Norwich Primary 1

Our Curriculum Approach

We believe all of our children have the right to access a high quality curriculum that is broad and balanced, including rich cultural and sporting opportunities. Our curriculum opens doors for our pupils, encouraging them to be curious about the world around them and broadening their horizons.

We teach powerful knowledge so that children can understand, access and influence our society. But we also teach critiques of this knowledge – to give our children an edge and show them that a canon is always up for debate.

We guide learning carefully to ensure that all children can access the curriculum and know it. 

We also challenge children to apply their thinking to complex problems to strengthen their intellectual resilience.

Reading, writing and mathematics are at the heart of our curriculum, but we also value subject disciplines, teaching science, history, geography, religious education, computing, art and music as distinct subjects, particularly as our children progress through the school.

Whilst we have an ambitious curriculum, driven by our mission for social equity, we also aim for our curriculum to be very inclusive and our teachers plan carefully to ensure all our children can access the curriculum, removing barriers to learning and achievement such as special educational needs.


Reception - curriculum overview


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Say, read, and write the first Set 1 Sounds, following the Read Write Inc Programme.

CV/CVC words. 

Read Write Inc Story Books and “red” words.

Set 2 Sounds, continuing to move through the Read Write Inc storybook scheme.

Independently write simple sentences, that include a red word.

Write simple sentences, that include a red word, finger spaces, and full stops, spelling some words correctly and the others being phonetically plausible. 


(Core Texts)

Three Little Pigs

Little Red Riding Hood

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Noah's  Ark

The Hare and the Tortoise

The Owl and the Pussy Cat


(Based on White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning)

Times of the day and daily routine.

Matching and sorting.

Positional language. 

Numbers 1 - 10.

2d shapes.


Numbers 1-20

Early addition, and number bonds to 10.

Recognising and continuing repeating patterns.

Continuing with 2d and then 3d shapes.  

Addition, using a number line.

One more and one less.

Mass and capacity.




Length and height







Addition and subtraction within 20. 

Problem Solving



Beyond 20.


School life

Health and hygiene

All about me



Bonfire Night

Remembrance Sunday

Children in Need


Traditional tales and Nursery Rhymes.

Learning to recite and retell a range of traditional tales and nursery rhymes. 

Life Cycles and Habitats

Life cycles of butterflies and plants

How living things grow and change.

Animals, Including Humans

-Looking at the different animal groups and where they live.

-Learning about humans (Mammals).

Learning about our Planet. Learning about our planet both past and present and what we can do to protect it for the future.


-Learning how to “Star sit and 5’s’. 

-How to keep ourselves safe at school.

-Choosing a safe adult.


Learning about our similarities and differences, and what makes us unique.

Children learn about what it means to be a kind friend, and how to make themselves and others happy.


Children are introduced to PATHS . Each day a child is chosen to receive “compliments”. The class is taught about how to compliment somebody on something that makes them special. 


Children are supported in getting ready for their transition into Year 1.