Our Curriculum Approach

We believe all of our children have the right to access a high quality curriculum that is broad and balanced, including rich cultural and sporting opportunities. Our curriculum opens doors for our pupils, encouraging them to be curious about the world around them and broadening their horizons.

We teach powerful knowledge so that children can understand, access and influence our society. But we also teach critiques of this knowledge – to give our children an edge and show them that a canon is always up for debate.

We guide learning carefully to ensure that all children can access the curriculum and know it. 

We also challenge children to apply their thinking to complex problems to strengthen their intellectual resilience.

Reading, writing and mathematics are at the heart of our curriculum, but we also value subject disciplines, teaching science, history, geography, religious education, computing, art and music as distinct subjects, particularly as our children progress through the school.

Whilst we have an ambitious curriculum, driven by our mission for social equity, we also aim for our curriculum to be very inclusive and our teachers plan carefully to ensure all our children can access the curriculum, removing barriers to learning and achievement such as special educational needs.

Reception - curriculum overview

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Phonics

Say, read, and write the first Set 1 Sounds, following the Read Write Inc Programme.

CV/CVC words. 

Read Write Inc Story Books and “red” words.

Set 2 Sounds, continuing to move through the Read Write Inc storybook scheme.

Independently write simple sentences, that include a red word.

Write simple sentences, that include a red word, finger spaces, and full stops, spelling some words correctly and the others being phonetically plausible. 

Literature

(Core Texts)

Three Little Pigs

Little Red Riding Hood

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Noah's  Ark

The Hare and the Tortoise

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

Maths

(Based on White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning)

Times of the day and daily routine.

Matching and sorting.

Positional language. 

Numbers 1 - 10.

2d shapes.



 

Numbers 1-20

Early addition, and number bonds to 10.

Recognising and continuing repeating patterns.

Continuing with 2d and then 3d shapes.  

Addition, using a number line.

One more and one less.

Mass and capacity.

Pattern. 


 

Subtraction

Length and height

Weight.

Time. 

 

Halving

doubling

Sharing

Addition and subtraction within 20. 

Problem Solving

Money

Problem-solving

Beyond 20.

Topics

School life

Health and hygiene

All about me

Celebrations 

Diwali

Bonfire Night

Remembrance Sunday

Children in Need

Christmas

Traditional tales and Nursery Rhymes.

Learning to recite and retell a range of traditional tales and nursery rhymes. 

Life Cycles and Habitats

Life cycles of butterflies and plants

How living things grow and change.

Animals, Including Humans

-Looking at the different animal groups and where they live.

-Learning about humans (Mammals).

Learning about our Planet. Learning about our planet both past and present and what we can do to protect it for the future.

PSHE

-Learning how to “Star sit and 5’s’. 

-How to keep ourselves safe at school.

-Choosing a safe adult.

-Pantosaurus

Learning about our similarities and differences, and what makes us unique.

Children learn about what it means to be a kind friend, and how to make themselves and others happy.

Compliments

Children are introduced to PATHS . Each day a child is chosen to receive “compliments”. The class is taught about how to compliment somebody on something that makes them special. 

Transitions

Children are supported in getting ready for their transition into Year 1.

Year 1 - curriculum overview

 

Subject / Term

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

Tertiary Period

(including Ice Age) (History)

When was the tertiary period. What happened after the dinosaurs extinction.

Key Tertiary mammals: their habitat, ecosystem and diet. How mammals evolved and how do we know this.

Ice Age 

Europe covered in ice called Glaciers



















 

Continents

Learning the geographic names of our planets land masses and the cultural differences of each one.

Norwich and Koblenz

(Geography / History)

Putting on a Pageant

The twin cities Geographic location and what a twin city is. geographic terminology, Country, County/State, and City. The Cities culture, history, and industry.

Queen Elizebeth I visit to Norwich in 1578. How archivists/historians know about our history from information that has been documented and safely archived. 

Edith Cavel

Her life, morals, and legacy. The history of nursing in victorian england.

 WW1 and remembrance. 

Mountains and Mountain ranges.

The different ways that mountains are formed, in relation to their geographic location. Links to Pangea / Continents. Learning related mountain locations. I.e. Everest/Himalayas Fold mountain.  

British Space exploration.

(History / Science)

Historic british astronauts, historic british involvement in space. Spacecrafts and satellites. Our solar system and expansion on previous Science topics.

