The Curriculum

About The Northern House School (Solihull) Curriculum
The revised national curriculum has been implemented from September 2014. As an academy, we are not obliged to follow this slavishly, but we recognise that it does offer a broad and balanced education, so much of our work is based on it.

We benchmark every pupil’s academic abilities on arrival at the school and help them reach aspirational targets. In this way, they can make up any lost ground and feel the joy of mastery learning.

Making good academic progress is therapy in itself, but we believe that the curriculum experienced by our pupils must be much more than a diet of English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Art, Music, PE, RE, PSHE and Modern Languages.

Our curriculum offers pupils opportunities to grow and mature through:
  • a wide range of after school clubs, including rock climbing, ice skating, kayaking, cooking, drama, football and tennis
  • rehearsing and performing plays and concerts for friends and family
  • off-site learning experiences in the locality and further afield in places such as Stratford, Ironbridge, Warwick, London and forest schools
  • residential camps in Wales where pupils learn to live away from home and enjoy the challenge of outdoor pursuits such as kayaking and camping
  • overseas tours for secondary pupils
  • organising fundraising activities for worthy causes, including the sponsoring of a child in Africa
  • making decisions that affect the schools through membership of the Student Council

Most important of all is the ‘hidden curriculum’.

This is the atmosphere in school created by men, women, boys and girls working together to improve the life chances of the pupils. We respect one another. We realise that not everyone is the same, so make allowances for differences between us. Pupils and staff members alike get up in the morning and look forward to coming to school. We take pride in being part of Northern House School. This pride is visible in the way we dress and apparent in the way we talk to one another. Our school cares and nurtures, and that is what sets us apart.

Primary Curriculum

  • Pupils will be taught a broad and balanced curriculum in line with NC expectations

  • All children who are able, will access Key Stage national tests

  • Particular emphasis will be given to Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Computing

  • Pupil premium funding will be spent on raising pupils’ attainment in Literacy and Numeracy

  • All pupils will enjoy daily physical exercise

  • All pupils will access a range of arts activities, with Music, Dance, Art, Design and Drama featuring strongly in the curriculum

  • All key stage two pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in residential off-site activities

  • The moral and spiritual development of pupils will be encouraged through a short collective daily act of worship (grace at lunchtimes); participation in fund-raising events such as Children in Need, Sports Relief and sponsorship of a child in the developing world

  • Pupils’ academic progress will be tracked using BSquared and CASPA
      
  • Our KS1 Phonics and Reading Scheme: Pupils make excellent use of the Bug Club reading scheme and the Letters and Sounds phonics programme

  
Click to view our 'Curriculum Map for KS1 & KS2 (2017/18)
(updated October 2017)

Secondary Curriculum

  • Pupils will be taught a broad and balanced curriculum in line with NC expectations for their key stage

  • All pupils who are able, will access Key Stage national tests

  • Each pupil’s individual education plan (IEP) will set out the pupil’s own and the school’s expectations with regards to the acquisition of external qualifications

  • The IEP will make clear the pupil’s pathway through GCSEs, other academic or vocational accreditations and college and work experience opportunities

  • Particular emphasis will be given to Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Computing

  • Pupil premium funding will be spent on raising pupils’ attainment in Literacy and Numeracy

  • All pupils will enjoy daily physical exercise

  • All pupils will access a range of arts activities, with Music, Dance, Art, Design and Drama featuring strongly in the curriculum

  • All secondary pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in residential off-site activities, including overseas travel, when possible

  • The moral and spiritual development of pupils will be encouraged through a rigorous PSHCE programme and participation in fund-raising events such as Children in Need, Sports Relief and sponsorship of a child in the developing world

  • Pupils’ academic progress will be tracked using BSquared and CASPA

  
Click here to find out more information about the GCSE's we
offer to our Secondary students