Northside's Curriculum Statement
Northside Primary School is a small, diverse school where the highly-skilled, established, cohesive staff are committed to creating the positive family-feel of a village school in North Finchley. The children benefit from a larger than average building which is very well-resourced.
Northside’s children come from wide-ranging cultural, national and educational starting points. The school has a very diverse mixture of socio-economic lifestyles which reflect the children’s learning needs.
Even though the Northside children are very individual coming from many different cultures and backgrounds, speaking over 40 different languages, the culture of joint ownership from all stakeholders creates a happy community. Differences are celebrated and used to build a strong school culture, behaviour is excellent, Northside children are Happy to Learn and Inspired to Flourish.
The Northside Curriculum reflects the multi-cultural aspect of the school whilst opening the children’s eyes to British culture by exposing them to memorable, fun experiences. All subjects are given equal value and develop the children’s knowledge of local, national, global and current events/issues. The curriculum allows children to take risks in a safe environment and builds on key academic and life skills in a progressive way. Through the curriculum the children develop confidence, excellent learning behaviours which will lead to academic success and as well build independent learning skills which will prepare them for future lives.
We implement our creative, topic-based, cross-curricular curriculum through a balance of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities. Topics will include a Brilliant Beginning, a Marvellous Middle and an Excellent Ending to instil excitement and engagement. Activities are planned so that teachers facilitate explorative learning. Children are organised in mixed-ability groups and are given the independence to select their own level of challenge in all subjects. Learning partners are key in developing collaborative learning. The Northside Values (Respect, Pride, Inclusion, Challenge, Creativity, Resilience) PSHE and SMSC permeate across all subjects. High-quality books are the centre of all learning (using the Power of Reading) and IT is used to enhance the learning experience. Subject weeks are a key feature of the Northside curriculum, leading to secure knowledge of all subjects. Links with all stakeholders (parents, the local community, other schools etc.) are used to deepen knowledge and improve skills. We use preteaching and reinforcing for some children to secure learning.
Northside children will achieve academic success becoming confident independent learners ready for their next stage of education. This will be assessed through day to day monitoring and end of key stage summative assessments. Children will leave Northside as respectful, inclusive, creative members of their community who are proud of their achievements and resilient to challenge.