Towcester Church of England Primary School

Enjoy, Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Islington Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6AU

01327 350332

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Our Curriculum

 

Our Curriculum Intent is to ensure our children have a progressive programme of learning with carefully chosen topics to help the children learn new knowledge whilst making links with prior learning and life experiences. We believe that outside, creative and practical learning enhance their learning and leads to greater success and enjoyment.

Our Curriculum Topics are chosen according to the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and carefully put together so that the children can build on previous knowledge and make links as appropriate. Where possible links are made horizontally over the year, vertically based on previous topics and diagonally across subjects and year groups. This is a 3D approach to our progressive curriculum.

They are cross-curricular in approach where possible and ensure the objectives of the National Curriculum are met over the Key Stage.

OUR CURRICULUM IS CURRENTLY BEING REVIEWED FOR SEPTEMBER 2020. ARRIVING SHORTLY:

Long Term Curriculum Map for all year groups

Each term, each year group produces a Half-Termly Year Group overview that explains to the children and parents the content of each term's learning, coverage of the National Curriculum and includes any links made to prior learning.  THESE WILL BE PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 2020 AND TERMLY GOING FORWARD

Foundation Stage Autumn 1

Year 1 Autumn 1

Year 2 Autumn 1

Year 3 Autumn 1

Year 4 Autumn 1

Year 5 Autumn 1

Year 6 Autumn 1

 

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Phonics Mrs Booth

From September 2020, the school will be using Read Write Inc as a progressive learning system for teaching young children their phonics. The children have access to books and booklets that link closely with their current phonics learning which support and consolidate as appropriate. Our other reading books are banded according to the same progressive pathway for the learning of phonics and reading.

Maths  Miss Brady

We use the White Rose units to support our teaching of maths. This structure allows the children to learn topics in unit blocks, which enables them to have a deep understanding of each area before moving on. Throughout our lessons children are encouraged to use practical resources and lessons cover a variety of areas including reasoning, fluency and problem solving. Our lesson structure allows the children to develop mastery and greater depth skills.

We have a times table challenge which runs across the school and children receive certificates and prizes once each level is completed.

Weekly reasoning lessons are carried out in each year group to allow children to apply the skills they have learnt that week. We have also introduced Fraction Friday which will help the children to consolidate their understanding of fractions.

English Miss White

Year groups use National Curriculum objectives and these are divided and allocated to each year group. English is taught discretely and through other writing in the curriculum. Classes have a class novel/are encouraged to read together every day. Story telling is a tool we use to develop talk for writing techniques and gives children the opportunity to immerse themselves in a text. Spellings are taught daily in class and in groups. Handwriting is taught throughout the week using 'Kinetic Letters' in KS1 and the 'Nelson' letter formation in KS2 (whilst we transfer the whole school to Kinetic Letters from September 2020) .

Religious Education Miss Lawrence and Mrs Griffin

We use Understanding Christianity and the Diocesan Agreed Syllabus to support our teaching of R.E. Children are encouraged to "Make sense of the text"; "Understand the impact of the text"; "Make connections" and consider how it links to their lives and the wider world. Whole School Overview of Units and RE throughout the Curriculum.

Science Mrs Barnes

Children are taught National Curriculum objectives. Topics in science are linked to the year group topic wherever possible.

Geography and History  Mrs Meller and Mrs Daniels 

Teachers use the National Curriculum objectives and the interests of the children to teach them knowledge, skills and understanding through their termly topic. This is enhanced by the children's home learning and support from parents. Trips and experiences are used to extend learning too.

Computing Mr Skears

 

PE Miss Mozdzynski

The school uses 'PE Passport' as a tool for teaching and assessing PE and Dance skills.

French Ms King

We use the Catherine Cheater scheme for teaching French to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. This scheme is interactive and a great way to introduce the learning of a language. Our children meet our annual visitors from Germany and Catalonia and have the opoortunity to sample some German and Catalan during these weeks.

Music Miss Tillen

At our school, we Inspire pupils to develop a love of music and encourage them to showcase their talents as musicians. We do this through our numerous music events held each year and by using the on-line scheme Charanga. This scheme moves away from learning objective approach, to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing. The documents below explain the overviews/progression of all the elements of music we teach through Charanga.

In addition to Charanga, we teach the children about different music traditions and history during collective worship and within our topics.

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 Learning Progression.pdfDownload
 Listen and Appraise Overview.pdfDownload
 Musical Progression KS1.pdfDownload
 Musical Progression KS2.pdfDownload
 The Interrelated Dimensions of Music.pdfDownload
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PSHE Miss Thomas

We have a school devised currciulum that combines British Values, SRE and PSHE objectives. We will be using SCARF from September 2020.

Design Technology Mrs Williams

Children are taught National Curriculum objectives. Topics in science are linked to the year group topic wherever possible.

Art Mrs Tagg

The school has a progressive scheme for teaching skills across the year groups. Artists and themes link to the topics where possible.