Junior School

Our Curriculum

Our Trust's Vision and Strategic Framework

For Children, Families and Communities

The Wensum Trust is a family of schools that believes in putting the children and families within our local communities at the centre of all we do. Our vision is to work together to help every child to develop into high achieving, confident, healthy, caring and resilient members of their family and community; creating a pathway to support their career aspirations, independence and contribution to society.

We value the need to develop positive relationships with every child and every family in order to achieve this vision. We aim to work together to understand and respond to individual circumstances, regardless of background or early life adversities, and to offer the appropriate care during challenges along the way.

Our Strategic Framework

Our new framework has been designed to guarantee that the needs of the whole child are met and that our schools offer every child the best possible support throughout their learning journey. At the core of our values is our own, unique definition of success:

"Children are in school, participating and enjoying their learning and feeling safe; with a sense of belonging and with aspirations towards a future path. Our children are resilient, articulate and, by the time they leave us, they are learners for life."


Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is at the foundation of all that we do. Prioritising mental health and wellbeing lays the foundations for future relationships, better health, positive engagement and successful learning.

Click here for more information on our unique approach to mental health.

Learning & Achievement

We maintain high expectations of our children and we aim for every child to make excellent progress at every stage.  A stronger foundation of mental health and wellbeing will enable more children who are less academically driven to engage with their learning and to achieve their potential in school and beyond.

Careers & Life Skills

By giving each child a clear career trajectory, supported by our strategic partners, we lift their aspirations, give them a sense of belonging and help them to become learners for life. They gain a better understanding of the purpose of education and develop into high achieving individuals who are able to better support and contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of their own children or other young people in the future.


Our School Curriculum

We believe that our pupils deserve a curriculum which is rich in knowledge about our world.  Our curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge that pupils have learnt at infant school, so they are ready for the next step in their education.

Our curriculum fosters a love of learning by ensuring pupils: 

  • develop an understanding of the world at a local, national and global level
  • study the work of scientists and naturalists
  • develop problem solving strategies 
  • complete enrichment challenges with the ZSEA that will help pupils understand the impact they have on the environment
  • participate in debates

Our curriculum promotes independence and resilience through building on prior learning and encouraging critical thinking and creativity.

We are looking for evidence of the positive effect of conservation education on pupils into adulthood. Threaded through our curriculum are sustainability, conservation, evolution, inheritance, ecology, equality, democracy and diversity messages - these themes will be woven through all subjects.

Science underpins all of these threads and allows us to make informed decisions about how we live our lives now and in the future.

Cultural capital will be built through celebrating cultural and religious diversity.

By building more stories into the curriculum to share the big picture, we develop complex ideas, enrich vocabulary and to be inclusive for all.

We aim to foster the development of positive relationships to prepare our young people for learning, life and future success.

The Zoological Society of East Anglia

We have been developing links with the Zoological Society of East Anglia through Banham Zoo and Africa Alive. This partnership aims to develop children’s scientific understanding and the role of zoos in conservation, sustainability and ecological growth. We will have opportunities to visit the zoos and work alongside key members of the zoological society to deepen pupils’ learning of the world.

A member of the ZSEA introduces children to a spiny mouse. 


Charlie the cockroach is a very interesting creature.
Children learn about how the ZSEA plays an important role in conservation and research.


Curriculum Maps

Please click on the links below to view the Curriculum Maps for each corresponding year group.