We are privileged to have at least 53 different languages at Norbury, which contributes to our culturally rich learning environment. Our diversity means that our children are already linguists and so language sits at the forefront of our English curriculum.
The English curriculum at Norbury encompasses the core skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Learning journeys take children on an exploration of immersion, vocabulary building and skills and culminate in a purposeful writing outcome, all in the hopes of fostering a love of reading and a curiosity for language. Our children explore key skills through a range of engaging activities such as drama, sensory exploration, real life experiences, group work, shared reading and writing
Our aim is to develop proficient communicators, readers and writers so to equip our learners for their futures.
We deliver our phonics through our chosen complete SSP (Systematic synthetic phonics programme) Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised
We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. Phonics is valued at Norbury new children are assessed upon entry and given keep up provision to ensure their reading and writing success.
In a school with a vast diversity at ours in language, Mathematics is the one that remains universal.
The Mathematics curriculum at Norbury aims to build curiosity and confidence in pupils. There is usually only one answer, Mathematics is not subjective, however there are many avenues to get to that answer and so we provide pupils with the opportunities to be successful in number by incorporating different learning styles.
Pupils should be expressive and creative in how they problem solve instead of being shown ‘how to’ with a written strategy. Curiosity is not built from knowing what to expect – it is the excitement of not knowing.
Removing the fear of making mistakes and using resources to support understanding; celebrate the different ways that we can reason and problem solve. Mathematics teaches more than just number – it teaches us to reason and problem solve and that these skills go beyond the classroom.
At Norbury we believe that every pupil regardless of their social and economic background, religion, ethnicity or Special Education Need has the right to a high-quality education. The high standard of education is underpinned by the school’s commitment to ensure that pupils feel nurtured and understand their rights. We will ensure that this is evident through the curriculum and this intent underpins every aspect of learning. Leaders, of every level, are committed to ensure that progress pupils make whilst at the school is at least good and that pupils are equipped to access the next stage of their learning.
We aim to achieve inclusivity for all regardless of barriers to learning through an emphasis on early identification and quality first teaching. Our purpose, therefore, by setting challenging targets and developing characteristics of resilience and curiosity through a love of learning, is to enable our most vulnerable pupils to realise their full potential.
Learning Beyond The Classroom
At Norbury learning happens everywhere, from our story telling corner to our environmental area. Our curriculum is linked so that History, Geography, RE and DT lessons come alive for our learners. We nurture our children’s social and emotional development, both within our PSHCE lessons , our links to our local farm where the children become Farmers and extended learning trips. Children have many experiences beyond the school, such as theatre trips, visiting local attractions and taking part in our strong links with our high schools. Our year 6’s strive for further development of themselves, by helping others and the community within their Citizenship Award.
Art, craft and design allow us to express high forms of human creativity. Therefore at Norbury, through investigating drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and video, we engage, inspire and challenge our children from nursery all the way up until year 6. Children have the opportunity to work with different artists and to learn outside of the classroom, which gives them the opportunity to explore, a key ingredient of creativity. Equipping children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design allows us to show some of our students many talents.
Technology is now part of everyday life and is essential to our lives at home and at work. Computing lessons at Norbury try to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding they will need so that they can participate in this ever changing digital world, confidently, responsibly, respectfully and safely.
At Norbury, we are well resourced with a Computing suite, interactive white boards, visualisers, tablets, laptops, cameras and programmable tools to name a few.
Pupils are supported and challenged in every lesson and after school clubs are also offered to extend learning opportunities. Our dedicated Computing team supports learning, as well as maintaining our website and DB Primary provision.
Design and Technology
At Norbury, we harness children's natural curiosity for the world around them through our practical D&T lessons. The process involves researching existing products, designing and planning, making, evaluating and finally, amending our products whilst fulfilling a design brief. The important element of the design brief is to ensure there is a clear user and purpose to the product we are designing.
The topics covered throughout your child's time at Norbury ensure the children have exposure to Food and Nutrition, Mechanical systems – pulleys, cams, levers, linkages, Construction / Building Structures, Textiles and Electrical Systems – series circuits, switches, bulbs, buzzers, motors. The skills learnt in these topics ensure children learn and practice transferable skills across the curriculum.
By its very nature, geography is a rich and diverse subject which brings a strong understand of the local area as well as the wider world. Our curriculum embraces the world around us and promotes and inspires a lifelong passion for the world we live in.
