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We have carefully thought out our curriculum, looking at what our children need, what we want for our children and what we feel will support them as they move into the next step of their education and futures. We believe that school is an holistic experience, and should enable our children to succeed academically and blossom as individuals, experiencing joyous learning opportunities that stimulate the desire to learn and explore. Therefore, our curriculum intent is as follows:
To foster a love of learning through enabling all learners to experience enriching experiences and opportunities that nurture them to become confident, powerfully curious and driven to discover
To demonstrate engagement and independence in thinking and learning and to have a tool-kit for problem-solving
To teach about respect, responsibility, kindness, courage, hope and forgiveness in a Christian environment built on our shared values
To enable children to be positive citizens of their communities and to let their light shine
To teach children to celebrate individuals for who they are
To provide a nurturing environment that ensures our children feel valued, listened to and to have a voice and develop a sense of self-worth and belonging
To build on the strengths of their local communities, and to challenge and widen their view of the world.
To ensure children are prepared for their next steps and to allow them to experience failure leading to success and develop ambition, resilience and determination and joy linked to challenge
To provide the semantic, declarative knowledge and vocabulary necessary to develop deep memory
To allow repeated practice of skills in a range of contexts that, together with the rich experiences, allow children to successfully meet their next life learning challenges
To meet the curriculum intent above
To deliberately focus on our children’s identified needs, developing their vocabulary, their spelling and grammar, building their cultural capital and broadening their experiences of diversity.
To teach and give children regular chances to explore British values (Tolerance, Rule of Law, Democracy, Individual Liberty, Mutual respect)
To ensure that explicit opportunities are both created and seized to focus on our Prevent duty and E-safety
To include our local heritage which is immediate to our individual schools, our Federation and to Norfolk
To identify substantive and disciplinary concepts for each curriculum subject and to ensure that units of work are appropriately spaced and revisited to encourage deep and long-lasting learning
To plan and teach units of work that are deliberately chosen and logically sequenced so that they build on prior knowledge and learning and prepare our children for future learning
To have a ‘hook’ in to learning - an authentic purpose
To have a trip, visitor or experience for each unit of learning
To have books woven through our curriculum which support children's learning
To have vocabulary explicitly taught, displayed and used
To develop oracy
To make the knowledge web that the curriculum is building for our children explicit and clear - maybe through a ‘Tube map’ learning display, with links from and to.
In order to support our mixed age year groups we work using a Year A and Year B curriculum, with carefully thought out objectives that build on the previous year's learning through different units and foci. Below you will find our curriculum documentation.