Curriculum overview

The curriculum at Stannington First School
 
At Stannington First School, our curriculum is carefully constructed to ensure all our pupils gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to raise their aspirations and equip them for their future lives. 

We teach clearly identified, transferable concepts, along with memorable activities and lots of fun along the way. We want our children to love everything about learning, to enthuse about it and want more. 

We consider our local context and plan carefully to address current priorities. We plan a curriculum to give our pupils an understanding of our beautiful county, Northumberland and what life is like beyond– in Britain and in other parts of the world.

We want our pupils, who come from a variety of backgrounds and have different needs, to have equal opportunities, to learn tolerance, respect and to have ambition. In the modern world we live in, we recognise the importance of our pupils having the confidence to embrace technology and use it wisely. Reading, writing, oracy and mathematics are important core skills needed for future life; our teaching in these areas is designed to inspire, give enjoyment and confidence. 

We believe in a curriculum that gives our children a well rounded education. Our love of outdoor learning through Forest School and other outdoor activities enhances all aspects of learning – academic, social, emotional and personal development. 

Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.  The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

Our school uses a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning.  This means that skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together around a theme.  Within this theme, children are able to practise and apply their reading, maths and English skills in other subject areas.

Our curriculum is underpinned by our school values of: friendship, honesty, perseverance, resilience, respect, teamwork and tolerance and the themes of community, environment and challenge. More information about these themes can be found in the document below.

Our ‘Long Term Plans’ show the content of our school curriculum for the academic year, for every subject and for each year group. We also have further information about each curriculum subject, and how this is taught across the school, available if you open the subject specific tabs.   

Our ‘Topic Maps’ show each year group’s half termly or termly areas of learning. These detail the theme or focus of the topic and how different subjects and areas of learning will be brought together to explore the theme. Writing and maths opportunities are created across the curriculum and learning is further enhanced with class trips, visitors to school or through our 'Buddy' activity afternoons.

Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and Forest School. Our subject leaders are given training and opportunities to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school.

Themed weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. The school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based activities, performances, competitions and events such as 'Stay and Share'. Developing our pupils' independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

We strive to promote a love of learning in our safe and happy school. 

 
We believe in collaboration and shared responsibility for the children across our partnership of schools, across all phases. To achieve this, we follow the principles of the Morpeth Partnership curriculum intent, to ensure consistency and excellence for all our children.
 
Morpeth Partnership Curriculum Intent

Our goal as a Morpeth Partnership of schools is to provide an education that encourages and promotes a strong sense of identity and pride of place based on local heritage, culture and the landscape of Morpeth and Northumberland.

We have high aspirations for the children of the Morpeth Partnership by offering equality of entitlement as we have sequenced our curriculum to build pupil knowledge and skills.We are an outward-looking learning community who strive to ensure all children achieve their potential to become happy, fulfilled individuals and have the appropriate cultural capital to succeed in life. 

 We will provide:

  • A broad, balanced, stimulating curriculum that ensures clear progression of skills and knowledge in all subjects as our children move through our Partnership.
  • A curriculum that is planned with themes in mind, and is adapted and designed to be ambitious to meet the needs of all children.
  • A wide choice of enrichment activities to challenge and engage our children by bringing learning to life. 

Morpeth Partnership Curriculum Themes

Equality - we develop empathy in individuals and ensure we provide equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination.

Identity- we develop a pride and sense of social, moral, spiritual and cultural identity in order to shape and define who we are.

Future ready- we prepare our children for an exciting but unknown future with the empathy and resilience they need to succeed.

Excellence - we have high expectations in all we do and seek to enable all children to meet their potential.

Collaboration  - we provide our pupils with the opportunities to develop the skills to work in teams.

 

If you want to find out more about our school curriculum, our class long term plans and termly class topic maps can be found on our class pages, click on the 'Classes' tab.

Also, if you explore the other tabs in this 'Curriculum' section of our website, you will find lots of useful information.

In addition, the 'School Life' tab - gives details of lots of interesting events and activities that have taken place in school.

Parents can find guidance about supporting their child at home in the Parent Zone.