The Themed Curriculum 2017/2018


Our topics for the school year 2017/18. Download the KS1 Topic Overview | Download the KS2 Topic Overview

Key Stage 1 Topics 2017/18

Autumn 1

Castles

Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Autumn 1 - Where I live
Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Autumn 2 - Inventions

Autumn 2

The Victorians

Spring 1

Mayans

Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Spring 1 - Ancient China
Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Spring 2 - Dutch Boats in a Storm

Spring 2

South America

Summer 1

Evacuees

Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Summer 1 - Under the Sea
Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Summer 2 - The Great Outdoors

Summer 2

Beautiful Britain

Key Stage 2 Topics 2017/18

Autumn 1

Anglo Saxons & Scots

Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Autumn 1 - Where I live
Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Autumn 2 - Inventions

Autumn 2

What the Dickens!

Spring 1

Mayans

Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Spring 1 - Ancient China
Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Spring 2 - Dutch Boats in a Storm

Spring 2

South America

Summer 1

World War II

Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Summer 1 - Under the Sea
Curriculum Theme 2016/17 Summer 2 - The Great Outdoors

Summer 2

Beautiful Britain

Our Curriculum


The curriculum of the Trinity Federation of Church Academies is designed for inclusive teaching and learning and reflects the caring, Christian ethos of our three schools.

Subjects from the National Curriculum are mostly taught through a themed approach. The themes change every half term and every child within the federation learns through the same theme. Teachers differentiate the learning for the children in their classes to ensure it is both relevant and challenging for all.

The school curriculum (which refers to all learning opportunities offered by the federation, including the National Curriculum) has a strong emphasis on learning creatively and using the outdoor environment.

All staff work together to further develop the school curriculum every year in order to provide the best possible learning opportunities for every child.

Download the Parent’s Guide to the National Curriculum

We aim for our curriculum to be...

Life enhancing (Enabling life long learning)
Nurturing (Challenging, Inclusive, Accessible)
Inspiring (Exciting, Creative, Fun, Engaging)
Relevant (Balanced, responsive, Progressive, Flexible)

As a result, we aim for our children to become...

Confident and resilient
Independent
Socially aware
Responsible and considerate
Aspirational and motivated
Inquisitive and enquiring

Our Curriculum Overview

English, mathematics and languages
The teaching and learning of the core literacy and numeracy skills are the foundations of learning. This takes place in daily lessons. Wherever appropriate these skills will be contextualised in real life learning. However at times the skills may need to be taught as discrete subjects.
In KS2 this also includes the programme of Modern Languages in Primary Schools.
Cross curricular learning
Subjects from the National Curriculum are taught through a themed approach.

We provide opportunities for pupils to use subject specific learning & skills in a variety of different contexts.

Subject specific learning experiences
This includes any curriculum subject areas that are not being covered in a themed context for learning, or may be a specific teaching of skills i.e. learning to play a musical instrument or learning to swim.
Pupils have at least two hours each week of high quality PE.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development
All learning is planned with the intention of developing the whole child. As a church school federation, we have strong links with the local church community and diocese.
All children within our federation learn RE through the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus.
There is daily act of collective worship, which teaches through Christian Values.
Learning outdoors
Many valuable experiences happen through outdoor learning throughout the federation. Teachers plan regular opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Local educational visits are planned to enrich the curriculum. Older children have opportunities to take part in residential visits.
Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Development
Our children learn about feelings and relationships through the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies schemes of work. They also learn through Anti-Bullying Week, SRE lessons and E-Safety sessions.
Ethos of the federation
Our schools are places where everyone can feel welcome, safe and valued.
All pupils and staff have the responsibility to contribute effectively to the life and ethos of the school. Some examples of this may be undertaking School Council work, contributing to the school newspaper, preparing to present an assembly, planning whole school events or taking part in community events.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The youngest children in our federation learn mostly through structured play opportunities, which are designed to promote language and social skills. There is also a strong emphasis on learning to read and developing basic maths skills.
These are detailed in Development Matters in the Early Years and Foundation Stage.

Special Needs

We recognise that for a variety of reasons, individual children will need special support in school. Where this is felt to be necessary we will discuss the individual need with each parent/carer, drawing up, where necessary, an agreed Learning Plan. We are also able to draw upon a range of expert help from outside the school. Again, this will be discussed with parents/carers to ensure that every child is helped to achieve their own personal best.

The small classes and high level of classroom support enables us to meet the special needs of individual children.

Mr Sean Duffy (Assistant Headteacher at Great Witchingham) acts as the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) for the Federation. Mrs Vicky Hurst is the Governor for Special Educational Needs.
For further details please visit the Norfolk Parent Partnership website.

Gifted and Talented

We aim to cater for the needs of all children. Staff are asked to identify gifted and talented children within their classes and plan lessons that will provide challenge. We also seek to create additional learning opportunities for children by working with external providers.