Norham First School
Children study all subjects in the National Curriculum. This includes mathematics, English, science, ICT (computer skills), history, geography, art, music, design technology, physical education, French (in Key Stage 2) and personal, social and health education combined with citizenship. Pupils are also taught RE in accordance with the Diocese of Newcastle syllabus.
The development of literacy skills is a crucial element in a child’s overall success. Our aim is to develop language skills through speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and presentation. A good deal of emphasis is placed on developing reading skills and writing skills, encouraging creative work as well as spelling, grammar and handwriting.
In the reception class, parents and carers are encouraged to support their children through a shared and structured reading programme.
Our main reading scheme is Rigby Reading Scheme (KS1) Bug Reading Scheme (KS2) which is supplemented by Read Write Inc. to underpin decoding and whole word recognition word attack strategies.
The programme of maths followed in school is based on the National Numeracy Strategy. We aim to develop the concepts of number, time, shape, space, measures as well as data handling. A great deal of emphasis is placed on developing mental strategies to solve problems. We attempt to ensure there are opportunities for practical maths and applying it to everyday situations.
Our aim is to develop an importance of science in everyday life including its relevance to personal health and safety.
Children use a variety of domestic and environmental settings as a starting point for investigating science; through this we develop both oral and written communication skills. Children are encouraged to express their ideas in a variety of ways including report writing, drawings, charts and models.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
We aim to create a learning environment where children are helped and encouraged to develop as individuals and as members of a small group. The development of ICT facilities in school is a central part of this philosophy. We have provision of laptops and i-pads that are wirelessly linked to the Internet so that they can be used all around the school. In addition to this each classroom has at least one computer. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard which is used to support teaching and learning.
Technology combines work involved in design, home economics, and information technology. In design technology, pupils investigate, make and modify models using their practical knowledge and experience.
History is taught throughout the school, in the early years the subject is approached through general topics such as families, homes, transport and occupations. In years 3 and 4 the children work on study units covering specific topics. These include, Ancient Greeks, Vikings (invaders and settlers), Victorians and local study. Whenever possible the subject is approached in a practical way.
During the early years an emphasis is placed on the child’s immediate surroundings, home, school, local parks, shops and the local Church. Local visits are made to reinforce their understanding. As the children reach years 3 and 4, they are encouraged to consider aspects of the wider world. We compare and contrast the immediate locality with other places in the UK, Europe and more distant places. Ranges of skills are developed at Key Stage 2 including mapping and map making, weather recording and interpreting, using aerial photographs.
Art and Craft
Art as a subject is well developed in school. A wide range of skills and techniques are covered. Children have the opportunity to work with a variety of materials and cover areas such as; drawing, painting, printing, ceramics, sewing, weaving and textiles activities. Art is currently taught by Mrs. Turnbull who is an art specialist.
PE is taught throughout school. Children experience gymnastics, dance, drama, games and athletics. Children have swimming lessons in years R, 1, 2, 3 and 4. We teach a range of sports such as gymnastics, football, tennis, rugby and cricket. These sports are taught by specialist coaches from our Sports Partnership.
Music is encouraged as an integral part of the curriculum. From year 3 children have the opportunity to learn instruments through the County Music Service. Children are also encouraged to join the Church choir. Events are held throughout the year including Christmas and summer concerts.
We are a Church of England Controlled School and place an emphasis on the teaching of religious education. The school follows the Diocesan syllabus for RE. While we recognise the right of parents to withdraw their child from RE lessons, it is anticipated that all children will take a full role in these lessons.
We have adopted the Newcastle Diocesan scheme for worship. Parents are welcome to attend our family worship at St.Cuthbert’s. While school recognises the right of parents to withdraw their child from acts of worship, it is anticipated that as we are a church school, parents would wish to support us and allow their child to play an active part in the life of the school.
Although no formal sex education is given, in the study of the natural world, the children encounter growth and development.
If you would like more information on our curriculum, please contact the school office.