Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 includes all children in Years 1 and 2. In both these year groups the teachers work closely together to plan and deliver an exciting and inspiring curriculum. Learning in Key Stage 1 builds on the creative experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage and will continue to provide opportunities to experience structured and child initiated activities indoors and outdoors.
The Literacy and Mathematics framework are used as a basis for planning and every opportunity is made to link the learning in these subjects to our topics. History, Geography, Science, Design and Technology, Computing, Music and Art are covered through enjoyable topics. Visits are organised and visitors are encouraged. Pupils have regular access to our computing suite which enables specific computing skills to be taught as well as supporting learning across the curriculum. P.E and R.E are taught as separate subjects.
Personal, Health , Social , Citizenship and Emotional Education
In our personal, health, social and citizenship programme we aim to introduce our children to the knowledge and understanding they will need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives.
The children are encouraged to take part in activities across the curriculum, which will help them recognise their own worth and encourage them to work well with others.
We aim for our pupils to begin to understand the importance of recognising and respecting the diversity and difference of humanity. This will help them to form the effective and fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
The Governors have agreed a Sex Education Policy which can be viewed if requested – “Sex Education should contribute to the overall experience of the pupils in the school. It should cover the social, personal, emotional and moral dimensions as well as factual information”.
We follow the new Relationships Sex Education (RSE) statutory framework has been published by the government. This will become statutory from September 2020. We are trialling it now. Details of the programme can be found in our curriculum documents.
This is taught in accordance with and complies with the demands of the 1988 Education Act. Pupils are involved in regular Acts of Collective Worship known in our school as ‘Thinking Times’. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from Religious Education or the devotional part of Thinking Time may discuss this with the Headteacher.
Extra Curricular Activities
In the course of the year we welcome many visitors into school to talk to children about their particular interests. Recent visitors have included representatives from the Police, the Road Safety Officer, a local vet and multi-cultural dance/drama/music artists. We also run a weekly ‘Outdoor Adventurers’ session, which allows children to develop co-operative skills in the outdoors. All classes have the chance to go out of school, to places of interest such as museums, beaches, wild-life parks, theatres, shops, the library and churches. These visits are linked to work in the classroom. Funding for such activities comes from voluntary contributions from parents and is subsidised generously from HELPS funds (our Parent Teacher group).
The school has a charging policy agreed by the Governors. Implicit in the policy is the understanding that only voluntary contributions will be requested and that no child will be excluded from any school activity, should such contributions not be available. However, if there are not enough funds available the trip may have to be cancelled.
We organise and promote a range of after school activities. These vary through the year and may include: football, pottery, computers, multi skills, choir, gardening and eco clubs.
At our school we promote high levels of behaviour through positive encouragement and the following of clear ‘Together we can’ Rules and procedures laid down in the school Behaviour Policy. Throughout the school we encourage and help children to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to make appropriate decisions.
We aim for our children to behave thoughtfully and sensitively towards others and for the good of the whole school community. If we have any concerns about a child’s behaviour or there has been an incident of a serious nature, we will contact parents as appropriate.
We ask all parents to formalise their partnership with us by reading and signing a Home-School agreement. This clearly sets out the expectations of pupils, parents and the school.
Our teachers and learning support staff have undergone Norfolk Steps Training.
Children from each Year 1 and Year 2 class are given the opportunity to train as an ‘Red Hats’. These children are on the playground to support children with their play, and help children who may be experiencing difficulties. We change these children regularly to enable as many children as possible to experience this valuable role in our school.
We have an active School Council, there are elected representatives from each Year 1 and Year 2 class. Reception children join the council in the summer term. The School Councillors think about ways they can improve our school, they lead school events and competitions.