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.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage at Norbury School begins in Nursery. The children join us at 3 years old with many continuing with us through to Reception.
During these years the children follow a curriculum which emphasises active learning through play and exploration. We recognise the importance of creativity and critical thinking in helping children to make sense of their environment and discover new, exciting and different ways of exploring. The children’s interests lead their own learning through child initiated play, using the resources which are planned and provided for. During this time the practitioners use their expertise to develop children’s ideas, facilitating activities and tasks that encourage the children to work together as well as extending their interests further. Observations are made during this time to plan for the children’s next steps for learning. In both the Nursery classes and Reception there is time allocated each day for adult led learning tasks. This includes both whole class and small group activities. The teaching staff set up and lead activities designed to fulfil planned learning objectives and to develop particular skills so that the children successfully reach their full potential achieving a good level of development as they progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Our outside learning environments are an extension of our indoor classes and activities are planned for in all the areas of learning. This significantly allows for the flow of learning and exploration all year round.
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.
The new computing curriculum places a strong emphasis on providing pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding that equips them to be at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in the digital world. Children are taught to understand how digital systems work through core programming skills and key vocabulary allowing them to express themselves through Information & Communication Technology and therefore be digitally literate. At Norbury, we are well resourced with an ICT 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.
Inclusion is an integral part of Norbury’s ethos of ‘A World in a School, Learning Together.’ We are fully committed to ensuring that everything we do and everything that happens in our school reflects our inclusive ethos. We strive to minimise barriers and narrow gaps in learning which might prevent children succeeding and fulfilling their potential. This inclusive ethos benefits all of our learners as it impacts on everything we do, including the planning of activities that support all our learners.
We are privileged to have at least 53 different languages at Norbury, which contributes to our culturally rich learning environment. Communication and literacy skills are crucial in order for our learners to thrive and grow. We are all learning Makaton, a sign and communication language, which provides another means of communicating with each other.
The Literacy curriculum at Norbury encompasses the core skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Our aim is to develop proficient communicators, readers and writer’s so to equip our learners for their futures, to foster a love of reading and a curiosity for language.
The curriculum is rich and vibrant. Learners are immersed in challenging books, and through careful planning and a variety of activities their skills are developed and secured.
Our children learn and develop their reading and writing skills through a progression of key skills. These skills are explored through engaging activities, such as drama, sensory exploration, group work and shared reading and writing.
Mathematics is a key subject where pupils are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need in everyday life. At Norbury, we understand that in order to ensure children are working at their age related expectations, teaching should be about providing depth to consolidate understanding. We aim to do this by ensuring lessons are taught through practical activity, exploration and discussion. Furthermore, there is an emphasis on the importance of using correct mathematical language as we understand that children will need this to be able to justify, generalise and explain their reasoning, not only in Maths, however also across other areas in the curriculum. We understand that through applying these skills on a daily basis, it will reinforce and develop children’s love and curiosity for Maths. Our Calculation policy in level can be viewed on our school policies page.
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.
At Norbury we support all children to be curious about the world around us. From Nursery to Year 6, children are encouraged to explore, discover and investigate science to find answers to those questions we may ask about our world. Children will study four areas:
- Scientific enquiry
- Life processes and living things
- Materials and their properties
- Physical processes
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding.
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science.
- Develop understanding of different types of scientific enquiry.
- To equip pupils to understand the uses and implications of science today and in the future.
- Develop skills of investigation by learning how to predict, observe, measure, interpret, explain and evaluate.
- To make pupils curious about the world around us.
- To use the vocabulary and language of science.
Links will be made to other curriculum areas. Pupils will have the chance to use skills developed in Literacy, Maths and ICT to support their learning in science.
Year groups organise trips and for visitors to come to the school to support and enhance the learning of science. Pupils also have the opportunity to take part in whole school projects that encourage further engagement of all.
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.
As a result of this, Norbury are currently borough champions in gymnastics and current London Youth Games medallists. Children have a range of clubs they are invited to participate in. We encourage as many children to continue their love of PE after school, in well organised and exciting clubs. These include netball, football, tennis, gymnastics, basketball and Change for Life. Change for Life is a unique club run by the Change for Life Champions (students at our school), supporting their physical and spiritual development. All of the clubs extend our learners and support them in participating in our squads, where the children have the opportunity to play against other teams within the borough representing their school. All pupils have the opportunity to work with qualified coaches but are also encouraged to use the 5 “Me’s” to independently challenge themselves during lessons.
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.