Northern House Academy Curriculum

At Northern House Academy we run a thematic curriculum based around the Cornerstones topics. These run on a two-year cycle (Year A & B). The range of topics available give us the power and freedom to shape our curriculum to best suit the needs of our pupils. With imaginative titles such as Bright Lights, Big City and Frozen Kingdom, the termly projects reflect objectives contained within the new National Curriculum.

We support these topics with more discrete lessons that focus on pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills. These are adopted from the Pearson Publishing Word Smith and Abacus programmes of study. We have a well-stocked library and make excellent use of the Bug Club (Pearson) and Big Cat (Collins) reading schemes. Our developing readers make excellent use of the Letters and Sounds phonics programme.

 Overview of our Primary Curriculum 

  • Pupils will be taught a broad and balanced curriculum in line with National Curriculum expectations;
  • All pupils will sit Key Stage national tests where relevant;
  • Emphasis will be given to Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Computing whilst recognising that pupils benefit from accessing a range of subjects; 
  • All pupils will be offered a range of arts activities, with Music, Art, Design and Drama featuring strongly in the curriculum;
  • Pupil premium funding will be spent on raising pupils’ attainment in Literacy and Numeracy;
  • All pupils will enjoy daily physical exercise;
  • All Key Stage Two pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in residential off-site activities
  • Pupils’ academic progress will be tracked using BSquared and CASPA