A broad and balanced curriculum covering the full range of National Curriculum Core and Foundation subjects is taught. Many of the subjects are now incorporated into a topic which is more exciting for the children and enables them to have more input into their learning. The school has been following the New National Curriculum since September 2014.
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Click on the titles below for more details on the curriculum we teach at Rudham Church of England Primary Academy.
- Communication, language and literacy
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Creative development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development and problem solving
- Reasoning and numeracy.
There is an equal balance of learning in each area, with many involving cross curricular links.
There are several “early learning goals” in each area for the children to achieve. The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is the assessment used to track children’s progress through child initiated and adult led activities using an 80:20 ratio. Evidence is collected through observations and made into “learning stories” which the children, parents and teachers contribute to.
Children are taught a range of skills within the computing curriculum (Graphics, Word Processing, Email, Music and Multimedia); Finding Things Out (Searching for Information on CD-ROMs and the Internet, databases and spreadsheets); Modelling (Making Things Happen); Measurement and Control.
The school’s Internet policy asks parents to agree to pupils use with adult supervision.
The school has links to France and more recently to a school in Turkey.
- Design and Technology
We spend the equivalent of a minimum of an hour a week on each of these and two hours on P.E. A two or four yearly rolling programme is followed for each, with links being made between subjects by teaching in topics whenever possible to make the curriculum more creative and fun.
Educational visits take place to support curriculum projects. Trips in the past year have included Barn Owls trip to Amazona Zoo, Snowy Owls visit to Norwich Castle, Eagle Owls visit to Gressenhall Museum of Rural Life and Norwich Puppet Theatre attended Rudham to carry out a puppet workshop with Tawny Owls.
We also have termly Partnership Days with Weasenham C of E Primary. During these days all the children in Key Stage 1 will be at one school and Key Stage 2 at the other with the days being themed.
Year 3 and Year 4 visited Hill Top for two nights in the summer. The Year 5 and 6 residential trip to France in alternate years has included a visit to a French market, a War Cemetery, Paris and Disneyland. Biannually Year 5 and Year 6 visit a residential centre where the focus is on environmental studies. The trip in 2013 was to Ambleside in the Lake District and the 2015. 2017 and 2019 trip was to Ford Castle in Northumberland. Children from our Federated school, Weasenham, join us on these trips. The Year 5/6 children are also joined by children from other local schools.
All Key Stage 2 children learn guitar/ukulele during their class lessons. On occasions we have visits from groups/ensembles of musicians and take part in musical events arranged with other schools in our cluster group or our Federated school.
We swim at Bircham and do gymnastics and dance to enhance our provision. We receive assistance from specialist coaches in rugby, softball, football, tennis and cricket.
We currently run a number of sports clubs and the school has an annual Sports Evening. There are annual events within the cluster including Tag Rugby, Cricket, Softball and an Athletics meeting.Sports Prem 2017-18 impact
The pupils have been trained to run class and school councils. The school council has two children from each of the classes with a Chair and Secretary elected by the children on the committee. Their actions have included interviewing the candidates for the new Reception Class teacher and organising the “Rudham’s Got Talent” show during the Summer term. The school council has its own budget to purchase playtime equipment and the children have had a major part in the design and selection of equipment for the school grounds.
The school was awarded National Healthy Schools status in April 2007 in all aspects; Personal, Social and Health, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Emotional Health and Well Being. The school has detailed Schemes of Work for each subject. These and the National Curriculum document for primary schools are available for inspection.
The purpose of RE is religious literacy. This means, helping children and young people to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and belief.
In order to fulfil this purpose, we advocate that RE needs to provide a balance between three disciplines. These are:
- Human/Social Sciences
Theology: This is about believing. It looks at where beliefs come from, how they have changed over time, how they are applied differently in different contexts and how they relate to each other.
Philosophy: This is about thinking. It is about finding out how and whether things make sense. It deals with questions of morality and ethics. It takes seriously the nature of reality, knowledge and existence.
Human/Social Sciences: This is about living. It explores the diverse ways in which people practise their beliefs. It engages with the impact of beliefs on individuals, communities and societies.
An animation explaining these three disciplines is available to view here:
The aims of Religious Education our schoolare:
- To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
- To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
- To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus (2012) which includes the study of other faiths. A copy of the syllabus may be viewed on request.
Here is our scheme of work:
The school is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School and as such we value our link with the local Church.
We use t St Mary’s Church in East Rudham throughout the year, celebrating or commemorating important events in the Church Year including Easter, Christmas, Harvest etc. We see the Church as an extension of our resources.
The collective worship led by staff and once a week by our Rector, who often follows the cycle of the Christian year and links with the communal celebration of festivals in the local church. Other worship usually follows a half termly theme following the Values for Life toolkit.
Parents wishing to withdraw their child from Religious Education and collective worship are invited to discuss the matter with the Headteacher. Children withdrawn from Religious Education will be set other work and will join one of the other classes. Children withdrawn from Collective Worship will remain in the classroom supervised by a teacher or teaching assistant.