Key Vocabulary

Timeline

Mammal

Doggerland

Mammoth

Megalodon

Wooly Rhinos

Saber tooth Cat

Entelodont

Ground Sloth

Carnivore, Omnivore, Herbivore

Ice Age People

Fossils, 

Archaeologist

Continents

Country

Continental Plates

Culture

Climate

Europe

Asia

Africa

North / South America

Australia/Oceania

Antarctica

North / South Pole

Equator


 

Country

County / State

City 

Castle

Industry

Culture

Archivist 

United Kingdom / England

Legacy 

Morals

Nursing / Nurse

Continents

Country

County

City

Belgium

Chronology

Governess

Patriot / Patriotism

Nationality

Healthcare

Treason

Commemorate

Edith Cavell

United Kingdom / England

Tectonic Plates

Fold mountain

Volcanic mountain

Dome Mountain

Everest / Himalayas

Versuvius

Devils Tower

Magma / Lava

Earth's Crust

Summit / Peak

Slope

Valley/Base

 

 

Planets

Mercury

Venus

Earth

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn

Uranus

Neptune

Solar System

Orbit

Terrestrial

Space

Space Station

Spaceship

Astronauts

Cosmonaut

Dehydrated

Stars

Asteroids

Moon

Satellites

Astrobiology

Gravity

Year 2 - curriculum overview

 

Subject / Term

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Grammar

Phonics

Statement, question, exclamation or command

Subordination

Nouns and Noun Phrases

Adverbials

Verbs

Tenses

Apostrophes

Speech marks

Adverbials

Expanded phrases

Suffixes

Adjectives

Literature

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

King Arthur

King Arthur

Theseus and the Minotor

The wooden horse

Maths

Number and Place Value

Length/Mass/Weight

Addition and Subtraction

2D and 3D shape

Multiplication and Division

Statistics

Fractions

Money

Time

Number and Place Value

Capacity and Volume

2D and 3D shape

Money

Multiplication and Division

Length/Mass/Weight

Addition and Subtraction

Fractions

Position and Direction

Time

Statistics

Addition and Subtraction

Capacity and Volume

Fractions

Position and Direction

2D and 3D shape

Time

Multiplication and Division

Finding and Difference

Money

History 

Stone Age hunter-gatherers

Stone Age tools and weapons

Burials and what these reveal about stone age life

Stonehenge

Ancient Mesopotamia

The farming revolution

The legend of Gilgamesh

Cuneiform writing

Mesopotamian cities and society

Bronze Age 

warfare, including the Battle of Armageddon

The Phoenicians, including their alphabet

Mycenaean Crete and the Palace of Knossos

The Trojans and the city of Troy

Iron Age 

tools and society

The Celts in Britain

Celtic art and religion

Celtic stories

Local History Study

Norwich Major historical events 

Norwich Castle

Kett's Rebellion

Castle Mall

Charles Darwin opened 2016



 

Local history Study

Record office documents

Archaeology

Geography 

        Map Skills

Thetford Forest

Rivers 

The Water Cycle

Countries and capital cities of the UK

Farm, factory, quarry, harbour, port

Weather and Climate

Effect onfarming

Coast , erosion, beach , sand , shingle

Habitats

           

Science

Chemistry: Substances and Mixtures (8 lessons)

Biology: Living things around us (7 lessons)

Physics: Waves: Sound (9 lessons)

Physics: Everyday forces and motion (8 lessons)

Physics: Energy for everyday uses (5 lessons)

Computing: Logo (5 lessons)

Art/DT

Stone age cave paintings in France

Natural pigments

A world of Colour

Jackson Pollock 

Wasily Kandinsky

 

 

The Human form- portraits

Van Gogh

Picasso

The human form 

Sculpture

MichaelAngelo

Henry Moore

Pattern and Texture

Matisse

William Morris

Gerhard Richter

Landscape

Rousseau

Monet

Van Gogh

PE

Real PE

Real PE

Real PE

Real PE

Real PE

Real  PE

Music

Singing

Responding physically

The NutCracker

Singing

Responding physically

British Folk Music

Singing

Responding physically

Let's move

Summer Holidays

RE and philosophy

What is the Bible and Torah?

