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Learning at Mistley Norman

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here. For more information about our curriculum, please contact Mrs Jones or speak with your child's class teacher. Parent's can also ask questions about our curriculum via our active parent forum. 


We have recently reviewed the curriculum that we deliver at our school. We have plenty of opportunities built into our curriculum for outdoor learning and enrichment trips and visits. 


As a Church of England school we will continue to teach our RE lessons discretely.

English, Maths, PE, Languages and Citizenship/PHSE will also continue to be taught discretely using the descriptors for English and Maths (curriculum 2014) and the key skills outlined for Languages, Citizenship/PHSE and PE in the 2014 curriculum.  These subjects will be linked in to the topic theme where appropriate but we want to ensure where the curriculum is linked as a long term plan that only tangible links are made. From September 2017 will will also be teaching Learning Skills as part of our PHSE work to ensure that we improve our learning. Alongside this, we will be focusing on how to adopt a 'Growth Mindset.' Check back to see how we have been getting on developing our learning behaviours. 


From September 2014, schools within England have had a duty to promote British Values.  The Department For Education (DFE), define them as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


Children from Nursery until the end of KS1 have daily phonics lessons. At Mistley Norman, we introduce phonics in Nursery using approaches from Jolly Phonics before moving onto follow Letters and Sounds.


Reading is the key to all other subject areas and therefore we place great emphasis on the importance of reading in our school. In Reception, Key Stage 1 and for some children in Key Stage 2, we use Bug Club books and online resources to develop skills in both reading and comprehension. 


In Key Stage 2, children predominately use Accelerated Reader books to secure their reading skills. This ensures that rather than becoming a 'free reader' children still have leveled books given to them set at an appropriate level of challenge for their ability. 

How do we teach maths at our school?