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Learning Outside the Classroom

At N.P.S we value a holistic and creative curriculum which makes use of a wide variety of stimulating, exciting and challenging learning environments. We strive to develop the child as a whole person, providing many worth-while learning opportunities that embrace the growth of emotional intelligence alongside physical, spiritual, social, psychological and professional development. N.P.S pupils become positive, responsible people, working and cooperating with others, having developed knowledge and skills through learning that extends well beyond a traditional classroom. Each week our pupils enjoy many learning experiences outside of their own classroom, working closely with the local community and taking advantage of our closeness to Newcastle city centre.

We were proud to achieve our Bronze award in LOtC in June 2018.


Learning Outside the Classroom

As a forward looking school we are aware of the unmistakable benefits learning outside the classroom brings to children. We have spent a lot of time developing our curriculum to include as many opportunities as possible for children to learn outside their normal classroom environment, extending our creative curriculum.

Outdoor Learning

At N.P.S we encourage outdoor learning wherever possible. Children benefit from a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities including Forest School sessions, cross-curricular learning in our patio and garden area as well as free, continuous provision in our large outdoor field and playground. In the EYFS children have access to a newly refurbished outdoor learning area including all-natural wooden furniture and resources encouraging a holistic approach to learning. We are also looking forward to future developments such as our school allotment and Faith Garden taking shape later on this year.

Forest School

In September 2017 we opened our very own Forest School site. The teaching staff and children alike worked hard to design our very own forestry setting. Our pupils decided to include tipis, den building, a campfire, water play and even a hot chocolate hut into the design. Since September, the whole school has enjoyed using our Forest School for both specific outdoor skill learning and cross-curricular creativity.

School Trips

Each class participates in at least one trip out of school each half term. Trips range from topic based educational outings to activity packed buddy trips, which encourage problem solving and team building skills. From Year 3 onwards children enjoy weekly swimming lessons at Jesmond pool as well as regular sporting fixtures both home and away.

Our Local Community

We have a very close bond with our local community and have regular visits to community buildings and areas as a school. We have a particularly good relationship with Jesmond Parish Church who kindly host our annual Christmas Carol Concert and other celebrations. In summer 2017, Year 6 enjoyed filming the summer blockbuster ‘Murder at Magpie Manor’ at the Mansion House in Jesmond. We are lucky to be situated in a suburb of Newcastle with many amazing opportunities and places to visit on our doorstep.

Visitors

We frequently welcome visitors into school, including professionals from a range of academic vocations as well as parents and ex-pupils with life experience and advice to share with our pupils. We have particularly enjoyed visits from Professor Brainstorm during STEM week and EYFS enjoy weekly visits from YogaBugs demonstrating a wide range of educational opportunities.

 

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.- Dr Maria Montessori

 

I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn.- Albert Einstein 1879-1955

 

Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life. A child is given the universe to be educated.-

Frederick William Robertson


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

Latest News

Oct 2019

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Science Lessons at NPS

In Science, Year 5 have been learning about life cycles. They have been focusing on the life cycle of a butterfly, and have enjoyed seeing the caterpi...

Sep 2019

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Year 4 visit The Baltic

This week, in Art, we took an exciting trip to the BALTIC where we had the fantastic opportunity to see some of the North Easts most iconic buildings....

Sep 2019

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Tolent Artwork Exhibition

At NPS, we have all been fascinated to watch the development of a new residential building by Tolent, a locally based building and civil engineering c...

Sep 2019

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Sikhism

Parents and experts are always encouraged to be part of our school and on Tuesday, Year 5 were lucky enough to experience both. Mrs Singh came to talk...

Sep 2019

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Year 5 Residential Trip

A very excited set of Year 5 children set off from Jesmond before term had even begun, on their adventure for three days at the outward bound centre, ...

Aug 2019

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Autumn Term 2019

School begins on Thursday 5th September 2019.

Jul 2019

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Zeb Soanes visits NPS

On Tuesday the children from Reception and Years 1-4 were treated to a day with Radio 4 Presenter, Zeb Soanes. He talked about his incredible first...

Jul 2019

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Brilliant Buddy Trips

The sun has shone this week for our Year 1 and 4 Buddy trips where children enjoyed a range of activities with their older or younger friends.

Jun 2019

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DHSG Rounders

Year 4, 5 and 6 rounders teams all enjoyed their matches against Durham High School for Girls. There was some fantastic batting from Mabel , Callisto ...

Jun 2019

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Northumbrian Schools Orienteering Championships

Our young map reading runners had a great day at the recent Northumbrian Schools Orienteering Championships at Plessey Woods Country Park. Everyone in...

Inspection Report

Our recent Regulatory and Compliance Inspection was another success with NPS meeting every standard and therefore being fully compliant .

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

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IAPS - Excellence in Education - Independent Association of Prep Schools Learning Outside the classroom Bronze Award