The Curriculum

At Alburgh with Denton Primary School we aim to provide a broad and balanced school curriculum that covers the National Curriculum in full, but which also allows us to teach subjects that are not part of the National Curriculum, as well as opportunities to learn about important local and national topics.

Our curriculum has been designed to be stimulating, relevant and inspiring, with a clear focus on academic rigour. We believe this can be achieved through a strong commitment to the skills of reading, writing and maths, combined with an appreciation and understanding of science, humanities, the arts, technology and sport. Our aim is to develop children who are confident, aspirational and well-rounded individuals who are able to express themselves, read, write, work confidently with numbers and have a good knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

We know that children learn best when they are interested and enthused by a subject and our curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to allow for short context based topics that can last for a week or two that are driven by children's interests or contemporary events. 

With the exception of the Reception class, our children are taught in mixed aged classes in Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6. Therefore, our curriculum is designed around a 2 year programme which ensures that all the relevant learning objectives for both year groups are met during the two years that the children will be in that particular class.

Every class has a daily Literacy and Maths lesson as well as 2 hours of PE a week. Children in Years 1 and 2 also have daily phonics teaching as do any older children if it is needed. The other curriculum subjects are generally taught through a creative, topic based approach which allows children to make secure links in their learning and to provide a more immersive learning experience. However, there are occasions when subjects are taught separately when the need arises.   

We ensure that each termly topic includes the following features, all linked to the topic or theme:

      ·       A class novel which the children read and study throughout the term

      ·         A class visit or visitor, designed to inspire and enthuse

      ·         Opportunities for Drama and Philosophy activities

      ·         Opportunities for learning outside the classroom

      ·         Local and/or topical elements

Our medium term planning also identifies which National Curriculum objectives are being covered throughout the topic. This allows us to ensure complete coverage of the National Curriculum in every subject and in every year group throughout our two year curriculum. However, we aim to be flexible, innovative and responsive in our teaching and our curriculum is constantly evolving.

Medium term plans for each class are available at the bottom of this page.

Curriculum coverage plans for each subject are also available at the bottom of this page.

The following information explains how we cover the Programmes of Study in each subject in the National Curriculum:

English

English is taught every day in the following ways:

      ·         Spoken language involves children discussing and evaluating books, their writing and their learning. Children are encouraged to talk about their ideas and listen to others carefully as well as being given regular opportunities to present to large and small groups. Our Drama and Philosophy lessons are designed to promote and enhance speaking and listening skills

      ·         Reading – children read regularly every day as part of guided and group reading sessions. Each class also studies a class novel every term and there are regular Reading Clubs which allow the children an opportunity to discuss a book in greater depth. All children are encouraged to read a wide variety of texts from the school library and are required to read at home at least five times a week

      ·         Writing – children are given regular opportunities to write a variety of different text types for different audiences and purposes. Children are encouraged to redraft, refine and develop their writing and to be adventurous with vocabulary choices. Grammar and spelling are taught separately with children being encouraged to apply their knowledge throughout their written work. Phonics is taught daily in Key Stage 1 and also to any older children who need support. All children learn correct letter formation and joins and are encouraged to join their handwriting as soon as it is appropriate

Full curriculum coverage for English is available at the bottom of this page.

Mathematics

Maths is taught every day in the following ways:

      ·         In Key Stage 1, children follow the Singapore Maths scheme which encourages a visualisation and practical approach to Maths. The scheme, ‘Maths No Problem’, fully covers the objectives in our National Curriculum and incorporates them into Singapore Maths activities.

More information about ‘Maths No Problem’ is available by clicking on this link

Maths No Problem

      ·         In Key Stage 2, children follow the National Curriculum programmes of study but use Singapore Maths techniques regularly in lessons. However, in 2016/17 we will be continue to embed the 'Maths No Problem' scheme throughout Key Stage 2.

      Full curriculum coverage for Mathematics is available at the bottom of this page.

