National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2

We aim to provide a relevant and interesting curriculum, which develops the whole child.  We have high expectations of children academically while understanding that their social, emotional, physical and spiritual development are just as important if they are to live happy and fulfilling lives.

The framework for the children’s learning is provided by the National Curriculum, which sets out the core subjects of Maths, English and Science along with ICT, PE, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Religious Education and French.  We have schemes of work for English (this includes spelling and grammar) and Maths. Should parents wish to see these documents then please ask and we will gladly share them.

We also teach Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education (CPSHE) attaching great importance to the development of social skills.  The curriculum encourages children to develop self-discipline and responsibility and to work collaboratively with others.

Great emphasis is placed on learning the basic skills of English and Maths. As well as teaching these lessons separately, we are always looking for ways of making them more interesting to the children by linking them to other subjects as we believe that a skills based curriculum where areas of learning are linked motivates children to learn more effectively.  To support this, children work with the latest technology.  Jesmond Gardens is fortunate to have a huge range of technology. Children have their own ipads in Key Stage 1 and 2, and access to laptops. The children are taught to use these skilfully whilst having regard for the rules of Internet safety – all important skills for life!

Staff keep up to date with the latest research in how children learn and plan their lessons accordingly.  They try to tailor teaching and learning strategies to the needs and interests of the children and this includes out of school learning opportunities as well as visitors into school such as visiting speakers, musicians and drama groups and trips to heritage sites, museums, art galleries, places of worship and live web chats.