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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.
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.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
We love reading at Norfolk! Teaching a child to read is vital. We use a range of strategies, in addition to phonics, such as a variety of decoding methods, teaching high frequency words through sight recognition, discussion through picture books and book study to develop inference. We understand that reading is the key skill that unlocks all other learning and life opportunities.
Children are taught the very basics of reading at a very early age – you are never too young to enjoy a good story, and even our two year olds have books, toys, teddies. puppets and puzzles that will help them to love stories and language. Our nursery children are also taught to recognise sounds in words and around them through games, songs and rhymes.
In nursery, as children are ready, they start some more formal sessions where they learn to recognise letters and the sounds that they make. Throughout nursery, reception, KS1 and lower KS2 we use a programme called Read Write Inc. to teach children phonics (learning all the different letter combinations and the sounds that they make.) Click here to find out more about Read Write Inc.This ensures that children can become fluent readers. Sessions are lively, fast-paced and fun. In a session children are taught either phonemes/ digraphs/ trigraphs, high frequency and/or tricky words and these are consolidated through reading and writing. There is an emphasis on paired work and lots of opportunities to speak and listen, as well as to read and write the sounds. At the end of Year 1 children have to take the national Phonics Test which tests children’s phonic knowledge. Here, they are required to read real and non-sense words, applying the skills they have learnt. Ideally children will have completed and consolidated the Read Write Inc programme during the first term of Year 2, so that they can focus more on higher-level comprehension using increasingly challenging texts. Any child that does not complete the phonics programme will continue learning phonics throughout Year 3/4 during interventions.
Alongside the phonics teaching we encourage children to love stories, books, authors, poetry and plays. We have lots of ways that parents and children can borrow books and story sacks to share at home. We have a beautiful library which children can visit, as well as lovely books in the classroom for them to read. We have had plenty of writers visiting our school, people such as “The Two Steves,” David Harmer, Paul Cookson and Berlie Doherty have talked to the children about their work, and have inspired children to have a go at writing themselves. We have strong links with our local library and we take children to the library as well as promoting their events, in particular the annual Summer Reading campaign.
Each half term, classes have a focus novel that they study through drama, role-play, text analysis and writing in role. This is often linked to the topic that the class are learning about. Alongside this, the class will have daily story sessions, as well as opportunities to explore related fiction, non-fiction and poetry that further supports the whole class text. We have a dedicated library space within school and teachers also use the Sheffield School Library Service to ensure that their classroom libraries are reflecting their class's interests.
Children are encouraged to read at home through our “Five a Week” campaign. We want children to read at home at least five times a week to help them become good readers who enjoy a wide range of books.
Maths Makes Sense is a learning programme used at Norfolk Community Primary School. It is a clear curriculum that helps children to become confident mathematicians and progress quickly in maths.
Maths Makes Sense identifies the key concepts that children need to learn to achieve success in Maths. These are known as the ’10 Big Ideas’ – addition, subtraction, equals, multiplication, division, denomination, ratio, infinity, the symbols speak to you and the language tells you the answer. Children are taught these concepts and use them consistently so that their understanding grows over time and they are able to apply Maths successfully to real life examples.
There are five different strands, including Arithmetic, Geometry, Data and Measure and Reasoning. Each of the strands emphasises consistent use of language and actions builds on each lesson is built upon throughout the block.
The MMS approach to teaching mathematics engages learners through the systematic use of concrete objects- the cups, the big actions and special vocabulary. These make the abstract, symbolic language of mathematics accessible and enjoyable. They are enthusiastic about maths and enjoy making sense of concepts and ideas. Our children are now talking about, and responding to maths in a much more engaged manner. They are able to use the concrete objects to support their abstract development of mathematical understanding.
‘Everything that is taught earlier paves the way for everything that comes later… and everything that comes later is made accessible to all children by what has been taught already.’
As this was a new programme in school, we have completed introductory parents sessions for parents to become familiar with Maths Makes Sense (MMS) by using the cups and the language. There was also an additional hour long session for parents and carers to sign up to for further support. These sessions introduced how each calculation is taught using objects and then focusing on the written methods. Children came into the sessions to teach the parents. Feedback from these sessions has been positive and parents now have a clearer understanding of MMS and how children are taught. Examples of parent feedback:
“I learnt how maths is made easier to understand with maths makes sense”.
“It is visual learning and makes sense.”
“… maths isn’t easy but can be fun and easy to learn.”
Further sessions will take place soon.
The MMS principle objectives and strategies are in line and support the new National Curriculum. The challenges of the new National Curriculum are ‘made sense of’ through consistent teaching of the MMS strands. Lessons provide clear learning for all pupils whatever stage of their mathematical development with the help of progress ladders (which can be found on the website), these map each aspect of Maths Makes Sense across the primary age-range. MMS supports the new National Curriculum’s concept of ‘Mastery’ and the teaching cycle upholds the approach with a focus on fluency and reasoning skills.
In addition to Maths Makes Sense we also provide a range of opportunities for children to apply their knowledge and understanding of maths, these can include investigations, challenges and problem solving activities within the classroom setting. Our teachers and TAs make effective use of different concrete and pictorial representations of maths to support the children’s understanding of abstract ideas. A key resource that is used throughout school is Numicon – this particularly used during maths interventions.
Here are the long term plans for Year 1 – Year 6