Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
The school follows the National Curriculum, details of which can be found on the DfE website
The school consists of seven year groups divided into four classes.
- Gruffaloes – Nursery (mornings only) and Reception – Mr Goodson
- Wizards – Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Hastings and Mrs Brown
- Dragons – Year 3 and 4 – Mrs Taylor
- Chimeras – Year 5 and 6 – Mr Brett
We work hard to equip our children to take part in the world of the future by planning a rich, broad and balanced curriculum suited to the age and aptitude of each child. Our aim is to combine excellence in teaching with enjoyment of learning. Our curriculum encompasses the requirements of National Curriculum and is then extended through outdoor learning, thinking skills and global awareness.
Resources and sources of information are carefully chosen to reflect cultural diversity and prevent racism.
We are committed to helping all children succeed. Planning, teaching and classroom organisation take into account that children learn in many different ways; through play, in small groups, through drama, art, music and sport, from each other, from their parents and grandparents, by listening, by watching and by doing.
Standardised Testing for reading and spelling and maths take place across the school, enabling teachers to track the progress made by the children.
National Curriculum documents are available in school for parents to read.
Curriculum planning is approached in a thematic way. The topics are built into a two year rolling programme for each class to ensure balance, continuity and progression. Each half term the chosen topic incorporates all relevant curriculum areas .
Those aspects of the National Curriculum not covered in this way are taught on a subject specific basis.
Language and Literacy
English is a key part of the curriculum. Our aim is to help each child to communicate confidently in speech and writing and to this end we use learning objectives from the National Curriculum. These cover writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar, reading, speaking and listening and drama.
We want children to enjoy books from a very early age and our aim is for them to read for pleasure and with understanding. In Key Stage 1 we follow the Floppy’s Phonics Scheme, which is a government approved method of teaching synthetic phonics. The children also read books from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. In Key Stage 2, most children are supported to make their own book choices and read as widely as possible. Real books are also frequently our starting point for teaching writing as we feel children learn best through ’ book talk’, drama and the example of professional writers. Writing tasks are often approached through/ linked to topic work.
We see maths as a creative subject, which can stimulate curiosity and help children begin to make sense of the world. It has connections with other areas of the curriculum where it can enrich learning. The national curriculum for maths aims to develop fluent, reasoning mathematicians who can tackle problems and show perseverance when exploring solutions.
Taking medium term plans to ensure coverage of the statutory curriculum from The Hamilton Trust, weekly sessions are planned by teachers to suit the needs of the children. During the Foundation Stage, maths forms part of many interactive learning experiences. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through play, exploration and discussion. Across the school, children are taught in mixed ability classes. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. Children extend and secure their use of mathematical language, diagrams and statistical charts while also being able to solve increasingly sophisticated problems.
The majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, teachers will carefully assess a child’s readiness before moving them on. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are encouraged to make connections across maths to help develop fluency.
Science stimulates and excites children. It develops a sense of enquiry and extends their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. They develop understanding of the methods of science through different types of science enquiries and learn about what it means to ‘work scientifically.’
At Key Stage 1 children observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. While most work is through first-hand exploration, they also use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas.
At Key Stage 2 children learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. They make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others to ask questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests.
Children learn how to use IT to support their learning across the curriculum. As they progress through the school they have access to a variety of software programmes including data handling, word processing, graphics, art, maths and literacy. They develop research skills and select information to include in their own work. As part of the curriculum, they also learn coding. Each class has an interactive whiteboard, access to a class set of laptops, aswell as access to a set of tablets too.
Design and Technology
Design & technology is usually linked to topic work and often involves problem solving. Children are taught to use tools correctly and safely, to plan a task and to evaluate outcomes. Over the course of Key Stage 2 children learn to become proficient bookmakers as they sew and bind their own topic books.
Religious Education is planned in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2012. The overarching approach is ‘Learning about religion and belief’ and ‘Learning from religion and belief’. Children are helped to develop a positive attitude towards others, respecting and understanding beliefs different from their own. They are given opportunities to reflect and explore concepts like belonging, commitment, human rights and social justice.
Collective worship of a broadly Christian nature is held during whole school or class assemblies. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from Religious Education or daily worship are invited to discuss the matter with the Head of School.
The school offers class, group and individual music activities which encourage creativity and develop listening and performing skills. A wide variety of musical instruments are available for all children to use in class music lessons. KS 2 children receive music lessons from a specialist music teacher each week. Children also have the opportunity to learn to play a range of instruments. There is a charge for this tuition. Reception class has a Music & Movement session each week.
Children are taught a wide range of skills and exposed to a variety of media as the progress through the school. Most art is linked to topic work but we also organise whole school projects and run workshops with invited artists. The station building is currently set-up for off-site artistic projects and the surrounding field is used for open air work. Key Stage 2 children keep their own sketchbooks.
History and Geography
History and geography are taught through cross-curricular topic work. Knowledge and skills are taught with an emphasis on enabling children to develop their own interests and research. Whenever possible visits are made and fieldwork is conducted. Most topics have a local as well as national and international dimension.
Physical Education [P.E.]
Physical Education at Corpusty aims to contribute to developing children’s physical, social, interpersonal and emotional skills. It provides opportunities for children to be creative and competitive while learning to work with and respect others.
Children learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, often in pairs and small groups. They develop competence in performing different skills and build confidence to overcome challenges as they arise. A positive attitude towards active lifestyles is promoted and we aim to introduce children to lifelong physical activity. This is encouraged by providing access to a wide range of sporting extra-curricular clubs. Across the school, children have opportunities to take part in competitive experiences, as well as less competitive sporting festivals.
Children in all year groups work with both their teachers, sports coaches and partner organisations to enhance their skills across the PE curriculum for at least 2 hours per week.
Throughout the year children are taken on outings to extend classroom work and we consider they play an important part in the children’s learning. Transport is by coach or minibus. Older children are given the opportunity of taking part in a residential course.
Contributions and donations are requested towards certain visits. The Friends of Corpusty Primary School also contribute to costs.
The governors have decided that no child shall be exempted from a visit owing to family financial constraints.
The governing body endorses the Charging and Remission Policy of the L.E.A.
Extra Curricular Activities
Throughout the year the school runs a variety of lunchtime and after school clubs. At present these include nature, football, netball, multi-skills, drama and art.
Sex and Relationship Education
Sex Education and Drug Awareness is taught under the umbrella of personal, social, emotional and health education. (PSHE) It begins in Key Stage 1 and progresses through the school with children learning about health, hygiene, body parts and functions. Year 5/6 take part in an organised programme of talks and discussions led by two class teachers and parents are informed beforehand. These cover hygiene, personal development, reproduction and menstruation. Children only have confirmation and clarification at the level of their understanding and where information is passed on it is done in a caring, sensitive way.
As members of a class and school community we encourage the children to take an active part in the life of the school and take more responsibility for themselves, their learning and their environment. We help them develop skills such as how to share, help others and resist bullying in order that they can lead confident, independent lives and ultimately become active, informed, responsible citizens of the future.