Northiam CE School’s vision is to create a curriculum that encourages children to discover, explore and create. We want to help each child flourish into a confident, courageous and compassionate young person and to develop the wholeness of individuals spiritually, physically, mentally and socially to be secure and productive global citizens. We will embed this through our innovative and inspiring approach to teaching and learning.
Northiam Primary School’s curriculum is closely designed around our vision statement and has been developed to support the individual needs of our community. Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to discover, explore and create.
Encompassed within our vision, is the need for children to be exposed to a range of topics and experiences that broadens their understanding and equips them with the skills our children need to be confident, resilient, life-long learners who reach their full potential.
‘I came that they may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance, to the full, til it overflows”
– (John 10:10)
The dynamic teaching of our skills and knowledge-based curriculum will empower our pupils with curiosity, confidence, resilience and responsibility to manage challenge and change as they grow. We have thought carefully about the strengths that our context offers and ensured that we actively seek opportunities to experience and appreciate each subject area in its own right. A curriculum that is literacy and language rich is a must for our school if we are to open doors for our children. We therefore place a high focus on developing children’s vocabulary, using quality texts to do this.
Our Key Skills Curriculum is mapped and delivered though a two-year rolling cycle (Cycles A & B) so that we can ensure a full and comprehensive curriculum to our mixed age classes. Where possible we link our topics to our local area, utilising all the amazing features and sites across East Sussex and Kent. This also ensures that children have a rich experience of first hand experiences that helps to bring learning to life.
As a maintained primary school we have to ensure that we teach the statutory content of The National Curriculum. However, we have an additional six core aspects that are part of our curriculum that we believe are important for the children in our schools and have been developed as part of our ‘Friday Focus’ curriculum.