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Our Curriculum

It is often said that our job is to prepare children for the next stage of their education.  While this is true, we believe that our responsibilities need to be much broader in scope, and that above all else, we need to enable our youngsters to acquire the character, values and dispositions needed to thrive and flourish in the 21st century.  Our school vision statement makes the aims of our curriculum clear and in order to deliver it we take the broadest possible view of curriculum, seeing it as the totality of the child’s experience when they are with us.  This of course includes pursuing academic rigour and excellence through our maths and REAL curriculum, but it also means:

  • ensuring that our work has a distinctive local focus to enable children to develop a sense of place and community through the important work they do
  • developing a love for and understanding of the world around us through our homesteading curriculum (gardening and growing, cooking, animal care) and outdoor learning
  • helping children to develop healthy, curious minds, and to be happy, confident and creative individuals through our whole school and bespoke Thrive programme
  • active participation in the visual and performing arts and music 
  • getting involved in annual civic events and celebrations such as Lord Mayor’s Celebration weekend, Remembrance day and Commonwealth Day
  • weekly physical education and circus skills
  • ensuring that we provide a strong voice for our young people across the school
  • exploring the ‘big ideas’ including faiths from around the world, through our philosophy curriculum 
  • developing the skills of powerful oracy
  • learning how to stay safe through our SRE programme, First Aid workshops, road safety courses, and internet safety

Partnerships and funding

We work extensively with local talent to develop and deliver our curriculum and over the past four years have built up wonderful partnerships with a diverse range of expertise from across Norwich’s rich cultural sector. This has included:

  • Lost in Translation circus
  • Norwich Puppet Theatre
  • Sistema in Norwich
  • Norca
  • The Common Lot
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Norwich City Council
  • The Broads Authority
  • Anglian Water
  • Aspire to STEM
  • UEA Drama department

We have also been generously supported by a number of local charities who have recognised the importance of the work we do, so a huge thanks to:

  • Town Close Trust
  • Alderman Norman Foundation
  • Chivers Trust
  • John Jarrold Trust
  • Norfolk Music Hub
  • Heritage Lottery Fund

What does learning look like at Wensum 

To get a real feel for the curriculum we offer please take a look at our blogs. These can be found under the Blogs tab on the left side of the screen.  The first four (scientists, historians, artists, geographers) provide a comprehensive document of these REAL projects over time.  Below these are individual blogs covering the work done in other areas of the curriculum. Please also visit the SMSC tab (also on the left side of the screen) which gives you access to an archive of the work we have done over the years to help our children develop a rich social, moral, spiritual and cultural education.

Where can I see what my child is learning?

Termly curriculum planners for each year group can be found by clicking on the relevant year team under the Curriculum tab.  This information is published at the start of each term. If you have any questions about the curriculum please arrange to speak to your child’s class teacher or, alternatively, you can come and find me.

Victoria McConell, Headteacher

Peter Hubery, Deputy Headteacher.