Creation

In the Christian, Jewish and Hindu teachings

The Fall

Cain and Abel

Noah and the Flood

Vocabulary and text recap to ensure they have a good grasp of the main concepts for Year 3

Year 3 - curriculum overview

 

Subject

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Grammar

Capital letters

Full stops

Commas

Present tense & past tense verbs

Subordination (when, if, that, because)

 Co-ordination (or, and, but)

Expressing time and cause using adverbs, conjunctions or preposition

Introduction to speech marks

Introduction to paragraphs

Use of determiners ‘a’ or ‘an’

Headings and sub-headings

Formation of nouns using a range of prefixes, such as ‘super’, ‘anti’, ‘auto’

Word families based on common words

Big Write

Recounts - Narratives

(to build writing stamina)

Narratives

(action, adventure, fantasy)

Narratives

(action, adventure, fantasy)

Narratives - paragraphing

Non-chronological reports

Chronological reports

Literature

Ali Baba and the forty thieves

‘Extremely naughty children’ (poetry)

Charlotte’s Web

Matilda (poetry)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Varjak Paw

Maths

 

Maths - No Problem

Number and place value: Numbers to 1000

Calculations: Addition and subtraction

Calculations: Multiplication and division

Calculations: Further multiplication and division

Measurement: Length

Measurement: Mass

Measurement: Volume

Measurement: Money

Measurement: Time

Statistics: Picture and bar graphs

Fractions, decimals, percentages: Fractions

Geometry - properties of shapes: Angles

Geometry - properties of shapes: Lines and shapes

Measurement: Perimeter of figure

History 

Ancient Egypt

- Pharaohs

- Gods and Goddesses

- Funerary rites

Hieroglyphics

Persia and Greece

- The Persian Empire

-Sparta and Athens

- Ancient Greek Language

- Persian Wars

The Golden age of Greece

- Athenian Democracy

- Architecture of buildings

- Greek literature

- Philosophy

Alexander the Great

- Philip of Macedon

- Alexander the ‘Great’

- Egypt under the Ptolemy family

Local study of Norfolk

Geography

Rivers

- Major rivers in Britain

- Features of rivers and river flooding

- The River Thames

Mountains

- Mountainous regions of Britain

- Highlands, Lake District, Snowdonia, Pennines, Yorkshire Dales

Cities

- Study of major cities in Britain

- Study of Manchester (inc. its economy and transport network)

Agriculture

- Study of arable and pastoral farming

- Dairy industry

Coasts

- Erosion at Holderness

- Chalk coasts of Kent

- The Jurassic Coast

- Morecambe Bay

Culture

- Population and diversity of the UK

- London

- Languages and accents

- Study of Welsh culture

Science

Chemistry: Substances and Mixtures

Computing: Logo

Biology: Nutrition

Computing: Word processors and spreadsheets

Physics: Types of Energy

Biology: Food webs

PE

Personal focus

Coordination

(Footwork)

Static Balance

(One leg)

 

Netball / Basketball

Social Focus

Dynamic Balance to Agility

(Jumping and Landing)

Static Balance

(Seated)

 

Gymnastics / Benchball 

Cognitive focus

Dynamic Balance

(On a line)

Coordination

(Ball Skills)

 

Basketball / Football

Creative focus

Coordination

(Sending and Receiving)

Counter Balance

(With a partner)

 

Basketball / Football

Physical focus

Agility

(Reaction and Response)

Static Balance

(Floor Work)

 

Gymnastics / Tennis

Health and Fitness focus

Agility

(Ball chasing)

Static Balance

(Stance)

 

Cricket / Rounders / Athletics

Music

There is a detailed curriculum followed by John Stephens - Music SSL

RE

Old Testament stories and how they are remembered

- windows and mirrors

- Abraham

- Abraham and Isaac

- Isaac and Ishmael

Old Testament stories and how they are remembered

- Isaac and Ishmael

- The Abrahamic Faiths

- Jacob and Esau

Old Testament stories and how they are remembered

- Joseph into Egypt

- Moses in the bulrushes

- Moses and the Exodus

Old Testament stories and how they are remembered

- Moses and the people of God in the Desert

- Moses and the laws of God

- Ten commandments

Old Testament stories and how they are remembered

- Into the promised land

- The promised land today


 

Old Testament stories and how they are remembered

- Saul is made King

- David and Goliath

Year 4 - curriculum overview

 

