Curriculum

Curriculum and Assessment

A common set of values underpins Thrybergh Primary’s curriculum to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and the challenges of the rapidly changing world we live and work in. While preparing our children academically for the next phase, through our curriculum, we aim to raise their aspirations and develop;

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Positive attitudes
  • Self confidence
  • Creativity

The curriculum is carefully designed to fire the children’s imaginations and make learning vivid and real for them. Strong, cross curricular links strengthen the relevance of learning and provide opportunities for the children to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of meaningful contexts. The flexibility within the national curriculum guidelines allows us to organise learning into topics where the programmes of study are covered at different depths according to the different stages of development of the children. A two year rolling cycle of topics encourages team work between classes and makes learning exciting, engaging and fun.

Topics studied have overarching themes of:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 1 and 2 Bright lights, big city 3 2 1 Blastoff! Wriggle and Crawl
Year 3 and 4 Burps, Bottoms and Bile Amazing Adventures! Mighty Materials
Year 5 and 6 The Great Outdoors The Wonders of the World Let Me Entertain You!

While incorporating a progression in the acquisition of skills and knowledge, the curriculum provides frequent opportunities for the children to reinforce and apply their learning, therefore increasing understanding. Topics also provide frequent opportunities for the children to apply their Maths and Literacy skills in meaningful real life contexts.

Each topic is enriched by the use of new technologies, visits, visitors and first hand experiences to aid understanding. The children are involved at the planning stage as we value their ideas and contributions and want them to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning. Every child is unique and different approaches are used to explore and deliver topics to ensure all our children are challenged and develop the skills they need to be confident and successful lifelong learners.

While incorporating a progression in the acquisition of skills and knowledge, the curriculum provides frequent opportunities for the children to reinforce and apply their learning, therefore increasing understanding. Topics also provide frequent opportunities for the children to apply their Maths and Literacy skills in meaningful real life contexts.

Each topic is enriched by the use of new technologies, visits, visitors and first hand experiences to aid understanding. The children are involved at the planning stage, as we value their ideas and contributions, and want them to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning. Every child is unique and different approaches are used to explore and deliver topics to ensure all our children are challenged and develop the skills they need to be confident and successful lifelong learners.

All lessons follow a similar model where the “Teach and Do” approach is applied in all classes. The ‘teach and do’ approach increases the pace of work and breaks up learning activities into smaller, more manageable chunks.  As the lesson progresses ‘assessments of learning’ are made and misunderstandings are dealt with immediately.  We also give the children regular opportunities to ask and answer questions to consolidate their learning.  Lessons are fun and interactive, with lots of demonstration, modelling and explanation. Paired or group work features regularly.  As a result of this our children are able to articulate their learning in different situations and are confident to attempt new tasks positively.

English

This covers the areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing.  We encourage children to look, listen and talk about experiences in order to develop oral language skills.  Children are encouraged to speak in front of a variety of audiences in the classroom, on visits in assembly and in school performances. We encourage every pupil to develop a love of books.  The main reading scheme is made up from a range of books, which are graded to ensure a width of reading at each stage of development.

The children are encouraged to take their reading and library books home and parents are valued for the contribution they can make in this area.  Booklets entitled ‘Supporting your child with Reading’ are available for parents to help ensure that learning to read is a positive experience both at school and at home.

Writing at Thrybergh aims to be a meaningful and focused experience for our children and is occasionally linked to other areas of the curriculum, but we encourage our children to write using imagination in a range of different contexts.  Children work on different type of writing throughout the term, and these are regularly revisited to consolidate learning in order to build upon existing skills and develop learning further.

To prepare our children thoroughly elements of the below are used in the classroom:

  • Studying texts
  • Drama, role play, discussion, debate
  • Vocabulary and spelling
  • Constructing appropriate sentences
  • Teacher demonstrations

By providing a range of purposes and audience for our children’s writing, we aim to equip them with the writing skills they will need throughout their lives.  A variety of text types and lengths of a task are used, some of which are completed in one session and others over more than one to build stamina. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, we make use of an oral story-telling model called ‘Talk for Writing’. This involves learning some key stories and traditional tales off by heart, to build up a bank of stories that children can draw from when creating their own.

