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Thursfield Primary School

We care, We share, We dare to dream

Curriculum

The Thursfield Adventure

At Thursfield Primary School, we believe in our motto 'We care, we share, we dare to dream'.  The 'Thursfield Adventure' brings it to life.

Our Aim

The 'Thursfield Adventure' is the bedrock of our school and it provides the detail of what is actually taught.  We want our curriculum to be exciting and inspiring so children want to learn about their topics and be part of them.  The aim of the 'Thursfield Adventure' is to be exciting, innovative and personal to community preparing the children for the 21st Century.

We have designed the 'Thursfield Adventure' to be topic-based with both discreet and explicit links between subject areas. We believe children learn more from having relevant and real life experiences, so if we are studying winter and snow, we will bring it to the children.  We believe children are motivated when they are enjoying the topics, where there is a purpose.  The school has launch days, which sell the topic and provide opportunities to find out what the children know.  We have projects where parents work with children in lessons and in the evening.  This brings the learning to everyone.  To finish the topics we have a fabulous finish which brings all the learning together and is a challenge that shows how much the children have learnt.

'The Thursfield Adventure' 

The Thursfield Adventure is based on one topic per term.  Here are the topics for 2018/-19:

Year Autumn Spring Summer
Reception Good night, sleep tight Rumble in the jungle Once upon a time....
Year 1 and 2 This is me! Message in a bottle Majestic Majesty
Years 3 and 4 Monster and Men Golden Grecians Erupting Empires
Years 5 and 6 We will always have Paris May the odds be ever in your favour To be or not to be

 

The school provides details of the termly topics and their content at the welcome meetings in July.  The class teacher also writes a letter to parents at the start of each year which are also uploaded onto the class pages.

Literacy

In Literacy, the children are taught the outcomes of their year group using a class text which inspires their love of reading and writing.  In Early Years and Key Stage One the children experience more than one class text in a term as the texts are shorter.  In Key Stage Two, the children experience one text per term.  This means that by having read the whole book, the children will have experienced on average three texts per year and twenty one by the time they leave the school in Year Six.  The class text forms the vehicle in which the teaching of grammar, punctuation, spelling as well as the features of narrative and non narrative writing are taught and the end result can be seen in the children's Weaving Magic books.

With reading, we use a system of book banding with a variety of books so children have the experience of a breadth of reading.  In Early Years the children have a book banded book and another book where they can apply their phonic knowledge.  They are also able to visit the school library.  The children are supported and can then change their book independently.  In Key Stage One the children have a book banded book and can change their books when they need to independently.  Our aim is to inspire the love of reading and se we offer a range of current free reading books some of which are book banded for children who are ready from Key Stage One onwards.  All children are encouraged to read four times a week.

All children in Early Years and Key Stage One follow a phonics programme, with the aim that all children by the end of Year One have a clear grounding in the use of phonics.  Once secure the children follow the spelling rules from Year One onwards and spelling words linked to the curriculum across all year groups.

Numeracy

In Numeracy, we follow a specific curriculum that focuses on mental maths knowledge supporting clear understanding of areas in Numeracy.  The school has a calculation policy which explains the four riles of number and is stage relevant so parents know what are the next steps for their child.  The school plans based on the new curriculum and at the needs of where all pupils are.

Inspirational

The school believes in the importance of the arts and sport, alongside the core skills.  In art, we study an artist per term and develop our artistic skills using sketchbooks and termly creativity weeks.  In music, we have weekly lessons and draw on the specialist skills of our music lead.  We have a choir and a singing/drama club. We are also an associate Shakespeare school and work closely with 'The New Vic Theatre'.  In sport we focus on games, dance and gymnastics.  In ICT, we teach the new computing curriculum; all the documents are available for parents to view in the curriculum document section.  We focus on delivering the computing curriculum ensuring our children can program and use a variety of devices.

Parental Involvement

Each term we give all parents and carers the opportunity to attend our school open evenings.  This provides an opportunity for parents to visit the school to talk to the class teacher about progress, achievements and targets for the new term and have a look through their child's work.  In addition to this we also hold a 'Meet the Class Teacher Evening' at the end of the summer term, this provides opportunities to meet the new class teacher to discuss the curriculum and the expectations for the new academic year.  We also provide a booklet in numeracy, writing and reading which provides you as parents with ideas on how to support your child's learning at home in these key areas.

Our curriculum is challenging and children are expected to make substantial progress through a personalised curriculum.