Curriculum

Interim Curriculum Statement

September 2020

The curriculum at Newton Flotman Primary School comprises all the learning and other development opportunities that pupils experience at the school. We aim to provide our pupils with a broad, balanced education, develop them to fulfil their potential and nurture them into good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to each other, their family, society and the world of work. British Values underpin our entire ethos and curriculum.

We believe that education, at home and at school, is a route to moral, social, cultural, spiritual, physical and mental development, and thus the well-being of the individual. Education should also reaffirm our commitment to the virtues of truth, justice, honesty and sense of duty.

At Newton Flotman, we also believe that:

  • Each pupil is entitled to receive the best education possible and to achieve the highest standards
  • The curriculum should prepare pupils for secondary school and beyond
  • The curriculum should meet pupil’s individual needs
  • Pupils learn best from a broad and challenging curriculum
  • The curriculum should involve first-hand experience and be taught in ways which make sense for pupils
  • Achievement in a range of subjects across the curriculum and beyond improves pupils’ confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to tackle more challenging work and develop a positive attitude to school

We aim to teach our broad and balanced curriculum in an engaging, interesting and inspirational way.  The curriculum is taught primarily through a skills-based approach to each subject and wherever possible teachers create links between subjects to embed a context for learning.  The ‘Newton Flotman’ curriculum is currently under review following a period of change at the school as well as ongoing impact of coronavirus and will be implemented during the Autumn term. It will ensure progression in all subjects in all year groups and key stages taught in our mixed-age classes across the school.

Following the school closures in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak the Government introduced the Oak National Academy to help the pupils learn at home.  The Oak Academy’s materials and resources have improved over the past few months and there is a partial curriculum available to schools who might have to teach some children remotely again at some point this term.

During this unsettled period of transition, we have decided to use the National Academy materials alongside our own curriculum until we are able to fully implement our ‘Newton Flotman’ curriculum that can meet all our children’s needs.  We feel that this will ensure the least disruption should we have classes that need to isolate or in the event of a whole school closure.  Most subjects will be taught using National Academy materials for the first few weeks of the Autumn term.  Subjects such as English, Mathematics, PE and Religious Education are taught using other programmes or schemes.

Where possible, however, links are made to embed the learning in the subjects to improve pupils’ ability to acquire and to retain new knowledge and skills.  The children lie at the heart of our curriculum and play a large part in planning what they would like to learn as well as learning building on children’s prior knowledge and the requirements of the National Curriculum.  Every new concept or theme will begin with a session to find out what the pupils already know and what they would like to find out. This approach provides a rich diversity of exciting themes that appeal to our children while still covering all the separate elements required by our National Curriculum.

We are passionate about providing children with opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and wherever possible, again due to Coronavirus restrictions, we will plan events to enhance their learning in school. Our comprehensive visits plan has been put on hold for the foreseeable future but where possible, we will provide children with opportunities to develop their knowledge and explore the local area.

We have high expectations for attainment and progress in all subjects and we normally offer a wide range of art, musical and sporting opportunities across the school.  Again, these opportunities will be affected by the restrictions imposed on schools but will resume as soon as possible.

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please refer to the National Curriculum:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum