The Primary years are a time when children are not only acquiring skills of language and numbers but are also experiencing a variety of methods of learning: they are learning to think, to feel and to do, to explore and discover.

Dr. W. H. Cockcroft.

The content of our school curriculum is based on the requirements of the National
Curriculum 2014.

Our EYFS and KS1 students are currently following the Read, Write Inc. phonics scheme.

At Newham Bridge we bring excitement and enjoyment to the programmes of study through the “Cornerstones Curriculum“.

Below is a breakdown of the engaging and creative topics each year group will be exploring. Please click on the PDF icon to view the newsletter containing more information about the topic.

2018 / 2019Aut 1Aut 2Spr 1Spr 2Sum 1Sum 2
Key Stage 1
Cycle A
Be the Change
(whole school project)
Enchanted WoodlandSuperheroesMoon ZoomWriggle & CrawlLand Ahoy!
Key Stage 1
Cycle B
Be the Change
(whole school project)
Memory BoxMuck, Mess & MixturesSplendid SkiesDinosaur Planet
The Scented Garden
Year 3 & 4Be the Change
(whole school project)
Tribal TalesRoad Trip USAPredatorBurps, bottoms & bileFlow
Year 5Be the Change
(whole school project)
Stargazers PharaohsTudor Times!Alchemy IslandBeast Creator
Year 6Be the Change
(whole school project)
Frozen Kingdom Shakespeare
(school topic)
Darwin’s Delight Darwin’s Delight Hola Mexico

The core subjects of the National Curriculum are: –

The foundation subjects of the National curriculum are: –

National curriculum documents issued by the Department for Education are available at
school for parents to see.


Our aim is to enable our children to be proficient in the use of English. Children need to
develop the ability to express themselves clearly and confidently when both speaking and
writing. It is essential that they are able to read fluently with understanding and

Speaking and Listening

It is important that our children are sufficiently confident and articulate in order to
communicate effectively. To enable this we provide opportunities for the children to
express themselves efficiently in a variety of activities promoting both speaking and


Our aim is to nurture a love of books. To achieve this we must develop the children’s
attitude to read, understand and respond to the written word.


Our children are introduced to different kinds of writing linked to all areas of the
curriculum. We aim to develop the ability to use writing effectively as a tool to
communicate both factually and creatively.


In mathematics our aim is to build upon the mathematical knowledge already acquired before children start school and to help them acquire a sound understanding of mathematics to equip them to solve the problems they will meet. Much time will be given to practical activities and developing power of logical reasoning. Emphasis will be placed on the undertaking of concepts and processes to ensure that our children are numerate.


Our aim is to increase the children’s’ knowledge and understanding of their immediate
environment and the world at large. The children will be encouraged to develop
scientific skills including observing, enquiring and experimenting. Studies of the local
environment, animals, plants, forces and the elements will be included in this aspect of
the curriculum.


Our children will use computational thinking and creativity to solve problems. They will create solutions to problems through algorithms and convert those into computer programs. The children will use a variety of technologies and software to help them become digitally literate as well as responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT.

Click here to view our Computing assessment document

Design & Technology

Problems will be presented to our children in a variety of ways. They will be encouraged
to plan and design. Designs will be made and tested by the children.

Click here to view our Design & Technology assessment document


We aim to give the children an interest in the past: to develop an understanding of time:
to encourage research into lives of famous men and women and the effect they have on
our society. Some aspects of the work will be covered in cross-curricular themes and
other topics will be taught as a subject.

Click here to view our History assessment document


Our children will find out about our country, the world, and its climate and physical
They will study the local environment and be introduced to map work, town planning,
etc; the work will be linked to the cross-curricular themes whenever appropriate.

Click here to view our Geography assessment document


Children will have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills using the appropriate materials. They will be encouraged to become more observant and critical of their environment.

Click here to view our Art assessment document


At Newham Bridge all the children have an opportunity to take music as part of the
curriculum. They will have the opportunity to learn an instrument. There is also a school
Children who show an interest have the opportunity to play a brass instrument. Peripatetic music teachers teach these lessons from the Tees Valley Music service. We also welcome Tees Valley Music service into school to teach samba drumming.

Click here to view our Music assessment document

Physical Education

We aim to give our children as many experiences as possible including gymnastics and
Physical Education is compulsory and parents wishing children to be excluded should send a letter of explanation.

Click here to view our PE assessment document


At some point in the year all Y4 children will swim as part of the LA swimming programme.

Health and Sex Education

As far as possible, health education and sex education will not be taught as separate subjects but will be developed in the teaching of science and personal and social development in line with the National Curriculum.We hope to make the children aware of their body and how it works. We will emphasise the importance of cleanliness and the need to have a healthy, positive attitude towards diet and exercise. As part of our programme, the school nurse will work with boys and girls of Y6 involving them in discussion about adolescence. Questions specifically relating to Sex Education will be answered sensitively by the teaching staff when they occur.

Religious Education

Religious Education is an essential part of every child’s educational entitlement. Studying religion enriches and extends the understanding of the world in which we live. Parents may, if they wish, request that their child be withdrawn on occasions when religious worship is taking place or religious instruction is being given.

Click here to view our RE assessment document


The children will be introduced to French as a Modern Foreign Language in Key Stage 2.

Click here to view our MFL assessment document