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St Edmunds Primary School

Curriculum Overview

We aim to offer a broad, well balanced curriculum for children aged 4-11 years based on the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum and the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Suffolk Schools.

The timetable has been structured to focus on the key curriculum elements of Literacy and Numeracy (English and Maths).  Each subject is taught in a clearly defined session within the morning timetable.  

The afternoon sessions deal with the creative curriculum  where other elements of the national curriculum (computing, geography, history, art, music, PE etc) are taught either as discrete topics or integrated into overarching topics such as local history, space and Global Gardens. These topics bring together all core subjects and place learning within a wider context.

Staff at Waveney Valley Schools aim to ensure that children know how they are progressing in the core elements of the curriculum and achieve this in a number of ways:

  • Pupil Progress Meetings- A one to one discussion to talk about progress and set individual learning targets.
  • Mid-term parent consultation evenings
  • Clearly defining the objectives of each lesson showing what is being learnt and why it is being learnt.

The school uses a system called Pupil Asset to record and monitor the developments and progress levels and rates of each individual child.  This allows the class teacher to work with the senior leadership team to monitor progress and achievements on a regular basis

Parental Engagement

Parents have a vital role to play in their child’s learning. We expect parents to foster a love of learning in their children by modelling the learning behaviours which support learning e.g. reading books at home, talking together as a family. Parents can help by showing children the practical applications of the knowledge they gain at school e.g. calculating change when shopping, helping to read a map when out and about. Regular events such as our share sessions, maths and phonics information meetings provide parents with an opportunity to find out more about how their children are taught.