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Our Curriculum operates within the National Curriculum and Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework. 

We know our community well and have developed our curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of our learners and enables them to reach their full potential.

To ensure the children are learning to the best of their ability, each teacher uses Progression in Knowledge, Skills and Concepts documents that we have aligned with our curriculum to help their planning and ensure coverage and progression is achieved. All of these documents are available below within each subject area.

Our class pages contain lots of information about what each year group studies.

Our curriculum ensures learning is effective, exciting and above all, relevant to the needs of our children.


All pupils will secure firm foundations in English and Mathematics and this underpins a growing excellence in other subjects. Our knowledge-engaged curriculum offers a broad range of subjects from Early Years through to Key Stage 2 (KS2) and wherever possible we make opportunities for our curriculum to be child-led. We believe in bringing learning to life, both indoors and out, with an emphasis on engaging and purposeful learning.


At Norfolk Community Primary School, our curriculum is knowledge engaged: skills based and knowledge rich. We believe that our children deserve a broad, balanced curriculum that develops their skills in core areas, as well as across a wider curriculum. We want our children to produce exceptional outcomes whilst developing their independence, curiosity and creativity. We want to produce collaborators, innovators, leaders and, more than anything else, young people who are prepared for the future.

Norfolk Community Primary School aims to provide a curriculum that is engaging, balanced and relevant. While emphasis is placed on children learning core skills of English and Maths, we place great value on developing the ‘whole child’ and provide an engaging programme of study in all curriculum areas.



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, opportunities which pupils may not access outside of school. 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.

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 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 make effective curriculum links to Maths, English and Science within each theme. 

Our long term curriculum plan focuses on the importance of developing memory and fluency, alongside challenge through carefully planned sequencing of lessons and opportunities.


Learning in each of the primary phases

At Norfolk Primary School the curriculum in the Early Years is designed to:

  • Recognise children’s prior learning whether this is within the 2-year provision or during their Nursery experiences
  • Provide first hand learning experiences using as many real life experiences or objects as possible
  • Allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse early years setting. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for the beginning of KS1 confidently. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that the early years should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in children’s lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  

Parent partnership is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families and visitors to join the children for workshops, events and learning throughout the year. We believe the early years should be a joint partnership between the parents and practitioners, sharing information and planning for the pupil’s next steps.


In KS1, children continue their learning journey, taking part in Maths, Reading and Writing lessons every morning. Read, Write Inc. phonic lessons are taught each afternoon. In Year 1 (Yr.1), children continue to have daily phonics lessons whilst in Yr.2, children who have successfully completed the Read Write Inc. programme access daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) lessons, which are linked to their learning in writing, to allow them to apply and deepen their basic skills. In the afternoon, children access the wider curriculum through carefully planned topics: Science, Religious Education (RE), Computing, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Music are delivered as timetabled discrete lessons.


In KS2, children again continue their daily diet of rigorous teaching, taking part in Maths, Reading and Writing lessons every morning. In Yr.5 and Yr.6, focus gradually shifts to the end of Key Stage assessments as children are prepared for these tests and the transition into Yr.7. In the afternoon, children access the wider curriculum through carefully planned topics: Science, Topic, RE, Computing, PSHE and Music are delivered as timetabled discrete lessons.



We acknowledge that our school serves a community that is ethnically, economically and socially diverse, and we aim for our curriculum to reflect this.

Aspirations – all children will understand that there are a range of possibilities and opportunities that they can access in their future lives

Independence – all children will be engaged with their learning and progress, aware of how to achieve their next learning goal with support and resources where necessary

Activity – all children will access opportunities to be physically active during the school day, understanding the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle

We offer a broad curriculum that ensures achievement across the core subjects, as well as in foundation subjects. We understand the importance of setting ambitious endpoints for our children and then organise the appropriate learning episodes and structures that are required for the children to succeed. We design learning opportunities that allow the children to apply their knowledge, ensuring that all teachers understand how each learning episode fits into the overall learning journey throughout primary school, and beyond.

Throughout all learning, we aim to develop skills in the following areas:


Basic skills

  • To speak clearly and convey ideas confidently
  • To read and communicate ideas in writing efficiently and effectively
  • To calculate efficiently and apply skills to solve problems
  • To use new technologies confidently and purposefully


Active learning

  • To seek out and enjoy challenges
  • To collaborate with others
  • To show commitment and perseverance
  • To assess themselves and others


Creative thinking

  • To ask questions and extend thinking
  • To generate ideas and explore possibilities
  • To overcome barriers by trying out alternatives and adapting or developing ideas
  • To connect ideas and experiences in inventive ways


Each half term has an identified focus subject (Geography, History or Science) that drives the learning. Other subjects are used to enhance alongside this. Where appropriate, cross-curricular links are made between subjects and themes. However, we do not force tenuous links, instead opting to teach some curriculum objectives discretely.

