Flitcham Primary Academy

Key Information

Art and Design


Art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum. Art provides children with the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively and creatively, in ways that are unique to us all. Art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity of our community and the wider world.


Our art curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they develop the ability to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

Our curriculum  enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.


Art fosters a sense of personal achievement which we believe should be valued and celebrated through displays, special events and exhibitions. The Art curriculum contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.



In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing, our aim is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.
By the time they leave The Sandringham Federation, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.

At The Sandringham Federation, computing is taught both using a blocked curriculum approach and in weekly lessons. Regardless of the approach taken, we aim for the children to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Teachers use resources from ‘Barefoot Computing’ and ‘Twinkl PlanIt’ as a starting point for the planning of their computing lessons, which are often richly linked to engaging contexts in other subjects and topics. We have a computing suite and a class set of Chromebooks to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use a range of devices and programs for many purposes across the wider curriculum, as well as in discrete computing lessons. Employing cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught.
The implementation of the curriculum also ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The children will have experiences of all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge imparted becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are, which leads them to the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2, where they design, write and debug programs, explaining the thinking behind their algorithms.

Our approach to the curriculum results in a fun, engaging, and high-quality computing education. This can be seen through work the children have saved on the computer and evidence collated in floor books. Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed in our computing lessons equip pupils with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces. From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools and critical thinking, computing at The Sandringham Federation gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.



Flitcham Assessment

Flitcham’s Approach to Assessment

With the introduction of the New National Curriculum in September 2014, the government decided to remove assessment levels using 2c, 2b,2a etc that we are all familiar with and allow schools to develop their own ways of assessing children’s progress.

We still need however to assess progress and achievement against the National Curriculum and at Flitcham we wanted to keep the good practice in our academy and have given great consideration to what is a Flitcham approach. 

The National Curriculum sets out what children are expected to know, understand and learn. It is set out in year groups and for each year group there is a series of statements for each subject describing what teachers must teach and more importantly what children should learn. We are using these statements in English and mathematics to assess each child’s progress against age-related expectations. This ensures teachers use assessment information to help teachers plan what they teach to deepen children’s learning or move it forward.

We are now using the phrases – working below age related expectations, working at age related expectations and working above age related expectations to describe children’s progress against the statements for each year group. By the end of the year most children will be assessed as working at an ‘expected level’ within the age related expectations. Some may be assessed as working above expected level for their year -and some may not achieve ‘expected’ standards there for will be assessed as working below. Children will be assessed if they are accurate, quick and can apply what they have been taught and if they are achieving 80% of the year group statements at the end of a year.

Teacher’s assessments of the children’s achievements and progress are measured through a range of ways including discussions with children, work in class books, tests in reading and mathematics. These all build a picture of what children can do. 

EYFS is assessed against the Early Learning Goals. More detail on these can be accessed here :- https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/858652/EYFSP_Handbook_2020v5.pdf

2019 early years foundation stage profile handbook

Parents are always offered a time to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher at two parents evening , one in the Autumn and one in the Spring term. In addition reports are provided in the Autumn and Spring term, along with a full end of year report in the Summer term.




Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We seek to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Sandringham and West Norfolk so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special.


Geography is either taught in weekly lessons for a half term (alternate with History) or in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.


Outcomes in topic books, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. At the end of each unit, children record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context.



We believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically. The history curriculum makes full use resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. In line with the national curriculum 2014, the Sandringham Federation aims to ensure that all pupils: Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; Begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


History is either taught weekly for a half term (alternate with geography) or in blocks throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points.  By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Mayans. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.

Outcomes in topic books, evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. At the end of a unit of work children record what they have learned comparative to their starting points. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and are curious to know more about the past. Through this study pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

KS Results - EYFS Summary 2019

KS Results - KS1 Summary 2018

KS Results - KS1 Summary 2019

KS Results - KS2 Test Summary 2018

KS Results - KS2 Test Summary 2019

KS Results - Phonics Report 2018


The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Are able to reason mathematically
  • Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics

At Sandringham Federation, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.

