Our curriculum is based on the statutory National Curriculum 2014, please click here for further information. Our exciting, broad and balanced curriculum is taught through a two-year cycle for each cohort, with the exception of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Each term has a focused topic theme in which the National Curriculum skills and knowledge from the different subjects are carefully aligned to ensure a correlated cross-curricular approach to pupils’ learning. Before each topic begins, teachers find out what pupils already know and what they would like to find out about. Teachers use this information to influence their planning of the topics.
At Nutley CE School, our curriculum intent is to:
• Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils that’s coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge for skills and future learning and employment
• Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations
• Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
• Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
• Promote a positive attitude towards learning and a growth mindset
• Ensure equal access to learning for all pupils, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
• Have a high expectations for all pupils
• Equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life
• Engage, excite and stimulate learners and relevant learning experiences
• Promote life-long learners
• Focus on the well-being of learners
• Promote outdoor learning, including Forest School
• Promote the learning and development of our youngest pupils and ensure they are ready for Key Stage 1
We place a strong emphasis on the importance of reading, as a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading enables pupils both to acquire knowledge, and to build on what they already know. Above all, we seek to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The curriculum forms the basis for our learning and the experiences our pupils enjoy during their time at Nutley CE School. We are proud of our curriculum that encompasses cultural, creative, outdoor learning and sporting opportunities. The curriculum we offer at Nutley CE School enables us to ensure that every child develops the key learning steps and receive learning experiences and opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in different ways.
Our curriculum consists of many planned experiences in school and out, for example: topic days, school council, assemblies, trips, visitors, residential visits, workshops and fundraising opportunities.
Outcomes are designed to meet not only the requirements of the National Curriculum but also to develop the skills needed by our pupils for learning and for life. We have a vibrant and rich curriculum which builds upon the prior learning from EYFS to the end of KS2, ensuring consistency and progression. We ensure that there is a progression in skills and knowledge; subject leaders also check that the teaching for their subject is up to date and relevant for the pupils we have in school.
We believe that all pupils are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum through which we support pupils with additional needs. We encourage all of our pupils to achieve their full potential and to be fully involved in both the social and academic life of the school. Educational experiences are provided that take into account the individual needs of our pupils.
• Pupils display high standards of language and literacy across all curriculum areas.
• Pupils to speak and write fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others in a variety of different ways.
• Pupils to learn more about others and the world around them by developing their listening and reading skills.
• Pupils are confident, fluent readers who can acquire knowledge, and to build upon what they already know.
• Pupils will develop their writing skills and style across range of genre
• Pupils are fluent, confident readers who read for pleasure across a range of genres
• Pupils will have a wide vocabulary that they use within their writing
• Pupils will be able to adapt their writing based on the context and audience
• Pupils will leave Nutley CE School being able to effectively apply spelling rules and patterns they have been taught.
• Pupils will demonstrate a quick recall of facts and procedures.
• Pupils will demonstrate a flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics.
• Pupils will have an ability to recognise relationships and make connections in mathematics.
• Pupils can explain or justify their mathematical reasoning using correct mathematical vocabulary.
• Pupils will have an understanding of a wide range of mathematical vocabulary
• Pupils will leave Nutley CE School being able to effectively apply mathematical knowledge they have been taught, not only in the maths lesson, but also in science and other subjects, in everyday life situations, in their future learning and in the workplace.
• Pupils are resilient and confident, with a growth mindset.
• Science curriculum results in a fun, engaging, high-quality Science education that provides pupils with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the universe.
• Pupils can set up and carry out their own scientific investigations involving the posing of questions, designing and carrying out experiments, coping with difficulties, answering the questions posed and presenting their information and findings appropriately.
• Our engagement with the local environment through Forest School ensures that pupils learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them.
• Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and other local schools, pupils have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.
• Pupils learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of our community links and our work with our local science hub.
• This ensures that pupils have access to positive role models within the field of science from the immediate and wider local community. This exposure to a range of different scientists from various backgrounds, gives all pupils the feeling that they are scientists now and could be scientists in the future.
Art and Design:
• Our curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, giving them the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
• As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically, know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to our culture, creativity and economy.
• Pupils use a variety of media and techniques.
• Classroom displays reflect the pupils’ sense of pride in their artwork and outcomes are celebrated in our school environment, both inside and outside.
• Pupils understand the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
• Pupils build on this knowledge to create programs, systems and a range of content.
• Pupils become digitally literate so they are able to begin their secondary education with confidence.
• All pupils can access G-Suite Google Classroom – an online learning platform. This enables pupils to learn remotely, as well as cover aspects of the computing curriculum in school.
• Pupils learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online. Topics covered are: self-image and identity, online relationships, online reputation, online bullying, and managing online information.
• Pupils can keep themselves safe online through units of work taught the year and by celebrating Safer Internet Day.
• Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
• Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising.
• Pupils are also taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We believe that cooking, as well as being enjoyable and creative, is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
• Pupils develop a life-long curiosity about the world and its people as well as a desire to promote sustainability and conserve our planet for future generations.
• Pupils develop their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills; learning about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.
• Pupils have a good understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
• Natural landscapes around us (for example, Pevensey Beach, Cuckmere Haven and The Ashdown Forest) are used to develop the pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as to inspire debate.
• The history curriculum results in stimulating, motivating and enjoyable learning experiences, being built on a solid foundation of both knowledge and skills.
• Pupils develop an enquiring nature and an ability to construct deductions using evidence.
• Pupils to learn by experience, including examination of artefacts, visits to local museums, places of historical interest and fieldwork visits. We use historical places that are local to our area, such as the variety of places of historical interest on Ashdown Forest.
• Pupils develop a love of music, listening to, reviewing and evaluating a wide range of compositions.
• Pupils become musicians themselves, through opportunities to perform and compose music on their own and with others, increasing their self-confidence and creativity.
• In our weekly singing worship and in music lessons, pupils learn to sing and use their voices with control and confidence.
• Pupils understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter- related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
• Pupils are confident and develop a broad range of physical skills.
• Pupils are physically active throughout their school week, including play times and lunchtime.
• Pupils take part in a range of competitive sports and activities and promote healthy and active lives throughout their school experience. We regularly take part in tournaments for Netball, Hockey and Tag Rugby, as well as being part of the Uckfield School Swimming Gala every year.
• Pupils learn specific skills, as individuals and with others in – Dance, Gymnastics and Games. In Years 3 and 4 pupils are taken to a local pool for a sequence of swimming lessons in differentiated groups.
PSHE (including RSHE):
• Pupils are gentle, kind and helpful in line with our Golden Rules, as well as respectful to others and the world in which we live.
• Pupils work hard and persevere, setting themselves goals and having dreams and aspirations.
• Pupils develop their communication and social skills by working collaboratively.
• Pupils become responsible and independent learners.
• Pupils think about themselves positively, develop their self-esteem and confidence.
Pupils value a healthy lifestyle and take care of their mental health and wellbeing.
• Pupils understand the main stages of the human life cycle, including reproduction.
• Pupils leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. We promote the important British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
• Pupils have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting the democratic processes of the school council whose members are voted for by the pupils.
Pupils know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as a religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
Pupils know and understand about other world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling them to develop and express their ideas, values and identities.
Pupils to participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews. As a school we focus on Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Humanism.
Pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical views are developed, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values while respecting the right of others to differ.
• Pupils focus on one language (Spanish) so they can make good progress.
• Pupils are able to express their ideas and thoughts and understand and respond to Spanish speakers, both in speech and in writing.
• Our language teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages, enabling pupils to study and work in other countries in the future.