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:
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:
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.
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.