The curriculum at The Tynings Primary school is one which aims to ensure children
- Are equipped to academically thrive in secondary school and beyond
- Have access to high quality arts education
- Have a good understanding of their place in the world and how to make the world a better place
- Know how to keep themselves fit and healthy, both mentally and physically
Being academically successful:
We understand the need for children to reach the government’s expected standard in order for them to be able to cope with the academic challenges which they face at secondary school and in life. Time is dedicated to ensuring that children can read fluently, and learn from a wide range of authors, and write with passion about a variety of subjects, through English lessons which use high quality texts as a stimulus. We want to foster a love of reading in our children, and enable them to see themselves as authors. Mathematically, we teach children to be fluent in basic mathematical skills and to be able to reason with and apply these skills to mathematical problems.
High quality arts education:
A good artist, book or poem is used to stimulate learning in a wider theme. Drama and art is used to make learning memorable and physical, and therefore deeper, by designing situations in which learners can think creatively. The arts curriculum enables children to work collaboratively and independently. It develops the children’s oracy and helps them to articulate thinking, creating confident speakers. We are a singing school and believe in the importance of children singing together as well as for performance.
Our place in the world:
We believe that learners are entitled to an education that equips them with the knowledge, skills and values they need to embrace the opportunities and challenges they encounter, creating a future they want to live in. for this, we believe that children need to have a good understanding of how our country has developed, where it fits into the wider world, and how they can have an impact on their future. Real life contexts enable learners to think as global citizens, making sense of a world marked by division, conflict, environmental change, extreme inequality and poverty. This promotes discussion, debate and communication where children are able to consider different perspectives and points of view on global issues. We want children to ‘be present in the world’ and to be critical thinkers, who can decide what is right and what is wrong and are resilient to the influence of others. Forest school enhances this learning, and takes place in our school grounds.
Keeping fit and healthy: body and mind:
As well as knowing how to look after their bodies, we teach children to look after their brains, and ensure they are ready to learn. We encourage leaners to reflect on their learning and act upon feedback to make it even better. We use Elli characters to hook the children into evaluating their ways of learning.
A programme of physical activities within school time and afterschool enables the children to see the benefit of exercise and the children are taught how to stay safe in the modern world. Children focus on their personal development and mental fitness.
These four priority areas of our curriculum are organised into themes, to enable us to immerse our children in a topic and generate a learning buzz. Some subjects are taught as discrete lessons outside of the topic areas, as shown below.
Can be linked to main theme; led by a high quality text
Our Place in the World
Themes usually have a science, geography or history main focus. Arts learning is key to each theme. Mini themes are used to respond to community, national and international events, often across the whole school.
May be linked to theme
Continuous weekly provision
Blocked and themed
KS2 weekly provision
Keeping fit and healthy: body and mind
Learning Powers, Jigsaw PSHE, Philosophy for Children, Forest School
Our curriculum maps give a more detailed overview of what is taught in each Key Stage; these are reviewed annually to ensure they meet our overall curriculum aims. More specific detail is given termly and weekly on our year group pages.