At Tiptree Heath Primary School the teachers provide creative and exciting cross-curricular learning opportunities that are connected to a theme. Each theme is chosen carefully and planned appropriately linked to a progression of skills, building on the children's previous learning experiences and capturing their interest, imagination and enthusiasm to learn. Themes change termly, with an overview of the theme being sent home for parents at the start of term. To view the current theme webs, please select a Class page from the drop down menu and click on the blue hyperlink.
Curriculm themes are enriched through a variety of educational trips and visitors to the school, for example: artists, dancers and musicians. In previous years, our year 5 and 6 children have enjoyed residential trips to The Fellowship Afloat Outdoor Activities Centre at Tollesbury and to Kingswood Activity Centre in Norfolk.
Our curriculum responds to the needs and experiences of our children through challenging, inspiring and engaging them with what matters and most importantly it aims to prepare children for the future, equipping them with life-long learning skills.
What children learn complies with the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum 2014 (for children in Years 1-6), also the Essex Agreed Syllabus for RE. We aim to ensure our curriculum:
• includes an emphasis on children’s personal development supporting children to become confident and resilient learners;
• encourages inquisitiveness, problem solving and enquiry based learning;
• develops children’s sense of community - our school, local and wider global communities and global dimensions.
Click below to view our long term plans for each core subject area:
Phonics and Reading
In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One children are placed into differentiated phonics groups. Teachers plan using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document alongside the 'Jolly Phonics' songs and actions. Each phonics group focuses on a different phase and the groups are led by a teacher or learning support assistant. Phonics takes place daily for 20 minutes and in Key Stage 1 children have a weekly spelling test linked to their phonics lessons, as well as high frequency words. A range of resources are used to teach phonics, including; mini-white boards, word cards, phoneme cubes and activities on the interactive white boards.
Children in Key Stage One are all part of a banded reading scheme which supports National Curriculum levels. The books are banded according to these levels so that children are reading to their ability. Children are heard read regularly by the teacher and learning support assistant, both individually and in guided groups. During guided group sessions, children are questioned on the content of their books to ensure they fully comprehend what they have read.
In Key Stage Two, the children continue to read regularly both individually and in guided groups. The children also receive differentiated spellings that they are tested on weekly. Children are also taught about spelling, punctuation and grammar as part of their Literacy provision.
For further information, you may find it useful to view the following documents:
After school clubs run every term for children in Key Stage one and Key Stage two, for example: football, netball and cookery.
Through Essex Music Services we are able to provide specialist instrumental lessons. Sports coaches also regularly come into school to work with our children to develop their skills.