Curriculum

This 120 year old Victorian school sits at the heart of its community.  It is filled with vibrant and inspiring learning experiences that are developed from an arts based curriculum.

Chillingham Road is passionate about learning that motivates children.  There is a belief that happy children learn best when they are enthusiastic and having fun.

This approach has enabled the school to consistently achieve academically at a standard that is well above expectations and national averages.

The emphasis on working in partnership with our families and children has produced a shared understanding and a united drive to ensure every child achieves their potential

To help bring our curriculum alive we provide memorable learning experiences with a range of trips and visits as well as bringing visiting artists, authors and professionals to our school.  Children visit a range of local attractions as well as art galleries, museums, theatres.  They have the opportunities to take part in exciting curriculum innovations such as coastal trips to sketch out in the environment or take part in a bike ride as part of a D&T inspired project.  Every year, Year 6 go on a residential trip to take part in outdoor pursuits and develop team building

The school has a proud tradition of music and each class has the opportunity to take part in exciting musical experiences.  Currently the school is working in partnership with the Sage Gateshead to link music with our creative learning topics. In Year 4 every child learns the pocket trumpets and the steel pans.  The steel pans are very much the sound of our school.  For those children who wish to pursue their musical talent further they can join the Y5 and the Y6 steel pan band who play to a very high standard and are often in demand to play at local events. As part of our partnership with the Sage Gateshead we have a thriving samba band for children and families. We are very much a drumming school. Children, should they wish, can have tuition on a range of wind, string and brass instruments provided by Newcastle Music Service and NEMCO.

We believe our curriculum is as rich and diverse as our community and we know how important after school clubs are to our families.  Children gain a lot of enjoyment and at the same time build their self confidence and develop their social skills.  Currently our extra curricular activities include football, multi sports, samba, props club, netball, singing and PowerPoint club.  We regularly consult with our children and families about the sorts of activities they would like try and update our programme.  Check our newsletter for further details.


Every opportunity is taken to share our learning with you and give our children opportunities to perform. We hold regular class assemblies, sharings, open afternoons and mornings and exhibitons.
Every year we hold our renowned Family Music Night where families can enjoy the very high quality skills our children develop.


Every summer Year 6 take the lead in our whole school production which we stage in a local theatre in Heaton. All our children have an opportunity to tread the boards with professional technical support with lighting and sound.


Our school is part of a learning trust with other primary schools in Heaton and Heaton Manor. Our Trust is called the Ouseburn Trust and we have both Newcastle  and Northumbria Universities, Newcastle Primary Care Trust, The Port of Tyne Authority and Sage Gateshead as our partner organisations and we are planning more collaborative learning opportunities for our children. Please follow the link for further information www.ouseburnlearning trust

Sport plays a big part in our curriculum, and the school is very lucky to have a purpose built sports hall. Currently Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 go swimming every week to Benfield School’s pool.  As part of our work with the Ouseburn Trust we have jointly employed a PE specialist suing the sports premium funding. This has enabled us to offer our children quality learning opportunities within school but also the opportunity to take part in cometitions across our Trust.We take part in the schools Swimming gala and other sporting and dance competitions.The Trust has also enabled the school to access specialist modern foreign languages support by employing a French specialst to support the teaching in Year 5 & Year 6.

The introduction of the New National Curriculum from September 2014 means that 2014 to 2015 is a tranistion year. Year 2 and Year 6 will take their statutory assessments in 2015 on the National Curriculum 2000. While the rest of the school will be assessed from 2016 onthe new National Curriculum. The new curriculum has different expectations of each year group. This year the school is trialing new ways of working and new topics to deliver the new learning objectives. Teachers and childrne are working hard to ensure that the unique curriculum is not lost but rather it is suplemented by new opportunities and challenges. The school has had training with Chris Quigley Education Limited to develop its curriculum and content posted on this part of the curiculum is subject to change.The new curriculum is underpinned by the schools key drivers Aspiration and Resiliance, Creativity and the Arts, Diversity and Community. Please see the links below to the new National Curriculum to give you an idea of the content and the curriculum overviews we have developed to link the learning. We have developed the use of story books linked to the curriculum themes to help deliver the learning objectives.

Early Years follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014. The framework specifies the requirement or the learning and development in the Early Years in the following key areas:- Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. These produce an overall Good Learning Development (GLD)score for each child. The school is exploring with the Trust the introduction of new baseline assessments and moderating these assessments in Early Years.

As the curriculum has changed so has how  we assess what the children achieve. The current Year 2 and Year 6 will be assessed under Curriculum 2000 by using levels and other year groups will also be assessed for this year only using a mixture of curriculum levels and end of year expectations. We will be developing new systems of assessment without levels during this school year and these will be posted on the website.