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Objectives of the School Curriculum

At Spring Gardens Primary School we aim to provide a curriculum that encompasses the school’s principle ethos of Caring, Learning and Achieving.
Our curriculum will...

  • Broaden children’s horizons
  • Provide children with essential skills for lifelong learning
  • Nurture high aspirations
  • Develop rounded individuals who are valued and valuable members of our modern society.
  • Ensure that children have healthy minds and bodies.
Each child’s different rate of intellectual development and learning will determine the extent of the knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes acquired.

Rather than studying each subject separately, we employ a creative, topic-based approach to the curriculum.
This means that we make links between the subjects and ensure that learning is meaningful and set in a real life context.

Topics change regularly and are planned to provide progression and challenge for each year group
We are committed to using innovative and creative approaches to teaching and learning. We strive to develop new and exciting techniques and strategies that engage children and provide opportunities for them to develop their thinking and problem solving skills.

Foundation Stage

The pupils in the Nursery and Reception classes follow the Foundation Stage curriculum. This covers six areas of learning, which prepares them for the Key Stage One curriculum. 



Key Stage 1 and 2

There are nine subjects that must be taught. These are identified as ‘Core subjects’ or ‘Foundation subjects’. The ‘Core subjects’ are English, Mathematics, Science and ICT.

The ‘Foundation subjects’ are History, Geography, Art and Design, Physical Education, Music, RE, PSHE & C and Design Technology.

All children have daily literacy and numeracy sessions and we consider it to be one of our highest priorities that children leave school with secure basic skills which will serve them well in the future.

The documents below lay out our curriculum for each year group.

Learning To Read

The following document outlines how we approach teaching children to read.

Maths Calculation Policy

The documents below outline how children are taught to carry out maths calculations in school.

Religious Education and Assemblies

The school is not affiliated to any particular religious denomination. We follow the Agreed Syllabus of North Tyneside Local Education Authority. Each day there is a non-denominational act of corporate worship, where emphasis on religious worship, moral and social development is stressed. Exemption from any periods of religious worship or instructions can be obtained by contacting the Head teacher. Celebration assemblies are held every Friday in school. During these certificates of achievement are handed out, and we celebrate birthdays and achievements both in and out of school.

Sex Education

Aspects of Sex Education may be covered incidentally within the context of the general curriculum. In addition, Sex Education relating to body changes will be taught to children in Years 5 and 6. The School Nurse will talk to boys and girls separately, and parents will be forwarded a consent form prior to each talk. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all parts of Sex Education offered, except for those elements taught as part of National Curriculum Science.

Enrichment Weeks

One of the excellent features of Spring Gardens is the variety of opportunities that children are given during our termly enrichment weeks.

A whole school theme determines the focus of each week and enables our normal curriculum to be adapted and the structure of lessons changed to fit planned activities and events. Since the introduction we’ve had literacy and numeracy weeks, creativity weeks and an environmental week. We usually open the school to parents in the form of workshops, visits and other events. These have proved to be incredibly popular with parents and children alike and we aim to develop these weeks further in the future.