The curriculum provides learners with an introduction to the essential knowledge and skills that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces the learners to the best that has been thought, said and done; and it helps to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The National Curriculum in England – 2014
The school vision for Norbury Hall Primary School seeks to ensure that our learning community enjoys a relevant curriculum which is evolving in order to ensure that all of our learners are active participants.
Our learning across school is organised into whole school themes. This helps us to learn as a community and enables us to share outcomes together. The whole school themes serve as a vehicle for all areas of learning and teachers plan to make relevant and meaningful links between subject areas.
Where learning is more suited to discrete teaching e.g. the teaching of phonics and large areas of mathematics, the learners will be taught in this way. Our school follows Letters and Sounds when teaching phonics and spelling at Early Years and KS1.
Our teachers also work hard to ensure that the curriculum is personalised in order to make it relevant to all of our learners. Working closely together also enables teachers to ensure that progression in learning is made from year to year.
The themes for 2018 – 2019 are outlined below – each theme has the starting point of “Music in my Heart and Colour in my Life”. This reflects the fact that the arts will be the key drivers for each theme this year – art, drama, dance and music will be used to launch each theme and will be a key component as the theme develops. All other areas of the curriculum will be woven into these themes as appropriate.
Themes this year will be organised into three 10 week blocks. The timing of these ten week blocks will vary slightly from phase to phase as each team of teachers have devised an outline for the year incorporating the various aspects of learning at the best times for the children in their year groups.
The three ten week blocks will be as follows:
Block 1 – Music in my Heart and Colour in my Life – 100 Years Ago
Early Years will be considering significant people who have lived across the last 100 years and will be using this to explore themes such as animals and differing climates. KS1 will be considering what it might have been like to live 100 years ago – what would my house have been like? What toys would I have played with? KS2 will be learning about World War 1 and exploring it from a local perspective.
Block 2 – Music in my Heart and Colour in my Life – We’re Being Invaded!
Early Years will be using traditional tales and fairy tales to explore this theme. They will look at the setting of castles in various stories. Key Stage 1 will learn about castles from an historical perspective and understand their significance nationally. Key Stage 2 will be studying the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
Block 3 – Music in my Heart and Colour in my Life – Beach Holidays
Early Years will be learning about the seaside and various seaside habitats. Key Stage 1 will be learning about the key human and physical features of a seaside environment. They will also be finding out about the seas around the UK. Key Stage 2 will be comparing a UK and European beach region focusing on land use.
The remaining nine weeks of the school year will be used in the following ways. These have all been incorporated into the yearly outline for each phase.
- Three RE weeks
- A Christmas theme week
- An enterprise week
- World Book Week
- An outdoor learning week
- Transition week
- A wild card week – our children steer their learning!