Curriculum: Who learns what, where, when and how

At North we have developed a 'connected' wider curriculum because:

We believe it is important to introduce children to experiences that they otherwise are unlikely to have. We believe in the value of real life learning experiences in developing children’s understanding.


We have clearly identified the knowledge that our children should be taught in each subject. Using the national curriculum as our basis, we have mapped out the sequence of it’s content.

Our curriculum is vocabulary rich as a majority of our children learn English as an additional language - key topic vocabulary is identified and explicitly taught through the topic and across subjects. We have also developed an explicit approach to teaching academic language.

We identify what we want the children to know and record this on a knowledge organiser as an aide memoire for pupils and for their parents to be able to contribute to their learning.


We believe in mastery of skills across the curriculum:


  • Mastery - comprehensive knowledge or skill in a particular subject or activity.

  • Skills are learnt in context - the relevant subject skills are explicitly identified in each lesson on the success criteria.


Within the wider curriculum we have developed clear visions for how we teach our curriculum. We also apply a clear and consistent structure to our lessons. 


We utilise different strategies of retrieval practice to ensure that this new knowledge is embedded and learnt.

Learners develop subject thinking - ie musical thinking is central to deep and sustainable learning of music.


Taught knowledge is understood deeply and not just ‘received’ passively but worked on by the learner. It is thought about reasoned and discussed.


For some subjects we block them termly which is carefully sequenced to promote connections in learning, whereas other are taught weekly. A termly topic approach to learning is used, where this makes sense, because:

  • It helps the children see the links between the subjects and to build schema as they connect learning.

  • It’s more fun to teach and learn using a theme

Please scroll down the page to find the overviews of our connected out of this world curriculum and subject visions

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Click above to access a site to support parents with children learning phonics


Click above to access a site to support parents with reading that aligns with our English curriculum programme - The Power of Reading

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Subject visions

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