Subject

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Grammar

Conjunctions & adverbs

Consonants & vowels

Apostrophes

Paragraphs

Headings & subheadings

Inverted commas

Pronouns

Verb inflections

Homophones

Determiners (a/an)

Fronted adverbials

Figurative language

Paragraphs

Contractions

Commas

Inverted commas

Apostrophes

Subordinate clauses

Determiners

Plural and possessive ‘s’

Paragraphs

Headings & subheadings

Prefixes & suffixes

Pronouns and nouns

Prepositions

Figurative language

Apostrophes

Fronted adverbials

 

+ areas for consolidation

Big Write

Explanations texts

Reports

Persuasive writing

Discussions and arguments

Recounts - auto/biography

Poetry

Literature

The Iron Man

Robin Hood

Perseus and Medusa

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Street Child

Maths

 

Maths - No Problem

Number and place value: Numbers to 10000

Calculations: Addition and subtraction within 10000

Calculations: Multiplication and division

Calculations: Further multiplication and division

Calculations: Further multiplication and division

Statistics: Graphs

Fractions, decimals, percentages: Fractions

Measurement: Time

Fractions, decimals, percentages: Decimals

Measurement: Money

Measurement: Mass, volume and length

Measurement: Area of figures

Geometry - properties of shapes: Geometry 

Geometry - position and direction: Position and movement

Number and place value: Roman numerals

History 

The Roman Republic

- The kings of Rome

- The Punic Wars

- Hannibal’s attack on Rome

-Politics, society and culture

The Roman Empire

- The Roman Military

- The early emperors

- Pompei and Vesuvius

- The Jewish-Roman war

Roman Britain

- Roman invasion of Britain

- Boudica’s revolt against the Romans

- Aquae Sulis

- Hadrian’s wall

The end of the Roman Empire

- The conversion to Christianity in Britain

- Constantine and the Eastern Empire

- The collapse of the Western Roman Empire

Local Study of Norfolk

- Measuring time

- Periods of History

- Centuries

- Different periods of time

- History of Norwich

- Local History: Burgh Castle

Geography

The Arctic

- Latitude, longitude and the hemispheres

- The Polar Climate

- Depth study of Norway

Tourism

- Tourism and growth over time

- Europe and Norfolk

- National Parks

- Ecotourism and Sustainability

Climate

- Different time zones

- The Water Cycle

Tectonics

- Volcanoes and the structure of the Earth

- Depth study of volcanism on Sicily

Rivers and Settlements

- Major cities and rivers of Europe

- Depth study of the Rhine from source to sea

Globalisation

- National identities in Europe

- The European Union

- The Mediterranean and migration

Science

Physics: Energy Transfers and Electrical Components

Computing: Flowcharts and Programming

Physics: Waves: Light

Physics: Space: Orbits

Part 1

Physics: Space: Orbits

Part 2

Chemistry:

Properties of materials inc. states of matter

PE

Personal focus

Coordination (Footwork)

Static Balance (One leg)

Netball / Hockey

Social focus

Dynamic Balance to Agility

(Jumping and Landing)

Static Balance

(Seated)

Gymnastics

Cognitive focus

Dynamic Balance

(On a line)

Coordination

(Ball Skills)

Gymnastics / Netball / Tennis

Creative focus

Coordination 

(Sending and receiving)

Counter Balance

(with a partner)

Netball / Basketball 

/ American Football

Physical focus

Agility

(Reaction and Response)

Static Balance

(Footwork)

Cricket / Tennis / Athletics

Health and Fitness focus

Agility

(Ball Chasing)

Static Balance

(Stance)

Cricket / Tennis / Athletics

Music

There is a detailed curriculum followed by John Stephens - Music SSL

RE

New Testament Stories & how they are remembered

- Everywhere you go

- An Angel visits

- Joseph, a carpenter

New Testament Stories & how they are remembered

- The Birth of Jesus

- The Shepherd’s Story

- The Wise Men

New Testament Stories & how they are remembered

- Jesus in the Temple

- Jesus is baptised

- Jesus in the Desert

New Testament Stories & how they are remembered

- Palm Sunday

- The Last Supper

- The Crucifixion

- The Resurrection

 

Religion around the world

 

What is Hinduism?

