The Curriculum

At Thurton Church of England Primary School we teach a curriculum that is exciting, fun and imaginative. Walk through any of our classrooms and you can expect to find children engaged in thinking, questioning and learning.

We promote personal and social development, encouraging the children to cooperate, know their own self-worth and show consideration and understanding towards others. Through active learning children are encouraged to develop their skills they need to move forward confidently to the next stage of their learning.

Through our curriculum we aim to:

  • Create life-long learners
  • Create exciting, stimulated, motivated and independent thinkers
  • Develop the skills and talents of all members of our school community
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to learn from each other
  • Build self-esteem and a sense of self-worth to become successful adults
  • Build a strong sense of social responsibility
  • Build a secure understand of a range of basic skils.

The basis of the curriculum at Thurton, in common with all non academy or free school schools, it is the National Curriculum with religious education which is the Norfolk agreed syllabus. Throughout the school year, the curriculum actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. However the children’s studies will not be limited to these requirements alone. All children follow a programme of Personal, Social Citizenship and Health Education and Philosophy is used to develop children’s questioning skills. The planned curriculum is intended to develop the children’s knowledge, experience, imagination and self-confidence, to ensure that they Enjoy,Achieve and Believe.

Thurton praised at a National level!

Chief Inspectors Annual Report – Case Study

Early Excellence

The exciting curriculum work at Thurton Church of England Primary School caught the attention of education leaders nationally. Mrs Williams and Mr Barber spoke at a National Conference in Leeds for the Internationally known Early Excellence. They were asked to speak about the innovative curriculum, in particular what happens in Key Stage 2. They were thrilled to be able to share the outstanding learning opportunities that all the children have by using enquiry based learning opportunities. As you all know the school is passionate about enabling the children to be able to creative, collaborative and problem solvers, all skills that will help them in adulthood. The curriculum is taught in a variety of ways depending on the age of the children. With younger children we would expect them to explore their learning and be guided by staff to extend their learning. Whereas with the older children, they are often taught skills through directed teaching, then given opportunities to apply those skills and within each project or topic they have opportunity to apply their skills through and enquiry. This allows the children to develop deep questioning skills and often be much more creative than if only direct teaching occurred.

Learning cycle

What is happening at school?

Yellow Class – Reception/Y1  

Red Class – Year 2

Green Class – Year 3/4

Blue Class – Year 5/6

What is happening in each subject?



Religious Education

Learning outside the classroom





Physical Education



Art & Design 


Pupils are encouraged to be independent in their learning, but also to be part of the school community to which they can make their own contribution. We aim to build upon the work and approaches from reception and prepare the children for their transfer to High School after Year 6. Teaching methods will vary according to the child’s needs, considerable available resources and the learning objectives. We aim to match work as closely as possible to the child’s attainment level while providing realistic challenges. There is a good balance of whole class teaching, paired or group activities and individual work. Subjects link to the topic and taught in blocks to ensure a deep understanding during the learning experiences.

To help children with their learning we use an enquiry approach to planning, while ensure that small world play, the outdoors, drama and a real life meaningful curriculum. This helps children with their everyday lives and encourages them to use their skills to enable them to further their learning. Children are encouraged to understand that they play an important part in their own learning, and as they get older they must take greater responsibility for our learning.


Inclusion is an integral part of Thurton’s TEAM. We are fully committed to ensuring that everything we do and everything that happens in our school reflects our inclusive ethos. We strive to minimise barriers and narrow gaps in learning which might prevent children succeeding and fulfilling their potential. This inclusive ethos benefits all of our learners as it impacts on everything we do, including the planning of activities that support all our learners.