Normanton-on-SoarPrimary School

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Curriculum overview

Whole School Curriculum


At Normanton-on-Soar Primary School we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum, incorporating Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, in a resource rich and stimulating environment.  This promotes a positive, challenging, and enjoyable learning experience which meets all our children’s needs and abilities. To enable all our children to enjoy, achieve and develop creative approaches to thinking and learning, the curriculum is delivered through topics and experiential learning opportunities such as visits and trips. We also ensure that the children experience a variety of enrichment activities such as theatre groups, outdoor learning and musicians. 


We strongly believe that children need to develop resilience, social and emotional skills if they are to participate fully in society. It is our awareness of this need which has led to the broad, experiential form of curriculum organisation that we have adopted, and to the inclusion of an extensive Personal, Social and Health Education programme. 


Our class teachers are responsible for teaching the curriculum with specialist provision PE.  We offer a range of extracurricular activities which support and motivate children to achieve their full potential in areas such as sport and outdoor learning.  


We have devised an engaging curriculum plan based upon the programmes of study with careful consideration of the needs of our children. We maintain our belief that learning is lifelong and that the skills and attitudes we instil in the early stages of our children’s lives should stand them in good stead for the future. 


At Normanton-on-Soar Primary School, all teachers are responsible for providing an inclusive curriculum that is differentiated for those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). We have high expectations for all pupils and are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. 

Our inclusion statement emphasises the importance of providing an inclusive learning environment for all pupils including those with SEND. Additional information on this can be found in our Special Education Needs Information Report and Equalities Policy.

The teaching of reading, writing, mathematics and communications skills are essential components for all our children to ensure we provide the best possible outcomes for their future.


Our classes are taught using a creative curriculum approach, where there are many opportunities for cross curricular links with foundation subjects with an emphasis on acquiring knowledge and core skills running through each topic.


For children in the Foundation Unit, learning is accessed through a range of indoor and outdoor activities.


Typically, morning sessions  in school focus on the discrete teaching of phonics, grammar, spelling, punctuation and writing. This continues with mathematics, working on understanding and the development of core knowledge and specific skills sets. These skills and knowledge can then be developed and used and applied by the children in a range of contexts.


Afternoons follow a cross curricula topic approach where skills can be used to extend individual children’s progress in reading, writing and mathematics through subjects such as scientific enquiry, art and design, history, geography, design and technology, RE, ICT, and PE.


Current Reading and Phonics Schemes – Our phonics programme is based upon Read Write Inc.  Our reading scheme used in the classroom is Read Write Inc supplemeneted with Big Cat Phonics, Collins Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree for home reading.  The children take home books that are accessible using taught phonics alongside books that will extend their vocabulary.  These books are for shared reading and are called "buddy" books.


If you would like to know more about our curriculum please contact us and we will be happy to share further information.  Thank you.