The Curriculum

We provide a carefully planned curriculum in a well-structured environment offering a high quality education that is broad, rich and exciting for all children.

By supporting and challenging every child we aim to help each of them to develop their individual skills and abilities to their full potential.

The children are taught using a careful balance of individual, group and whole class activities. Those activities are devised to enable each child to progress at their own pace and within their own capabilities.

Copies of the school’s curriculum documents may be viewed in school.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year.

It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning.

The E.Y.F.S. has four themes. They are:

  1. A Unique Child;
  2. Positive Relationships;
  3. Enabling Environments;
  4. Learning and Development.

Your child will be learning new skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first. These are:

  1. Communication and Language;
  2. Physical Development;
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific area and these are:

  1. Literacy;
  2. Mathematics;
  3. Understanding the world;
  4. Expressive arts and design.

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum subjects are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Geography
  • History
  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • PE
  • RE

We pride ourselves on delivering the curriculum in a way that is both cross-curricular and exciting.

 

ENGLISH

English is divided into 3 areas covering:

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading – consisting of word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading)
  • Writing – consisting of transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)

Daily lessons encourage children to listen attentively and speak clearly and confidently. They develop reading, vocabulary and writing skills in a literacy enriched classroom environment, through role play, drama, outdoor experiences and cross curricular opportunities.

 

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics is divided into learning 7 areas:

  • Number – consisting of number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry – consisting of properties of shape, position and direction
  • Statistics
  • Problem solving
  • Mathematical reasoning

Daily lessons promote the development and use of mental calculation strategies and interactive oral work. Children are given opportunities to explain their reasoning and use the correct mathematical language. Maths is taught through real life situations and meaningful contexts. Enquiring minds are engaged through play and use of outdoor learning environment.

 

SCIENCE

Science is taught through these key areas:

  • Working Scientifically
  • Plants
  • Animal including humans
  • Everyday materials and use
  • Seasonal changes
  • Living things and their habitats

Throughout the school children are given opportunities to extend their scientific knowledge and understanding through practical, first hand

experiences. They are encouraged to develop their skills of observation, reasoning, questioning, discussion and recording.

We enhance this curriculum area through learning opportunities in our extensive outdoor grounds.

 

COMPUTING

Computing is taught through:

  • Algorithms
  • Creating and debugging simple programs
  • Logical reasoning
  • Using technology to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • Common uses of technology beyond school
  • Internet safety

We have networked computers within each classroom which have filtered internet access.

There are Interactive White boards in every classroom area. Children have regular access to cross-curricular software and the internet. Our year 2 children, as part of transition arrangements with the junior school, utilise their ICT suite. We also have an e-safety policy, guideline for the use of computers for children and staff and a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

 

GEOGRAPHY

Geography is taught through:

  • Locational knowledge – consisting of seven continents/five oceans and identify four countries and capital cities of the UK and surrounding seas
  • Place knowledge – consisting of geographical similarities and differences
  • Human and physical geography – consisting of seasonal/daily weather patterns of UK and geographical vocabulary
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – consisting of use of globes, atlases, compass directions, use of aerial photographs and use of field work/observational skills of the surrounding environment

 

HISTORY

History is taught through:

  • Changes within living memory
  • Events beyond living memory
  • The lives of significant individuals
  • Significant historical events, people and places within own locality

 

ART AND DESIGN

Art and Design is taught through:

  • Knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers
  • Using a range of materials creatively
  • Use of drawing, painting and sculpture
  • Developing a wide range of art and design techniques (colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and shape)

Children’s work is highly valued and contributes to a stimulating learning environment.

 

MUSIC

Music is taught through:

  • Singing songs, speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tuned and un-tuned instruments
  • Listen, concentrate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music
  • Experiment, create, select and combine songs

We have productive links with the Cromer music festival.

 

P.E.

Physical Education is taught through:

  • Mastering basic movements including running, , jumping, throwing and catching as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination
  • Enjoyment of a wide range of physical activities both curricular and extra curricular
  • Development of skills in gymnastics, games and dance
  • Participation in local sports and festivals
  • P.E. opportunities through outside providers

 

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Design Technology is taught through:

  • Design
  • Making
  • Evaluating
  • Develop technical Knowledge

 

R.E. AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

The school is not affiliated to a specific denomination. R.E. is taught in accordance with the Norfolk’s agreed syllabus. Through the Religious Education Curriculum the school endeavours to help each child to:

  • Gain a knowledge of Christianity, its traditions, benefits and values
  • Develop personal and moral integrity by a realisation that there are rules for living and an understanding of the difference between right and wrong
  • Develop a caring attitude to others
  • Develop an awareness that we live in a multicultural society and encourage a sensitive, unbiased, fair-minded, open approach towards others beliefs and practices
  • Develop an awareness of other religion
  • Experience visits to places of worship and meet visitors to school who are from different faiths

Collective worship is delivered through daily whole school, year group or class themed assemblies. A celebration assembly is held each Friday. Families attend assemblies at special times of the year. This supports and contributes to the R.E. curriculum.

Parents and guardians have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Worship. Those who wish to do so must inform the Head Teacher in writing. They are invited to discuss the matter with the Head Teacher in order that alternative supervision can be arranged for the child concerned.

 

PERSONAL SOCIAL and HEALTH EDUCATION, CITIZENSHIP, SCHOOL COUNCIL

Through cross-curricular approaches children are given experiences to help them:

  • Develop as individuals
  • Be sensitive to the needs and views of others
  • Lead a safe and healthy lifestyle

Our school councillors take an active role in all aspects of school life. In school council meetings children’s views are represented, ideas are discussed and acted upon and local projects are undertaken. Recent projects have included:

  • Playtime buddy system
  • Development of the playground areas
  • Money awareness activities
  • Garden
  • Eco – school initiatives
  • Charities – sponsor a puppy/ Clic Sargent/East Anglia Air Ambulance
  • Head Teacher appointment