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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

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 area, 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.

 

Background

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 (Yr1), children continue to have daily phonics lessons whilst in Yr2, 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 Yr5 and Yr6, focus gradually shifts to the end of Key Stage assessments as children are prepared for these tests and the transition into Yr7. 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.

Intent

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.

Knowledge Organisers

 

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.

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