Curriculum Policy

Aims of our school curriculum

At Tibberton CE Primary School, our curriculum aims to provide each individual child with engaging learning experiences which offer challenge and support to enable each pupil to make progress and achieve their very best.
Within this broad aim we hope to provide the right environment through intellectual, spiritual and physical experiences for each child to acquire a confident approach to -

  • Be a positive, happy individual.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills, spiritual, cultural, social and moral values in order to become an active and caring citizen, forming a basis to build upon for adult life.
  • Develop skills in English, mathematics, science and the foundation subjects through a rich, creative, curriculum offer.
  • Ensure all pupils secure a high level of physical literacy through positive, quality experiences in PE.
  • Develop qualities of independence, self-motivation, and self-confidence, to make informed, healthy and safe choices.
  • Develop the ability to work co-operatively and successfully with others.
  • Have an enthusiasm for life-long learning to develop lively, enquiring minds, knowledge and skills.

We see all learners and their parents and carers as of equal value, whether or not they are disabled, whatever their ethnicity, cultural or national status, and whatever their gender or sexual identity.

We recognise and respect difference and celebrate diversity.

Our curriculum is based on the framework of the New National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

At Tibberton CE Primary School we teach a full range of National Curriculum subjects through cross curricular and discrete teaching opportunities. Creative contexts are used to engage learners and support application of learning. Teachers plan work on either a termly or half termly basis using the National Curriculum 2014, school’s Subject Progression documents and Year by Year Overviews.

The subjects:

ENGLISH: English is one of the three core subjects of the National Curriculum. We aim to ensure that children are competent in English in order to be successful in all areas of the curriculum.

The teaching includes:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Discrete teaching of systematic synthetic phonics using the Letters and Sounds Programme.
  • Reading for enjoyment and information
  • Writing in a range of styles and for different audiences
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar including the use of 'Super Sentences' to structure and support better writing skills.
  • Handwriting

MATHEMATICS: Throughout the school we aim to equip the children with the mathematical skills which will be of use to them in everyday life.

The children:

  • are given the confidence to be comfortable with numbers
  • will learn and practice mathematical skills
  • are taught to apply their mathematics in problem solving and everyday life.

SCIENCE: Science is our way of understanding the world we live in. In Science children are taught through immersive experiences of big scientific ideas. The use of secondary sources, exploring the work of major scientists and carrying out investigations are key to our science teaching and essential in nurturing enquiry and understanding.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: At Tibberton CE Primary, Religious Education is an important aspect of school life. We use the Diocesan revised Scheme of Work for RE 2014, Leicester syllabus and guidance from the Diocese of Lichfield to assist in our planning.

This is reflected in:

  • The caring ethos and attitudes encouraged in school
  • Our Christian Values
  • Our daily acts of worship
  • Our consideration of all faiths and cultures
  • The teaching of RE in class lessons
  • Visits made by local clergy
  • Using the local church for religious celebrations and festivals

PSHE & CITIZENSHIP: Working Together Achieving Success is our school mission statement and this is our approach to PSHE & Citizenship. Our aim is to enable children to become 'good citizens', recognising and managing relationships and key transitions in their lives and their role in the wider world, understanding their rights and responsibilities as members of our British society.
We have a democratically elected School Council whose representatives meet to share pupils views and who are involved in key decision making throughout school.

RELATIONSHIPS & SEX EDUCATION: The Relationships and Sex Education Policy has been developed through consultation with members from the whole school community. All children’s questions are answered accurately and appropriately according to the age and maturity of the children. Opportunities are provided to discuss the scheme of work and resources. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from these lessons, in consultation with the school.

COMPUTING: Computing is used as both a resource and learning tool. It prepares children for life outside of and beyond school. We teach computer science as a skill in itself and also as a tool for learning. Computing includes teaching about e-safety and the safe use of communication technologies.

HISTORY: History is taught as part of a topic based approach.

Children are encouraged to:

  • Research independently
  • Use artefacts and historical documents
  • Record information in a variety of forms
  • Develop opinions and attitudes towards historical events
  • Recognise the influence history has had on the present

Developing understanding (and enthusiasm for) of concepts such as chronology and historical enquiry will underpin all aspects of our history teaching; alongside/underpinned with an emphasis on local history and the impact that national and global events have had on our local area.

GEOGRAPHY: Geography skills are taught as part of a topic based approach.

Children are provided with opportunities to:

  • Investigate the human and physical features of their local area and contrasting localities
  • Ask questions about the world around them
  • Experience fieldwork studies

Through the study of geography it is hoped that the children will develop an appreciation of the world in which they live and a desire to care for it.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Our aim in P.E. is to encourage enjoyment and to develop physical fitness, teamwork and participation. Every child receives two hours of PE a week.

During the weekly P.E. sessions all children participate in a range of physical activities including:

  • gymnastics
  • dance
  • skills and games
  • athletics
  • outdoor activities
  • swimming (at KS2)

We have a range of extracurricular P.E. clubs and opportunities for intra-school and interschool competitions.

ART: Our aim is to offer children ways to artistically express their ideas and feelings and communicate them to others using a variety of media. The children consider the style and work of artists; masters and modern works, the elements of Art and will visit an art gallery to experience public artworks on display.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY: Design technology encourages children to consider how things work and how they are constructed.

Children have opportunities to:

  • design products
  • construct 2D and 3D work in a variety of mediums
  • explore food technology
  • appreciate the need to use tools correctly and safely
  • evaluate their design and finished product
  • modify their design when necessary

MUSIC: Music plays an important part in the life of the school.

Our aim is for all children to:

  • listen to a variety of music
  • play instruments, both percussion and pitched (recorder)
  • appreciate music
  • perform before an audience
  • sing confidently
  • record their compositions
  • compose creatively

Children at Tibberton are invited to join the choir and are given opportunities to perform to an audience through the year. There are given the option to be taught to play a musical instrument by visiting instrumental teachers.

FRENCH: Children are introduced to this language through songs, rhymes, stories and games in KS1 with an emphasis on speaking and understanding spoken language. In KS2, children are taught to understand simple spoken and written language, to speak aloud and to take part in short conversations. They are taught basic grammar and are encouraged to write in sentences. Through their learning, children develop an understanding of how languages work and how to learn languages.

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS AND DISABILITIES: When children are identified to be in need of additional support and their needs determined, extra provision is provided as appropriate. Parents are informed and encouraged to work in partnership with the school to support their child’s school experiences. Close links are made with relevant outside agencies to provide extra support where necessary. See SEND School Offer.

ABLE PUPILS: All pupils learning needs are catered for through curriculum planning. Work is highly differentiated to provide challenge for individuals. Where appropriate, use of the following year’s learning objectives are used. Progress is monitored through the school tracking system.

As part of the overall plan for our curriculum, we have agreed that there are some 'Great Experiences' that all pupils should have during their time at Tibberton CE Primary School. These experiences are scattered through the Key Stages and aim to build confidence and enhance all the rest of the work of the school.

  • Visit an art gallery
  • See a professional stage production in a theatre
  • Work with a professional artist
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Perform in front of an audience
  • Meet an international visitor
  • Visit places of worship; attend 'Open Door'
  • Join a residential visit away from home
  • Make and eat a healthy meal of your own design
  • Teach another person a skill
  • Run a business venture
  • Take part in a competitive sports event
  • Be an active citizen in the community