Our Curriculum

At Dereham Church of England Junior Academy, we make learning engaging, interesting and fun.  Our curriculum is broad and balanced and really enjoyable for the children…and adults!

English and maths accounts for most of every morning where the children are encouraged to push themselves and select challenges that are exactly that…a challenge!  Where possible, our maths and English work is linked to the topic being learnt at that moment in time.  To see the maths and English National Curriculum, click the links at the bottom of this page.

To see our Maths Calculations Policy (it’s very different how we +, -, x and ÷ nowadays!) and our Maths Programme of Study (what’s taught in every year group), click on the link below the National Curriculum links.

We know that the children enjoy making links between subjects, so our curriculum is largely based around 6 cross curricular topics – one every half term.  To develop a sense of ‘learning together’, every year group will be studying the ‘same’ topics at the same time.  This will look different in each group though, so although the topic in school may be ‘Food’, in Year 3 this will be ‘We Are What We Eat’; in Year 4 ‘Come Dine With Me’; in Year 5 ‘From farm to Fork’ and in Year 6 ‘Chocolate!’

Not all subjects will be taught every half term.  Where this is the case, the phrase, ‘Will be covered in another topic or half term’, is used.  Where information under a subject is written in italics, this means it is studied during this half term but is not part of the topic.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and British Values are learnt and promoted throughout the year.  This can take place during circle time or class council; can be part of topics; is a central part of our Class Learning Forums twice a week or may be a focus for discussion during any part of any day.  Although PSHE and Bristish Values do not always appear on our half-termly jigsaws, it is an incredibly important area of school life and permeates everything we do.