A Modern Curriculum
Writing Myths and Legends in Year 5.
We believe that learning should equip children with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to succeed in their adult lives. We also believe that children learn best when the learning is relevant and fun!
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the 21st century. It is broadly based upon the objectives of the National Curriculum, but focuses upon the teaching of key skills through a creative, cross-curricular approach.
Real Life Learning
There are frequent opportunities for learning to take place out in the real world, with children working alongside professionals and experts from within the local community. Educational visits also take place each term to enhance and enrich the children's learning.
Maths and English
An emphasis is placed upon learning the core skills of Reading, Writing and Maths. The school follows the Nelson English and Abacus Evolve interactive teaching programmes and phonics is taught throughout KS1. Children follow the Oxford Project X reading scheme and progress to become confident free readers in KS2. The school holds an annual Maths Challenge in the Winter term.
Science is taught through a cross-curricular approach at KS1 and as an individual subject at KS2. There is an emphasis upon investigative learning in the real world throughout the school. The school also works in partnership with the Mad Science Company to host an annual Science Festival each year.
The school's 21st century cloud-based IT system enables IT to be an integral part of all learning both in and outside of the school. Children are taught a wide range of key IT skills from Reception through to Year 6.
Art and Design, PHSE, Geography, History and Religious Education are taught through termly topics. Six topics are studied each year and include themes such as Children in World War II, Famous Religious Leaders, All Creatures Great and Small, Vehicles, Come to the Circus, Places Near and Far and All About Me.
Gifted and Talented Children
The Free School Norwich provides a wide range of opportunities for higher ability and gifted and talented children to enrich and extend their learning through its unique Owl Awards programme and membership of the Children's University. Able children are also encouraged to enter the school's annual Maths Challenge and other academic competitions which run throughout the year.
Children from The Free School Norwich receive their awards from the Children's University at the UEA.
Copies of curriculum plans are available on request from Ann Theobald in the main school office.
All teaching staff at The Free School Norwich are fully qualified and undergo enhanced DBS checks.