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The Curriculum

A broad and balanced curriculum, complemented by a range of interesting and inspiring school visits, is offered to all children.

The two broad aims for the School curriculum are reflected in the Education Act of 1996, requiring schools to provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum that:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children.
  • prepares children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life


  • First Steps Nursery
  • Reception

Key Stage 1

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Key Stage 2

  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

The curriculum at NPS is well planned and is carefully monitored to keep up to date with important new initiatives.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS describes all that happens in our First Steps Nursery and Reception classes.

The Early Learning goals set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage. They are organised as seven areas of learning:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Physical Development
  3. Communication and Language
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding the World
  7. Expressive Arts and Design

Nursery and Reception - Foundation Stage

The children in First Steps and Reception learn through play and directed activities, using indoor and outdoor facilities and resources.

They are encouraged to listen attentively and to enjoy discovering and experimenting. Surrounded by many learning opportunities the children can enjoy great success. They learn to read, write and use numbers in an exciting way and gain understanding of the world around them through many different Topics.

Key Stages 1 and 2

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Foundation Subjects

  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin (from Year 5)
  • Music
  • Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship
  • Physical Education (Swimming from Year 3)
  • Religious Education

All children have access to computers and from Year 1 enjoy using the Computer Suite.

Throughout school children are taught French, Music and PE by Specialist Teachers.

From Year 2 upwards children enjoy Art and Design with our Specialist Teacher in the Art Room.

As the children progress through Years 3 - 6 they spend time with their Form Teacher and are also taught by specialists in different subjects.

Years 1 and 2 - Key Stage 1

Different opportunities for developing reading skills enable children to approach all subjects with confidence. To foster Mathematical understanding and scientific awareness many practical activities take place each day.

Also the foundation subjects are taught, often with a Topic approach appropriate for younger children, making learning an enjoyable experience.

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 - Key Stage 2

The children are encouraged to develop and build on the skills and knowledge acquired in previous years.

Research skills and problem solving techniques help children to achieve success across the curriculum.

There is a good balance of different learning and teaching strategies so that children experience working in a variety of ways:

  • whole class teaching
  • silent working time
  • small group activities
  • individual attention.
  • using interactive technology

Teaching & Learning Policies

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Literacy

We believe that the teaching of English has a crucial role to play in equipping pupils with the language skills they need to become effective communicators and language users as members of the school community and the wider world.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At NPS we recognise the importance of constructing a firm foundation on which all aspects of education are built. It is our explicit aim to offer a good-quality education.

Presentation and Setting Out of Work

Guidelines for Presentation and Setting Out of Work.

Sex & Relationships Education

At NPS we value the importance of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. This programme is linked closely to the Policy for Personal, Social and Health Education, Sex and Relationship Education Guidance and the National Healthy School Standard Guidance.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Policy

All children have a human right to be educated alongside their peers. At NPS we are fully committed to meeting the needs of those children with Special Educational Needs and NPS has due regard to the SEN Code of Practice and the Disability Discrimination Act 2001.

Teaching and learning

At NPS we believe it is important that all staff feel that they are contributing to the teaching and learning of pupils. We encourage the philosophy of a "whole- school approach" to the life and work of the school.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Art & Design

Art and Design is included as a non-core Foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The aims of Art and Design are consistent with our school philosophy and take account of the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Modern Foreign Languages

We believe that learning to speak a foreign language extends a child’s knowledge of how their own language works, gives them an insight into other cultures and prepares them to participate in a rapidly changing world of international commerce.

Marking Policy

Marking must be seen as an important part of the effective monitoring of progress throughout a child's school career. This is an indication of Newcastle Preparatory School's attitude towards its children.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching History

History is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The aims of teaching History at NPS are consistent with our school philospohy and take account the requirementsof the National Curriculum.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Computing

Computing is a non-core Foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The aims of teaching Computing at NPS are consistent with our school philosophy, taking account of the requirements of the National Curriculum and endeavouring to exceed these wherever possible.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Music

The main aim of Music education is to develop children's sensitivity to, and their understanding of, music, through an active involvement in performing and composing, listening and appraising.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Mathematics

Through our approach to the teaching of Mathematics we aim to achieve excellent standards of Numeracy in all our pupils in order to equip them for their daily life.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Physical Education

PE is an essential part of the curriculum. It develops children's physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in various activities. It promotes physical skill, physical development and knowledge of the body in action.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship

PSHE and Citizenship enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Religious Education

'Religious Education will support children and young people in reflecting upon, developing and affirming their own beliefs, values and attitudes.'

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Science

Science stimulates and excites children's wonder about phenomena and events in the world around them.

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Latin and Classical Studies

The study of Latin language in Year 5 and 6 adds greatly to the children's knowledge and understanding of the acient world

Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Geography

Geography is an essential part of the curriculum. It contributes to the cultural, social, spiritual and moral life of the children as they acquire knowledge of a range of different cultures and traditions, and learn tolerance and understanding of other people and environments.

Geography is the subject in which pupils learn the skills of understanding a locality and how and where people fit into its overall structure.

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Policies

EYFS Curriculum Development

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for development learning and care of children from birth to five. The EYFS is based around four themes, each of which is linked to an important principle.

All About Me - My Learning Journal

Your child's 'All About Me' book celebrates his or her experiences. Over time it will tell a story about your child - his or her learning, friends and the experiences he or she enjoys sharing with others.

NPS is a forward looking school which consequently never stands still. New resources, methods of teaching, learning opportunities, an ever increasing range of visits and activities are ways that NPS continues to provide the very best in primary education.

Ms Coleman, Head Teacher

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Read our 2017 inspection report (pdf document) from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

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