Please select the links below to view our Curriculum Planning.
Early Years Foundation Stage Long Term Plan
EYFS Long Term Topic Plan
Year Group Curriculum Maps
- Y1 Curriculum Map
- Y2 Curriculum Map
- Y3 Curriculum Map
- Y4 Curriculum Map
- Y5 Curriculum Map
- Y6 Curriculum Map
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Subject Overviews
English and Mathematics are the core subjects in the curriculum. Skills are taught progressively following the National Curriculum and are embedded within the curriculum as a whole; planned opportunities to apply and develop skills across the curriculum make learning meaningful and help pupils develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
All other subjects follows the National Curriculum. In Early Years we plan from the Early Years Framework. RE planning follows the locally agreed syllabus. Plans are adapted and skills are taught progressively. Click below to view the Long Term overview for each subject.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
- know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
- gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
At North Park Primary we place high importance on developing skills, knowledge and attitudes throughout PSHCE lessons. Learning in PSHCE aims to ensure we provide pupils with opportunities to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter in society. Relationships and Sex education is integrated within the PSHCE lessons.
PSHCE education is critical in contributing to pupils’ personal development, helping them to:
- build confidence, resilience and self-esteem
- manage risk
- make informed choices
- understand what influences their decision
- recognise and accept their identity
- understand and accommodate difference and change
- manage emotions
- communicate constructively
- develop an understanding of themselves
- develop empathy
- develop the ability to work with others
- develop the ability to communicate constructively in a range of situations
- make valuable contributions to life in class, school and the wider community
- form and maintain good relationships
- develop the essential skills for future employability
- better enjoy and manage their lives.
The themes and topics covered are delivered progressively and link closely with the work done in whole school assembly and Family Groups. Our PSHCE work is delivered in discrete lessons and as part of the whole school curriculum. It links with a wide range of whole school opportunities to reinforce practice. These include opportunities related to:
- PSHCE week – at the start of every year, each class undertakes a core theme. This includes opportunities to enrich the curriculum with visits, visitors, practical tasks and presentation.
- Multi-cultural week – each Spring term. Each class studies another country, its culture and practices.
- Anti-Bullying week, including buddies and mini-buds
- Fair trade
- School council
- Youth Forum (Spennymoor Cluster Schools)
- Sports Leaders
- Educate and Celebrate work (LGBT)
- Young carers
- Road Safety training
- Safety Carousel
- School nurse visits, including FISCH
- Dental Nurse visits
- Family learning
- Family groups linked to Rights Respecting School work
- Links with local community groups, including Local Police, Centres of worship and SUCCESS, as well as local cluster school events
- Opportunities to contribute to community events
- Visits and visitors
- A range of charity fundraising events, including Go-Givers
- Sports events, festivals and competitions; local sporting facilities links
- School bank
- Enterprise events, e.g. Y6 Fun Day
- Assemblies and collective worship
- Sporting activities and events
This list is not exhaustive and the school is fully committed to enhancing opportunities for PSHCE through activities within the local, national and international community .
The PSHCE policy gives additional guidance and information.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Our wonderful Art Exhibition
Design & Technology
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
School currently provides weekly music lessons for Years 3, 4, and 5. to have music tuition from specialist staff (guitar and drumming), along with additional opportunities for short blocks of termly time for Years 1, 2 and 6.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
Schools are allocated additional funds to support high quality PE. This is called the sports premium – plans for the Sports Premium are developed each year and impact is addressed. Details can be found in the section on premium allocations.
- 71% swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- 71% use a range of strokes effectively
- 71 % perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
At North Park Primary we aim to ensure:
- All pupils have access to high quality PE lessons to develop fitness, stamina, health and well-being
- Pupils have the opportunity to participate in sport beyond the curriculum
- Our curriculum offers opportunities for pupils to develop the knowledge and understanding of what makes a healthy lifestyle
- We forge links with the local community to enrich the PE provision within school
- All pupils have the opportunity to take part in festivals and competitions
- Children enjoy sport and physical activity
- Children know and apply skills across the disciplines in sport, and can swim at least 25 metres by Year 6.
High quality PE
We have a wide range of sporting activities at North Park Primary School to enhance and enrich our PE curriculum. Some of these are funded through the use of the Sport’s Premium and others are funded from school funds.
- All pupils have PE lessons in school. These cover the whole range of the subject – movement, fitness, gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, swimming.
- Swimming takes place in KS1 and 2. Children in the Year 1 swim in the Autumn and Spring terms; children in Year 2 swim in the summer term; pupils in Year 3 swim for most of the year; catch-up sessions take place in Year 6 in the summer term.
- KS2 pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 have gymnastic lessons at the Spennymoor Gym
- Pupils in KS2 have the opportunity to visit a residential centre in Years 5 and 6 for OAA and adventurous activities.
- After-school clubs take place throughout the year with coaches for football, dance and multi-skills. There are alo opportunities for netball coaching.
- We have additional coaches through our SLA with Sedgefield Sports Partnership, focused on competitions and festivals that take place throughout the year. These include: gymnastics, basketball, dance, athletics, cricket, activate (general fitness and well-being), netball.
- We have coaches in school to deliver additional PE lessons in EYFS and across the remainder of the school.
- We have a movement programme in place to enhance early movement and support pupils with movement difficulties. We also have a Yoga coach to enhance movement for groups and for targeted pupils.
- We have Sports Leaders in school – pupils trained to develop PE across the school, focusing on developing activities for our younger pupils at lunchtime.
- We have a range of enhancement activities – for example in 2017-20148 we have had a skipping workshops, a Sports for Champions Day, A world Cup Festival Day and a school sport’s day.
- We ensure health and fitness form part of the wider curriculum and children learn about the benefits of exercise and health, and the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.
Pupils are expected to change into PE kit for their PE lessons. They are not permitted to wear their PE/clothing underneath their normal clothes. All jewellery and watches should be removed for reasons of safety. PE kit consists of jade t-shirt (available at the office) and dark shorts.
For indoor PE/Dance Shorts and T-Shirt, Plimsolls/ gym shoes/bare feet
For Games Shorts and T-Shirt, Tracksuit/ sweatshirt in colder weather (optional), Trainers (must be a change from normal day wear)
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Modern Foreign Languages is taught at Key Stage 2.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Our Computing/IT curriculum is designed to link across all areas of the curriculum. We have a bespoke IT suite, as well as a range of resources used across classrooms, including interactive whiteboards, ipads, beebots, sensing equipment, visualisers, sound recording equipment, microphones, etc.
We aim to teach children key skills and to then encourage them to apply these to enhance learning in all areas of the curriculum. School has a structured programme to teach children the importance of E-safety and to ensure they are safe online whilst in school we also have a filter system in place. Children are taught to keep passwords secure and are expected to adhere to an acceptable use policy.
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