We offer a rich and balanced curriculum for our pupils. It offers fun, exciting and enjoyable learning experiences, developing lifelong skills. Our curriculum also ensures pupils are prepared for life by specifically focusing on our ethos and Christian Values:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils at the school and of society.
- Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
- Our thematic question based curriculum draws on the 2014 National Curriculum and its Programmes of Study. We teach our curriculum creatively, understanding that children all learn in different ways. We ensure that our pupils experience a range of visits, trips and visitors - real life contexts and situations are vital.
Vision and Values for our curriculum
Incorporating our Christian Values, Learning Gems, Learning Values and pedagogical principles our vision for the curriculum can be found below. We are constantly reflecting on what we teach and why. Part of our School Development Plan for 2016/17 is to focus on 'Curriculum Visibility and Renovation'. Therefore, this year we are spending time as a staff tailoring our curriculum to our locality, ethos and pedagogical principles even more than before. Please see below for the 'Discovery Curriculum Maps' for Willow, Juniper, Cedar and Acacia Class for 2017-2018.
Underpinning every lesson, these core values support curriculum delivery:
Discovery Curriculum Mapping
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
Our curriculum for children in their first year at school is based upon seven areas of learning and development of which three are 'prime areas', and four 'specific areas'.
The prime areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The specific areas are:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The Early Years Foundation Stage builds on experiences that children already have when they start school. It provides children with a secure grounding for their continuing education at Tickenham. Children take part in a variety of practical tasks which introduce them to the different areas of the National Curriculum. Details of daily activities and learning opportunities can be found on our Facebook page - 'Mrs Underwood Reception and KS1 Enhancement Ideas'.
Key Stage 1 and 2:
- Key Teaching Strategies Year 1 | pdf
- Key Teaching Strategies Year 2 | pdf
- Key Teaching Strategies Year 3 and 4 | pdf
- Key Teaching Strategies Year 5 and 6 | pdf
The Literacy has been organised to provide a whole school progression for the development of skills, knowledge and understanding. In daily lessons children are taught skills in reading and writing through a range of planned activities.
Regular and shared guided group work in reading and writing is led by the teacher or another adult in the classroom. Speaking and listening skills are taught through circle time activities and developed across the curriculum.
The school has a good range of fiction and non-fiction books in the library and classrooms and a mixed range of reading scheme books to develop independent reading.
Our guide to handwriting can be found here: Tickenham Handwriting Guidance
The National Curriculum for primary mathematics has three aims that are at the heart of how we interpret the content of the curriculum: conceptual understanding, mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
We aim to deliver this curriculum to our pupils on a daily basis where every unit of work is a carefully planned learning journey, accessible for every pupil. We highly value the importance of Assessment for Learning and create ‘Working Walls’ which support the learning journey by recording the learning which takes place within each session, determining the pace and content of the journey and making it tailored to meet the needs of individual pupils.
- Key learning in mathematics for each year group | pdf
- Year group progression for the four operations | pdf
- Progression through the strategies in stages | pdf
Our science curriculum is about exploring, investigating and discovering things, to gain knowledge and understanding about the world we live in. Science is a core subject within the National Curriculum and consists of four attainment targets: investigating, plants and animals, materials and physical processes. The first of these is recognised as being particularly important and crucial to any scientific work. Therefore we aim to provide the children with the skills needed to investigate and explore ideas independently. The other areas are addressed through direct teaching, class discussion, using reference books and the internet, handling artefacts and materials.
Children are encouraged to develop the skills required to use ICT throughout the curriculum. We have many laptops within the school, where the children have access to a wide range of software, including word processing, data handling, problem solving, e-mail and the Internet, with appropriate supervision. All classrooms have interactive white boards and other digital technology, including Apple Macs and Ipod touches. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Some year groups receive specialist teaching from members of staff at Clevedon School, who deliver aspects of the Computing Curriculum.