Science

Science is taught in termly topics as set out in the National Curriculum

Art and Design

Art and Design is taught as part of a class cross curricular topic or theme

Computing

Computing is taught regularly in the following ways:

      ·         In Key stage 1 children learn simple programming and debugging techniques through the use of a Bee-Bot. They also learn how to use the school laptops confidently and competently as well as how to stay safe online.

      ·         In Key Stage 2, more complex programming is taught through the use of the Kodu/Scratch coding programme by a specialist teacher. They also learn how to use the school laptops confidently and competently as well as how to stay safe online.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is taught as part of a class cross curricular topic or theme.

Geography

Geography is taught as part of a class cross curricular topic or theme. However, each class in Key stage 2 also learns the key features of locational Geography.

History

History in Key Stage 1 is taught in termly topics as set out in the National Curriculum.

In Key Stage 2, the topics have been divided up as follows:

      ·         Year 3/4 study: the Stone Age to the Iron Age, Anglo Saxons, Vikings and Saxons, Ancient Greece, An Ancient Civilisation – Egypt

      ·         Year 5/6 study: the Roman Empire, Local History – focussing on the impact of World War 2 in our locality, Non-European Society – Mayans and Aztecs, British Theme – focussing on changes during the Victorian period

In addition, each class in Key Stage 2 learns the key features of British chronology from the Stone Age to 1066. This is designed to consolidate their understanding of chronological events and also allow a more detailed study of the periods to take place separately.

Languages

Languages is not part of the Key Stage 1 curriculum. However, simple aspects of different languages are introduced on an informal basis.

In Year 3/4 the children are introduced to basic elements of Spanish and German.

In Year 5/6 the children learn French, following the ‘Rigolo’ scheme of work

Music

Music is taught as part of a class cross curricular topic or theme, following the ‘Charanga’ scheme of work. Children in Year 5 learn the recorder and children in Year 6 are taught to play the ukulele by a specialist teacher every week.

PE

All children receive 2 hours of PE a week as well as the opportunity to participate in a weekly lunchtime sports club and a number of after school clubs. The children are taught Gymnastics, Games, Dance, Athletics and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities in both Key Stages. All children in Key Stage 2 also go swimming and continue with lessons until they can swim at least 25m.

More information about our PE and Sport provision is available on the PE and Sport page of this website


The following information explains how we teach subjects which are not part of the National Curriculum but which form part of our school curriculum:

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught through an enquiry based approach. All year groups follow the Norfolk approved syllabus for RE

Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship

PSHE and Citizenship is taught through the PSHE Education programme of study which has been developed by the ‘PSHE Association’.

Philosophy

All our classes run regular Philosophy sessions where children are encouraged to listen, respond, question and debate particular issues. They also learn the valuable skills of listening to different opinions and disagreeing and challenging in a positive way.

Drama

We use drama regularly within lessons to deepen children’s involvement and understanding of a particular topic. Specific drama skills and techniques are taught and then applied to a variety of contexts.

Forest School

For information on our Forest School provision, please see the Forest School page of this website

Enrichment Activities

In addition to our core curriculum provision, we aim to provide a number of additional activities which are designed to enhance and enrich our curriculum. These include:

  • residential visits for our Saplings and Oaks classes
  • regular class trips every term
  • frequent short trips to explore our local area
  • a wide variety of after school clubs
  • we encourage visitors with particular skills or experiences to inspire our children
  • road and fire safety for our younger children
  • cycling proficiency for our older children
  • regular swimming at our local High School for every child in Years 3 and 4
  • whole class musical instrument lessons
  • themed days and events such as World Book Day and the European Day of Languages
  • Cluster enrichment activities with our local Primary and High Schools
  • participation in sporting fixtures and festivals for every child 
  • an ‘aspiration day’ supported by the University of East Anglia and local businesses which involves children learning about the path to University as well as different careers
  • a whole school Summer production starring every child in the school
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