Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
Organisation and Methodology
The Governing Body has adopted the Norfolk County Council Education Committee’s Statement of Policy for the Curriculum. We teach the National Curriculum, together with a wide range of enriching experiences and opportunities.
Children in the Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. At both Key Stage 1 and at Key Stage 2 we deliver cross-curricular themes. Teaching and learning in English and mathematics is linked to thematic work where possible.
Curriculum coverage is outlined in a Curriculum Map which covers the years from Reception to Year 6. This curriculum is carefully planned to ensure continuity and progression for all children as they move through the school. In September parents are issued with a summary of the main areas of work to be covered in the year to come and kept informed of any changes throughout the year, so that they can support their children with their learning. Weekly learning reflections are given to parents by all class teachers.
Methodology varies from more formal written tasks to interactive group work and practical activity depending on the learning objectives identified for each lesson. All our classes are made up of children of mixed ability. However, children are placed in groups according to ability for certain activities. We ensure that work is matched to the needs of the children.
We place strong emphasis on the development of language skills across the curriculum. ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is used in many areas to support and enrich learning. Through our teaching we aim to develop thinking skills and to take account of differences in learning styles (i.e. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic).
Attitudes to Learning
We aim to make learning enjoyable and to promote a sense of achievement in each child in each lesson.
Children are encouraged to:
- Think for themselves and become increasingly independent and responsible for their own learning.
- Understand that achievement and success are almost always related to sustained concentration and effort.
- Develop an understanding that learning from mistakes can be an integral part of the learning process.
- Understand that they should check and evaluate their work and contribute to this process for the work of others.
- Become aware of their own preferred learning style and the need to develop competence across a range of styles.
- Understand that they have responsibility to ensure that their behaviour supports the learning of others and does not affect it adversely.
- Develop confidence and competence across a wide range of curricular areas.
- Acquire an enjoyment of learning and an understanding that learning will continue beyond high school into adult life.