School Information

Curriculum Information


The National Curriculum 2014 provides the core of the teaching and learning experiences in our school. This includes: English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design & Technology (D&T), Art and Design, Music, Languages and Physical Education (PE).  Religious Education (RE), Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) are also taught as important areas.
At the bottom of this page, you can look through each of the National Curriculum 2014 Programmes of Study to see how they will be covered across both Key Stages.  On each of the class pages within this website, we have also included a break down of the planning for each year group, so that you can see, in an overview, what your child will be covering each school year to meet the National Curriculum requirements. 
The class teachers use a balance of whole class, group and individual teaching. The particular method they employ will depend on which they feel best fits the purpose of the lesson, the nature of the task or the abilities of the children.
Computing is used extensively throughout school to support teaching and learning. All classrooms are fitted with interactive white boards. In addition, the school has in excess of 80 netbooks and 50 laptops, all connecting to the school’s secure wireless network.  E-Safety is also a crucial aspect of the computing curriculum, which is taught in all year groups and through specific assembly times.
French is taught in Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6) as part of our Languages curriculum. The teaching of French is supported by the Toute la Monde scheme of work. The school is an EAL Hub School providing support for other school's with low numbers of EAL pupils.
The music curriculum is lead and taught in school by class teachers based on National Curriculum objectives. In addition, our Year 4 class are taught throughout the year by a specialist music teacher from Lincolnshire Music Partnership. There are instrumental music lessons organised through the Peterborough Music Partnership for piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, keyboard and violin. Parents are asked to make a contribution each term if their child wishes to take advantage of this opportunity.
Physical Education
Participation in Sports is actively encouraged and children have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports, including: football, netball/basketball, hockey, rounders, cricket, golf, tennis, athletics, gymnastics, dance and swimming. All sporting opportunities are open to both boys and girls. In addition, children are encouraged to walk to school and be physically active during breaks to promote their general activity levels and health. This is supported by the resources that are provided for the children at lunchtime to engage them in physical activities.
Competitive sport is played against other schools in football, cricket, netball, basketball and athletics.The sporting aims of the school are:
· To develop an enjoyment of a variety of sports.
· To develop physical fitness.
· To develop personal skills.
· To help children build physical activity into their daily lives.
· To develop team skills of co-operation and competition in a healthy atmosphere of good sportsmanship.
Swimming lessons for children aged 5 to 10 are organised by the school and are taught at the Peterborough Regional Pool. 
Health Education & Sex and Relationships Education is an important aspect of our curriculum throughout the school. Within the ‘Personal, Health and Social Education’ programme the children undertake projects on personal safety, healthy eating and hygiene. The governors at Newborough Primary School have decided to support the policy of providing children with a planned Sex & Relationships Education programme.
The teaching of Reading is supported through the use of a combination of reading schemes including: Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Literacy Web, Collins Big Cat and Longman. The books within these schemes have been banded and ordered in terms of their complexity to read and comprehend to ensure that the children cohesively move up through the texts being challenged appropriately. The learning opportunities are further supported through the use of the Letters and Sounds document
Religious Education
Religious Education is provided in accordance with the Peterborough Agreed Syllabus. It teaches children to understand the nature of religion and an awareness of the different religions that are practised within our pluralist society. Occasionally the themes in R.E. are linked to other areas of the curriculum. Parents who wish to withdraw their children from lessons in religious education should contact the Headteacher in writing.
Assembly takes place on a daily basis in a variety of forms. During the course of the week there are: Headteacher’s assemblies, Clergy led assemblies, Key Stage singing assemblies and a class assembly. The assemblies follow a theme and may supplement the R.E. curriculum. The Christian faith is prominent as we are a Church of England school.
Parents are invited to join us for their child’s class assembly which takes place on a Friday afternoon. In addition to these, we also welcome parents to special celebrations such as the end of the school year and Christmas. Notice of these assemblies will be given to parents through school and class newsletters. 
In their final years, children attend a series of talks by our school nurse on specific aspects of change and sex education. (Parents will be informed in writing of the sex education talks prior to their starting). Class teachers will answer questions raised by a child within the level of the understanding of the child. Where a teacher does not feel able to answer a question, s/he will refer the child to a more confident colleague, or if it is felt to be a question moving children further than the school is prepared to go, then the question would be directed to their parents to answer.
Curriculum Enrichment
Visits and trips are organised to promote children’s learning through first hand experiences. These support the school’s curriculum and can be in the form of extended visits (residential) and day trips. School will try and provide as much notice as possible to allow parents to budget for these costs.
After school / lunchtime clubs are organised on a termly basis. These clubs enable children to pursue their interests out of school hours. The variety of clubs is very much dependent upon the voluntary efforts and interests of the staff employed at the school. We warmly welcome parents/grandparents/carers who might be able to help support with the running of a club.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

