At Neville’s Cross Primary School and Nursery, we believe that childhood should be a happy and investigative time, filled with curiosity and enquiry. Children have a natural thirst for new knowledge and experiences. Our curriculum is designed to begin with a question for children to explore, include memorable experiences and provide opportunities to apply basic skills across other subject areas. History and Geography, including that of the local area, provide the base for all learning projects. Reading is an integral part of our curriculum design with high quality texts promoted through class novel time, reading skills sessions and foundation subject lessons. Children are organised into mixed age classes so our curriculum is organised on a 2 year rolling programme. Year groups have a clear set of expectations and learning is revisited to ensure ‘sticky learning’. Links are made to prior knowledge as curriculum books will continue throughout their school life.
At Neville’s Cross Primary School and Nursery, children celebrate their achievements and the achievements of others in and outside of school through weekly Celebration assemblies. The partnerships with both local nurseries and secondary schools ensure transition points are managed effectively and smoothly. Children across school have the opportunity to take on roles of responsibility within their class and beyond to build confidence, foster community spirit and the feeling of being part of the team. Themed weeks around being active, antibullying and diversity give children opportunities to work with children of all ages. Stay and play visits, class assemblies and family events give children the chance to celebrate their achievement and effort at school with those at home, too.
At Neville’s Cross Primary School and Nursery, children have opportunities to work with the local community through festivals and charity fund raising events such as the Macmillan Coffee Morning of The Santa Walk in aid of St Cuthbert’s Hospice. We have links to our local church, school sports partnership, Durham Cathedral and Durham University. Parents are regular visitors in school. This includes them sharing information about their chosen career, working with children to share in their learning or even leading a running club.
At Neville’s Cross Primary School and Nursery, children have many opportunities to be creative. Access to our on-site Forest School means regular access to outdoor learning in all projects is possible. Regular PE festivals and league fixtures across a wide range of sports across the whole primary age range enable children who excel and those less confident get to experience competition. Children have access to after school clubs in a wide range of areas as well as lunchtime Music clubs such as choir and brass band. Music links in the community enable children to sing, play and perform at different points in the school year, too. All planned projects in our curriculum offer have built in opportunities for speaking and listening, trips or visitors and outdoor learning.
At Neville’s Cross Primary School and Nursery, we promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed for learning and future success – readiness for the next stage of their learning.
To find out more about curriculum our school is following please contact the school office who will be happy to arrange an appointment with the head teacher.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum Neville’s Cross Primary School remain committed to:
- A range of teaching and learning styles
- Differentiated learning materials
- Access to ICT and Technology
- Additional in class support
- Additional out of class support
- Up to date staff training on SEND developments
- A range of visits and visitors enrich the curriculum and stimulate and motivate learning
- Flexible groupings – including small group support work
- A creative topic based curriculum
- The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
- A broad range of extra-curricular activities
- Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
- Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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