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.
Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged to speak clearly and give thought to what they are saying. They have the opportunity both in class and elsewhere in school to talk not only to their peers but also to other age groups and adults. Special whole school assemblies and performances are specifically geared to this.
Reading is taught through a strong base of phonics at reception level with sound and word work continuing throughout KS1 daily and into KS2. Guided reading, where children read together in small groups, is actively encouraged across the whole primary phase. Children are encouraged to share their books with the family and keep reading records up to date or write reviews at various stages. There are library sessions in school time to enable children to browse and choose, read to each other and to adults. Some year 6 pupils act as librarians and help run and manage our school library.
Children are encouraged to write independently as early as possible across the curriculum. Writing has two elements:
- Using words in a clear interesting way – the message may be factual (describing a game), fictional (writing a story), or descriptive (what something feels or looks like).
- Writing something in such a way that others can de-code the message. This involves handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation and attention to audience.
We regard these two elements as being equally important and the teaching of both goes on side by side throughout the school.