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Our curriculum

We use the ‘Creative Learning Journey’ (CLJ) as the basis of our curriculum, informed by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework in Nursery and Reception, and The National Curriculum in Key Stage (KS) 1.  This creative approach allows us to integrate the areas of learning in order to make learning meaningful, relevant and motivating.

In Nursery and Reception, the children are taught as class groups by their teacher for focussed 20 minute periods of time. These sessions will include a sharp focus on areas of Mathematics, Communication, Language and Literacy, phonics and PSED that will enable the children to access the guided and child led activities that will be set up that day. The children will then have opportunities to ‘free-flow’ between learning opportunities that will be available in different indoor and outdoor areas and are centered on the planning from the Creative Learning Journey. The children in the EYFS each have personalised targets for reading, writing and maths and are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception year.

In KS1, there will still be a flavour of the EYFS in the way that the teachers teach and the children learn. Children in Years 1 and 2 will have discrete lessons as a class that are focused on Phonics, Mathematics, English, Guided Reading and then 20 minute inputs on their learning based on the Creative Learning Journey. When children are working on learning from the Creative Learning Journey, they will be encouraged to try different activities that will enable them to access the learning in different ways. It might be through writing, reading, art, drama or role play. Each child has personalised targets for reading, writing and maths which are regularly assessed and new targets are then agreed.

Our teaching in Mathematics across the Federation has been inspired by research and practice which uses a mastery approach to teaching the National Curriculum and is supported by the North Norwich Cluster Calculation Policy and the Lionwood Appendix of Formal Methods of Calculation for Years 5 and 6 at the Junior School. Our programme of study uses a mastery style, progressive curriculum which we constantly adapt to make sure that it meets the needs of our children and their experiences. The teaching of English is based on ‘The Power of Reading‘ which enables children to experience a range of texts and follow creative pathways from the themes of the book that the class is studying.  We use the ‘Phonics Bug’ programme to teach letters and sounds in daily whole class and streamed group sessions.  This is used alongside the ‘Phonics Bug’ and ‘Bug Club’ reading schemes. Intervention in Phonics for Writing and Guided Writing also take place, in order to close the gap for those children who need extra help.

Our current CLJ themes are:

Information on our Curriculum for Mathematics:

Click here to see our calculations policy North Norwich Calculations Policy March 2015 and our guidance on the use of formal methods of calculation in upper Key Stage 2 Appendix of Formal Methods.

Click here to see our curriculum policy for mathematics Mathematics Policy

Information on our Curriculum for English:

Please click here to see our progression grids in:

If you would like any further information relating to our curriculum, please speak to your child’s teacher or arrange an appointment with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.  We also hold year group meetings at the beginning of every term which is an excellent opportunity to find out what exciting events and activities will be taking place during the year.

Further Links:

The National Curriculum for England
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

Useful Information for Primary School Parents
http://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-national-curriculum-2014

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