Vision and Aims
From a tiny seed… all things are possible.
This vision is manifested throughout our curriculum, practice and ethos. We whole-heartedly believe that every child at Acle St Edmund Primary has the potential to grow and flourish through ‘learning more, thinking more and being more’. Our school aims have been crafted by our school community, for our children and our context. They are reflected throughout our curriculum provision.
We teach a broad and balanced curriculum which provides knowledge and experience to equip children for the 21st century. We know that progress means knowing more and remembering more over time. Our curriculum revisits key concepts in each subject discipline and builds knowledge progressively over time which readies our children for the next stage of their education.
In History, Geography, Art, DT we cover these concepts through a topic based approach. This provides a context and purpose to the NC objectives and therefore means that we can go above and beyond this, digging deeper into concepts and questions, making coherent links between different subjects. Where meaningful links are available, Science is taught through the context of a topic. At other times, it is taught outside of the topic.
We teach all other curriculum subjects discretely. We use high quality resources from Purple Mash to deliver Computing, Charanga for Music, Jigsaw for PSHE and Language Angels for MFL. As well as this, we use materials from the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for RE, alongside resources from Understanding Christianity. Mr Pickett specialises in PE and supports teachers to deliver engaging, energetic and motivating PE lessons as well as leading some himself.
In order for children to fully access the curriculum, they need to be able to read in every subject and understand the subject specific vocabulary taught to them. We do this by providing opportunities for children to engage with high-quality texts across all areas of the curriculum and develop a rich vocabulary to support their learning of the world.
Each class will explore five topics over the year. Each topic will be titled as a ‘Big Question’ which the children will answer through different subjects over the course of the topic. Three of the five topics will be delivered through a whole-school ‘Big Question’. These topics which will take place in Autumn 1, Spring and Summer 2. This means that children across the school will have opportunities to answer the same ‘Big Question’ but at their own level and in their own way. This builds a great sense of community across the school as well as allowing for some collaborative learning and shared end products, such as a whole-school exhibition. Classes will explore their own topics in Autumn 2 and Summer 1 to ensure full and deep coverage of the National Curriculum for their age.
We are very fortunate to be situated in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. We celebrate our local environment, build links with our community and encourage our pupils to actively advocate for it through our first whole-school topic of the year, ‘Who am I and where do I come from?’
Our second whole-school topic, ‘Is change always good?’. This is a question that can be answered in many different ways and through many lenses. It encourages children to analyse, debate and consider many points of view. It grants insight into scientific processes of change as well as historical changes over time.
We have high expectations and hopes for our children. Our curriculum encourages them to set high ambitions for themselves as well as giving them the determination, knowledge and skills to achieve these. Our whole-school end of Summer topic, ‘Where could I go?’, not only provides opportunities to learn more about an area of the world, but also encourages children to think about their future, aspirations, dreams and goals.
Character and Enrichment
We value every child as an individual and celebrate their successes from both in and out of school. There are many enhancement and enrichment opportunities throughout our curriculum where children can shine in different ways. Planned experiences, trips, residential visits, visitors, sports competitions and arts exhibitions provide all children with the cultural capital they need in order to succeed, regardless of differing starting points.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health is an important aspect of our curriculum. We know that children need to feel safe and supported in order to make progress. Our curriculum works flexibly to address current issues, both local and global, responding to worries, thoughts or questions that children may have. It encourages resilience, confidence and aspiration by empowering every child to develop the skills and knowledge required to succeed, grow and flourish. Our daily Collective Worship further supports children’s social, emotional and mental health as they explore values such as generosity, friendship, service and forgiveness, as well as many others.
The Christian values of respect, hope, compassion and trust permeate our curriculum as do the British values of individual liberty, mutual respect, democracy and rule of law. As well as celebrating our local communities, our curriculum encourages children to be outward looking so that children have respect for and an understanding of people, cultures, faiths and communities around the world. Our subject disciplines offer a diverse range of experiences and knowledge. This means our children will grow to be resilient citizens ready for the challenges of the 21st century.
Curriculum long term plans
Please find our long term curriculum plans for 2021-22: