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Curriculum Overview 

Our Curriculum

We believe that all children have the entitlement to a broad, balanced, creative and coherent curriculum which should prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century. They should be equipped with the skills, attitudes and dispositions they need to become well rounded individuals and life-long learners whilst instilling the love of learning.

In order for children to learn to think for themselves the curriculum should be enquiry based. It is important that children are responsible for their own learning enabling them to plan and show initiative; persevere and have a commitment to self-improvement.

The curriculum aims to:

  • Promote and sustain a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.
  • Create a sense of wonder in its pupils.
  • Promote inclusion, diversity and community cohesion.
  • Keep up with technology.
  • Encourage children to work independently and cooperatively.
  • Ensure that children are taught to become enterprising.
  • Develop emotional intelligence and raise aspirations.
  • Help to make children socially responsible.
  • Contribute very well to pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural     development.
  • Ensure that all pupils realise their potential.
  • Ensure that children achieve high standards across a variety of subjects.
  • Ensure that all children are taught the essential knowledge in the subject discipline
  • Please use the link below to find out about the changes to the New Curriculum  


We use a play based interactive approach to deliver the Early Years curriculum which focuses on seven key areas of learning. Our pupils use the indoor classroom and outdoor areas choosing from a range of activities throughout sessions. Reading, writing and maths are taught using a structured approach with whole class and small group adult lead activities.


At New Road we use the letters and sounds scheme to deliver our phonics

KS1 and KS2

Morning lessons focus on the teaching of basic skills, reading, writing and maths.

Reading is taught using a structured phonics programme as well as in small group and individual reading sessions with adults. All pupils use their reading skills across the curriculum to develop their understanding and to promote their enjoyment of reading. We use reading books from a variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Rising stars and Rigby Stars 

Writing is taught in daily literacy lessons, with further opportunities in other curriculum areas being provided for pupils to write for 'real ' purposes eg/ letters, newspaper articles, posters. We use a cursive writing script with pupils from EYFS  throughout school.

Maths is taught using in daily maths lessons. We teach two 35 minutes maths lesson each day and same day interventions led by our teaching staff to try and ensure all our children are making fantastic progress throughout the year. 

At New Road  School we follow the National Curriculum 2014 for all our Foundation subjects. Individual curriculum overviews for each class can be viewed in our class pages section of the website. 

For Literacy and Numeracy we again follow the National Curriculum and the overview for each year group can be viewed using the following link.


We follow the Calderdale Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This can be viewed using the following link.


Numeracy Programmes of Study

Foundation Subjects Curriculum Map

ICT Programmes of Study