Curriculum

Norfolk Park school aims to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which is individually tailored to meet the needs of all of our pupils. 

Our curriculum puts a huge emphasis on communication and independence and life skills which go hand in hand to help equip our children in preparing for adulthood. Through carefully planned learning experiences for all of our children, we provide a functional and meaningful curriculum which is individualised with a focus upon the personal needs of the child.

Mission statement

To ensure that every child has the opportunity to grow and develop to the best of their ability through a multi-sensory and holistic approach. Children need to feel safe, secure, settled and happy before any growth can take place and these elements are at the heart of everything we do. We ensure that the children and their families are a part of the school community right from the very start of joining us.

Our promises and aims for the children

We will ensure all learning is fun and engaging
We will respect that each child is unique
Time will be given for each child to learn and develop in their own special way and at their own pace
We will recognise and celebrate small steps of progress and achievement for every child.
We will build strong and meaningful relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
We will build positive relationships with the multi-discipline team working around the child and their families.
We will fully acknowledge the range and complexity of needs that the individual child has but will allow them to be a child and allow them to grow as an individual in confidence and self esteem

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

What is EYFS?

A child’s experience between birth and the age of five is vitally important for their future life chances. At Norfolk Park School we believe that:

  • Every child deserves the best possible start in life and should be given the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.

  • A secure, safe and happy childhood is important for every child no matter what the child's individual needs may be.

  • A holistic approach of high-quality early learning provides the foundation a child needs to make the most of their abilities and talents.

For the EYFS classes

  • We will provide enabling environments which caters for the unique needs of the individual child

  • We will create a happy, caring and enthusiastic atmosphere

  • We recognise and celebrate all cultural and religious backgrounds

  • We will provide a caring, respectful and happy environment in which all children no matter their needs and their families feel safe, secure and welcome

  • We will offer an adapted EYFS curriculum for each individual child with learning through play, exploration and first-hand experience in a multi –sensory way being at the heart of all we do

  • We will promote communication, physical development and social and emotional wellbeing

  • We will work as part of the wider school team in growing together

EYFS topics

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

EYFS / Foundation

Even Years All about me Once upon a time Animals
Odd Years All about me The world around me Under the Sea

 

Download the EYFS booklet here

Primary

Pupils enter Key Stage 1 at the age of five or six. The exact age is dependent on the transition from EYFS and many factors are taken into account when deciding whether a pupil is ready to move to the Primary School. Similarly the transition between Key Stages 1 and 2 is carefully managed and we ensure that all pupils are appropriately supported with an effective transitional programme.

Our curriculum overview for Primary School pupils at Norfolk Park School is below.

Our curriculum

At Norfolk Park School we teach a topic based curriculum that covers all subjects in the National Curriculum including; literacy, maths, science, art and design, computing, design and technology, history, geography, music, PSHE, RE and PE.
The curriculum is differentiated

The strands which run throughout our curriculum are:

- skills for life
- communication
- reading, writing and maths

Teaching of our curriculum takes place in the:

- Classroom
- Playground
- Sensory room
- Soft play room
- Rebound therapy room
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Local community
- Home

Our curriculum may be taught by:

- Teachers
- Special needs teaching assistants
- Therapists – physios, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists
- School nursing team
- Families

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Foundation

Even Years All about me Once upon a time Animals
Odd Years All about me The world around me Under the Sea

Y1 – Y2

Even Years People who help me The jungle World Music
Odd Years Houses and homes Weather Africa

Y3 – Y4

Even Years Sheffield America Space
Odd Years Transport India Circus

Y5 – Y6

Even Years Authors / Books Polar explorers Healthy Lifestyles
Odd Years The Body Dinosaurs Carnival

Approaches and strategies for reading and teaching of phonics

At Norfolk Park School we believe that every child has the right to high quality teaching and learning opportunities that help them develop essential literacy skills which are functional, providing them with the opportunity to reach their potential whilst at school and after they leave. English is a core subject and this should be reflected through the timetabling and time spent on literacy activities. Throughout the school week students will have the opportunity to engage in high quality phonics, mark making and text work. Where appropriate students will begin to use phonetic approaches in reading and writing alongside a range of other reading and writing strategies. Spoken Language is also a focus through the development on the New National Curriculum and should reflect our schools wide focus on the promotion ofeffective and functional communication.

Approaches and Strategies for Reading

  • Read Write Inc. - Read Write Inc. is taught in specific groups to develop phonic skills through Reading and Writing for students working at a letter recognition and acquisition level (early reading skills).

  • Book Banding – Each class has access to book banding facilities providing a range of different reading materials for students to access related to different National Curriculum and P Levels. Students who access these will typically be students working within a Read Write Inc. structure and have some basic letter recognition skills

  • The School library – The school library is a resource for all children to access reading materials at a variety of levels and is used to provide reading materials to every class and to for materials to send home to parents to encourage 1:1 reading at home.

  • Reading Passports/reading records – The reading passports scheme/reading records is in its first year and aims to develop home-school links and encourage students to read at home as well as in school. Staff/parents will read with each student and record responses/outcomes in the reading record.