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
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:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- 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
- Design Technology
- Latin (from Year 5)
- 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 Key Stage 1 children enjoy Computing and Art & Design lessons with Specialist Teachers in our Computing Suite and 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