The Curriculum at Tiptree Heath Primary School
The aim of Tiptree Heath’s curriculum is to provide opportunities for the children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations and know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.
We plan our curriculum to ensure it has sufficient breadth, balance and relevance for each child. Children at all abilities are encouraged to achieve their full potential. Those who are most able are challenged and provided with opportunities to expand their skills and knowledge through a varied curriculum. Those who find learning difficult are given targeted support to embed skills, address any gaps in their knowledge and understanding and learn in a style that suits their individual needs.
We use a themed approach to learning, building on the children’s prior knowledge and developing them as creative, confident learners who are keen to take risks, collaborate with others and persevere. It is these qualities that we believe are vital to be life long learners.
Care is taken to give each child the opportunity to learn about both the UK and global community, regardless of race, religion, language or gender. We value the diversity of individuals within our school and do not discriminate against children. We value all our children and their families too. We give our children every opportunity to achieve their best by taking account of their range of life experiences when planning for their learning. The planning and organising of teaching strategies for each subject is consistently reviewed
to ensure that no pupil is disadvantaged. This is in line with our Equality, and Diversity Inclusion Policy which you can find on our policies page.
To see the curriculum by year group, please visit the class pages and click on the link. See Key Stage Curriculum Overviews below.
For more information about our curriculum, please talk to your child's class teacher or contact our school admin.
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The children are taught through modelling to draw, paint, sculpt and develop other art, craft and design techniques using a range of materials.
Lessons encourage children to be creative, explore their ideas and record their work through first hand experiences.
They have opportunities to evaluate and analyse their work and the work of great artists and designers using artistic language.
Children develop fluency with a wide range of technology and become digitally literate. They learn to become confident online and above all, safe. Online safety is taught explicitly and is made a part of all online learning.
Creativity and resilience are encouraged when learning the essential principles and concepts of computing, including logic, algorithms and data representation. They analyse coding problems and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
Children are able to express themselves and communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
Children are encouraged to independently design products with a purpose in mind following research of historical and current techniques.
They are taught to select appropriate tools and use these safely to achieve their desired effect.
Evaluation of their own work is vital in order that they learn from their mistakes and grow through this process.
Cooking and food preparation, including the process of growing ingredients from scratch, and discussion around healthy lifestyles form a large part of DT at Tiptree Heath.
Children enjoy learning about the world and different cultures through geographical themes.
Key skills e.g mapping and field work are developed through knowledge of the local area of Tiptree and the wider world.
Human and physical geography are explored and compared in detail.
Children develop a broad understanding of chronology through the use of timelines.
The history curriculum is taught through themes which are enriched through the use of different sources e.g trips, artefacts and themed days.
As historians the children research, compare and understand the significance and effects of key figures in history.
Children are taught to become confident and competent mathematicians who can show understanding using different representations, solve problems, explain their reasoning and apply their learning across a range of contexts and curriculum areas.
Key skills are built on, practised and consolidated in order to achieve fluency.
Our approach to the teaching of mathematics develops children’s ability to work independently and collaboratively, taking risks, making connections and building a rich mathematical vocabulary.
Children develop language skills through games, songs and rhymes and practical activities, both orally and written,.
At Tiptree Heath Primary School, French is the focus language. Children are encouraged to communicate verbally in a range of genres in pairs, small groups and whole class.
Children learn vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures while developing accurate pronunciation.
Throughout the school year children are able to perform e.g. at the Carol service, summer production, class assemblies and music festivals.
Children listen to, appreciate and describe different genres of music using musical vocabulary.
Children are able to compose, perform and evaluate musical compositions.
All children have the opportunity to play musical instruments.
Children are empowered to make healthy life style choices and given equal opportunities to take part in physical activity in a range of sports.
Through visiting coaches and inspirational role models the children are inspired to challenge themselves and set goals to achieve.
Opportunities are regularly provided for teams of children across the school to take part in local competitions and tournaments and at county level.
In swimming, all children are given the opportunity to develop survival skills, confidence and competence in the water.
At Tiptree Heath Primary School, PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
It encourages them to understand how they develop personally and socially and explores moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
Children learn about rights and responsibilities of society and how their behaviour can affect this.
The children are taught about the British Values, practically voting for our school councils, Eco Warriors and house captains. These children get involved with regular meetings discussing ways to improve the environment and school experiences.
The children are encouraged to play a positive role in contributing to school and the wider community.
Children learn about the principle religious and their traditions. What it means to be a person is discussed alongside having respect for one another, the link between our rights and responsibilities and building a sense of identity and belonging.
Differences in beliefs, traditions and cultures are portrayed positively. Children are encouraged to develop empathy, generosity and compassion for all groups of people.
The Reading Curriculum Overview 8.12.20
Throughout the school, children are provided with a range of opportunities to develop a love of reading. In early reading, the children are taught phonics using the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. Children are encouraged to use key skills including phonetic decoding and comprehension strategies to develop their understanding of a text. Collins Big Cat Letters and Sounds Phonetically decodable books are used alongside our reading scheme in Key Stage 1. Collins Reading Scheme is also used across KS2 along with age appropriate chapter books to both build on reading skills and foster enjoyment in reading.
A love of reading is promoted through library visits, author visits, book fairs, reading events, use of computing and positive conversations and discussions within school and at home. They are exposed to a range of authors and varied reading materials. Children complete regular OTTER time (Out Time To Enjoy Reading) across all year groups.
Enjoyment of quality texts is shared through focused reading groups, individual and whole class discussions.
At Tiptree Heath, science involves children asking and answering questions. Science teaching and learning is fun, engaging and practical.
It frequently takes place outside the classroom and involves exploring and investigating ideas that are exciting and relevant to learners and their wider world.
The importance of collaboration in science is recognised and a range of wider opportunities outside of the classroom are offered to pupils. The value of resilience, and learning through mistakes and self-led investigation is encouraged and celebrated.
Children are proud to make good progress with science in every session.
Children are encouraged to develop and express their writing skills across the curriculum, ensuring writing matches an intended audience, purpose and context.
Skills such as speaking, developing ideas, writing fluently and at length and revising, editing and evaluating their own and others work are used in aiding children to articulate and communicate their ideas.
Rich vocabulary is modeled and celebrated in class to ensure each child develops a passion for writing. High quality texts are used as an integral tool for modelling and analysis.
Children are taught to use a range of vocabulary and grammar to further enrich their writing. Within spelling, using both Letters and Sounds and No Nonsense spelling schemes, teachers show children the relationships between words as well as spelling patterns and strategies.
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We aim to run 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 usually able to provide specialist instrumental lessons. Sports coaches have also regularly come into school to work with our children to develop their skills. We are currently working running these clubs with sports coaches in year group bubbles.