculum

Year 6 Curriculum


A short guide to how we teach each subject can be found by visiting the subjects pages:

How we teach subjects

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