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Norton Fitzwarren Church School

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Curriculum

  •   Our Curriculum Intent Statement is underpinned by The Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust Curriculum Intent and simply sets out the principles of our curriculum.

Norton Fitzwarren Curriculum Intent:

  • It is tailored to meet the needs of our school, its context within a village located on the edge of a county town. The village is currently within a period of expansion with a growth in housing developments.  Within the village we also have the Royal Marine 40 Commando base and serve military families.  Both factors contribute to high mobility of pupils in the school.  
  • We are part of a joint benefice with a neighbouring village and Christianity is the heartbeat of our school. Our curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our Christian values. 
  • It is rooted in the needs of our community, drawing on local culture and heritage.  We have a designated Ancient Monument and Archaeological site - a hillfort situated in the village and Somerset Heritage Centre is based here. 
  •  Secures pupils' core skills, knowledge and understanding to at least an age appropriate level and beyond, and is adapted, designed and developed for pupils with additional learning needs or disabilities. 
  • Provides both coverage of the National Curriculum and appropriate progression from EYFS to Y6 and beyond. 
  • Provides experience of and connections to the world beyond the school in both time and place through programmes of external visits and visitors.  
  • Our curriculum is ambitious for all pupils which is reflected in our vision statement of ‘ One family, together we shine.’ 
  • We pride ourselves as being a ‘Norton family’, which provides a sense of belonging that our pupils with high mobility welcome. 
  • Recognises, celebrates, and welcomes each pupil as a unique individual. 
  • Provides enrichment opportunities to broaden and enhance the curriculum experience for pupils through carefully considered topics and contextually specific learning opportunities to develop ‘The Norton Child’, including experiences and visits as part of our curriculum. 
  • Is flexible and responds to pupils’ feedback, the evaluations of how well pupils learn and make progress, and in pupils’ performance in external and internal assessments.  We embed  ‘Becoming Better Learners,’ throughout the curriculum which promotes  confidence  in our ability to learn, which means learners are more likely to try new things and carry theses skills into the future.

The curriculum is intended to enable pupils to: 

  • Enjoy learning and understand the importance of this for their growth and development. 

  • Understand and apply Christian values that enhance the experience and development of themselves and others. 

  • Demonstrate positive behaviour that reflects the core Christian values of the Trust and our school values.

  • Have a sense of belonging to their community.  

  • Be confident, ambitious, aspirational, self-evaluative learners who are engaged, excited and empowered by their learning experiences. 

  • Have a sense of pride in who they are, where they live and the school they attend. 

  • Build a personal toolkit over time, to help them look after their own wellbeing and understand how to seek support if this is comprised; through a THRIVE and whole-school approach to PSHE.
  • Make a positive contribution to their community and wider society- for example:  through attendance at community Remembrance events, learning about and donating food to the local food bank and taking part in a volunteering project to plant trees within our community. 

  • Be well prepared for life in modern Britain by participating in democratic votes for school council elections, The Mini Police initiative and worship focused on our Christian values including those led by visiting clergy to build tolerance and respect of those with different faiths and none. 

  • Make good progress across the curriculum appropriate to their prior attainment through access to appropriately differentiated learning opportunities and pre and post teaching sessions across the school day. 

  • Experience equality of opportunity, addressing any gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding, to diminish social or mobility disadvantage. This is supported through our curriculum, which ensures equality of access for all pupils to cultural opportunities and knowledge which may not otherwise be accessed or missed. 

  • Achieve well in external assessment against National benchmarks at the end of each key stage. 

  • Achieve at least age-related expectations across the curriculum including in reading, writing and mathematics unless pupils’ disabilities or learning needs mean that this is not possible.   These include fostering a love of reading to  improve reading and comprehension skills and developing children’s fluency in times table facts and number bonds to underpin improved calculation and problem - solving skills. 

  • The school plans to broaden children’s aspirations for their future through visits to and from further education, Careers and Aspiration Weeks and inviting members of the local and wider community (including past pupils) to speak with pupils about their jobs and education. 

Religious Education
Wider Curriculum

If you would like more information on how we teach areas of the curriculum or the curriculum itself please speak to your child’s class teacher.

If you would like to know more about our English curriculum you can speak to Mrs Anna Jones, our English Lead.

If you would like to know more about our Maths curriculum you can speak to Mrs Amy Warren, our Mathematics Lead.

For general enquiries about the curriculum please contact Miss Juliet Millwood.

You can also look at our class pages and website gallery to see the curriculum in action.

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