The Rationale Behind our Curriculum
We believe that enjoyment is a vital part of making learning ‘irresistible’ to our pupils. The Creative Curriculum, first introduced in 2007, is designed to appeal to the interests of pupils and give them a meaning and purpose to their learning.
Pupils are given a ‘Key Task’ every half term. The tasks give pupils the opportunity to:
- organise and plan their own learning journeys
- enter into the world of enterprise and prepare them for the work
- develop their skills and attitudes as good citizens
- enjoy learning because they have a purpose to learning
- have the opportunity to practice and improve their skills in reading, writing and numeracy across the curriculum
Our curriculum is constantly under review and evolving.
Please select the link below to view our newly revised Long Term Curriculum Plan for 2019/2020.
For more detail about key tasks in specific year groups, please click on the links below…
Reading and Phonics
The teaching of phonics in our school follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document, which begins with the systematic teaching of phonics in EYFS and is embedded through the daily teaching of phonics in Y1 and Y2. ‘Catch up’ phonic sessions are used for pupils requiring further phonic provision in KS2 and when pupils are ready, they progress onto exploring spelling patterns and rules using the National Curriculum spelling programme. We use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme in EYFS and KS1. Some pupils benefit from ‘staged’ readers in KS2 to support phonic understanding but we encourage all pupils to use our school library to select ‘free’ readers in order for them to take ownership of their reading and develop their own reading preferences. Pupils enjoy class readers with their teachers.
We follow a systematic and daily approach to the teaching of spelling which follows the Read, Write Inc Spelling Programme. Pupils are taught in classes appropriate to their spelling level and ability which ensures that phonological knowledge and spelling patterns can be embedded.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Thornley Primary school we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEND Information Report. If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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