• Curriculum


The school’s curriculum offers a broad, balanced, relevant, differentiated education for all pupils providing progression and continuity. Above all, it is an opportunity for all children to succeed.

The process of evaluation and assessment is continuous and is inseparable from the learning and teaching process. It provides the next steps for learning for your child and ensures that they make progress. We believe in assessment for learning.


Our curriculum is delivered within the school’s curriculum entitlement. The overview encompasses all the requirements of the National Curriculum and is taught through a skills-based, creative curriculum approach where appropriate. Within topics, discrete subjects are taught to ensure pupil knowledge and understanding and progression of each subject.

This arrangement ensures steady progression and continuity throughout the Foundation Stage, and Key Stages 1 and 2.

The curriculum builds upon the six areas of learning of the foundation stage:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

Within the structured framework, consideration is given to the physical, mental, social and emotional development of each child with activities and experiences planned in the light of each child’s needs and maturity level. It is from this range of experiences that basic skills are developed.


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.

Phonics and Reading Schemes

At Norman Street School we use a variety of reading schemes and Accelerated reader. We use the Twinkle phonics scheme to teach phonics in Early years and Key stage 1. In Key Stage 2, we use Literacy Shed to teach English and we use Nelson Comprehension and Literacy shed for guided reading.

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.

Curriculum Subjects