Curriculum Statement




At Netherton School every child matters and the curriculum will be the means of providing all with good opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, economic well being, improving their health and staying safe. It will help pupils to make a positive contribution to the school and the community.  Through the curriculum children will be provided with varied opportunities to enjoy their education and have fun working and learning together.



  • To provide all pupils with equal access to a rich, broad, balance and differentiated curriculum matched well to their ages, abilities, interests, aptitudes and special needs
  • To increase pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding as they grow and develop and increase their connections with the world around them
  • The curriculum will be carefully planned and structured to ensure that learning is continuous and that pupils make good progress with the development of their learning
  • To engage the children’s interest and to encourage and motivate them to want to learn
  • To be exciting and to offer pupils lots of first-hand experience to reinforce their learning and to underpin their growing knowledge, skills and understanding of the world
  • To open their eyes to awe and wonder and cause them to marvel at the incredible and fantastic world in which they live


Broad Guidelines

  • The National Curriculum is taught to all pupils.  Programmes of study for the subjects of the National Curriculum are used selectively as the basis for the long-term and medium term planning.  These are supplemented by judicious use the NNS and NLS materials
  • EY work towards the Early Learning Goals, which are part of the Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum (2020).  They are assessed in each area of learning and are either secure or not secure at the end of  the reception  year.
  • Short-term planning sets out clear learning objectives and success criteria. Differentiated activities are clearly marked and it shows how resources are to be deployed efficiently and effectively to personalise learning for each of the children.
  • Members of staff are given responsibility for leading, managing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the curriculum.  Teachers are given good opportunities to use their subject expertise to enhance the curriculum
  • The Wakefield Agreed Syllabus is used as the basis for the planning and teaching of RE
  • Cross-curricular links are made between subjects where appropriate and the cross curricular themes, including RSE, are planned for within the curriculum
  • Opportunities are taken to enliven the curriculum through visitors, parents, artists, crafts people, actors, musicians, the use of the school grounds, educational visits out of school, the locality and the wider environment
  • An extensive range of high quality resources including ICT is used to underpin the curriculum
  • Homework is set where appropriate to link the curriculum with learning at home



Children’s work and achievement within the curriculum is celebrated and displayed to enable it to make a significant impact on the visual appearance of the school and to contribute positively to the ethos.  The exciting curriculum that we provide helps children to understand who they are and where they live.  It helps them learn about their community, the country and the world in which they live.  It deepens their cultural awareness and increases their understanding of history, time and place and develops a respect for and an understanding of different cultures and beliefs.  They learn about issues facing the world and the importance of caring for their environment. 


This policy should be read in conjunction with the policies for Inclusion, Assessment Recording, Reporting, Teaching and Learning, Homework, SEN, Monitoring, Disability and Discrimination.



September 2020