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Curriculum

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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.

Click on the titles below for more details on the curriculum we teach at Weasenham Church of England Primary Academy.

Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyThere are six areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage:

  1. Communication, language and literacy
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the world
  3. Creative development
  4. Personal, social and emotional development
  5. Physical development and problem solving
  6. 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.

Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyThere is an emphasis on the core subjects of English and Maths and, in accordance with Government recommendations; we refer to the Primary Framework for Literacy and Numeracy, in which whole class teaching is combined with group and individual work. There are opportunities for children to work at an appropriate level by grouping pupils between classes flexibly.
Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyThis is the third core subject and we spend at least two hours each week on both practical and written activities covering, through a bi-annual rolling programme, aspects of all three strands of knowledge, Life and Living Processes (Plants, Humans Special Educational Needs The Curriculum 19 and Animals), Materials (their Properties and Changes) and Physical Processes (Forces, Earth and Space, Light and Sound and Electricity. These three strands are taught mainly through the fourth strand, Scientific Enquiry.
Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyThis is taught both as a separate subject and within the context of the other subjects. The school has a mixture of computers, laptops and iPads as well as cameras, CD players etc.

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.

Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyChildren in Snowy and Eagle Owls Classes have weekly French lessons. The children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have two Italian lessons each week using the “Dinocrocs” learning tool. The children also have tasters of Spanish and Mandarin.

The school has links to schools in France and China and is the proud holder of the prestigious Full International School Award.

Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyThese are:

  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.

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 trips to True’s Yard and the King’s Lynn Museum in King’s Lynn, Gressenhall Rural Life Museum, an operatic performance at The Theatre Royal in Norwich & a whole School trip to Norwich Cathedral.

We also have termly Partnership Days with Rudham 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 trip was to Ford Castle in Northumberland. Children from our Federated school in Rudham join us on these trips. The Year 5/6 children are also joined by children from other local schools.

Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyMusic is taught by Mrs. Johnson, our specialist teacher who also teaches extra-curricular music. On top of this other extra-curricular music includes violin, recorders, flute, cello and piano lessons.

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.

Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyWe aim to provide experience of all facets of physical education. The skills of the following games are taught:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Rounders
  • Table tennis.

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.

Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyAll classes have Circle Time and/or designated PHSCE sessions when sensitive topics and matters of concern to both staff and pupils can be discussed in an atmosphere of trust and understanding. 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 any new Class teacher and organising the ‘Weasenham’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.

Weasenham Church of England Primary AcademyReligious Education is taught in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus (2012) which includes the study of other faiths. A copy of the syllabus and our scheme of work may be viewed on request.

The school is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School and as such we value our link with the local Church. The local incumbent who is a Governor visits the school on a weekly basis.

We hold termly Eucharist services at St Mary’s Church in East Rudham, we also hold other services celebrating or commemorating important events in the Church Year.

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.