The eleven schools in the Redbridge and Lordshill Federation work together on curriculum design and development.
We are all committed to the principles of the United Nations Conventions on the rights of the Child, especially Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.
From September 2014, we have been teaching the new primary National Curriculum.
Our Early Years and Foundation Stage departments follow the Statutory Framework for the curriculum.
We have collaborated to make sure our curriculums:
meet statutory requirements
are broad and balanced
offer first-hand experiences
have clear skills progressions
allow pupils to apply these skills
encompass the arts
support vulnerable groups and individual needs
foster pride in our city
promote health and well-being
fulfill the requirement to promote British values
support children’s place in a multicultural society
We share high expectations of our pupils and our staff, our curriculums have a common approach to assessment for learning and we all aim for high standards in all areas.
At the same time, our collective approach allows each school to develop a curriculum at local level which reflects the needs and intakes of our unique settings.
We have a commitment to continue to work together at all levels and to share good practice via our leadership and curriculum networks.
Our Curriculum Statement
At Newlands we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn. In addition to acquiring skills and knowledge we aim to help the children to grow in confidence and maturity so that they can become life long learners who will be successful in the ever changing world. We aim to provide the children with real life and practical experiences, alongside a wide range of visits, visitors and extra-curricular activities.
The new National Curriculum comprises of core subjects:
English, Mathematics, Science
And foundation subjects:
History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education (PE) and Computing
The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught following the Southampton Agreed Syllabus. We plan our collective worship in line with DfE guidance: (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/281929/Collective_worship_in_schools.pdf), our Rights Respecting Schools work and British Values.
PSHE and Citizenship is integrated into our curriculum to ensure children are prepared for life in modern day Britain. We follow the SEAL themes aiming to ensure children develop their social and emotional aspects of learning. We have a strong focus on multi-cultural themes, global learning, anti-bullying and rights and responsibilities, including democratic voting for School Council, Sports Council and House Captains. We also teach Philosophy for Children (P4C).
Phonics & Reading Schemes
We use the 'Letters and Sounds' programme to teach phonics.
We use several schemes to support Reading in school as detailed below. All books from different resource providers are 'banded' using the multi-coloured Book Banding Scheme.
At Newlands Primary School we place great emphasis on English and Maths as these underpin many of the other aspects of the taught curriculum. Whilst the core subjects are taught on a regular basis the foundation subjects may be taught as blocks of work over a matter of weeks. The planning of the curriculum is based around a rolling programme of "Learning Challenges" to ensure coverage of selected topics by all children who progress through the school. The "Learning Challenges" for both Key Stages make use of our local environment eg we cover topics such as habitats in our school grounds, Millbrook and Southampton. We also study other localities and cultures so that children gain an understanding of Britain as a diverse society. Our "Learning Challenges" also extend to other countries which enhance the children’s understanding of their global community.
We also value the role of foreign languages in the curriculum and French is taught throughout KS2 from Year 3 to Year 6.
We have specialist teachers who ensure our children get the best provision possible in PE, Music and Art skills.
When children leave at the end of Year 6, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become successful in the next phase of their learning journey and towards being lifelong learners.
To find out more about the curriculum we are following in each year group, click below. Look on the class pages for our half termly curriculum letters to parents. If you still have questions about the curriculum being taught, please ask your child's class teacher in the first instance. Our Assistant Headteachers lead the Curriculum implementation across their relevant Key Stages and they regularly support parents through offering workshop sessions and individual meetings should there be further questions about the Curriculum content and how it is taught.
Assessment for learning is at the heart of our practice and this is how we ensure children continue to make the best progress they can in school. Staff work closely with each other and the children to make sure that feedback and marking has an impact on progress and that every small step contributes to a child's learning journey over time.
Please click here for our Assessment policy.