At New York Primary School we provide children with a broad and rich curriculum which gives children an insight into times past. We look at both local and national history and have recently achieved Heritage School status from Historic England for our local study into the history of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.
Our curriculum offers an insight into key points in history across the world through a topic approach which aims to support learning by means of artefacts, visits, archaeological evidence, visitors, children making their own deductions and investigations. Children are taught research skills, how to examine evidence and to understand that there is more than one point of view. They will also look at a range of evidence sources and investigate which are reliable sources of evidence.
Within the summer term, we offer a whole school topic, investigating WW2 and comparing it with life in present day. Across other terms, each year group studies different events which have formed life as we know. This is done through cross-curricular topics which embed learning across all areas. Within KS1, history lessons take place fortnightly, alternating with geography. Within KS2, history and geography lessons are blocked and taught in alternating terms.
Outside of taught lessons, New York Primary School also offer a range of after school clubs and on Friday afternoons we have PLZ (personalised learning zone) where children choose a club where they would like to further develop skills in a specific area. Within both club types, children can choose from a range of learning activities to extend learning across the curriculum, should it be physical skills, computing skills or a particular interest into areas such as history.
At New York Primary School we value the diverse needs of all learners and strive to promote equality of all. We follow a growth mind-set approach and celebrate our mistakes. We ensure we provide children with an inclusive curriculum which promotes and celebrates all skills, should they be gained in or outside of school and across all areas of the curriculum.