Our Academy curriculum is focused on the knowledge, skills and understanding of our pupils and their needs in order that all children achieve their full potential. Our curriculum provides for academic achievement but places the role of developing spiritual, moral, cultural and social development at the heart of all we do with the ultimate aim of ensuring all pupils leave Norwich Road Academy with the confidence and skills to become successful and independent lifelong learners who can make a positive contribution to our diverse and democratic society.
In Early Years children experience the seven areas of learning required as part of the national Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our nursery and reception staff aim to engage the children by delivering these areas through a balance of teacher-led and structured, child-led, learning through play sessions.
In Key Stages 1 and 2 children are taught the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science alongside the foundation subjects of Geography, History, Physical Education, Computing, PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education), Religious Education, Art, Music and Design & Technology.
At Norwich Road Academy the curriculum content has been carefully chosen and is organised in a coherent way, ensuring children can build on their knowledge from year to year. In this way, the knowledge in the curriculum is cumulative, constructing firm foundations from which children can progress and develop deeper conceptual understanding and subject-specific skills over time.
Curriculum coherence ensures that teaching does not jump from topic to topic, but enables children to develop knowledge over time, as well as a love of subjects. Subject content is crucial to this approach- the rich content of the curriculum inspires children and plants the seeds for a lifetime of learning.
Knowledge is required to understand the world about us and to think critically about things. Every subject in the school curriculum is based on a core of knowledge that the child needs to acquire in order to master the subject.