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Welcome to Poringland Primary and Nursery School! We are extremely proud of our school, and our community of staff, pupils and parents work together to provide a friendly, nurturing school.  Our ...


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Our Rich Curriculum

At Poringland Primary School and Nursery, we strive to teach active, informative lessons that inspire all children to learn and make progress.

When planning, our teachers seek to make innovative cross-curricular links across many subjects so that children can make sense of their learning and relate it to the wider world. Our teachers have a wide range of skills and expertise and share good practice; it is very much a team effort.

Reading and writing skills are very much at the centre of our curriculum planning, and are fundamental to learning across the wider curriculum.

EYFS and Key Stage One

At Poringland, we have one Nursery classroom, with 2 sessions per day.  Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are taught in single-age classes, with a three-year rolling program of half-termly topics.

Every classroom offers scope for a range of creative activities. Nursery, Reception and Year 1 classes have access to enclosed outdoor learning areas, which can be used every day, come rain or shine!

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year AMy Family and Other AnimalsFun and GamesFire! Fire!Knights and CastlesFood Glorious FoodPirates and Oceans
Year BFighting FitJourneysHouses and HomesSuperheroesOur Wonderful WorldDinosaurs and Minibeasts
Year CFamilies and NeighboursIncredible inventionsSpace and PlanetsFairy TalesWoodlands and JunglesWe are the Champion

At the beginning of each topic, teachers publish a ‘topic web’ on our website and share it with pupils, parents and carers.

Key Stage Two

Our Key Stage Two children are taught in single-age classes, with a two-year rolling program of termly topics (one cycle for Years 3 and 4, and one cycle for Years 5 and 6). 

 AutumnSpringSummer
Year A  Year 3 and 4The Rainforest  InvadersKeen to be Green
Year B  Year 3 and 4Norwich – A Fine CityMountains, Rivers and CoastsAncient Egypt
Year A  Year 5 and 6BeninAncient CivilisationsEarth Matters
Year B  Year 5 and 6The Stone Age to The Iron AgeThe Second World WarNorwich – A Fine City  

At the beginning of each topic, teachers publish a ‘topic web’ on our website and share it with pupils, parents and carers.

Educational Visits

We seek to enhance the children’s learning experiences through educational visits and by engaging experts in the field. 

We also extend children’s learning outside the school context.  In the year prior to COVID-19, our children took part in a range of educational visits including:

  • Harry Potter Warner Studios
  • Amazona Zoo
  • Africa Alive
  • Norwich Castle Museum
  • The Sealife Centre
  • The Dinosaur Park
  • Great Yarmouth beach
  • The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
  • The Playhouse Theatre
  • The Elizabethan House Museum
  • Time and Tide Museum

In 2020, members of the choir took part in the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena.  Other performances have been given within the school and the local community.  We have joined with other local schools to sing at the KS1 and KS2 CASMA performances.

We also organise annual residential visits for our older pupils.  In 2020, our Year 5 children took part in a 2 night residential trip to How Hill, and in 2019, our Year 6 children spent 2 nights in York.

English

We aim for every child to develop a love of reading and it is an expectation that all children will read at home daily. Children will continue to read from a variety of genres, individually, in guided groups and as a whole class. 

In Reception and Key Stage One, the children are issued with colour banded reading books to take home to share with their parents or carers.  These are changed regularly, with home and school working together to support the children in their learning by sharing constructive comments.

The teaching of Phonics is delivered in every infant class, following the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Scheme from the DFE.  This is supplemented using a variety of resources, including ICT.  

Children in Reception take home lists of decodable words to practise their blending skills, as well as non-decodable ‘tricky’ words to learn by heart.  Children in Key Stage 1 also take home ‘Word Walls’ to learn the spelling of non-decodable ‘tricky words’, and to practise other common spelling patterns.  They are also issued with investigative spelling homework activities, to consolidate their learning in Phonics.

Key Stage Two children have access to a wide variety of texts, both within the classrooms and within the School Library, as well as a wide range of online texts through MyOn.

