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Our Curriculum

 At Norman Street Primary School the children in Key Stage 1 and 2 follow the new National Curriculum which was introduced in September 2014. In the Foundation Stage the children follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. We follow a broad and balanced curriculum which enables the children to reach their full potential. We follow a theme based approach to learning.

The core subjects of English, Maths and Science are given a high priority. In addition to this, the children are taught to develop their skills, understanding and creativity in Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and Religious Education.French is taught as our Modern Foreign Language from Year 3 upwards and children from Year 3 upwards have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.

This gives our pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to become responsible citizens whilst promoting British Values.

Early Years Foundation Stage

There are seven areas of learning.

The prime areas are:Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.

The specific areas of learning are : Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

This curriculum is taught through topics, child initiated activities and structured activities. There is daily access to learning in the outdoors.



This is given weekly to extend school learning and to promote self study. This provides the parents with the opportunity to work with their children and share in their learning.


We believe that at Norman Street Primary School education is a partnership between children, staff and parents and support from home is vital for children to achieve their full potential. There are three parents evenings each year and reports are sent home each term.

Please feel free to discuss your childs progress with staff at a mutually convenient time.

Educational Visits and Visitors

Educational visits and visitors are an integral part of our curriculum. They provide meaningful, rich and real life experiences for our children. Based in and beyond the local area, they further enhance and consolidate the learning which takes place in school. Some our our regular visitors to school include health professionals, music workshops, historical re-enactment experiences (Stone Age, Vikings and Romans) Many of our external visits include the local area, Tullie House, Talkin tarn, Whinlatter Forest Park. Others are further afield, Beatrix Potter World Windermere,  The Life Centre in Newcastle, Beamish Open Air Museum and Liverpool Museums and Titanic exhibition.


Sport and P.E.

At Norman Street we believe that sport and physical education are fundamental to the early development of children's skills. Through participation in sport and P.E, children learn the key values of:

  • Honesty
  • Team work
  • Fair play
  • Respect for themselves and others
  • Adherence to rules

They also provide opportunities for children to cope and understand winning and losing and in this way sport and P.E impact on children's social and moral development, whilst learning new skills.

It is our aim that all children take part in whole school events such as sports day, which takes place annually.In addition, we have a number of highly successful teams, who take part in competitive events in the school calendar; inter-school competitions and festivals, gymnastic competitions and locally organised events.


Whilst receiving high quality P.E lessons weekly, our children also have a wide number of opportunities to participate in after school club sports activities, which may involve community facilities such as Melbourne Park, The Neil Centre at Carlisle United and other local schools. Gymnastics club, Dance club, Netball club and key stage one football clubs take place in school.


We have excellent relationships with our local secondary schools and use the facilities at Central Academy  to participate in skills workshops with our  children.



It is  a fundamental principle at Norman Street that all of our Key Stage two children have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a wide range of residential opportunities. These enable children to see the wider world, provide new experiences, develop social and emotional relationships and equip them with the skills to go out into the world responsibly. The length of stay, distance from school and experiences completed are appropriate to the age of the children. For example: 

  • In Year 3 children experience an overnight stay at Ratlingate Scout Camp and participate in team games, activities to support team building and group work.
  • In Year 4 children experience 2 nights staying in Newcastle, exploring the coastal areas natural resources, local museums and a boat ride.
  • In Year 5 children participate in an outward bounds centre residential in Glaramara, Borrowdale for 3 nights. They experience hill-walking, ghyll scrambling, coracle building, archery, climbing and ab-sailing, facilitated by the experienced staff at the centre.
  • In Year 6 children have the opportunity to spend 3 nights in London.. Activities include visits to The Tower of London, The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Golden Hinde (Sir Francis Drake's ship), The London Eye and a River Cruise, in addition to seeing a top West End show. 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)

At Norman Street we promote SMSC development by providing positive experiences through planned and considered opportunities in the curriculum and through interactions with teachers, visitors and the local community. 

These include:

  • visits to museums
  • meeting with authors and other visitors to the community and school
  • trips and visits
  • sports day
  • assembly themes and values with daily collective worship
  • school productions
  • links with the local churches, St. John's and St. Cuthbert's
  • Pupil peer mentoring
  • Broad and rich curriculum topics which celebrate diversity and British Values
  • Themed curriculum days, Australia Day, Indian Dance and food day, Italian restaurant


Our curriculum ensures that all children explore, investigate and experience a wide range of opportunities, including teaching in R.E and citizenship, Health and Relationship Education, and a wide range of extra-curricular and out of school activities. These ensure that children understand their place in our multicultural modern society through each of the key strands.


  • Explore values and beliefs including religious beliefs and the way they impact on people's lives
  • To understand feelings and emotions, in particular the way they impact on others and how understanding them can be helpful in our society.
  • Understanding of key events and festivals in the annual calendar including, Harvest, Diwali, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Eid, Easter and Ramadan.


  • Our behaviour policy is based on our key values and vision including equality, respect, understanding and knowing how to do the right thing. A system of rewards and consequences underpin this and support the children in making appropriate and informed choices.
  • Opportunities in our curriculum enable children to explore moral concepts and values for example, work in the Tudor topic children explored whether Henry VIII was a good leader and why.
  • Developing the skills, personal qualities and knowledge of others necessary for living and working together.


  • Supporting children to work effectively together, understand different needs and to make a contribution to the school and wider community.
  • Awareness of charities, their work, how to help others in our locality and further afield. Raising money for Children in Need, Dementia UK, MacMillan and collecting for Carlisle Food Bank.


  • Encouraging a response to a variety of cultural activities
  • Learning about other countries, their features, customs, beliefs and societies.
  • Encourage children to explore their beliefs and opinions through understanding and knowledge of a wide range of beliefs
Within Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use Letters and Sounds, supplemented by Jolly Phonics to teach phonics

English objectives

Maths objectives

Maths objectives 2

Science objectives

Religious Education

We follow the agreed Cumbria syllabus for Religious Education

Modern Foreign Languages

History objectives

Geography objectives

DT objectives

Art objectives

Music objectives

P.E. objectives

Personal health, social education

This is an integral part of our curriculum that is supported by SEAL activities.