Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum 



At Northlands the curriculum forms the basis for our learning and the experiences our children enjoy during their time with us. Our curriculum encompasses creativity, culture and sporting opportunities through a themed approach. We link our learning together through broadening the values and opportunities we provide for our children as they grow and develop into young learners.



Our curriculum is planned progressively and it promotes an enjoyment of learning and a commitment to learning and achieving. It also works alongside and promotes our school ethos:

One Community - Many Cultures - Achieving Together.  


Each Year group will cover three themes over the course of the year. Within each term, the pupils will be taught both the knowledge and skills required to progress through the curriculum areas.

In Early Years we follow the 9 prime areas to support our creative curriculum. Each term a key theme will be used to address the key skills.


The thematic overview for each year is shown below. For further information click on the individual subject to discover more.




Curriculum Themes 2019-2020










Story time


The World around us

               Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum Themes











An unknown journey

Their Majesties

The Savage Stone Age

Rain Down


Murder we wrote


Burn down on us!

Where in the World?

Out and About

A Road to Anywhere…

Best of British



Kenya's Kingdom


The Settlers

A Picture in Time


What a wonderful World.

  How do we prepare pupils for the next stage of their education?



Upon joining Northlands Primary School, pupils attend transition sessions, including a home visit, in order to build up to attending for a full school day. Initially, our youngest children have a separate lunch time, and play-time sessions which help them to build confidence in their new environment. As the school year progresses, Early Years children begin to attend  school assemblies and other whole school events. Parents are invited to Stay and Learn sessions and Learning to Learn events to familiarise them with school expectations and pedagogy.

When pupils transition into Year One, teachers work with children to build their focus and learning stamina through a balance of practical sessions (Play Based Learning) and more formal learning sessions.

There are other opportunities for pupils to develop in maturity and independence throughout their time at school. Children will, for example, work towards achieving their pen licences from Year Two onward.  All pupils will have an opportunity to hold a role of responsibility in school, should they wish to do so. 

In Year Six, pupils work with the class teacher to become 'Secondary Ready' through transition projects. We maintain close links with our feeder high schools to support transition. Some pupils benefit from additional transition visits to their new schools, which are coordinated by the SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator). 


Curriculum Progression

The National Curriculum  has been carefully divided and allocated across year groups and Key Stages, to ensure that skills are taught progressively and that subject knowledge is developed year upon year. We have considered the skills and knowledge in each year group carefully, to ensure pupils have opportunities to build upon, and consolidate, their prior learning. 



Meta-cognition and Self-regulation

Our Learning 2 Learn policy is written to develop pupils' self-regulation, motivation and independence. By the time pupils reach Upper Key Stage Two, we expect them to take full responsibility for their learning, becoming reflective, self-resourcing and motivated learners. Throughout their journey at Northlands, this policy outlines the key expectations for each stage in school; we encourage pupils to set their own goals and targets and move their learning on, to ensure that they are challenged.



Biannually, Northlands Primary School holds a Careers Event. On this day, we invite community members to come and share details about their jobs and the routes they took into employment. Pupils have opportunities to attend a job interview, complete application forms, take part in practical sessions and learn more about the world of work! Pupils also have the opportunity to investigate different career options and apprenticeship routes and to compare salaries and career prospects.

At our most recent Careers Event, we had representatives from: the building trade, the hair and beauty business, a local solicitors' office, the motor vehicle industry, the NHS,  a local furniture manufacturer, Social Care, the music industry, a professional photographer, veterinary and other local businesses. We have also had professional athletes and a Formula One driver visit school to describe their professional experiences.


How have we amended our curriculum to meet the needs of our pupils? 


Our Curriculum is designed to inspire and motivate pupils to be the best that they can be. It is designed to develop independence and provide pupils with memorable learning opportunities.  They gain the chance to take part in events which they may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience. 

We aim for our Curriculum to be exciting and to nurture a passion for learning, encouraging inquisitiveness and confidence throughout our school ethos - One Community - Many Cultures - Achieving Together. We serve a culturally diverse community with higher than average proportions of social deprivation. For this reason, we balance our Curriculum to develop skills and knowledge in equal measure. We promote both academic and skills-based learning to develop pupils' capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively, in order to encourage the best possible progress and outcomes.

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