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Curriculum Overview

At North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery our curriculum is based upon the statutory requirements set out in the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. However, it is not limited by this and staff work hard to provide a broader range of experiences and learning, tailored to meet the children's needs.

 Foundation Stage children (Nursery and Reception) will learn through the seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These areas underpin the organisation of the learning environment; the activities provided for children and the monitoring of children’s progress and development.

English National Curriculum

What is my child learning? What is my child expected to know ?

In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, (Years 1-2 and Years 3-6) children are taught all the subjects of the National Curriculum for both core (English, Maths and Science) and foundation subjects. If you click on each of the core subject blue links in the previous sentence, you see they provide year- by- year expectations for pupils. This means you can check and see if your child is meeting their age expectations.

The curriculum we teach incudes these subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Art and design
  • Physical education (PE)
  • Design technology
  • Religious education
  • Personal, Social and Health education 

The content of our curriculum and ways of working in our schools prepare our pupils positively for life in modern Britain and promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

We have 8 core values, which underpin our curriculum. They are: co-operation, courage, effort, honesty, perseverance, reflection, respect, tolerance

Click here for our British Values Statement so you can understand more about what we do.

Click here to find out how we promote pupils' Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. 

North Walsham Junior and Infant School Federation are committed to serving the local community and building qualities such as resilience and tolerance in our pupils. What we do recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, so we understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within our schools are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

All staff ensure that, throughout the curriculum they teach, children are encouraged to ask questions to find out more and debate issues with others. By adding this dimension to the planned learning, we are able to provide opportunities for key skills to develop across the curriculum and to cultivate creative thinking in our pupils.We put great emphasis on pupils' oracy development- they need to be able to speak their mind, think things through aloud, hold an opinion and communicate effectively.

Find out more about the English National Curriculum >

Classteachers will regularly send out information to parents about what the children are their learning so that everyone is clear about our expectations and how parents can help their child to excel.You can find out more about the specific curriculum in each year group by looking at the documents below and by reading the regular Knowledge Organisers and other curriculum letters sent out by each year group team (also available on the letters page).

Parents can refer to the Maths 'Learn- Its' sent home every half term, to better understand the fundamental expectations in every year group.

We also take e-safety very seriously and make sure our children are taught about the dangers posed online. Click here to find out more about our e-safety curriculum.

We take a whole school progressive approach to planning the core subjects in English and maths, using Read Write Inc. and resources from White Rose Maths Hub and Maths Makes Sense programmes. See separate tabs above for more information about these resources.