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Newchurch Primary School

“Learning today for life tomorrow”

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Executive Headteacher: Miss K Howarth Head of School: Mrs Louise Parkin Co-Chairs of Governors: Mr D Botell and Mr I Watterson
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Our curriculum
  • Curriculum Vision

  • Subjects

    • Reading

      At Newchurch Primary School, we are passionate about teaching the right children the right stuff at the right time in order to achieve the highest possible standards of language and literacy. We strive to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Children are encouraged to exercise perseverance as they learn to read fluently and with good understanding, developing the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. All children are given equal opportunities to acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language. Texts are chosen across the school to celebrate our rich and varied literary heritage. All children are taught to believe that proficiency in writing is ‘mission possible’. Resilience is essential as children learn to write clearly, accurately and coherently - adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Children use discussion as a powerful learning tool and are taught to become proficient in clearly explaining their understanding and ideas.

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    • Writing

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    • Phonics / Spelling

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    • Maths

      Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Newchurch Primary School to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding. At Newchurch we foster positive can do attitudes and we promote the fact that maths mastery is a ‘mission possible!’ We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We follow a stage by stage approach using concrete and pictorial resources to aid our understanding before progressing to the more abstract approaches to solve rich and sophisticated problems. Mistakes and misconceptions are valued as an integral part of learning and resilience is viewed as an essential learning tool. At our school, the majority of children will be taught the content from their year group only. We aim for all pupils to: • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language. • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.

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      Addition and Subtraction Algebra Fractions Geometry 1 Geometry 2 Measures Multiplication Division Place Value Problem Solving Ratio and Proportion Statistics
    • Science


      At Newchurch Primary School, it is our aim to develop and foster a positive attitude towards science by building on our children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. We are passionate about teaching the right children, the right stuff at the right time, so alongside the teaching of our key ideas, the children are taught to raise questions and find answers through a discovery-based approach. This involves prediction, practical exploration, experimentation and analysis. Our Mission Possible curriculum is also designed to develop the children’s perseverance and resilience by challenging them to develop their own means of enquiry. Through the teaching of science, we aim to: • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. • Foster concern about, and active care for, our environment. • Support our children to acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas. • Develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world. • Broaden our children’s understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science. We intend to provide our children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest, and therefore may be motivated to study science further.

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      Science Curriculum Science Overview Science Vocabulary
    • Computing


      In line with the National Curriculum for Computing, our aim is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and make an impact on the world. The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. By the time they leave Newchurch Primary School, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding computational thinking), information technology (using computer systems to process, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.

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      Computing Curriculum
    • History

      It is our intent for our History curriculum to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. As our pupils progress, they will become equipped to ask perceptive questions; think critically; weigh evidence; sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. We want pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. As with other curriculum subjects, our teaching in History will focus the ‘right things at the right pupils at the right time’. We want our pupils to develop resilience in their learning and this will be encouraged through our Mission Possible approach to learning (i.e. challenging ourselves and moving outside of our ‘comfort zone’).

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      History Curriculum History Overview History Vocabulary
    • Geography

      It is our intent for our Geography curriculum to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscape and environments. As with other curriculum subjects, our teaching in Geography will focus the ‘right things at the right pupils at the right time’. We want our pupils to gain confidence and practical experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. Through this experiential approach, we want our pupils to develop resilience and a desire to approach any challenge with a Mission Possible attitude (i.e. challenging ourselves and moving outside of our ‘comfort zone’).

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      Geography Curriculum Geography Overview Geography Vocabulary
    • Languages

      Although we live on an Island, we recognize that to thrive in our fast-changing and diverse world not only do we need to feel confident in our sense of self, but we need to be open to engaging positively with other identities and cultures. Learning a foreign language plays a vital role in this aim and through our teaching of Spanish, we strive to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We passionately believe that learning a foreign language should be a dynamic and engaging experience with meaningful links to learning in other curriculum areas. Use of a wide range of songs, games and stories is integral to our teaching and means that the Spanish curriculum is accessible for all children. Each pupil is encouraged to develop a resilient learning attitude and to be the very best that they can be. We strive to make sure that being able to express their thoughts and opinions in another language, as well as understanding and responding to its speakers, both in speech and in writing, is an exciting and rewarding experience for our children. We are also committed to providing a range of opportunities for children to celebrate their developing knowledge and skills with the wider school community. We know that our dedication to providing a quality learning experience at this stage will pave the foundations for our children to successfully learn further languages, and for some of them it may even prove a catalyst to life-enriching opportunities such as eventually studying and working abroad.

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      Spanish Curriculum Spanish Overview Spanish Vocabulary
    • Art and Design


      At Newchurch we believe art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, ensuring that we teach the right children, at the right time, the right way, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Enabling them to demonstrate resilience by improving and persevering on specific skills to improve in areas identified personally to them. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation, showing children that art can be a worthwhile career choice. We encourage children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. We approach art with the same ‘mission possible,’ attitude, enabling them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. The children are taught how to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. This leads to them having a better understanding of great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

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      Art Curriculum Art Overview
    • Design and Technology

      Design and technology at Newchurch is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. We aim to ensure that all pupils and develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.

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      DT Curriculum DT Overview DT Vocabulary
    • Music


      At Newchurch Primary School, our high quality music education will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Pupils will develop resilience as they are challenged appropriately (we are sure to teach the ‘right stuff, to the right children at the right time and in the right way’ using ongoing assessment in lessons) with our Mission Possible Curriculum. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

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      Curriculum 1 Curriculum 2 Curriculum 3 Music Overview Music Vocabulary
    • Physical Education


      At Newchurch Primary School we want Physical Education to have a positive impact on every child physically, socially and contribute to their well-being. It is our aim at Newchurch Primary School to provide the opportunity for our children to experience a range of sporting activities for their fun, enjoyment and competition. Through carefully planned PE and sports activities we aim to ensure that all children are happy and enjoy PE, thus raising participation levels both in and out of school and therefore in turn, promoting healthy lifestyles. We strive to provide high quality PE and sports teaching in both curriculum and after school clubs. We aim to ensure that within their own level of ability all children can achieve and experience success, thereby enabling them to reach their full potential. We value the benefits of PE and sport to build children’s self-confidence, esteem and resilience, which are character building and essential for our pupil’s development. We aim to provide opportunities for all children to experience competition at various levels both individually and as part of a team.

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      PE Curriculum PE Overview PE Vocabulary Progression
    • Religious Education

      At Nettlestone and Newchurch Primary School pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Britain, as well as non-religious views. They explore concepts within and between faiths so that they can understand, respect and show mutual respect and tolerance of different religions, faiths, values and traditions. Through this pupils will understand that there are ways of life that are different to their own. From learning about different concepts and faiths pupils can make reasoned and informed judgements on religious and moral issues. High quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching will develop the pupils sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a global society.

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      RE Curriculum RE Overview RE Vocabulary
    • Personal Social Health Education


      As a pupil at Newchurch Primary School I love being taught PSHE because I understand the importance of preparing me for life in modern Britain. I think I need knowledge that will help me to make good decisions about my own wellbeing, health and relationships. I can also put this knowledge into practice as I develop the ability to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and difficult situations. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These lessons can support me to develop resilience and have a mission possible attitude to learning.

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      PHSE Curriculum PHSE Overview
    • Early Years Foundation Stage

      At Newchurch Primary School we strongly believe that the early years of education are the ‘building blocks’ for success therefore it is important for us to recognise the uniqueness of each child and support them to reach their potential. We are passionate about teaching the right stuff to the right children at the right time and this is at the very heart of our early years pedagogy. We do this through the observation, assessment, planning cycle. We believe that the Characteristics of Effective Learning underpin everything that we do within our EYFS environment: • Playing and exploring • Active learning • Creating and thinking critically We recognise these to be key in establishing strong roots to enable our children to become independent, inquisitive and resilient learners that seek to challenge themselves. We passionately believe in child led learning, through play and exploration and therefore recognise that the role of our environment and the role of the adult in it is crucial. We use open-ended resources and open-ended questioning to allow the children to show us what they can do and identify possible areas in which to challenge and extend a child’s current learning and development. We embed opportunities for children to develop and practice their early reading, writing and maths skills within the environment, offering them purpose and reason to use these newly acquired skills.

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      EYFS Curriculum
    • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

      At Newchurch Primary School we believe that every child is unique. We believe that every child has the right to receive an education which enables them to fulfil their potential. We value the abilities and achievements of all our children. We are committed to providing the best possible learning environment through high quality inclusive teaching which is differentiated and personalised to meet the needs of every child. We aim to remove barriers to learning and increase the participation of learners with SEND needs within the classroom. Our aim is to provide all children with the best possible outcomes in preparation for life‐long learning. We recognise the capacity for personal growth, development and change when individuals are given the encouragement and support they need. We believe it is important that children acquire skills, knowledge and confidence that can be applied to all future learning experiences, including social, physical and spiritual development. We endeavour to raise aspirations and expectations for all pupils, including those pupils with SEND by working in partnership with parents/carers and listening to pupils. We recognise that some children will have additional needs at some time during their school life and will require something additional to or different from what is provided for the majority of children. There are a wide range of difficulties which may lead to special educational needs. Needs arising from such may be both short and long term. Provision for children with SEN is a matter for the whole school. All staff have important day-to-day responsibilities when meeting the needs of children with SEN. As children grow and develop at Newchurch they will become more independent, resilient and confident in their learning.