The content and principles underpinning the 2014 Mathematics curriculum and the Maths curriculum at our Federation reflect those found in high-performing education systems internationally, particularly those of east and south-east Asian countries such as Singapore, Japan, South Korea and China. These principles and features characterise this approach and convey how our curriculum is implemented:

  • Teachers reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Mathematics.
  • The large majority of children progress through the curriculum content at the same pace.

Differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge and through individual support and intervention.

  • Teaching is underpinned by methodical curriculum design and supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.
  • Practice and consolidation play a central role. Carefully designed variation within this builds fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts.
  • We are passionate to embed learning through CPA methods – Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract.
  • Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual and procedural knowledge and assess children regularly to identify those requiring intervention, so that all children keep up.

To ensure whole consistency and progression, the school uses the DNEAT calculation policy

and the White Rose Maths scheme .New concepts are shared within the context of an initial related problem, which children are able to discuss in partners. This initial problem-solving activity prompts discussion and reasoning, as well as promoting an awareness of maths in relatable real-life contexts that link to other areas of learning. In KS1, these problems are almost always presented with objects (concrete manipulatives) for children to use. Children may also use manipulatives in KS2. Teachers use careful questions to draw out children’s discussions and their reasoning. The class teacher then leads children through strategies for solving the problem, including those already discussed. Independent work provides the means for all children to develop their fluency further, before progressing to more complex related problems. Mathematical topics are taught in blocks, to enable the achievement of ‘mastery’ over time. Each lesson phase provides the means to achieve greater depth, with more able children being offered rich and sophisticated problems, as well as exploratory, investigative tasks, within the lesson as appropriate. 

The school has a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the need to recognise the achievement of others. Children can underperform in Mathematics because they think they can’t do it or are not naturally good at it.  Regular and ongoing assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child using PIXL and QLA tracking to inform teaching.

Modern Foreign Languages


Within our Federation we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our children. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing with an aim of developing a rich variety of vocabulary. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in the future. We believe that learning another language gives our children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.



In KS2 our children are taught weekly sessions by their class teachers. Lessons across the Key Stage support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing:

  • Our children learn through active participation in rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more ways to extend, embed and combine language skills
  • Our Federation follows the Twinkl Plan it French Unit and Schemes of work and Rigilo which are adapted to meet the needs of our own children as well as ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.  Details of more specific topics and themes can be found on each year group’s half term parent overview. We also use the BBC Primary French website (https://www.bbc.co.uk/school/primaryfrench/pf2/games.all.shtml) for interactive activities involving colours, numbers, family, pets, the time, the date, weather and holidays



Our French curriculum ensures that all our children develop key language learning skills as set out by the National Curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:

  • To understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • To speak with confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions and continually improving the accuracy of their punctuation and intonation
  • To write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • To discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French

(The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 Framework Document 2014)

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages Action Plan



The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music

• Be taught to sing, create and compose music

• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

At Sandringham and West Newton the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective at Sandringham and West Newton is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts including observing and discussing live performances.


The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, the choir club rehearsals and performances, various concerts and shows, the learning of instruments, and the joining of one of our many musical ensembles. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons using Charanga software, so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom students learn how to play an instrument, from three main instrument groups of wind, strings, and percussion. Piano lessons are also available on a one to one basis. In doing so understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.


Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing, feel a pulse and create rhythms. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.

Ofsted Report 2017

Our Approach to the Curriculum

Our Approach to the Curriculum

At Flitcham our curriculum has been taken from the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage documentation. It is organised into subjects and taught through integrated topics or themes and links are made where ever possible to other subjects.

We discussed what kind of school we are. What kinds of learning are important to our children and what subjects are priorities and what emphasis do we want to place.
It was agreed that we valued the additional PE and music we already offer and that we needed to maintain our strong links with local high schools. We use Paths as a way to support children with their emotional well-being and provide them with emotional literacy.

