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Our Curriculum

The curriculum at Norman Street Primary School is based on our school vision of Inspire, Learn, Celebrate and embeds our shared values of honesty, trust, understanding, respect, perseverance and motivation in order that all pupils make good progress, socially, emotionally and academically.  In our school the curriculum encompasses all the planned and unplanned experiences pupils engage in throughout their time at our school. 


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), Australian Dream time visitor and animal handlers. Many of our external visits include the local area, Tullie House, Talkin tarn, Whinlatter Forest Park. Others are further afield, Beatrix Potter World Windermere, Tatton Park Tudor Day, 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 at The Sheep Mount in Carlisle.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 weekly to participate in skills workshops with our Year 6 children, in addition to other workshops including multi-skills, Tri-golf, and kwik cricket. 



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, travelling by train, underground tube and walking around the capital's main attractions. 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