NRC Primary Curriculum

Our Curriculum Mission

Our curriculum at New River College Primary has the following aims:

  • To offer a broad and balanced curriculum for pupils’ academic and social development.
  • To engage, excite and inspire pupils through thematic teaching and contexts for learning that capitalise on pupils experiences and backgrounds.
  • To accelerate pupils’ progress and attainment in English and Maths.
  • To promote pupils emotional resilience, behaviour for learning and attitude to learning so they have the best possible chance of moving on successfully.

We strongly value the principal of thematic teaching, utilising meaningful and purposeful links, which offers pupils breadth of opportunity for deeper learning. This ensures that pupils acquire and develop a range of skills which are underpinned by knowledge and practical experiences.

There is ongoing development of a ‘mastery’ curriculum where pupils have multiple opportunities to return to content, over time, in order to gain fluency in the core curriculum. For example, during ‘Shooting Stars’ time, longitudinal learning activities facilitate pupils in revisiting ideas and concepts in a variety of situations in order to slowly develop an understanding over time. Our teaching staff work collaboratively to ensure that skills are progressively taught throughout the school, ensuring that expectations of pupils are high and appropriately challenging. The Yearly Overviews for each class outline the themes to be taught and subject specific content.  The content of our curriculum is customised to meet the needs of our pupils.

Each theme is designed to be started with a ‘Key’ event – this is an engaging activity to launch pupils’ thinking and capture their imaginations. As part of this, pupils identify what they already know and what they would like to know so they steer learning opportunities.

At the end of the topic, a ‘Lock’ event is planned. This is a celebration of all the work completed and will ensure that pupils are aware of how they can apply what they have learnt in different real-life contexts. Each day pupils are given the opportunity to apply their learning and deepen understanding through curriculum choice activities linked to their programme of study.

There is a strong emphasis on providing pupils with opportunities to engage in learning within the community and through carefully planned enrichment activities. This is to add value to learning and maximise participation in community activities. This prepares them for the challenge of being an active citizen. Frequent visits and trips are organised regularly throughout the year to complement classroom teaching.

The teaching in phonics and reading is supported by Lexia and teachers have developed their own schemes using Read, Write Inc., Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. In order to further support the development of reading and writing skills and, develop a love of reading, each class uses a Core Text that links with their curriculum theme. Every Friday parents are encouraged to come in to school and read with the children during breakfast club.

Please see Yearly Overview for each class:

Timetable and Organisation

Each class has a weekly timetable which outlines all of the learning that takes place. This also includes additional activities such as brain breaks. Find below a sample timetable from one of our classes:

If you require any further information regarding the National Curriculum, please contact Clyde Brennan (Head of Centre) New River College Primary.