Our Curriculum Framework forms the basis of our long term planning. It provides an overview of the areas of the curriculum the children are taught over the year. We asked ourselves ‘What do we want the children to get out of it’?’ and ‘What do we want the children to learn?’ Our framework is planned to ensure coverage and continuity and to develop children’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own beliefs and cultures. It is flexible to ensure progression in our children’s learning; topics (built on the programmes of study) are on a rolling programme. Additional opportunities and experiences enhance learning in national curriculum subjects as much as possible within and outside taught time. Relating the learning to what children already know and what they would like to find out is key to making the learning experience interesting and relevant. Children are involved in planning their learning at this stage to find out what they already know and what they would like to learn.

Personal, Social and Health Education

Phonics Information for Parents

Physical Education


At Flitcham Primary Academy, we recognise the value of Physical Education (P.E). We fully adhere to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives
  • Learn vital skills prior to playing matches
  • Challenged according to their skills
  • Encouraged to play as a team and use morale boosting language with their peers


P.E. At Flitcham Primary Academy is an area of learning in its own right as well as integrated where possible with other curriculum areas (dance for show performances or topic based learning). It is taught for two sessions per week wherever possible.

We teach lessons so that children:

  • Have fun and experience success in sport
  • Have the opportunity to participate in P.E at their own level of development
  • Secure and build on a range of skills
  • Develop good sporting attitudes
  • Understand basic rules
  • Experience positive competition (competitions include: netball, hockey, cross country, tag rugby, football for girls, athletics, badminton and tennis)
  • Learn in a safe environment
  • Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.
  • In EYFS especially, we strive to incorporate it into our everyday activities.


P.E is taught as a basis for lifelong learning, where the children have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, then they will continue to have a physically active life. A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. At Flitcham Primary Academy, we provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way, which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, enjoyment fairness and respect. Competitors are always celebrated in whole school assemblies, they are given the chance to share their experience verbally with their peers and receive certificates for their greatly appreciated efforts. Our Physical Education display board in the main school is constantly updated and documented with photos/details of the latest competitions and teams. This reflects our positive attitude towards sporting activities within our school and delivers the message that it is regarded as important as all other subjects taught at Flitcham Primary Academy.

Religious Education

In line with the current Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, Religious Education will be delivered in school to meet the agreed syllabus aims by:
• Including knowledge and reference to religious and nonreligious beliefs and worldviews, practices and ways of life.
• Develop knowledge and understanding of all members that make up our rich and diverse community.
• As part of the syllabus at each Key Stage, visits to local places of worship are encouraged as are visits by members of faith communities to school.
• Develop understanding of concepts and mastery of skills to make sense of religion and belief, at an appropriate level of challenge for their age.
• Develop positive attitudes and values and to reflect and relate their learning in RE to their own experience.
• Have the opportunity to learn that there are those who do not hold religious beliefs and have their own philosophical perspectives.
The syllabus has been created in a cyclical format to enable children to revisit and build on their prior knowledge of the different beliefs and practices taught across the school. The syllabus also allows for teachers to be flexible and adapt the term in which units are taught in their year group, to allow for cross-curricular links or involvement with parents or other members of the community. At Sandringham Federation, we are committed to providing our children with an exciting and positive learning environment, in which they have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions while contributing to their spiritual, moral social and cultural development.

Religious Education supports the values of the school curriculum

Religious Education reflects the overarching values of the school curriculum, actively

promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and intellectual development of the

individual and, as a result, enhancing their wellbeing. It places specific emphasis on

pupils valuing themselves and others, on the role of the family and the community, on the

celebration of diversity in society through understanding similarities and differences, and

on care for the environment. Religious Education aims to promote and critically evaluate

the values of truth, justice and respect for all. Religious Education also recognises the

changing nature of society, including changes in religious practice and expression, the

influence of religion in the local, national and global community and the critique of

religions from non-religious groups and individuals.

Religious Education supports the aims of the school curriculum.

Aim 1: The curriculum should enable all children and young people to become

successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve well

Religious Education provides opportunities for the development of knowledge, skills and

understanding that stimulate pupils’ interest and enjoyment in learning and encourage the

best possible progress and attainment for all. It promotes the development of creative and

resourceful children and young people who demonstrate both independent and inter-

dependent learning. Religious Education makes an important contribution to the essential

learning skills of literacy, and information and communication technology. It promotes an

enquiring approach, enabling children and young people to think for themselves, to

process information, reason, question and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics.

