Our School Curriculum
At Norton Canes, we have a thematic approach to teaching. We focus learning around a key ' quest' for each phase for a half term. This learning quest incorporates many subjects and is centred around key questions, from both children and teachers.
Our curriculum is based on Chris Quigley's Milestones. Each phase has milestones which they cover during our two-year rolling curriculum. These documents outline the objectives covered over the two years.
The following documents will also help in finding out about the school curriculum:
Read Write Inc
At Norton Canes Primary Academy, we use Read Write Inc.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programme has the best chance of success in schools.
The Read Write Inc. programme is carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests. It shows teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Our school uses Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Reception to Year 1 and for our children in Years 2, 3 and 4 who need to catch up.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.
For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
R.E - Staffordshire Syllabus
Please see attached the Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus
At Norton Canes, the aim of Religious Education is to help prepare and equip all pupils for life in today’s increasingly diverse and plural Britain through teaching the children to become religiously literate.
What does it mean to be ‘religiously literate?’
A religiously literate person would have an established and growing knowledge and understanding of beliefs, practices, spiritual insights and secular world views.They wou have developed their own views on issues and would also be open to engaging with the views of others.
The three aims of the Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus are:
Explore, Engage, Reflect
To meet the three aims of the Staffordshire syllabus, at Norton we implement the following: reflecting, allowing pupils to process their own thoughts, values & beliefs; Deeper questions; we often set deeper thinking questions for the children to think and reflect upon. Examples: Who is responsible for looking after the world? What is the meaning of life? Why is there suffering in the world? Is there life after death? Will the world end one day? Does God exist? Why should we have respect for other religions? Is reincarnation possible? Where do we look for God? How can people try and contact God? Teachers may also create class deeper thinking questions that relate to their RE topic or any current issues happening in the world.
At Norton Canes Primary Academy we have recently started to use the ‘Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme’ framework which is designed to build progressively, adding skills and knowledge as the pupils grow and mature and journey from Nursery through to Year 6.
The framework covers four colour coded key strands in personal development;
Myself and My Relationships (Blue)
Healthy and Safer Lifestyles (Green)
Economic Wellbeing (Red)
These strands cover all existing learning outcomes specified in the National Curriculum, selected areas of learning for the Early Years Foundation Stage and incorporate a range of other important areas like Personal safety education and promoting British Values.
Currently class teachers plan blocks of work following the scheme of work listed below. Teachers follow the medium term plan, using resources available in school, online resources and websites and contributions and visits from representatives of outside agencies.
For more information, please visit https://www.pshecambridgeshire.org.uk/
At Norton Canes Primary Academy we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
The Rule of Law
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
Some of the ways in which we promote British Values?
Pupils have a say in what happens in our school. They voted for who represents them on the school council. Children have a termly questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced in school. Pupils have a voice, helping to create school rules, whether that is playground rules, safety rules, class rules or behaviour rules. Pupils are taught from Reception upwards the rules within our school and the value and reasons behind them. To encourage and promote good behaviour and a positive attitude to work, we have developed a behaviour/reward system that is constantly followed throughout the school. Pupils learn that laws govern and protect us, and what the consequences are when the laws are broken. Visits from authorities such the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through a planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extracurricular clubs and choosing the level of challenge in some lessons.
Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and we work together to help one another.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. In Religious Education lessons, assemblies and PSHE lessons pupils discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality to reinforce the messages of tolerance and respect for other faiths and beliefs.