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. Please note, during the 2014 to 2015 academic year, pupils in years 2 and 6 will continue to follow the previous English programme of study as they will sit the current key stage 1 and 2 tests.
Our KS1 students are currently following the Letters and Sounds 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.
The core subjects of the National Curriculum are: –
The foundation subjects of the National curriculum are: –
- Religious Education
- Art & Design
- Physical Education
- Design & Technology
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 the 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
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.
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.
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.
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 the violin, the viola, the cello
and certain brass instruments. Peripatetic music teachers teach these lessons from the
Tees Valley Music service.
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.
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 Y5 and Y6involving them in discussion about adolescence.Questions specifically relating to Sex Education will be answered sensitively by the teaching staff when they occur.
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.
The children will be introduced to French as a Modern Foreign Language in Key Stage 2.