Curriculum Years 1 to 6

Key Stage One and Two (Years One to Six)

The school follows the National Curriculum for children in Key Stage One (Years One and Two) and Key Stage Two (Years Three to Year Six) in providing coverage of the following subjects.  Full details are found in the National Curriculum and in school policies which may be borrowed on request from the School Office.

Copies of the curriculum for each year group are included in the Year Group sections on our website.

  • English

The English curriculum covers speaking and listening, reading, writing, handwriting and spelling.  It enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively.  Reading and writing skills are developed to ensure that children are confident in a variety of situations.

The school follows the National Literacy Strategy in implementing the English curriculum.

The school uses Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as its SSP (Systematic Synthetic Phonics) programme.

Suggested booklists are on the individual page for each year group.

  • Mathematics

The mathematics curriculum develops skills in number, shape, space and measures, and handling data.  It develops logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.

The school follows the National Numeracy Strategy in implementing the mathematics curriculum.

  • Science

The science curriculum covers scientific enquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes.  We provide opportunities to plan, hypothesise and predict results; design and carry out investigations; interpret results and evaluate scientific thinking; and to communicate findings in a variety of ways.

Sex and relationship education forms part of the science curriculum.  This includes information about different parts of the body and how they change as children grow up.  It also forms part of the PSHE curriculum – see note below.

  • Computing and Digital Literacy

Computing and digital literacy prepares children to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology.  Children use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information.  They learn how to access ideas using ICT tools.  Computing and digital literacy capabilities are developed so that children can apply ICT to best effect.

Computing and digital literacy coverage extends to all other curriculum areas which use ICT tools to support learning and development in the subject.

New End has a specialist Coding Teacher who works with classes from Reception to Year 6 every week.

  • Art and Design

The art and design curriculum encourages children to explore and develop ideas; investigate and make art, craft and design; evaluate and develop their work; and enhance their knowledge and understanding about different colour, media, materials and art and design across cultures.

  • Design and Technology

The design and technology curriculum prepares children to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies.  Children are provided with opportunities to develop, plan and communicate ideas; work with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products; evaluate processes and products; and to develop knowledge and understanding of materials and components.

  • Geography

The geography curriculum aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in geographical enquiry; an understanding of places; an understanding of patterns and processes; and an understanding of environmental change and sustainable development through study of the local, national and world environment.  It helps children to understand the physical world and the human effects on this world.

  • History

The history curriculum develops knowledge, skills and understanding in chronology; events, people and changes in the past; historical interpretation; historical enquiry; and in organising and communicating these ideas, opinions and facts.

  • Modern Foreign Languages

Children in Key Stage Two classes (Years Three to Six) have the opportunity to study a foreign European language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations.   At New End the language offered is French.  New End has a specialist French teacher who works across Key Stage Two classes every week.

  • Music

The music curriculum ensures that children are provided with opportunities to perform, compose and appraise music in a variety of styles from around the world.  Children are taught how to control sounds through singing and playing: to create and develop musical ideas; and to respond to and review music.

The school has both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two Choirs. These choirs regularly perform at school and external events.

The school also has a number of peripatetic music teachers who provide one to one or small group tuition in a musical instrument.  Instruments taught at New End include the piano, violin, recorder, guitar, flute, clarinet, trumpet, cello and voice.  Parents who wish their child to learn an instrument in school are asked to complete a Local Authority application form.  These are available from and returnable to the school office.  Camden Music Service makes decisions about places and offers them as and when they arise.

The school has its own orchestra.

  • Physical Education

The physical education curriculum encourages children to acquire and develop skills; select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas; evaluate and improve performance and understand the importance of health and fitness.  At Key Stage One, children are taught through dance, games and gymnastics.  At Key Stage Two, children are taught through dance, games, gymnastics, swimming, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities.

New End Primary School holds its own sports day each year.  We also take part very successfully in borough organised sporting events such as athletics, swimming, cricket, netball and football competitions.

  • Religious Education and Collective Worship

The religious education curriculum aims to increase children’s knowledge and understanding of a variety of world religions.  We hope to lay the foundation for understanding different religious beliefs and to link them with stories and traditions of the major religions and the moral teaching common to world religions.

Each week there is a focus for religious education across the school.  This includes focusing on issues, morals and values such as co-operation, respect, responsibility, friendship and honesty.  Children will also experience many different cultural festivals at New End including Christmas, Easter, Harvest, Eid, Diwali, Chinese New Year and Carnival.

Parents and carers do have the right to withdraw their children from religious education lessons.  Parents and carers who wish to withdraw their children, are asked to meet the Headteacher to arrange this.

  • Personal, Social and Health Education

Click HERE for PSHE Curriculum Statement which includes a progression summary from Early Years to Year 6.

The personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum focuses on taking shared responsibility, developing self esteem, making choices, developing relationships and considering social and moral dilemmas.

Citizenship is a key area of our PSHE curriculum and focuses on developing knowledge, skills and understanding to become informed, active and responsible citizens.  This includes recognising choices, contributing to the life of the class and school through such things as circle time and school council, understanding the need for rules, recognising the role of democracy and recognising that there are different kinds of responsibilities, rights and duties at home, at school and in the community.

Sex and relationship education forms part of the PSHE curriculum.  During Key Stage Two we provide an opportunity to discuss changing feelings, how to protect themselves with appropriate care, lifestyles and safety guidelines and how to form relationships.  Parents and carers are informed prior to any sex and relationship education lessons which deal with these issues.  Parents and carers do have the right to withdraw their children from this aspect of sex and relationship education.  If parents and carers wish to withdraw their children, they are asked to meet with the Headteacher to arrange this.

Drug education is also part of the PSHE Curriculum.  The drug education policy is written by the governing body and reviewed each year.  It includes health and safety relating to medicines, what makes a healthy lifestyle, how to handle peer pressure and the effects of drug use and misuse.