At Northcott School, we strive to provide a safe, caring and inspiring educational environment where children are encouraged, supported and challenged to be the best they can be. We want pupils to enjoy learning, and to want to come to school.
Our curriculum is designed and regularly reviewed by staff to be broad, balanced and relevant to the changing face of education in the modern world as well as pupils’ special needs. It encompasses the principles of the Northcott Code and ‘Every Child Matters’:
- to learn and achieve
- to stay safe
- to be healthy
- to help others
- to show respect
- to be the best we can.
We aim to offer all pupils carefully planned learning experiences which meet their individual needs and give them the opportunities to develop not only cognitive skills but also creative, physical, communication and social skills, and to become responsible and active citizens. We believe that it is important for our pupils to have visits and visitors to extend their learning beyond the classroom.
Communication and social interaction are central to the curriculum at Northcott School, and these skills are taught discretely as well as across the curriculum and throughout the school day. An inability to communicate or interact with other children or adults is the biggest barrier to learning that the majority of our pupils face, and is therefore a priority when planning teaching and learning outcomes for pupils.
Our curriculum is also underpinned by the development of a sense of moral purpose, and an understanding that we are all different and that tolerance and respect should be shown within our community. We recognise and promote the five British values of
- The rule of the law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
at an appropriate level for our pupils.
We aim to develop successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens by:
- delivering National Curriculum subjects at an appropriate personalised level
- placing a strong emphasis on the development of basic skills
- ensuring that the social, emotional, creative and physical aspects of learning are equally valued
- involving pupils in planning and reviewing their learning
- providing opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- recognising, respecting and celebrating cultural diversity whilst promoting community cohesion
- providing opportunities for pupils to explore enterprise, work related learning and make a positive contribution to the community
- celebrating effort and achievement.
We endeavour to enable pupils to:
- develop inquisitive minds and a love of learning
- be motivated, confident and aspirational
- be reflective and resilient, able to persevere, make choices and develop their own learning
- be well-mannered and know right from wrong
- be able to develop positive relationships with others
- be respectful, tolerant and value the views, culture and beliefs of others
- be accepted and productive members of the community
- develop independence and be well-prepared for adult life in modern Britain.
If you would like to find out more about the curriculum Northcott School offer please contact Mrs Yvonne Green and the Admin Team. Further information is included in the downloads below.