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      SEND Overview
  • British Values

  • Classes

    • Great Britain - Reception


      This week Team GB read We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen. We then had a go at retelling the story using actions and musical instruments. We have drawn some really fantastic story maps to help us retell the story to our friends and we have enjoyed making our own bear masks. On Friday we even went on our very own bear hunt in St Martins wood. We loved stomping round the woods reciting the story and we were delighted when we found real bears ... teddy bears so we joined them for a picnic snack.

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    • Iceland - Year 1


      Year 1 have had a very busy week and have solved lots of different addition and subtraction problems. They showed real resilience when trying to find lots of solutions and great team work when working with their friends. They have written some super recounts of our trip to Briddlesford and started to invent their own Little Red Hen stories. We’ve had everything from ‘The Fluffy White Sheep’ to ‘The Red Angry Dragon’. We have also started to use the laptops, learning to log on, open a word document, type our names and save our work. Well done Iceland class!

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      Year 1 Curriculum Map
    • Denmark - Year 2


      Year 2 have been focusing on addition and subtraction this week in maths. I’m doing so, the children have used a range of resources and methods to add tens and ones to 2-digit numbers. They have made a fantastic start on their stories in English lessons too. Miss Evans and Miss Read have been very impressed by their drive to continue their core learning in COOL time.

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      Year 2 Curriculum Map
    • Netherlands - Year 3


      Year 3 have had a great week and are rising to the challenge of being in Key stage 2. It has been lovely to speak to parents via video link to discuss how their children are getting on. They have worked hard on writing their own Stone age stories and they tried hard to include direct speech by using inverted commas in their writing. In Maths they are becoming more confident using the two operations of addition and subtraction. Finally, they are very excited to hear and learn about The Stone Age from a real historian from Carisbrooke Castle who is visiting our bubble on Friday afternoon.

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      Year 3 Curriculum Map
    • Sweden - Year 4


      This week in Sweden Class we have been practising our mental addition and subtraction skills, some of the children found it very tricky to count up and down crossing the hundreds and tens barriers. In English we have been working on the correct punctuation needed for speech, such as inverted commas and capital letters to start speech. We have also completed some work on Black History Month, looking at some of the people who created great change in the world. We also have had our trip to the zoo which is linked to our living things and their habitats topic.

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      Year 4 Curriculum Map
    • Switzerland - Year 5


      Switzerland class have been celebrating Mr Tuck’s amazing achievement in the Isle of Wight marathon this week, by completing a 2.6 mile walk. We walked down to the River Yar and made predictions where the river started and ends. We also looked at the houses surrounding the river and discussed reasons for living there. In maths, we have been calculating tricky perimeters and recapping on 2d shapes. In English, we have been writing our own bedtime stories from story mountain, trying to show all the writing skills we have learnt this term.

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      Year 5 Curriculum Map
    • Brazil - Year 6


      This week, year 6 have had their first SATs practice and I have been really impressed with the mature way they have conducted themselves throughout. Everyone has worked extremely hard and focused really well during the tests. In history, we have been learning about the contribution the Windrush Generation made to British culture. We found out how the riots (caused by racial tension) led to the formation of the one of the biggest carnivals in the world - Notting Hill Carnival. During science, we went for a long nature work to complement our learning on classification and also managed to log 3 miles for our mini London Marathon!

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      Year 6 Curriculum Map
    • Extra Curricular

      We are proud to offer an extremely full and varied programme of clubs which provides opportunities for the pupils to attend in order to develop their interests, but also the chance to try new or different activities. This extended curriculum includes sport, drama, music and some unusual clubs, such as Petanque or Country Dancing, and also provides frequent opportunities for our Island Primary schools to engage in Area and Island events. Music and performance has a central role to play in the life of the School with each Key Stage participating in a Production every year, enabling our pupils to learn a wide range of instruments, participate in choirs, dance and musical productions. We also have committed to participation in the J-Rock Challenge each year which encourage the children to dance on stage at the Guildhall in Portsmouth or Southampton for example. Support is also provided for families who find it difficult to enable their children to participate, ensuring that no child is disadvantaged.

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