Curriculum Statement for Tysoe CE Primary School
Tysoe C of E Primary School is committed to developing a fully comprehensive curriculum framework that meets the requirements of the latest National Curriculum review. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives children the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives. Our curriculum aims to inspire all children to develop curiosity, creativity and independence, leading to a passion for being a lifelong learner.
As a Church of England School our Christian ethos promotes inclusion and values the enrichment of diversity. Our core values of Friendship, Responsibility and Perseverance are intrinsic and, we hope, easily discernible, in the way the school works day to day and in the example adults demonstrate to children. Assemblies and circle time encourage thinking skills and a growing knowledge of the part religion and ethics play in modern life.
The aim of our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural teaching and learning is to equip the children with an understanding of how to develop into good citizens with an awareness of their part in society, locally in the community and globally. Children are encouraged to consider how they learn best and supported to develop good learning habits and positive learning behaviours, with a ‘can do’ Growth Mindset.
This curriculum comprises the core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science; and the foundation subjects: Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education and Languages in KS2. In addition, RE and Personal, Social and Health Education are taught by subject and through our assemblies as part of a whole school programme.
Although we follow the statutory requirements, it is our approach and delivery of the subjects that make us distinctive as a school. Our classroom teachers collaborate to shape the curriculum in ways which involve their unique knowledge of the children in their care to ensure excellence and enjoyment for all pupils. This includes applying the core skills learnt in English, Maths and Computing to other areas of the curriculum and creating experiences that are real, meaningful and memorable for the children. This is done through class and whole school topic work, and through a range of visits and visitors, including two residential visits for children in Years 5 and 6.
Religious Education is taught following the Agreed Syllabus produced by Warwickshire SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). Teaching and learning was rated as ‘Good’ at the last inspection.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is the basis of our Reception curriculum. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning to be covered in our curriculum. These areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
A vital aspect in the development of essential knowledge and skills is the use of continuous provision. This means that children are using and developing certain skills throughout the year on a daily/weekly basis. Continuous provision practice and principles begin in Reception and support children to develop key life skills such as independence, innovation, creativity, enquiry, analysis and problem solving. In Reception, we also give children plenty of opportunities to read, write and apply their mathematical understanding. As a result, our children start Year 1 as confident and competent learners.
We have designed a fully comprehensive curriculum framework which aims to:
- Plan for breadth in the curriculum so that children can develop a deep body of knowledge in each subject
- Build on prior learning of all children, whatever their starting points, and enable children to make links where appropriate.
- Provide opportunities to apply children’s skills and knowledge through problem solving and analytical thinking.
- Enthuse children with enrichment activities. Themed weeks across the whole school motivate children and extend their learning e.g. multi-cultural week and book week. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.
- Link the learning to build on local facilities like St Mary’s Church, Tysoe Orchard, the Neighbourhood Plan, the village environment and war memorial.
- Create relationships with local people to use their expertise e.g. the vicar, two authors and an illustrator, farmers, musicians; host a careers event with local people.
- Give children exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community, through for example, sporting events, residential visits, and through visiting speakers from other religious denominations and groups. High quality visits and visitors enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose.
Our approach to teaching reading is based on the Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics and uses a combination of strategies including Jolly Phonics, Phonics Play, using picture clues etc. Our main reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree and we have a well-resourced library. Teachers also use high quality texts and whole books, often linked to the topic under study. The English curriculum is taught using a strategy called Talk for Writing (T4W) which develops children’s writing skills through imitation, innovation and independence. Alongside this, children experience specific lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting. Suitable opportunities to write across the curriculum engage the children’s interest so children write for a purpose wherever possible.
The mathematics curriculum is currently delivered through the framework of Broadbent Maths which is creative primary planning with very clear learning objectives and expected outcomes, together with integrated problem solving and reasoning. Additional resources from the White Rose Hub enhance the mastery approach to the curriculum.
For more information about your individual child’s class activities go to our home page and click on the Children’s Section, then Class Pages. Here you can find the Long Term Plan of the curriculum for each class and also a topic web which is an overview at the start of each term and is evaluated at the end of each term.