Religious Education seeks to enable children and young people to develop an

understanding of the big ideas and events that have shaped - and continue to shape - our

world, and encourages them to make sense of these, interpreting the world around them.

Aim 2: The curriculum should enable all children and young people to become

confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives

Religious Education has a significant role in the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and

cultural development. It provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose

of life, beliefs about God, the nature of reality, ethical issues and what it means to be

human. Religious Education seeks to enable children and young people to appreciate

their own and others’ beliefs and cultures, and how these impact on individuals,

The three aims here draw on both primary and secondary National Curriculum documentation. The aims for the

school curriculum are reflected in Section 351 of the Education Act 1996, which requires that all maintained schools

provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum that a) promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical

development of pupils at the school and b) prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and

experiences of adult life.

Aim 3: The curriculum should enable all children and young people to become

responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Religious Education encourages each child and young person to develop a sense of

identity and belonging. It aims to promote religious understanding and respect, to promote

understanding between those of faith, and to promote understanding between those who

are religious and those who are not. It aims to challenge prejudice, discrimination and

stereotyping. It is concerned with the promotion of each pupil’s self-worth, enabling them

to reflect on their uniqueness as human beings, to share their feelings and emotions with

others and to appreciate the importance of forming and maintaining positive relationships.

Religious Education seeks to enable pupils to learn about the ways different communities,

including those of faith, relate to each other and to society as a whole. In addition,

Religious Education is committed to exploring the significance of humanity in relation to

the environment, and the beliefs people hold about their responsibility towards it.

Religious Education aims to enable children and young people to flourish individually

within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community.

RE is taught either weekly for one hours or in a weekly topic block each half term, planned by the teacher to link with key dates and religious festivals, providing opportunities to celebrate festivals and religions with greater relevance and consistency. Work is recorded in RE/topic books and can be evidenced with a variety of outcomes suggested on the scheme of work; written piece, artwork, photo.

Religious education taught in our school (according to the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus Religious Education, revised November 2019):
• Is open and objective, it does not seek to urge religious beliefs on young people, nor compromise the integrity of their own religious position by promoting one tradition over another.
• Endeavours to promote a positive attitude toward people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own.
• Promotes the values and attitudes necessary for citizenship in a multi-faith and multi-racial society through developing understanding of, respect for, and dialogue with people of different beliefs, practices, races and cultures.
• Recognises similarities and differences in commitment, self-understanding and the search for truth. Respecting and valuing these for the common good.
• Is not the same as collective worship, which has its own place in the educational life of the school – together with RE it can contribute to an informed, reflective, compassionate and caring school and community.
• Promotes community cohesion through linking with our partner school..
• Recognises and celebrates the range of cultures and diversity of the school through workshops, assemblies and shared experiences of staff, children and people from the local community. 

Sandringham Federation works with DNEAT in the local RE leaders forum to work with teachers in improving the quality of teaching and learning of RE by providing training, and publishing updated schemes of work and materials and guidance to develop and support SMSC, Assessment for Learning and effective teaching and learning strategies.

At Sandringham Federation, we seek to ensure that all pupils in our school are educated to develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally to enable them to better understand themselves and others and to cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world. Regular assemblies and celebrations of work taught and learnt during each year group’s RE week will help to celebrate the diversity of the school community and promote positive images of people in the wider community, including their beliefs, traditions, culture, language and history. 





The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this

At The Sandringham Federation, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;

  • Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher, to have a project-based approach. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
  • Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
  • We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
  • Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
  • Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
  • Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.
  • Regular events, such as Science Week or project days, such as Learning together days, allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. These events often involve families and the wider community.

The successful approach at The Sandringham Federation results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the science curriculum. Through various workshops, trips and interactions children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association and local High Schools and Ogden Trust, ensuring that children have access to positive role models within the field of science from the immediate and wider local community. From this exposure to a range of different scientists from various backgrounds, all children feel they are scientists and capable of achieving. Children at Sandringham Federation overwhelmingly enjoy science and this results in motivated learners with sound scientific understanding.