The associated skills with each half term’s study are:


Discover (History)

  • Identify questions to answer and problems to solve
  • Plan and research
  • Analyse and evaluate
  • Show empathy
  • Show a commitment to justice
  • Explore issues, events and problems from different perspectives
  • Support conclusions using reasoned arguments and evidence
  • Communicate learning in relevant ways


Explore (Geography)

  • Identify questions to answer and problems to solve
  • Recognise that pupils can impact their environment and community
  • Show a commitment to justice
  • Recognise pupils’ role as global citizens
  • Communicate learning in relevant ways
  • Show empathy


Create (Science)

  • Identify questions to answer and problems to solve
  • Show flexibility
  • Organise time and resources
  • Communicate learning in relevant ways
  • Work towards a goal
  • Adapt ideas as circumstances change
  • Show empathy


Our curriculum has been sequenced to consistently focus on memory, fluency, knowledge and skills.




Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1 (H)

All about Me

All about Me

Memory box


The Stone Age


Anglo Saxons


Autumn 2 (S)

Down in the Woods

Light and Dark

Robots and Materials

Women who changed History

Skeletons and plants

Digestive system



Spring 1 (G)


A long, long time ago

Paws, claws and whiskers

Polar animals




The polar regions

Spring 2 (H)


Animals and growth

Moon zoom

The Sheffield Flood

Ancient Greeks

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Mayan

World War 2

Summer 1 (S)



The Enchanted Woodland

The Scented Garden

Healthy lifestyles



The Circulatory System

Summer 2 (G)



The Seaside

Wriggle and Crawl

Sheffield and Berlin

North America


Europe (Transition)

Curriculum at Norfolk Community Primary School

Norfolk Community Primary School Curriculum Drivers


As a result of the children being taught our curriculum, our children will be:

  • Inspired
  • Excited
  • Ambitious
  • Knowledgeable
  • Articulate
  • Curious
  • Empathetic
  • Reflective




The curriculum is knowledge-rich.


Knowledge is prioritised so that children can gain a deep understanding of the concept.


Units are designed so that ‘powerful knowledge’ is taught.


Staff are well-read and have a depth of knowledge in their subject area.

Making Progress


The sequence of learning is carefully considered so that skills and knowledge is built on year-on-year.


Domain specific skills are taught (and over-practised) discretely – no compromises are made trying to force curriculum links.


End of unit outcomes demonstrate the learning that has taken place.



Children explore the curriculum in fun and exciting ways.


There is awe and wonder in the classroom, but it is the substance of the subject that is awesome and wondrous.


Events are celebrated throughout the year, celebrating diversity and achievement.



Reading is the priority.


In most lessons, children are expected to read about the subject matter.


Class reading texts will often be heavily linked to the topic. Links will be made.


The teacher reads eloquently and demonstrating a passion for reading at all times.

Support for All


Children receive Quality First Teaching where their needs are met through small-step instruction.


Effective modelling of worked examples and non-examples reduces the chance of misconceptions.


Scaffolding and differentiation provides children with the structure to attain highly and build confidence.

Deepening Concepts


Substantive concepts are identified in relevant subjects. The understanding of these is deepened every time they are re-visited.


Teachers make a conscious effort to link prior learning and to build on existing understanding.


Concepts are explicitly discussed and referred to in quizzes.

Retrieval Practice


Children take part in regular mini-quizzes and retrieval activities to strengthen their memory.


Knowledge organisers and concept maps are used to regularly revisit concepts and make connections.


Remembering information and knowledge is celebrated and is part of the Norfolk Community Primary School culture.

Retrieval Practice

We know that is important that children do not learn things as a 'one-off'. Instead we have mapped out our curriculum and sequenced it so that the children revisit key concepts, knowledge and skills. In classes children have access to key vocabulary, knowledge organisers and retrieval quizzes so that their learning moves into their long term memory. For all topics and units of work, teachers have identified the most important information for all children to retain and lessons are designed to ensure all children remember these.

To find out more information about the curriculum and what your child learns, please click the link to the class pages. Each half term parents will have a newsletter emailed to them which includes an overview of what each class will be learning over the half term. ClassDojo and Tapestry is also updated regularly to celebrate the work and achievements of the children. Class teachers are also available to give more information about the curriculum and how you can support your child's learning at home.