Design and Technology (DT):
All children are given the opportunity to solve problems and to design, make and evaluate products. Children are taught to use different tools, techniques and materials throughout the school. DT is taught mainly through termly topic work and includes design and make tasks using a range of materials, including electrical and mechanical components, food, mouldable materials, still and flexible sheet materials and textiles. Some year groups receive specialist teaching from members of staff at Clevedon School, who deliver aspects of the DT Curriculum.
Children begin to learn about the past by finding out about everyday life through pictures, books, artefacts and talking to people. As their understanding develops, they investigate ways of life beyond living memory and begin to gain a sense of chronology. Children learn about a variety of historical periods, from the Ancient Egyptians to the Victorians, as well as the memories of grandparents. Visits to historical sites, buildings and the use of museum artefacts are vital in bringing this important subject to life.
Geography lessons help the children to develop an awareness of their own immediate surroundings. Gradually, the children are introduced to the world that extends beyond their own locality, at the same time learning important skills such as map reading and knowing how to describe the landscape. Themes like ‘rivers’ and ‘weather’ are studied alongside contrasting places, both in Britain and abroad. Local field trips support and enhance this work.
Art and Design (Art):
Children are given the opportunity to study a variety of artists and their work. Looking at the work of artists, craft workers and designers helps children make artistic judgements about the quality and usefulness of their creation. Children handle a wide range of tools and materials with increasing skill in order to express themselves as they develop abilities in arts and crafts. They are encouraged to appreciate beauty in art and in nature, wherever it is found. We also develop art through ICT.
Religious Education (RE):
Religious Education forms an integral part of the school curriculum and is based on North Somerset’s agreed syllabus. As part of RE children learn about world religions and about the beliefs, cultures and attitudes of different groups of people. We have many excellent resources within school and the children visit places of interest within the locality and Bristol.
Acts of collective worship are held daily and are (essentially) of a Christian character. Most weeks, the Rector, another member of Tickenham Church or visiting clergy speaks at our Celebration Service and presents achievement certificates and cups (all linked to our Christian Values and Learning Gems. Four times a year, each class presents a class assembly.
Our acts of worship play a vital role in developing children’s spiritual and moral awareness. Parents may ask to withdraw their children from Religious Education and/or collective worship under the terms of the Education Act, but this request must be made in writing to the Headteacher. Children will be asked to work in another classroom with work prepared by the class teacher.
Music, Drama and Dance:
Many children play an instrument to a high standard. There are opportunities for children to learn guitar, brass, keyboard and woodwind instruments. Some of these lessons are paid for privately by parents and arranged by the school. Children perform in music, dance and drama productions at the end of the Christmas and summer term. Children also make musical and dramatic contributions to various church services throughout the year.
Physical Education (PE):
We encourage all children to develop their physical skills to the full. Our sports facilities include our spacious sprung floor hall and the school field at the rear of the school. Children also use the Adventure Playground daily. Some year groups experience swimming lessons at a local pool. We have gymnastics equipment and the children take part in football, netball, rugby, rounders, hockey, badminton, cricket, tennis and athletics. There are also sports fixtures against other schools and we take part in the local festivals and tournaments. In addition, we have several after school sports clubs. Our curriculum is predominantly delivered through 'Real PE'.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE):
The school provides a coherent and progressive scheme of work to encourage children to take increasing responsibility for themselves and their own actions. Children are taught to respect and value those around them. Other themes covered in PHSE include health education, life skills, drug education and safety education. The majority of our PSHE Curriculum is delivered through our Christian Values. Each term has a different value (12 throughout the year) and learning opportunities are created in class to support the children's understanding of these values.
Sex and Relationships Education:
Governors at Tickenham Church of England Primary School have agreed that Sex Education should be taught at our school as part of our personal social and health curriculum. Video material will be shared with parents and they have the right to withdraw their children if they wish, and must make this request in writing to the Co-Heads of School. Each year, the needs of the pupils is considered before delivering any curriculum content.
A full copy of the Sex and Relationships Education policy can be obtained, upon request, from the school.