Curriculum and Assessment

New Hall Primary and Children’s Centre is committed to meeting the requirements of the primary curriculum introduced in September 2014.

New Hall, whilst delivering the statutory content of the National Curriculum, plans a thematic approach to learning and many of the themes change regularly to excite and stimulate the children. Teachers have received training in the key areas of curriculum change and we are equipped to provide outstanding curriculum provision. The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. Our curriculum will be exciting and will inspire children to nurture a passion for learning.

At New Hall, we emphasise that all children have an entitlement to:

  • equality of opportunity.
  • a school curriculum which recognises the individuality and special needs of each child.
  • a school curriculum which involves children in their learning.
  • a religious education and acts of collective worship as required by the Education Reform Act.
  • Personal, Social and Health Education.

The staff and governors wish to ensure that through our School Curriculum; which reflects the ‘September 2014 National Curriculum’; children will develop and apply learnt skills, knowledge and understanding gained from their homes, our school and the community.

Curriculum Overviews - 2017/18

Core Skills - 2017/18

Information Booklets - 2017/18

End of Year Expectations

All documents above are pdf files.

Creative Curriculum

In response to pupil voice New Hall Primary School and Children’s Centre will be providing exciting opportunities for all pupils to develop their creative and social skills across the curriculum.

KS2 children will be able to participate on a Friday afternoon in a range of workshops across the year. They include: Cookery, Outdoor Learning, ICT/Lego, Singing, and Art.

KS1 children will continue to participate in the enriching Forest Schools programme which is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning allowing relationships based around trust and self-exploration to develop.

Themes - 2017/18

Phase Autumn Spring Summer
Year 6 The Great War SATs Disaster
Year 5 Invaders Walls and Barricades Mexico and the Mayans
Year 4 World's Kitchen Crime and Punishment Britain from the Air
Year 3 Tomb Raiders Transport Meet the Flintstones
Year 2 London Burning Indian Spice The Home Front
Year 1 Get Out of my Swamp Poles Apart Flight
EYFS Good to be Me! Celebrations The World Around Us Once Upon a Story

Talk for Writing

The school uses the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach to support the improvement of writing across school.

Talk for Writing is the developmental exploration, through talk, of the thinking and creative processes involved in being a writer. It develops their ability to 'read as writers' and enables them to explore the thinking and creative processes involved in generating and planning ideas and incorporating techniques learned from other writers into their own work.

It further allows children to rehearse the structure and sequence of a piece of writing and guides how the text should sound - its style and voice. It also encourages them to generate and rehearse appropriate language and grammar as they work collaboratively to plan, draft and improve their writing.

A piece of extended writing is carried out at the end of the literacy unit of work. It is a build up of the work covered in the literacy unit and requires children to demonstrate key skills.

At New Hall we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme in EYFS and Key Stage 1 where phonics is taught five times a week for 20 minutes. During year 2 Support for spelling programme is introduced and continues throughout Key Stage 2. This is taught at least three times a week for 20 minutes.

EYFS Framework

Read about the curriculum in our Early Years Foundation Stage in our Parents' Guide:

Physical Education

PE lessons are taught throughout the week in school to all pupils.

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, specialised coaches from Sports Plus Scheme teach these sessions. The coaches provide fun, high quality lessons that motivate the children and encourage them to be active. The lessons cover all of the requirements of the National Curriculum.

In addition to this, we are fortunate to have our own swimming pool, which means that each week pupils have swimming lessons, with a dedicated swimming instructor, Mrs Cotton. Throughout each academic year every class goes swimming.

PE Kits

Please be reminded that children should have their PE kits with them in school at all times, in case of timetable changes. PE is an important part of the curriculum and at New Hall, we want our children to get the most out of it by being prepared.

Please see our Uniform page for details of our PE kit and local stockists.