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Norton Canes Primary Academy

Believe, Achieve, Fly High


At Norton Canes Primary Academy, our concentric curriculum motivates, engages and inspires our pupils through a series of learning journeys that we are known as Mini Missions. All of the curriculum areas are delivered through this mission (sequence of work). The beginning of each adventure is designed to hook all pupils in and acts as the ‘launch’ to the learning. Pupils are also made aware of what the ‘landing’ for this adventure will be so that they can always put their learning into context across the mini mission.


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 and ensures that all pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum.


​​​​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 mission. (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