Curriculum and Subject information
What is the DNA of our curriculum?
Our curriculum 'allows students to contribute to our rich heritage of sporting, artistic and academic excellence – a heritage that is at the heart of the school’s DNA.'
At Northampton School for Boys, we deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum that is rigorously academic and aspirational for all, regardless of background or need; we value the ambition of the English Baccalaureate and believe that all students should have access to the ‘best that has been thought and said’. We are exceptionally proud of how our curriculum also offers breadth and balance through the extensive extra-curricular and super-curricular programme, allowing students to contribute to our rich heritage of sporting, artistic and academic excellence – a heritage that is at the heart of the school’s DNA. Whilst we respect and honour our long-held traditions, we also ensure that students flourish and thrive in the modern world – equipping them with the skills, attitudes, and values to navigate a successful future beyond the doors of NSB. We are committed to building a ‘curriculum culture’ - embracing the idea that curriculum design is necessarily challenging and is never a finished artefact. By engaging in ongoing curriculum conversations, we ensure our students are emboldened and inspired by powerful knowledge of their subjects and the wider world.
Our Core Principles
- to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is ambitious for every student
- to embolden students with ‘powerful knowledge’ – knowledge that takes students beyond their own experiences and enables social mobility for all students
- to prioritise a knowledge-rich and word-rich curriculum that allows students to know more, remember more and be able to do more, over time
- to develop a carefully sequenced curriculum that allows students to make both explicit and implicit connections between topics/concepts
- to create a curriculum that allow students to build increasingly complex mental models of ideas and concepts
- to sequence the curriculum to revisit prior learning and progress towards clearly defined end points
- to avoid the ‘curse of content coverage’ and prioritise depth of understanding across the curriculum
- to design a curriculum that inspires students’ curiosity