This covers speaking and listening, drama, reading, and writing. We encourage parents to share books with their children and read daily.
In Reception children are taught single sounds and then how to blend them together to make words. The partnership between home and school is very important. Children (and parents!) are rewarded for their reading efforts with a sticker for every 20 books.
We use Read Write Inc. to deliver phonics, grammar, spelling, and language and literacy.
There is a daily mathematics session for pupils when children learn through a combination of whole class teaching, individual tasks, and practical activities. They learn about numbers and the number system (including the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), shape, space, measures, and handling data. Children use their mathematical skills to solve real-life problems.
The children learn to explore the world, find information, and record and present their ideas using a variety of technology including computers, digital cameras, digital microscopes, scanners, keyboards, electric drums, tape recorders, projectors, video recording, DVDs, and the internet. They learn how to be safe using modern technology.
The school has software designed to match their level of learning. These include generic software: word processors, spreadsheets, paint packages, databases, multimedia presentation, music, control and simulations.
At Cobholm Primary Academy we take a purpose-made, knowledge-based curriculum approach. This means a lot of investigating and questioning based on pupils' previous knowledge. Science is taught through different topics and covers life processes and living things, materials, and physical processes.
Art, design and technology
Art and design is an area that most children enjoy and that allows them to express themselves in a variety of ways. Children are given the opportunity to use colour, form, texture, pattern, and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel, and think. They look at the work of a variety of artists and are encouraged to talk about their own and other people’s art. Children explore making things move, food technology, packaging, and textiles.
All children take part in PE which includes dance, gymnastics, and games sessions. Children have access to large and small equipment to improve their gross and fine motor skills, using both inside and outside spaces. Pupils in Key Stage 2 also have the opportunity to go swimming at the local Phoenix swimming pool. It is important that pupils should have a change of clothing for PE – shorts, T-shirt and plimsolls. Long hair must be tied back. Stud earrings allowed by the school need to be removed or covered with plasters or tape.
History and geography
These are taught mainly through topic work. We aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the local environment and different areas of the world and to also foster their curiosity about the past.
Music forms an important part of the school with children singing and listening to music daily. Children have the opportunity to play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. There is a choir and a very successful recorder group. The older children take part in the St. Andrew's Music Festival.
Religious education and collective worship
RE is based upon the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus, a copy of which may be viewed at school on request. The children learn about the common aspects of the six religions of the world. Collective worship takes place every day as a whole school and is taken by school staff or visiting speakers. The school respects religious beliefs so should any parent wish to withdraw their child from all or part of religious education and collective worship, they must inform the school and make an appointment to discuss the matter with the Principal so that alternative arrangements can be made for their child.
Personal health and social education
PHSE is taught both as a separate subject and through appropriate curriculum areas. The school uses PATHS - Positive Alternative Thinking Strategies - to support children in developing the qualities and skills of self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy, and behaviour and social skills.
The school has a clear sex and relationship education policy. Questions are answered as and when they arise and sex education relating to national curriculum science is taught.
If you would like more information please contact the school office and they will put you in touch with the most appropriate year or subject lead.