Our School Curriculum
The learning journey that the pupils go on, covers all subjects and are captured in one book. The missions allow for clear coverage of the National Curriculum. Coverage of curriculum areas is evident in the schools’ curriculum coverage grid.
Teaching and learning is underpinned by cognitive challenge. Teachers use the model of ‘Access, Independent, Mastery’ to ensure differentiation is appropriate and does not place a glass ceiling on learning for any pupil.
Differentiation occurs by careful and strategic task matching and questioning and staff create the correct conditions for learning by delivering learning centralising around an Essential Learning Objective and providing opportunities for depth within this. The environment engages and inspires pupils but is also language rich to support the pupils’s oracy and writing development throughout the mini-adventure. (see learning environment policy for more detail).
A focus for our mini missions is to prepare our pupils to be ‘secondary ready’ by the time they leave Norton Canes. This is achieved by providing contextualized, purposeful learning that develop ‘life skills’ and focusses on pupils development in becoming writers, mathematicians, historians and geographers etc.
Norton Canes ‘Learning Attitudes Values’ of FLY HIGH will be central in encouraging pupils to be responsible for their learning attitudes. Throughout the missions, pupils are given opportunities to reflect on how their learning attitudes are developing in accordance to the FLY HIGH learning values. Pupils demonstrating these attitudes are recognised and rewarded within the classroom and the whole school celebration assembly. (see behaviour policy).
At Norton Canes Primary Academy we believe the bridge between teaching and learning is assessment. Therefore, our feedback policy is an integral aspect to the curriculum. The feedback policy ensures that learning is addressed and celebrated or moved forward in accordance to the essential learning objective where the planning has been derived from. Through the use of ‘Try it / Fix it’ time, pupils are given time to reflect on the feedback that the teacher gives and the expectation of this reflection is of the highest standard across the school. Feedback at Norton Canes is positive, reflective, challenging and provides opportunities for a teacher to communicate how successful a piece of work is and how this can be further improved (please see the feedback policy).
Key Principles of our curriculum:
Raises aspirations for all pupils
Is purposeful and relevant and ensures that learning is contextualised
Inspires and immerses pupils in their learning
Underpinned by FLY HIGH values
Develops a growth mindset
Celebrates the process of learning rather than just the product and ensures that failing is seen as an opportunity for new learning
Ensures that they are secondary ready by being heavily based on skills
Is memorable and experiential – ensuring that all pupils have opportunities to experiences that will enrich (please see Passport to Enriched Experiences)
Develops strong relations with the community; the school, local and wider community
Provides entrepreneurial experiences
Promotes SMSC and British Values throughout their learning journeys
Additional Curriculum Subjects
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