Welcome to Northowram Primary School
Northowram Primary School is a family working together to develop and celebrate children’s skills, knowledge, interests and talents so that every child achieves success.
The Curriculum at Northowram Primary School
If you have a look at our school vision, you will see that at Northowram we continually work on curriculum development in order to ensure that it meets the needs of all learners and is of the highest quality. In order to achieve this, we have two distinctive features of provision which operate effectively. These are ‘Subject Specialisms’ and ‘The Text Based Unit’
In order to teach the skills and knowledge of the National Curriculum in the best way possible we now operate a system in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 where the children are taught the foundation subjects by a subject specialist. Predominantly in an afternoon the children go to different classes to be taught by the professional who is strongest at teaching that subject. This has many benefits. We know that the quality of delivery is high, we know that the children are being taught all to which they are entitled and, most importantly, that they are learning and achieving really well across the curriculum. We have a pastoral team who are there to ensure that any pupils who are vulnerable have their needs met and are comfortable with the approach.
Jessica (Year 6) says,
‘We like it because you get to see different teachers who have different ways of making learning interesting and more focussed’.
Martha (Year 6) says,
‘You get to know different teachers more and you get a special bond with them’.
The Text Based Unit
All of our English work is based around class texts and books. Depending on the needs of the children and the objectives that need to be covered, teachers select high quality books around which they base reading and writing experiences. This enables children to become immersed in the book and allows deeper learning and better outcomes. When the children finish one unit they are really eager to find out what their next book is. Have a look at our results. We know it makes a difference and the children love it.
Jacob (Year 6)
‘It is good because we get to explore books deeply, like all the moods and the different stages. We use the books to find ways into different styles of writing’.
Thomas (Year 6)
‘We get to do things like writing in loads of different ways and we don’t just do things again and again. It changes, depending on the genre’.
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Our school meals are freshly cooked on the premises. Children can choose from various meal options throughout the week.
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Our school Virtual Learning Environment, often referred to as the VLE or Active Learn, is a safe and secure online space in which our pupils can learn. Over time, they will be able to access the VLE to learn, complete homework, in class tasks, contribute to forums and to interact with their school. While the website provides a basic source of information, the VLE is a busier and secure online place for the school community, with lots going on. > Go to Active Learn. > Go to Purple Mash