Developed by Kathleen Jensen, the Newcastle curriculum is a comprehensive approach to Early Childhood Education. The school's website summarizes that curriculum. Specifics of the 3-4 Preschool and 4-5 Pre-K curriculum is covered in significant detail in the Curriculum section of that site.
The Newcastle curriculum is is a hands-on method of learning which inter-relates concepts as children gain experiences in reading, math, art, science, social studies, writing, music and creative movement. Each program has been carefully designed to teach age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate academic and social skills. The curriculum is thematic. While children are practicing daily academic skills there is a different and interesting theme with related activities and music for every week of the year.
Newcastle teachers are trained to master the basics of the curriculum during a week long training course held during the first week of August each year. In addition, during evening training meetings held the third week of every month of the school year, all teachers are trained specifically to understand and present the following monthâ€™s lesson plans. This monthly training also includes classroom management skills development.