Covid-19 was, and remains for many, a traumatic event. The common thread running through all is sudden separation from all our usual routines, structure, friendships, opportunity, freedom and the predictable pattern and rhythms of life. This has had a significant impact on many, some of u may have been able to ‘take it all in our stride’ but all of us will have experience some moments of anxiety and bewilderment.
At Northbury Primary School, we have put pupils’ wellbeing at the centre of our thinking through building our Recovery Curriculum around:
- Rebuilding positive relationships
- Securing pupils emotional wellbeing and feeling safe
- Identifying and addressing the gaps in children’s learning
- Continue to develop the metacognition skills and learning behaviours necessary for pupils to learn.
The school seeks to offer a wide and well balanced curriculum with a special emphasis on English, Mathematics and Science. The school uses Letters and Sounds as the main phonics scheme, yet draws on a number of other schemes to reinforce the teaching. Computing lessons are taught in the computer suites and using the laptops. The Foundation Subjects: History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Music, French, P.E. and PSHE are taught as subjects through appropriate study units, based on the National Curriculum documents. We also teach Philosophy for Children.
Special Educational Needs
We aim to ensure that all pupils have equal access to the curriculum. It is important that children with Special Educational Needs are identified as early as possible so that they can get the support they need. You can help by informing the class teacher of any difficulty you feel that your child is experiencing. We offer pupils support as soon as the need is identified by developing a structured programme of work closely matched to their needs. We also liaise with other agencies to secure further support. Parents are kept informed of pupils’ progress through regular review meetings.
The school welcomes all pupils to be part of the learning community, regardless of gender, race, language or disability. The curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of all learners where appropriate to ensure equality of access. The new building ensures that all learners will be able to access the curriculum, regardless of disability.
English as an additional language
It is our aim to ensure that all pupils who speak English as an Additional Language receive support in order to gain full access to the school curriculum. An initial assessment is made as soon as possible after pupils arrive at school. The work is carefully planned in collaboration with class teachers to help pupils gain confidence in using the English language. Pupils are supported in the classroom, in small groups and individually.
Religious Education is delivered through a scheme of work based on the 'Agreed Syllabus for R.E.'. It is not our intention to promote any one particular religious view as right or wrong. Our assemblies comply with the Education Reform Act which means that we have a daily act of worship which is in the main of a Christian nature. However, we encourage our pupils to respect all religious and cultural beliefs that are reflected in the school and our local community. Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE and assemblies, and if you wish to consider this option then please contact the Headteacher.
Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education
PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.