Maths

We feel that it is essential to buildup a positive attitude towards Mathematics so that the children see it as a lively, challenging and enjoyable subject. Some of our maths work is exploratory work from cross-curricular topics and themes.

A wide variety of mathematical resources are used throughout school. At Thrybergh Primary we have adopted much of the National Primary Strategy’s approach to numeracy and all children receive a daily maths lesson.  Much of the work is done orally or on wipe off boards as the emphasis is on developing the child’s confidence in using and applying a wide range of mathematical strategies.

Science

The purpose of Primary science is not to teach a whole range of scientific facts and data, but to try to develop an enquiring mind – a way of finding out about the environment in which we live, a way of finding out answers and a way of thinking logically.  We encourage the children to develop their natural curiosity, devise suitable experiments, collect and observe, check and investigate, record their findings, draw conclusions, become actively involved in science and communicate their findings.

Physical Education

Physical Education helps to develop co-ordination, strength, stamina, as well as a range of skills.  We try to build upon our children’s enjoyment of, and need for, physical activity and movement.  We provide the children with a variety of physical activities such as movement, apparatus work, small apparatus games, indoor athletics and games lessons on the playground.  The school hall is used for indoor PE and either the playground or occasionally the recreation field are used for outdoor games.

From September 2015 we are delighted to have our very own sports coach working in school for 2½ days each week. Mr Canadine will work with children of all age ranges, as well as support our active playground and after school activities. This may include: Football, Rugby, Athletics, Cricket, Basketball and Hockey.

Swimming

Year 4 children receive swimming instruction as part of their physical education. 

Music

Music is an important part of our school life.  Lessons include singing, creative music, instrumental work, percussion and music appreciation. The talented experts from the Rotherham music hub, who work with the children on a weekly basis, deliver this. Instrumental tuition is available for KS2 children, where members of the peripatetic music staff give the guitar and brass lessons. This year, this has included flute and saxophone amongst others!

Art

Art is a valued subject of the Curriculum in our school and great emphasis is given to the presentation of children’s work.  The children are given the opportunity to undertake a balanced programme of Art, Craft and Design activities. The children are also given opportunity to evaluate their own and others work.

Design Technology

Design Technology aims to develop those skills and abilities in children which enable them to interact with the man-made environment.  We give them opportunities to design and make products for a variety of purposes.  Children are encouraged to choose the most appropriate materials and then evaluate the finished product.

Religious Education

The school offers Religious Education as part of its broad and balanced curriculum and is broadly Christian in its outlook – but the school has no affiliations with any specific religious denomination.

The children learn about the many different faiths from around the world and follow a locally agreed syllabus. RE is taught through a number of themes common to each religion including places of worship, celebrations, holy books, stories and religious artefacts. The aim is to develop and foster a better understanding and empathy for the views and faiths of other world religions. RE in school is supported by the local Methodist ’RE Team’ who deliver half termly, whole school assemblies and work with Year 3 children on a range of Christian themes.

Sex Education at Y5 and Y6

We do not deal with this as a separate issue in school.  However, there is a member of staff who has particular responsibility for Personal Social and Health Education.  At the primary level, particular care and sensitivity is needed in matching teaching to the maturity level. Teaching should aim to help pupils cope with the physical and emotional changes of growing up. After consultation with parents, arrangements are made for films to be shown or talks to be given to the children, dealing with various aspects of Health Education.

Assemblies

School assemblies vary in form from day to day.  The whole school meets four times per week for joint assemblies – these include stories with a moral or spiritual theme and attendance.

A Special Mention Assembly is held on Friday afternoons in the School Hall, to which parents are invited to share in their child’s achievement. On a half-termly basis and at key times during the Christian calendar, the local Methodist minister the Rev. Alistair Sharp, leads the children in an energetic and Christian based celebration of story and song! Additional achievement at home assemblies are held regularly and we encourage the children to participate whenever possible.

Enrichment of the Curriculum

Following requests from the children the school employs three additional professionals to teach them  during the week – these bring expert knowledge and skills to enhance the curriculum offered at Thrybergh. Sports coaching, the Rotherham music team and a French specialist make a welcome and valuable contribution to the education offered at our school.

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum or have any queries please contact Miss Sarah Cross, Assistant Headteacher.