The following subjects are taught at Nightingale and are in line with the National Curriculum. For more information regarding the curriculum, please contact the Curriculum Coordinator through the school office.
In nursery and reception classes the children follow the curriculum based on the foundation stage. The children are expected to acquire skills and knowledge to enable them to develop into self motivated learners. In delivering our curriculum, we aim to develop the whole child emotionally, socially and academically.
Careful records are kept of your child’s progress and you are kept fully informed through termly targets, parents evenings and annual reporting. All pupils develop the practice of home-school reading through taking home books on a regular basis to share and read with parents/carers in the early stages.
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
Design & Technology
Music & Dance
Religious Education (RE)
Physical Education (PE)
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education)
At Nightingale we believe that outstanding literacy teaching begins with engagement. Our writing curriculum is based around using inspirational children's literature as a basis for learning about how we can communicate in the written form. We use 'Talk for Writing' strategies to develop speaking and listening, particularly in the Early Years and Key Stage One.
In Nursery, Reception and Key Stage One we are following the curriculum and methodologies of the highly successful Read Write Inc programme of study in order to ensure that all children have an excellent knowledge of synthetic phonics and are able to read and write with confidence by the end of year 2. In Key Stage 2 we are using the Destination Reader programme which has been developed in Hackney Schools and is based around giving children access to a broad and exciting range of texts as they develop the key skills of comprehension and inference. For writing we are using the Pathways literacy curriculum that uses high quality children's books as a stimulus for writing linked wherever possible to wider curriculum topics. Children are encouraged to take ideas and themes from the books and make them their own, building up their writing stamina as they do so.
Oracy is further developed through termly recitals where children in all year groups are given the opportunity to learn and perform poetry in front of their classmates and parents in assembly.
At Nightingale we follow the Maths Mastery curriculum to ensure that our children are confident and happy mathematicians. Children are first taught to use concrete apparatus (beads, blocks etc) before moving on to using picture representations then numbers to represent more abstract concepts. In this way children develop both deep understanding and confidence in using an applying mathematical knowledge. Maths lessons last for one hour each day and are supplemented three times per week with a quick-fire 'Maths Meeting' which embeds basic skills and recall of number facts.
At Nightingale we use the high tech Developing Experts platform for our science teaching. With a focus on developing science knowledge as well as the skills of investigation this platform allows us to teach science in an engaging and practical way. With plenty of video content embedded in lessons, children get to hear from 'real scientists' who inspire our youngsters to discover the joys of a science-based career. Our outdoor science lab allows children to undertake practical lessons wherever possible in a space that allows for plenty of experimentation.
Our specialist teacher of Communication and 21st century learning ensures that ICT is taught to a high standard across the school. We use Google's G-suite for education to allow children to collaborate both at school and at home. At school our children have access to chrome books and ipads and particularly enjoy using our green screen for movie making. We also emphasise the teaching of how to be safe online, a programme which links our teaching of wellbeing and our computing curriculum.
The broad, balanced and creative curriculum at Nightingale Primary in the Foundation Subjects showcases just how exciting we make learning. The link to our curriculum maps below outlines the way in which we not only cover the expectations of the National Curriculum but link them to enriching activities such as trips, visits and musical performances.
At Nightingale we take every opportunity to encourage our children to be active. We have specialist sports coaching available to all year groups 1-6 on the playground every lunchtime. As well as this we have specialist coaching in PE sessions for Upper Phase. Our teaching of Physical Education is enhanced by the specialist facilities that we have available, including a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area), running track and 7m roped climbing wall.
Our after school clubs and teams include a wide range of physical activities; football, ballet, street dance, gymnastics, running and climbing are all regular clubs. We also offer Forest School sessions, camping residentials and trips to Epping Forest to encourage children to explore the outdoors.
Music is seen as a core part of the curriculum at Nightingale. All children have access to Singing Assembly each week where we sing together as a whole school. Specialist teaching of music takes place during lesson time once a week and is embedded within the creative curriculum using links to Geography and History through our programme of 'micro musicals' performed each term. We also encourage children to take up musical instrument tuition by offering this at a subsidised rate. Currently tuition is available on guitar, violin and trumpet .
The school follows the Hackney Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Thiscovers Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism and Judaism as well as dealing with issues across the major world religions. Children learn about these religions but also learn from religion in ways that link strongly with the teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons.