At the core of the curriculum in the NDNSP is our Core Curriculum. The aims and objectives and the content are laid out class by class on this page but the Core Curriculum is much more than this. It is at the heart of everything the NDNSP stands for.
It is fundamental to the educational principles of the school and permeates every subject area and every social interaction. Given this wide context, it is not surprising that delivery of the Core Curriculum is a multi-layered process.
Topics are planned and presented as part of a scheme of work but on top of this are issues that arise daily. These often need to be dealt with immediately and will bring work in the Core Curriculum are into a class in any subject. A follow-up programme may be necessary and this may take precedence over other planned work.
This is the strength of the Core Curriculum. It is a vibrant and living part of the school and it contains within it the flexibility to respond to situations as they arise whilst providing for a planned and structured approach.
Aims and Objectives of our Core Curriculum:
- To give children an understanding of social, ethical and moral standards in the areas of honesty, respect, justice, integrity, trust and responsibility.
- To promote inclusion through the multi-denominational principles of the school and to engender in children the knowledge and understanding of difference through fostering mutual respect, and an awareness and acceptance of diversity.
- To promote equality on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, ethnicity, religion, age and class by cultivating the principle of inclusion through the knowledge and understanding of the way people live in our world.
- To enhance the children’s self-awareness and self-esteem through the child-centred development of their personal skills, their understanding of themselves, their sexuality and the situations they encounter through their lives. To enhance the children’s understanding and awareness of others and develop their ability to form relationships and manage group situations.