Norbridge Academy Curriculum Statement
We have constructed a curriculum that has high ambition for all pupils at its heart. Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and we have constructed ours in such a way, that it prepares our learners for their next phase of education and it also gives children the cultural capital, knowledge and skills that they will need to build upon in their next phase of education. Our curriculum is built with equality in mind and all children, regardless of their SEND, socio- economic background or gender will be given the opportunity to thrive and succeed by learning from a knowledge-rich curriculum.
Our curriculum is well planned and sequenced to ensure that our children build on their learning in a sequence that builds upon and consolidates prior learning. This is done to create a well-constructed schema that enables our children to commit their new knowledge to long term memory and our children are increasingly able to recall information they have learned previously through regular low stakes quizzes. This in turn reduces the stress on working memory and we also know this has helped our SEND pupils significantly.
Our whole staff team have worked together to develop our curriculum. We have worked with subject associations to strengthen the organisation, planning and delivery of our curriculum. This work has led to us building knowledge organisers for all areas of our curriculum. This has provided clarity about the content of the curriculum and it has enhanced our work with parents as these knowledge organisers are shared with our parents, colleagues and governors. This has also given clarity to all of our community about what the content of our curriculum is and the rationale behind it.
Our work in our knowledge organisers means pupils have lots of opportunities to revisit the learning and this helps them commit knowledge to their long term memory. This work is very useful for our vulnerable pupils in school.
Leaders have worked with teams of staff to build our curriculum and we have provided time to staff for any further work that has been required. We use our curriculum hub in school as an area where staff can work alone or in teams and have access to professional learning materials. This area contains our whole school curriculum and staff are able to discuss our work and have regular discussions around curriculum content. This has been beneficial to our staff in terms of seeing a “live” version of our whole curriculum and it has certainly helped focus on the structure, content and delivery of our curriculum offer.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum offer and we use Read Write Inc. to deliver phonics and English lessons. This has provided rigour and clear focus on our early reading provision and we have designated a teacher to directly monitor provision. We made the decision to sharpen our focus on early reading because we knew it was important to take clear action to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic. Children in Key Stage 2 use Accelerated Reader. This assesses their reading level, and ensures that the books they are reading match their reading age. Children use Accelerated Reader quizzes, both at home and school, which allows teachers to monitor children’s progress and inform intervention groups. We took steps to completely redesign our library during the pandemic so when children were back in school the profile of the library and reading would be high.
We have worked hard to show our children the value of reading and we have been proactive in taking steps to mitigate against lost opportunity during the pandemic. The work of our staff to raise the profile of reading and the use of high quality training has meant the children are aware that the staff share their love of reading and its value with them.
Our pupils have always achieved well and they have been successful at Norbridge for many years. Each year before the pandemic we focused on quality first teaching and we provided extra teaching sessions for those children that needed more support. Our staff are skilled at this and this prior knowledge and experience place us in a strong position to provide extra teaching sessions on our return to school.
We have ensured our children have a rich curriculum and we have been quick to take the time during this challenging period to enhance out provision further. Some examples of this include our dissection of a pig heart live online. We are also currently putting together our Norbridge Go Kart. This builds on our prior work with Primary Engineer.
We have always strived to provide a world-class curriculum and we believe we can always improve. Our motto of ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ has always been at the centre of our work and it permeates everything that we do. Our aims for this year are to show strength and resilience in all of our work and this coupled with our ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ motto means that we strive to ‘live’ our values through our clear focus on the quality of the curriculum and outcomes for our children.
Long Term Planning Overviews
Please visit our Equality section and our SEND and Reporting Local Officer section to read about how we make our curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs:
The following is a useful guide for parents on the National Curriculum:
For more information about the curriculum at Norbridge Academy contact: Kelly Whittington (Key Stage 1 Curriculum Coordinator) or Rebecca Jackson (Key Stage 2 Curriculum Coordinator).