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Our curriculum

We believe that maths, reading and writing should be at the heart of a child’s learning. Our children develop their reading, writing and number skills every day to ensure a broad foundation for learning. We use the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme.

We also offer science, languages, history, geography, philosophy, music, art, drama, computing, and PE.

Our approach and facilities encourage play and exploration, allowing students to develop their independence and creativity.


PE, physical activity and sport are an important part of a child's development. Therefore, we’re supporting our capacity of PE and activity at Charles Darwin each year, initially by investing in the Norwich School Sport Partnership (NSSP) which will increase opportunity for our pupils to participate in physical activity and competition.
Delivery of high-quality PE across the school is providing our pupils with greater opportunities to learn through active teaching, supported by our new and evolving facilities, which provide an excellent platform for develop physically literate pupils.

We want our pupils to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, with regular exercise, with the aim of developing mental, social and personal qualities that are promoted through physical activity. Qualities such as resilience, independence and the ability to work as part of a team will be promoted through the school year in an engaging curriculum.


Swimming is currently offered across all year groups, as we aim to promote skills and water safety early on. 

Our pupils attend swimming lessons at The Hewett Academy, supporting our aim that all pupils can complete the required 25 meter swim by the time they leave in Year 6 and promote participation outside of school.

Pupils follow a timetable of lessons in which they cover the basics of swimming, as well as building their water confidence and water safety skills.


Our wide, traditional curriculum is combined with exciting extracurricular ‘electives’ to give our young people the best possible opportunities. As part of our extended school day pupils can take part in activities such as yoga, dance, playground games, and sports, as well as drama, art, music, and science clubs. 

Our elective programme runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. These are high-quality, optional enrichment clubs that are led by members of staff and external providers from 3pm to 4pm.

Electives may change each term, so be prepared for letters sent home for selection ahead of the new term.

As children grow older, independent study will also be built into the day, meaning that when they go home the focus is on quality family time not homework.

You can find out more about the curriculum in the documents on this page or by contacting us.