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.
In studying English, children develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, and helps them to communicate with others effectively. Great emphasis is placed on developing children's spoken language, as this is crucial for learning to read, write, to be numerate and successful in all areas of learning. To teach phonics, we follow the guidance and progression set out by 'Letters and Sounds', a DFE publication. To teach reading, we use a variety of books from different reading schemes.
Mathematics equips children with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. Children are involved in a broad range of activities in order to learn mathematical concepts and develop numeracy. They are given practical experience, investigative tasks, regular practice and memorisation of mathematical facts and procedures to develop mental skills.
Science teaching seeks to build on the children’s own experiences. The subject can stimulate and excite children to explore their natural curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them and beyond. Through practical work children are encouraged to develop the skills of observation, measuring and recording with accuracy. They develop the ability to make predictions and to hypothesise and to evaluate explanations. Through Science, children begin to understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change and have an impact on industry, business, medicine and improving the quality of life. They start to question and discuss science based issues which may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of their world. Environmental science leads children to understand the importance of sustainability and the role which they can play personally through recycling etc.
Computing is an essential skill in the modern world. All children at Mattishall have the opportunity to work with computers and digital equipment from age three to eleven and are taught the skill of computational thinking. They are taught how to use ICT tools safely to find, explore, analyse and present information responsibly and creatively in order to advance their learning across the curriculum. They are taught how computers and computational systems work. They design and build programs and are given the opportunity to develop their ideas using technology.
Religious Education enables children to acquire a knowledge and understanding of religious insights, beliefs and practices, so that they are able to continue in, or come to, their own beliefs. They also learn to respect other people who hold different beliefs from their own.
In Geography, children develop knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills. The school aims to use the immediate local area, as well as Norfolk’s rich historical and geographical resources, to extend children’s knowledge and experience.
History fires children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. In studying History, children consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions.
Art stimulates creativity and imagination. Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts has the power to enrich our lives. During their time in school, children are introduced to a wide variety of creative activities including drawing, painting, modelling, printing and needlecraft, and they are taught to use materials with precision and care.
Design and Technology is about making things. Children are able to work on a range of designing and making activities. They explore how familiar things work and think about what products are used for and the needs of people who use them. They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs.
The teaching of Music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music, as well as giving them opportunities to sing and make music. Throughout the school, the children are given opportunities to perform music in a variety of ways within their class groups, using voices and a variety of instruments, including unpitched and pitched percussion, recorders and keyboards. Children acquire a basic knowledge of the elements of music (pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure) and begin to listen to and appreciate a wide range of music from different times and cultures. We offer peripatetic music lessons from Y3.
Physical Education develops children’s physical competence and confidence. It promotes physical coordination and skills and an understanding of how the body works. Physical Education provides opportunities for children to be creative, imaginative and competitive as individuals, in groups and in teams. It promotes a positive attitude towards an active and healthy lifestyle and an understanding of its importance for their wellbeing. Children learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. They are encouraged to understand rules and display a sense of fair play whilst taking part safely in a wide range of activities. Areas of physical activity include athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, outdoor activities and swimming. The school belongs to the West Norwich and Dereham Sports Partnership through which children take part in taster sessions, coaching and inter-school events and competitions.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION AND CITIZENSHIP (PSHE)
Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident and independent lives, and become informed and responsible citizens. They also learn basic rules for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. Children in Upper Key Stage 2 take part in a Responsible Travel and Drugs Education Programme.