What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
At Norfolk Community Primary School, we teach the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We make sure that children have lots of opportunities to “bring the curriculum to life” with special events and educational visitors. As a city, Sheffield has a wonderful range of experiences to offer – in music, drama, theatre, museums and galleries. We use our pupil premium money to make sure that every child is able to take full advantage of these opportunities. We want children to leave primary school inspired and interested to carry on learning throughout their lives.
Pupils are taught under the guidance of a class teacher in mixed year group classes in Key Stage 1 and Key Staage 2. Children in the Early Years are taught within the Foundation Stage Unit. At times, children may work in smaller groups being taught by other members of staff.
We pride ourselves on the standard of drama in school. We also use lots of drama, discussion and role play in our teaching – not just in English, but across the whole curriculum.
Here at Norfolk Community Primary School, we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. Classes follow creative half-termly themes which link areas of the curriculum, providing meaningful and more relevant learning opportunities for pupils. Children’s interests are taken into account during the topic planning stage. Teachers are encouraged to be creative and make effective curriculum links to Maths, English and Science within each theme.
This school adopts a fully inclusive policy. The needs of individuals and their capabilities will be considered and catered for within the school as far as possible, in order to ensure optimum achievement and progression. The curriculum will provide a wide range of educational experiences which will be common to all pupils, but which will vary according to needs and development.
Here are the long term plans for Year 1 – Year 6
We are currently in the process of reviewing the content of our curriculum to ensure there is a much greater emphasis on the ‘powerful knowledge’ that children need in order to not only truly understand concepts, but also to enable them to apply the knowledge, offer informed explanations, make links and spot patterns. Crucially, it will also provide them with the essential foundations for the next part of their educational journey and beyond.
Whilst we continue to use the National Curriculum as our framework, we will not limit our curriculum content to the knowledge, skills and concepts covered within it. Rather, to ensure every pupil understands there is no limit to their potential, we are raising our expectations by increasing the depth and breadth of children’s understanding.
We are looking at each subject and identifying the essential knowledge that we feel is the children’s entitlement – and then deciding how best to teach it. We aim to expose the children to content, which is deeper and more sophisticated than we have taught before.
To help meet this challenge, we are producing ‘Knowledge Organisers’ which are ‘go-to’ documents outlining the essential knowledge that teachers will be covering across a unit of work; including dates, key vocabulary, definitions and other contextual or technical information. These ‘Knowledge Organisers’ will be shared with pupils, parents and carers – with the aim that everyone knows exactly what is being taught, and what the children need to learn.
As we update our curriculum, you will be able to find relevant knowledge organisers for each half term on the Class Pages.