Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview


The education and curriculum offered at Nishkam Primary School is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum.


We work to these guidelines whilst enriching the curriculum and extending the child’s experience to achieve wholesome learning and foster children’s ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.’ Children’s education in the academic subjects is enriched with opportunities to collaborate with universities, businesses and community organisations. Parents and families have vital roles to play by supporting and guiding children. Learning from our heritage, history, religion, language and culture, as well as enrichment activities such as sport, music and performing arts are important to be incorporated within the child’s daily life.


We believe that spiritual nature inspires a sense of awe and wonder of creation; it widens horizons and raises aspirations; promoting well-being, confidence and trust; helping one to make wise choices and find fulfilment. It encourages an attitude of loving responsibility towards ourselves and others. Spiritual nature involves giving and receiving love, practising compassion, humility and selflessness.


Please find our Curriculum overview below


  NPSB - EYFS Curriculum Map - 18-19 (338.4 KiB)

  NPSB - Year 1 Curriculum Map - 18-19 (331.2 KiB)

  NPSB - Year 2 Curriculum Map - 18-19 (360.3 KiB)

  NPSB - Year 3 Curriculum Map - 18-19 (307.1 KiB)

  NPSB - Year 4 Curriculum Map - 18-19 (312.4 KiB)

  NPSB - Year 5 Curriculum Map - 18-19 (350.7 KiB)

  NPSB - Year 6 Curriculum Map - 18-19 (362.6 KiB)

  NST Faith and Religious Education Policy (1.3 MiB)



Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The experiences, environment and relationships during the early years play a crucial role in a child’s overall development. EYFS guides the learning of children aged 2 to 5 years often called the Foundation Stage. It encourages imaginative play and games to prepare the child for the learning that will occur from Year 1 onwards. Our curriculum in the Reception class will complement and build upon the EYFS guidelines, in recognising that all children are unique and learn in different ways. We will nurture children in positive, caring relationships within an enabling, learning environment.


National Curriculum – Key Stage 1 and 2

The National Curriculum is an educational framework describing learning in blocks of years, known as Key Stages: Year 1 and Year 2 of primary school are known as Key Stage 1; Years 3 to 6 of primary school are known as Key Stage 2. The National Curriculum sets out:

•The subjects taught

•The knowledge, skills and understanding required in each subject

•Guidance for measuring progress, planning and learning.

Assessment for Reception

•Throughout the year, Reception children will be assessed using the Early Learning Goals

•The class teacher and associate teacher assess the children through observation, questioning or informal testing during class activities.

•The outcomes will be recorded and used to help plan the next stage in children’s learning.

Assessment for Key Stage 1 and 2

•In Years 2 and 6, children will be formally assessed in reading, writing, grammar and mathematics.

•Assessments will give a judgement against the age-related expectation for your child.

•Your child’s level of attainment and progress is communicated through your child’s annual report and may be discussed with the class teacher at parents’ evening each term.

Gifted and Talented Pupils

All children need to receive education that is appropriate to their needs and abilities. Hence, gifted children will be provided with enrichment and acceleration experiences to extend and support classwork. Gifted and talented children are encouraged to show independence and creativity in thinking to reach their full potential. Promoting excellence and pre-eminence can help to raise the aspirations of all children.


Special Educational Needs (SEN)

We recognise that each child is entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant education where:

•the curriculum is differentiated according to the needs of the child.

•a child has a specific difficulty which will be identified by the class teacher who will work closely with the child and parents, keeping the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) informed. The SENCO provides advice and support to children, parents and staff throughout the school. Our SENCO at Nishkam Primary is Mrs Bhogal.

•children’s progress will be regularly reviewed and outside agencies may be called upon to support their learning.


Sports Provision

Nishkam Primary School offers a broad PE curriculum covering skills within dance, gymnastics, games and athletics. The children have two dedicated 1 hour PE lessons or a whole afternoon each week. For a full term the children from Year 1 onwards attend swimming lessons delivered by qualified instructors. Through this offer children develop their confidence in swimming along with their passion for physical activity.

Our extensive Enrichment Programme provides children with experience of a wide range of sports and leisure activity. Throughout the year, children will take part in activities such as high ropes, indoor climbing, archery, horse riding and tag rugby. This allows children to experience different physical activities, encouraging them to develop healthy lifestyles. Reception pupils develop their balancing skills through a balance ability course in the Spring term.

Though an annual sports day event, children train and compete against others in skilled events held on a local running track. Activities include dribbling, javelin, relay and shot putt. From an early age children understand the dedication and hard work required to compete in sporting events.

Our Gifted and Talented programme allows children to be recognised for their achievements in sport outside of school and provides children with the opportunity to develop their skills further through access to competitions and specialists in that area.

Through a range of opportunities, the children at Nishkam Primary School are encouraged to develop a lifelong passion for health and fitness.


National Curriculum

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