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.
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.