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Strong Foundations: Bright Futures

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Tunstead Primary School

Strong Foundations: Bright Futures

Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

 

Staff monitor and collect evidence throughout the Foundation Stage and these are added to Learning Journals. Parents are encouraged to look at and add to these every Monday morning. All parents discuss their child's progress at school during consultation evenings in the Autumn and Spring term however we encourage less formal meetings with the class teacher. 

 

Activities and learning experiences are planned to include the areas of learning in the EYFS. The children are given the opportunity to investigate, explore and learn through practical, structured and free play activities. These activities respond to each child's individual needs and interests. Children are encouraged to be independent and we have many areas and activities where they can self-select materials and equipment.

 

The prime areas of learning

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

 

The specific areas of learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

 

The learning characteristics

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

 

 

Key Stage 1

Children follow the National Curriculum for all areas of learning. Subjects, where possible, are taught through topics which ensure children can link aspects of their learning.

 

Children are taught synthetic phonics using Sound Discovery. Phonics is taught daily in discreet lessons. The skills the children are taught are then applied in every aspect of the curriculum.

 

Reading is taught through individual reading, guided reading sessions and as a whole class during shared reading. Children have daily reading challenges across the curriculum building a strong love of reading for enjoyment as well as for life long learning.

 

During maths sessions, children are encouraged to develop their subject knowledge through problem solving and relate the skills they learn to real life. They practise skills to improve their fluency and are challenged to reason and problem solve. Children are assessed termly using the PUMA maths assessment tests.

 

Children not making the expected progress in Literacy and Numeracy are supported through Intervention groups. 

 

At the end of year one pupils are assessed using the Phonics Screening Test.

At the end of year two pupils are teacher assessed using SATs, which includes mathematics, reading, writing and SPAG.

PIRA and PUMA assessments are used each term to assess attainment and progress.

 

Key Stage 2

Years 3 to 6 follow a broad and balanced curriculum which allows children to progress in each subject and build on prior learning. All subjects are carefully planned for.

 

Mathematics and Literacy are taught in accordance with National guidelines and all other subjects are taught in line with the National Curriculum.

 

Reading is taught through individual reading, guided reading sessions and whole class shared reading. Children are encouraged to read a wide range of texts for enjoyment as well as for life long learning. Teachers plan units of work around stimulating texts to allow children to fully immerse themselves in their texts. Children are assessed termly using the PIRA assessment tests. 

 

During maths sessions, children are encouraged to develop their subject knowledge through problem solving and relate the skills they learn to real life. Children use their knowledge and fluency to solve problems and reason. Children are assessed termly using the PUMA maths assessment tests.

 

Children not making the expected progress in Literacy and Numeracy are supported through Intervention groups. 

 

At the end of year six pupils are teacher assessed using SATs, which includes mathematics, reading, writing and SPAG.

For half termly updates, read the class newsletters under the class pages.
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