Our belief is that children learn best when they are engaged, motivated and enjoying their learning. As a result, we provide our children with a broad, balanced curriculum which is rich in opportunities for new experiences, encounters and activities. To make learning as meaningful and as exciting as possible we deliver the curriculum in a variety of ways. We use topics and themes where links are made between subjects to enrich and widen the experience and discrete subject teaching where we feel the subject matter or skills needed are best suited to this approach. We have regular whole school topics and theme days and we make regular visits out.
We believe that learning is a lifelong process involving family, community and society at large and that we all have responsibility. Education is about the development of the whole person. In line with our school vision and church school status, we believe that opportunities for children to develop values and attitudes are as important as the development of skills and factual knowledge. The acquisition of positive values and attitudes is implicit in all aspects of our school life with great emphasis placed on spiritual, moral, social and cultural areas of learning in the curriculum.
Our curriculum incorporates the National Curriculum and our Reception children follow the Revised Foundation Stage Framework. Reading is taught using a synthetic phonic programme Read, Write Inc. which supports the simple view of reading and the development of essential writing skills. Use is made of the literacy and maths strategies where appropriate along with bespoke topics and themes planned by staff for their classes or the whole school. The SEAL and Values for Life materials are extensively used to contribute towards our Spiritual. Moral, Social and Cultural development work. Our curriculum includes the use of Drama for Learning and Creativity and Philosophy for Children.
We believe the curriculum must be tailored to suit the needs of our children as well as reflecting their rural Norfolk culture and heritage. As a result, opportunities for learning about Norfolk life and countryside traditions are included e.g. Food and Farming topic, harvest celebrations, Farmers’ Market, Family Learning nature walks and participation of many pupils in the Norfolk Village Games etc. Equally, mindful of our rural isolation from the rest of the country, curriculum opportunities to learn about our national culture, society and heritage were included in recent topics on the monarchy and Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics and the use of the BBC’s British culture and diversity materials. The opportunity to partner with a school nationally is now underway as is a link with a French school. The school has supported a school in India over the years and has used curriculum topics and the Olympics this summer to learn about school children and athletes all over the world.
Extended schools provision also provides children with the opportunity to enrich their curriculum through a variety of clubs and holiday activities. The school places great emphasis on its Healthy Schools work. Children are given many opportunities to participate in a range of sports in addition to the two hours they receive each week. We regularly attend matches, festivals and competitions locally and in the county.
Parents and members of the community are actively encouraged to come into school and regularly help contribute to our curriculum whether it be through sharing their work and career expertise, giving advice, providing the children with support or through teaching a skill such as flower arranging or printing.