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Teaching and learning

English

In the early stages of learning to read (generally up to the end of Year 1, but this is tailored to individuals), we teach children to read using the Read Write Inc. system of phonics teaching. This is fantastic at teaching the children how to ‘decode’ (read the sounds) of text. Children also have a daily guided reading session with an adult to develop their understanding of what they read.

We follow on from this with ‘Literacy and Language’ which builds on Read Write Inc., based on book extracts, with a high focus on speaking/listening and developing strong reading and writing skills.

Maths

In Reception to Year 4 we teach maths using ‘Mathematics Mastery’ which is based on the very successful methods used in Singapore together with elements of Shanghai mathematics. We are a leading school and run outreach sessions to develop other schools’ practice. Equipment is used regularly, and topics are taught for several weeks to avoid moving on before children have really understood what they are learning. In the rest of the school, we also aim for children to understand topics in depth with a high focus on investigations and problem solving.

Wider curriculum

Other subjects may sometimes be taught together or separately – e.g. when studying the Romans in history, art skills are developed through designing shields.  Curriculum letters are sent home termly to tell you what your child is learning about.

Teachers are encouraged to take the children on trips, invite in speakers or take part in exciting activities to get the children involved and enthusiastic about the topics they are learning about.

All children at Norwich Primary Academy from Year 1 up learn a musical instrument (currently one of ukulele, violin, cello, brass, or flute).

For more details, see our curriculum page.