"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails."
What We Teach
Our 'Worstead Curriculum' is made up of the National Curriculum in KS1 and KS2, the EYFS prior to this, and our own 'Childhood Curriculum' - everything else that children experience at school in addition to their basic entitlement to maths, English, history, PE, art, science etc. A great example of this is our well-established and well-loved Forest School, in which every child takes part as a timetabled entitlement each year. Also, our commitment to extra-curricular sports and expressive arts clubs, educational visits, visitors, events, special days, children's performances and shows, and inter-school competitions, ensure we are not just about 'lessons'! We strongly believe that these elements and opportunities allow Worstead children to enjoy "life in all its fullness" as promoted by the Diocese of Norwich and the Church of England as a whole.
In December 2021, Ofsted inspected Worstead and said:
"Leaders have created a curriculum that allows the youngest children in the early years and pupils as they get older to build on their learning from previous lessons Knowledge and subject skills are well planned and developed over time. Children in the early years settle quickly and develop the knowledge that they need to be ready for Year 1. Pupils from Year 1 onwards have confidence and are articulate in their learning in most subjects."
Parents can find our more about the curriculum we are following on these pages, or by contacting the school. Paper copies are available on request, however to reduce waste, we publish electronically as far as possible. For any further information on our curriculum, please contact the headteacher.
A Church of England School
As a voluntary-aided church school our vision and ethos is one based in Christian values (and we also acknowledge that the values which we promote and celebrate with the children are also shared by many other religions, and of course, those who are non-religious). Whilst we do not promote RE above other curricular areas, we also ensure that it does not become sidelined in an increasingly crowded curriculum. We strongly believe that we support a Christian vision of education - not a vision of Christian education! Our motto, "Let all that you do be done in love" is lived out in the thoughtfulness and small kindnesses the children, staff and volunteers show to each other in the classroom, playground and lunch hall every day. We have visiting ministers each week in assemblies and strong links to the parish. We also hold special church services at least once per term at St Mary's, Worstead with our local vicar, Rev. David Warner.