Geography at Norbury starts with our local area, our EYFS pupils explore Norbury and the surrounding area. At this stage pupils are introduced to key terminology including specific human and physical features. As pupils develop their understanding and knowledge of the world, we introduce more key terminology as well as exposing pupils to different countries and the cultures that they hold. We explore similarities and differences, linking in our PSHCE topics as well as other subjects.
Our curriculum offers breadth and depth and allows for progression of key skills. Within geography lessons, pupils from all age ranges will use resources such as maps, atlases and globes to support their understanding.
Music is an integral part of Norbury. We have weekly singing assemblies, an active orchestra, Gospel Choir and Monday Morning Choir, as well as woodwind, guitars, violins, and our infamous steel pans. We have concerts for our parents to share our pupils’ expertise, as well as the orchestra performing regularly in assemblies. Our Gospel and Monday morning Choirs recently excelled themselves at the Harrow School Choirs Showcase and will be taking part in the Song Festival in June. We are looking to include Tabla, Sitar and Harmonium players in our orchestra, so please let the office know if your child would like to participate. Music Technology is also taking off at Norbury with children composing their own digital music.
Norbury has fantastic sports facilities, including a large hall and two 5 a side pitches, often used for competitions. Pupils participate in all sports across the curriculum including swimming in key stage two. Sports at Norbury are of a high standard. This can be seen through the outstanding quality of our lessons. This builds our pupils confidence, ability to recognise their own success and evaluate their knowledge of PE.
We currently run 6 Gymnastics Clubs at Norbury from years 1-6, with over 125 children taking part weekly. During the sessions the children learn to improve their flexibility, strength, co-ordination and balance as well as learning specific gymnastic skills and team work. We also work towards the National Gymnastics Awards Program (NatGAP) where the children achieve medals.
Our team at Norbury have been very successful over the last 10 years in the Harrow Schools Gymnastics Championships, winning many titles and cups. Norbury has also represented the London Borough of Harrow at the London Youth Games for the last 12 years consecutively, where we have won numerous awards, including becoming London Youth Games Team Champions at Key steps levels 2 & 3 in 2018 and numerous team medals over the years.
The clubs are run by Caroline Burke and her team from C.C Gymnastics.
Our PSHE programme, alongside RRSA supports the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Children at Norbury also acquire an understanding and experiences of values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as valued citizens.
Our goal is that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. We share a cohesive vision to help children to understand and value how they and others fit into and contribute to the world. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health through the delivery of engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole school approach.
Mindfulness is practiced daily across the school, allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. Our approach intents to develop the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as positive individuals, active family members and proactive members of society and the global community.
At Norbury, our rational in RE seeks to develop our children’s experiences and understanding of the world that we are living in by igniting their curiosity in it. We are ambitious and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our pupils with the aim of giving our children the skills that they need to help them understand their unique place in our world.
At Norbury we support all children to be curious and excited about the world around them. From Nursery to Year six, children are encouraged to explore, discover and investigate science, asking and finding answers to questions we may ask about our world. The way our science curriculum is structured, allows pupils to consolidate previous understanding as well as building upon existing ideologies and theories.
Children will study science through four key areas:
- Scientific enquiry
- Life processes and living things
- Materials and their properties
- Physical processes
Our science curriculum allows pupils to:
- Develop enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life.
- Become curious and develop a sense of awe of the natural world.
- Build their vocabulary and language of science.
- Use progressively technical scientific vocabulary to communicate scientific ideas.
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- Develop understanding of nature, processes and methods of science
- Develop understanding of different types of enquiry
- Work collaboratively with others, listening to their ideas and treating these with respect.
- Acquire and refine practical skills to investigate ideas and questions safely.
- Develop skills of investigation by learning how to predict, observe, measure, interpret, explain and evaluate
- Understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, analyse causes and evaluate outcomes.
- Discover facts and explain their scientific thinking.
- Practice mathematical skills and enhance English skills within real life contexts.
- Develop knowledge of the contribution made by famous scientists to our knowledge of the world, including scientists from both genders and from other cultures.
- Explore the positive effects of science on the world, as well as identifying problems which some human activities can produce.
- Equip pupils for their future learning in KS3 and beyond.
- Understand the uses and implications of science today and in the future.
Cross- curricular links
To create depth of understanding, links will be made to other curriculum areas. Pupils will have a chance to use skills developed in English, Maths and Computing to support their science learning.
Year groups organise trips and for visitors to come to support the school and enhance the learning in science. Pupils also have the opportunity to take part in whole school projects that further engagement for all.