 

Year 5- curriculum overview

 

Subject

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Grammar

Use of commas to clarify meaning/avoid ambiguity

Devices to build cohesion within a paragraph

Verb prefixes

Modal verbs

Relative clauses (who, which, where, why, whose)

Brackets, dashes, commas

Figurative language (emotive)

Use of commas to clarify meaning

Indicating degrees of possibilities using modal verbs (might, should, will, must) or adverbs (perhaps, surely)

Converting nouns or adjectives into verbs using suffixes (-ate, -ise, -ify)

Pronoun and noun

Linking ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time (e.g. later) place (e.g. nearby) and number (e.g. secondly)

Figurative language

Big Write

Explanations texts

Reports

Persuasive writing

Discussions and arguments

Recounts - auto/biography

Poetry

Literature

The Railway Children

Beowolf

‘The Highway Man’ (poetry)

The Tempest

Romeo and Juliet

The Hobbit

Inc. selected poetry

Shackleton’s Journey

Maths

 

Maths - No Problem

Number and Place Value: Numbers to 1 000 000 

Calculations: Addition and subtraction

Calculations: Multiplication and division

Calculations: Word problems

Statistics: Graphs

Fractions, decimals, percentages: Fractions

Fractions, decimals, percentages: Decimals

Fractions, decimals, percentages: Percentages

Geometry - Properties of shapes: Geometry

Geometry - Position and direction: Position and movement

Measurement: Measurements

Measurement: Area and perimeter

Measurement: Volume

Number and place value: Roman numerals

History 

The Rise of Islam

- The Byzantine Empire

- The Ancient land of Arabia

- Islam grows in Arabia

- The Arab conquests

- A mosque for Cordoba

Anglo-Saxon England

- Migrations

- Conversion to Christianity

- Sutton Hoo

- Books

- Kingdoms

The Vikings

- Who were the Vikings?

- Viking ships

- Viking religion

- Raiding and settling

- Legacy

England and the Vikings

- Vikings

- The Great Heathen Army

- The Creation of England

- A new Viking age

The Norman Conquest

- The Normans

- The Crisis

- 1066

- Conquest

Norwich Cathedral

A local study of Norwich, focussing on Norwich Cathedral

Geography

Oceans

- currents, plastics & marine pollution

- Fishing and sea levels

- Island nations

- International trade

- Panama Canal

Earthquakes

- The supercontinent

- Oceanic & continental crust

- Tectonic plates

- Earthquakes

- San Andreas fault

- Tsunamis

Agriculture and Fairtrade

- Food security & shortages

- The supply chain (cotton)

- From cocoa bean to chocolate bar

- Cocoa farmers

- Fairtrade

Tropical rainforests

- Location & climates

- The Amazon rainforest

- Rainforest layers

- Deforestation

- Sustainability

- Amazon tribes

Brazil’s population

- South America

- World population growth

- A city of two halves

- Rocinha

- Megacities in Brazil

- Sustainable cities

The Antarctic & Southern Ocean

- The seasons

- Polar exploration

- Who lives there?

- The Antarctic Treaty

- Tourism

Science

Physics: Forces and motion

Physics: Forces and motion

Biology: Anatomy and Physiology

Chemistry:

Changes of materials

Computing: Python programming

Biology:

Life Cycles

PE

Cognitive focus 

Coordination (Ball Skills)

Agility (Reaction and Response)

Tennis/Netball/Handball

Creative focus

Static Balances 

(seated and floor work)

Gymnastics

Social focus

Dynamic Balance (On a line)

Counter Balance

 (With a  partner)

Gymnastics

Physical focus

Dynamic Balance to agility

(Jumping and Landing)

Static Balance

(One leg)

Netball/Basketball/

Handball

Health and Fitness focus

Static Balance

(Stance)

Coordination

(Footwork)

Personal focus

Coordination 

(Sending and Receiving)

Agility

(Ball Chasing)

Cricket/Hockey/Tennis

Music

There is a detailed curriculum followed by John Stephens - Music SSL

RE

Beliefs & Worldview

- Christianity and where it all began

Morality & Action

- Moral decisions

- Morality

- The teaching of Jesus

Religious & non-religious beliefs

- Types of Christianty

- Theism, atheism & agnosticism

Islam: Authority, Origins & Texts

- Muhammed leaving Mecca

- Qur’an

Islam: A way of living

- Muslims

- Muslim prayer

- Fasting

- Pilgrimage

How to ‘read’ a church & how to ‘read’ a mosque