At Tebay Primary School we offer a broad and balanced bespoke curriculum which is created from a variety of sources based on The National Curriculum. This is achieved through a comprehensive, thematic, creative approach with a clear focus on skill development. We operate on a rolling cycle which takes into account our mixed age classes. Regular opportunities for consolidation are built in to allow children to revisit skills in order to embed and strengthen their knowledge. It is the school belief that ‘Children come first’ therefore our curriculum needs to be vibrant, stimulating, engaging and exciting and a place where learning is fun. From this ethos, our pupils leave Tebay Primary School with rich knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed in the next phase of their learning adventure.
Aims of our curriculum:
- Develop lifelong skills which drive a love of learning/thirst for knowledge
- Grow an understanding of ourselves, each other, the world and our place in it
- Nurture curiosity and creativity that feed the imagination
- Cultivate aspiration through motivation, excitement and self-belief
- To ensure the children have the opportunity to ‘Be the Best they can Be’ by promoting the use of the three R’s – Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
Principles of our curriculum:
In line with mastery learning, we will focus on depth in every subject area so that pupils can:-
- attain proficiency and study the curriculum with confidence.
- Develop personal Learning and Thinking Skills so that they become successful and motivated learners, confident and responsible citizens.
- Develop and nurture collaborative learning so that pupils develop social skills.
- Endorse high-quality project-based learning so that pupils are motivated by real purposes and real audiences from which high-quality learning is produced.
- Promote feedback which allows pupils time to engage, reflect and review – including peer and self-evaluation so that they are capable of improving their own learning.
- Ensure oracy is at the heart of the curriculum so that our pupils are able to express themselves fluently, grammatically and confidently.
- Develop social and emotional learning so that our pupils are self-aware, foster positive relationships and achieve personal well-being.
- Participate in the arts so that our pupils develop artistically and creatively.
- Provide an experience rich curriculum so that all pupils can pursue personal interests and talents.
- Ensure that Digital technology is used effectively and creatively so that pupils are digitally fluent and equipped for life.
- Enable our pupils to demonstrate learning in different ways, not always pages in an exercise book but photographs, posters, products presentations and performances.
- Foster a growth mindset in our pupils so that they have the strength of character to persevere.
We use The National Curriculum to support the planning and teaching of all Mathematics, English and Science as core skills in reading, writing and maths are essential.
One of our key aims is that children leave us with a love of literature and language in many forms, and will be able to express their thoughts clearly and fluently in both written and oral forms. We place great emphasis upon reading and provide the children with a range of books and other reading materials to support this. We want them to read fluently and with understanding so that reading becomes a real source of enjoyment and pleasure. We have daily phonics teaching groups in school to encourage them to practise and develop a range of skills. We monitor your child’s progress through an extensive range of available reading material to ensure that they reach their full potential. We encourage and welcome support from home with the reading process.
Children are encouraged to express themselves by writing in different contexts and for a variety of purposes and audiences. We will develop children’s creativity, imagination, vocabulary, spelling and handwriting through the teaching of writing. We will do this through modelling good practice, using good examples and setting writing targets to aid self-improvement. We give each child the opportunity to discuss and assess their own writing and the work of others. Handwriting is a skill which can only be improved by constant practice. We have regular handwriting practice sessions and we support the development of this skill across the writing opportunities provided by the curriculum.
Maths will be essential in almost every problem that your child has to solve in their daily lives. We aim to ensure that your child will develop a positive attitude towards Mathematics and to learn to use it with confidence, pleasure and understanding. Their knowledge, skills and understanding in maths will develop as they use it in practical activities to solve relevant meaningful problems and to explore the patterns and relationships on which mathematical concepts depend.
We want our children to become confident in their communication skills. We encourage them to communicate clearly, describe accurately and to ask questions. We provide lots of opportunities through drama, assemblies, presentation and discussion. It is important to encourage children to develop their listening skills and to enjoy listening in a range of different situations. We ask them to follow instructions, convey messages and follow ideas raised in group discussion with understanding and interest. Speaking and listening encompasses all areas of our curriculum
Personal development is of prime importance. Therefore, our PSHE curriculum is made up of a variety of programmes tailored to meet the needs of our children. We use planning from the PSHE association, Kidsafe and Picture News to help us deliver this.
To support the teaching and planning of RE, we use Discovery RE which is an enquiry – based approach to Religious Education for primary children of all ages. It is a progressive scheme that is broken into four steps; Engagement, Investigation, Evaluation and Expression. Through the enquiry based approach, children not only gain knowledge and understanding of a variety of world religions, but also develop an understanding of how beliefs impact on daily lives.
Here at Tebay, our pupils love Physical Education and as a result most of our PE is taught by a subject specialist. We take the opportunity to participate in many sports festivals and tournaments hosted locally throughout the year and through our After School Club we enrich this provision by giving children opportunities to participate in sports not always readily available.
French is delivered in KS2 and is based on the National Curriculum Guidance for Foreign Languages.
The long-term Plans for the academic year 2019/20 are attached for both classes.
From these documents, teachers are able to plan, deliver and assess all learning skills to ensure learning is matched for need.