At the beginning of Key Stage Two, children will take a Star Reading test, through the Accelerated Reader program. This initial reading assessment assigns a ‘reading range’ to each child. The fiction and non-fiction books, found in the library and classrooms, fall within this range and allow children to make appropriate book choices independently.  This also allows teachers to carefully monitor and manage independent reading practice, setting personalised goals for each child, tracking vocabulary growth and the development of other key literacy skills.

All classes in KS2 engage in shared reading throughout the week. This is a practice that gives all children access to a challenging text and enables them to be involved in the process of ‘reading for pleasure’ rather than focussing on decoding tricky words. The role of the teacher is to demonstrate ‘what good readers do’ and encourage and facilitate the process of summary and inference.

Class reader books often link to topics; these will be selected during the medium term planning phase at the beginning of each term.

English lessons cover a wide range of genres and children learn a range of skills from writing formal, factual texts to writing creative, imaginative stories. Children read and learn about classic stories and develop their skills of expression through poetry and music. At Poringland, the subjects we write about are exciting and motivating, which results in writing that is vibrant and inspirational. Children learn to enjoy writing just as great authors and poets have done in the past.

Underpinning the enjoyment of reading and writing comes the technical understanding of being a good writer. Our children are developing a strong understanding of how grammar and punctuation contributes to sentence structure.

Maths

Poringland Primary and Nursery is very proud of its attainment and progress in this area of the curriculum. This success comes through effective teaching, with children learning basic skills and having opportunities to apply them to problem solving and practical tasks. It is essential that children see the purpose of Maths in the world around them.

We use White Rose Maths – a whole class mastery approach – as the basis of our lesson planning. Children are taught skills and apply them to solve problems and challenges. Applying Maths to the ‘real’ world is a key aspect to success.

From Year 2, all children have access to Times Table Rockstars, and the children are encouraged to take part in regular multiplication practice.

Practice makes perfect when trying to master anything! Within our children, we foster a determination and resilience to raise questions and to persevere with tricky concepts.

RE

For Religious Education, we use Discovery RE, which supports the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for RE.

PATHS

We deliver our PSHE curriculum through the PATHS programme. We have PATHS lessons twice a week during which we will cover many topics including friendship, feelings, thinking skills and problem solving. In PATHS, we also learn about giving compliments to other people and to ourselves.  Every day, we will have a ‘PATHS Pupil of the Day’. This child, chosen at random, is a special helper in PATHS time and helps with other jobs throughout the day. Being PATHS Pupil of the Day is an important job and all children will have a turn in the coming weeks.  At the end of each day, children and adults will give compliments to the PATHS Pupil of the Day.

Extra-curricular Activities

There are a range of after school and lunchtime activities available. These change according to season. Some of the activities are run by visiting professionals and charges may be payable.

Within the academic year prior to COVID-19, our extra-curricular activities have included:

  • Junior and infant choirs;
  • Drama Club
  • Multi-skills
  • Recorders
  • Samba
  • Cross-country
  • MASH Club
  • Lego Club (KS1)
  • Dance Club (KS1)
  • Board Games Club

We are part of the South Norfolk School Sports Partnership, and we regularly enter teams of children to compete in festivals and tournaments with children from other schools, both within the cluster and the partnership.

Music Tuition

We have visiting teachers for guitar, woodwind, strings, drums, samba, singing and keyboard who teach children in small groups. There is a charge for the lessons and children must provide their own instrument or hire one from the music service. Instrument tuition is open to children in Year 3 and older. Our Year 4 classes are currently learning Ukulele as a class.

Lunchtimes

School meals are provided by the School Kitchen.   Meals should be ordered and paid for via the Pupil Asset App. Menus are distributed termly. Vegetarian or specialist diets can be accommodated. 

Packed lunches should be brought in a named lunchbox.  Sweets are not allowed and drinks need to be in an unbreakable container.

Free school meals may be available to families in receipt of some benefits. Please talk to a member of our office staff

More Information

If you would like to find out more information about our curriculum, please contact the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.