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.
How teaching is organised
During your child’s time in the primary phase he or she will experience class, group and individual teaching. A child is an individual, and no matter what form of organisation our teaching takes, we must be aware of each child. The task of writing a story, for example, might be a class assignment, but the needs and abilities of the different individuals will be taken into account when the teacher is marking pieces of work.
Where work is naturally cross-curricular, we build it into our plans. A science experiment, for example, may require mathematical measurement and calculation or a written explanation. It may require a search of the library, use of the internet or a look at history to view the background to the experiment. However, we also ensure that the National Curriculum requirements of each separate subject are met through careful planning, assessment and record keeping.
Class teaching is often used where all of the children in a class are able to respond to a task at his or her own level. The previous example of story writing gives a clear illustration.
Children will also work in groups for various reasons. Class teachers may put children together because they are at a similar stage of development. Teaching can then be matched to their needs. Mixed ability groups may be formed so that children can share their talents in the solving of a problem. Quite frequently, children are allowed to form their own groupings to meet the demands of a task, or work alongside a “critical” friend.
Individual teaching is used where appropriate, as in the teaching of reading or music tuition.
In EYFS and KS1 we teach phonics through Letters and Sounds, which is a high quality phonics resource and reading through the Dandelion and Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme.