The New National Curriculum, which the government released in September 2014, provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. We aim to use the governments curriculum in a fun, exciting, engaging and purposeful way to challenge our pupils so that they reach their full potential in all areas.
Our curriculum is a carefully planned, thematic approach to teaching and learning designed to support children's natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity.
Whole school curriculum map created
This is a skills based curriculum
Planning is closely referenced to 2014 national curriculum
Foundation subjects, especially history, geography and science are a main subject focus for topics
English is taught separately, however opportunities are planned for within topics
Maths, RE, PE, MFL and PSHE are timetabled separately but aspects may be covered through topic
Sustained periods are included in timetables for children to work
Some subjects may need discrete units taught to ensure coverage
Learning to Learn
We promote learning to learn skills which help children talk about the process of learning. Using terminology such as perseverance, adaptability, curiosity, reciprocity, resilience, linking learning, creativity and reflection, the children in our school learn to communicate their ideas about their own learning habits and attitudes. We have found that this helps them to understand the complex processes of learning new and exciting skills: education isn’t just delivered to them; they are fully involved and can talk to the staff and to each other about what they know and what they want to find out about. We are developing an enquiry approach to learning which helps children to recognise and ask great questions.
At Tortworth, we aim to provide an environment where technology is integrated into all aspects of school life in a way which actively supports and promotes motivated life-long learners, helping all to make links to the wider world whilst preparing everyone for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological environment. To support this aim, we have a great range of PCs, laptops, tablets, cameras, video cameras and sound recorders for the children and staff to use to enhance learning.
The teaching of reading
Phonics teaches children the complex connections in English between sounds and letters, essential to understand when learning to read and spell. We use a systematic and rigorous approach called Phonics Bug. This scheme is used in classes 1 & 2 to get children off to a great start in their reading. The teaching involves active participation by all children and regular assessment opportunities for staff to track children’s progress. There is a website as part of the scheme that children can access at home to practise their reading with their families.
We give our children rich opportunities to talk, listen and build as wide a vocabulary as possible to form a solid foundation for reading, writing and spelling.
We recognise the importance of developing a love of reading and encourage children to enjoy stories as much and as often as possible. We promote the reading of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, poetry and e-books.
We also use visual literacy and the “reading” of film to enhance comprehension and engagement. Our children read outside whenever possible and can be spotted in various places around the school with their heads in their books!