At Newborough C of E Primary School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this are a broad range of curriculum topics which have strong links to our British values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

In Year 6, pupils undertake a topic about England through different periods of history.  The Year 6 children also take a leading role with supporting The British Legion’s Poppy Day.  Our children purchase poppies and hold a two minute's silence during our Remembrance Day service which is held at the war memorial at our local church, St Bartholomew's.  The eldest and youngest children in school lay a Remembrance wreath on behalf of the school, with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher leading different parts of this service.

Year 5 study the influence that the Viking invasion has had on shaping modern day Britain. This year group also played a key role in organising and celebrating the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in summer 2012. The Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school, with children invited to a 'street party' event held in the playgrounds.

In Year 4, pupils study our capital city, London, in which they learn about its location within the United Kingdom, how democracy with parliament works, the importance of the River Thames and the Royal Family. There is a feature display showing The London Underground with part of the topic helping to teach children how to use this transport system.

In Year 3, the pupils undertake a topic about World War Two and the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire.  This includes how the war started and how the events changed Britain.

In Year 2, there is a strong focus on the work of Grace Darling and how she assisted in the rescue of nine sailors. The children also focus on London in 1666 to gain an understanding of how London has changed over the last 350 years.

In Year 1, the children focus on one of our most famous British sportswomen, Ellen McCarthy in their topic on Heroes. They learn about her dedication and what she has achieved.

Our Reception children spend a lot of their time focused on their village.  The go for walks and learn about the local community.  We have many visitors ranging from members of the armed forces to police officers helping to teach the children about their jobs and how they help people.

We are a Church of England school and we take great pride in our Christian values.  We work closely with the local church to ensure that respect, caring, belonging and forgiving are at the centre of our daily lives.  Our daily assembly times provide the children with an opportunity to reflect on their thoughts and feelings through thought provoking themes.  Our children take a lead within our worship times by offering their own prayers.  Democracy within the school is extended beyond the school curriculum through our School Council and Sports Council.  Both groups represent their classes and discuss and debate the issues that are of importance before making a decision and leading any necessary change. The school also participates in events, such as Maypole dancing at our May Fayre as well as supporting the local community with our annual Harvest Festival.  We believe that SMSC is of vital importance in providing the most effective environment for our children in preparing them to play a positive and worthwhile role within modern Britain.


  1. Maths Curriculum Overview 2017 - Year 1
  2. Maths Curriculum Overview 2017 - Year 2
  3. Maths Curriculum Overview 2017 - Year 3
  4. Maths Curriculum Overview 2017 - Year 4
  5. Maths Curriculum Overview 2017 - Year 5
  6. Maths Curriculum Overview 2017 - Year 6
  7. English Curriculum Overview 2017
  8. Science Curriculum Overview 2017
  9. Art and Design Technology Overview 2017
  10. RE Overview 2017
  11. History and Geography Overview 2017
  12. Music Overview 2017
  13. PSHE Curriculum Overview 2017
  14. Computing Curriculum Overview 2017
  15. PE Curriculum Overview 2017
  16. French Overview 2017