Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum
A broad and balanced curriculum is provided throughout the school. The Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and Key Stage 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum which is taught through wider Concepts that make cross curricular connections . Our curriculum is called the Open Curriculum and balances key knowledge and understanding with skills that transfer between learning. See links below for our current Curriculum Outlines.
If you require any further information about the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum please contact your class teacher or make an appointment with the Head Teacher if you are not a member of our school.
We aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The development of language is the basis for learning that takes place in our school; pupils are encouraged to speak clearly and confidently and to listen to others. We aim to help pupils develop an appreciation of books and an eagerness to read widely. Literacy is an established part of the school day. The pupils enjoy a range of texts including plays, poetry, traditional stories and information books. We use the Read, Write Inc structured programme to teach reading through phonics. This programme includes picture and context clues, sight vocabulary and phonic skills. As reading skills develop, pupils are questioned on their understanding of a text. Children take reading books home to share with parents. We value parental partnership in helping children learn to read and to that end provide a reading diary for parental communication. We recommend that children spend between ten and twenty minutes each day reading at home with an adult and have a minimum of three times per week standard we require parents to support. Pupils are taught how to write in different ways for different purposes, e.g. letters, fictional stories, newspaper reports, plays, poetry and factual information. We teach grammar, punctuation and spelling. We encourage pupils to take pride in their handwriting and in the presentation of their work.
Aims of the English curriculum are to enable every child to ultimately:
- Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
- Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
- Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Through a high quality conceptual interdisciplinary mathematical education, pupils have an understanding of the wider world with a sense of enjoyment and curiosity of mathematics by becoming fluent, reasoning and solving problems, whereby they make rich connections across mathematical ideas and between subjects and appreciate the beauty and power of mathematics.
All pupils are taught a mathematical curriculum differentiated to their needs that includes suitable challenge. Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum but supplemented to meet the needs of our pupils. It is taught through discrete lessons and integrated into the teaching of our concepts as appropriate. The content is taught through the main skills of:
- Fluency: To recall knowledge rapidly and accurately
- Reasoning: To make conjectures and generalisation and to develop an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- Solve Problems: To apply understanding and to persevere in finding solutions
- Competency: To work efficiently
- Representation: To represent mathematics
Science education provides the foundations for understanding the World through the different scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Our science teaching aims to ensure our children begin to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in these areas and of nature, the processes and methods of science together with a scientific enquiry approach that will enable them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. We also aim to enable them to begin to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.
The computing National Curriculum is designed to equip children with the skills to use computational thinking and creativity to be able to understand and change the world. We aim to enable the children to understand and apply principles and concepts and solve problems in computational terms and to become responsible, confident, competent and creative users of information and communication technology. The school is well resourced and has interactive whiteboards in all main teaching areas which are used to support cross-curricular learning. The children are taught to use the internet and technology safely. The children have access to control technology, data logging equipment, digital cameras and a variety of computers.
Design and Technology (DT)
The Design and Technology curriculum enables children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to help the children develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate in an increasingly technological world. Throughout their time in the school, the children investigate how a variety of objects work and are made. They then have the opportunity to design and make their own products based on what they have discovered. There is an opportunity to work with a range of media and resources that include: textiles, wood and food. The children learn how to use a variety of tools in a correct and safe manner. In addition cooking and nutrition play an important role in the development of our children and is used in a wide cross curricular approach that includes being healthy and understanding where food comes from.
Art and Design
The display boards around our school demonstrate our varied artistic talents. We engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The children experience a variety of media and have the opportunity to create 3D work as well as 2D. Children work individually or collaboratively and on different scales that encourages communication and negotiation skills. The children find out about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers and make links to their own work.
We aim to inspire the children’s curiosity and fascination about the World and its’ people and we help them to develop an understanding of the key physical and human processes. The children learn about the local area, the United Kingdom and the wider world and consider the environment and human impact. Children think about similarities and differences, continuity and change, cause and effect.
The history curriculum enables the children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and understand a chronological order. History helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
In the school we have a variety of tuned and untuned instruments. Children are encouraged to enjoy music making with instruments and their voice and to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. Music is taught in whole classes. Children learn to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods and different cultures.
There are further opportunities to have small group tuition in a range of instruments with peripatetic teachers from the Norfolk Music Service (small charge). Currently we offer: guitar and keyboard.
Modern Foreign Language (KS2)
Pupils are taught French from Year 3. Our curriculum includes coverage of the four areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The curriculum promotes understanding and tolerance of other cultures.
Physical Education (PE)
P.E. is considered to be a very important part of our school life, both within and outside curricular hours. Every week the children take part in at least two hours of P.E. We try to give the children as wide an experience as possible, including not only dance, games, gymnastics and athletics but also a great variety of games skills such as football, basketball, cricket, tennis and rounders. The school holds a sports day in the Summer term, promoting team work and appropriate competition. All children are encouraged and enabled to take part in all sports regardless of gender or ability. We compete with our cluster of schools in a number of sport events throughout the year.
Religious Education (R.E.)
Religious education is taught according to the Norfolk agreed syllabus.
Our intent for R.E. is for pupils to gain a greater understanding of themselves and their role in society through developing an awareness of the beliefs and practices of others by developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding to enable them to become tolerant and respectful citizens.
Key Skills across the curriculum for all ages:
To ask questions.
To imagine and speculate.
To talk about themselves and their beliefs.
To give similarities and differences.
To explain, justify or challenge views in a tolerant manner.
To use appropriate and respectful language.
To develop their sense of community.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. To do this parents should, in the first instance, put the request in writing to the Head Teacher. They will then be invited into school to discuss the matter.
Personal, Social & Health Education
PSHE is taught through Circle Time activities, assemblies and at other cross curricular times for example in science and drama. A class or year group assembly enables the children to discuss issues and participate in school decision making, an example of which was the recent renaming of classes. We have a detailed Sex and Relationships Education Policy (parents have the right to withdraw their children from these lessons following a written request and a discussion with the Head Teacher). The school is part of the Healthy Schools project, promoting a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. A wide variety of activities, special events and charity work promotes citizenship and an active responsibility from our children for themselves, others, the environment and the wider world.