Curriculum

At Thorpedene we want to ensure that the current National Curriculum has been fully developed throughout the school, fundamentally giving a breadth and depth of study within a single year group.

At our school we encourage the children to develop their own ideas and interests of what they would like to learn. In turn the teaching staff are encouraged to be as creative with the learning as possible. The curriculum is being developed to ensure cross curricular links throughout the subjects, particularly in English. Therefore the units are not taught as stand-alone lessons in English but as part of the topic-based approach with the foundation subjects.

Our creative curriculum is designed to ensure that the children are fully engaged in their learning throughout every day and that it has a positive effect on their motivation to succeed with their learning. The children in our three Reception classes follow the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. 

English

The structure of the day for KS1 and Lower KS2 includes daily phonics and English lessons with the weekly addition of a SPaG lesson. For KS1, spellings are now sent home weekly and assessed in class through the format of dictation whilst, in Lower KS2, a ‘stand-alone’ lesson for spellings is delivered weekly and during this lesson they are tested for their accuracy. In Upper Key Stage 2,  have daily, hour long English lessons  plus an additional weekly SPaG lesson and daily guided reading sessions.

At Thorpedene we are working to raise the profile and focus on reading across the school. A new school library and the introduction of the Accelerated Reading scheme is working both to develop reading skills and promote the love of reading across the school.

The Penpals handwriting scheme is used across the school to support the teaching of a clear, joined, cursive handwriting style.

To support all stakeholders, we offer termly workshops on the core subjects to help parents, carers and children understand how they can support their children with their learning at home. This is well received by parents as they have opportunities to work alongside their child as well as ask individual questions.

Maths

The structure of each day for KS1 & KS2 includes a daily Maths lesson, plus a weekly mental maths / arithmetic lesson in KS2.

In the Autumn term, the focus across the school is on number and the four operations. These are taught to ensure children know the basic skills required to apply in problem solving and the wider Maths curriculum.

To support all stakeholders, we offer termly workshops on the core subjects to help parents, carers and children understand how they can support their children with their learning at home. This is well received by parents as they have opportunities to work alongside their child as well as ask individual questions.

Science

Science has been developed to use a cross curriculum approach across all year groups. A wide spectrum of Science is being taught throughout the year groups and each class within the year provides their pupils with the same challenging opportunities.

Scientific method is taught through developing and evaluating explanations through experiments and modelling. The children learn to question and discuss science based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.

Due to a two-year rolling program in the Science curriculum, teachers liaise effectively to ensure that appropriate variety of content and coverage is taught to all pupils and that skills and knowledge progress as the children move through the years.

Each year Science days are held, in liaison with Shoebury High School, to inspire and motivate pupils further with the relationships between Science lessons and the real world.

Computing

Computing across Thorpedene is taught via a bespoke scheme of work that tailors to the needs of our pupils whilst ensuring effective curriculum coverage and progression. Thorpedene is committed to building strong links with maths, science and design technology within computing. Pupils will learn the principles of using information and computation safely. They will also be able to discover how digital systems work and develop an understanding of programming, enabling the children to put these skills into practical use whilst becoming digitally literate.

Digital Leaders are recruited from Years Four, Five and Six. They are responsible for finding and trialling apps for the iPads and to check that the laptops and iPads are all turned off and put away correctly at the end of each day. They write and deliver e-safety assemblies each year to the Upper School, detailing the dangers of giving away personal data, lying about your age to access particular webpages and agreeing to meet people you meet online: they remind the children about the SMART rules.

The Arts

The Art curriculum is developed to equip each child with the knowledge and skill to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The creativity of each child, coupled with a developed awareness of the impact of design on everyday life, will broaden ideas of the wider world. Children’s learning in the arts will enable them to discover how design has a cultural impact and its promotion of a sense of well-being.

Across the school we encourage children to look at different forms of Art. Each year children are selected to be involved with photography projects, learning how to capture moments on film and inspire them with a passion for alternative art forms.

Music is developed to inspire a love of music, increase self-confidence and develop a critical engagement to compose, listen and therefore debate own preferences.

Drama is becoming an established part of learning and creativity across the school. From role play situations and play in EYFS, to Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk 4 Writing’ in English and Topic lessons across the school. Evidence is shown in books and on displays of Drama across the curriculum. Teachers also have recordings of children’s own compositions and performances. We also have an extra-curricular drama club to develop passion and interest further.

Design & Technology teaching is embedded into topic work across the school. Skills and methods for creating are taught to ensure there is a progression of skills through the school through ‘projects on the page’. Teachers aim to encourage imagination and creativity to inspire pupils to problem solve in a variety of contexts, relevant to their understanding of the world. 

Physical Education

We aim to inspire children to succeed and excel in competitive sports or physically demanding activities throughout the curriculum. The P.E curriculum will encourage health and fitness throughout the school, promoting an inclusive scheme of work.

Thorpedene is proud to develop the core values of good sportsmanship, fairness and respect within the many clubs and competitions it is involved with. We have a wide range of Sports clubs available before school, during lunchtimes and after school for the children to engage in for fun and be part of the wide range of leagues, tournaments and competitions we enter.

At Thorpedene, we employ a specialist Sports Leader to improve both the provision for the subject and the CPD of teachers across the school.

Geography

Geography is delivered across the school with a cross-curricular approach; this ensures that key geographical elements are taught throughout topic work, at the same time allowing children to make progress in other areas of the curriculum.

Local geography has been the focus of Lower Key Stage Two. The children have been able to confidently identify many geographical aspects of their local area. This knowledge has been further embedded during a number of local visits, arranged by the teachers, to key geographical landmarks.

Climates and biomes have been the focus of Upper Key Stage Two. This cross-curricular geography topic has enabled the children to research many areas of the world and write persuasive travel brochures about their chosen climate.

History

The teaching of History across all key stages in the school is undertaken through the topic based approach. Children are taught to develop their research and analysing skills as they progress through the school, learning to develop a critical eye to sources of information. Children are also encouraged to understand the difference between facts and opinions when researching.

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught across the school through lessons, circle times, visits to places of worship and assemblies. The school is affiliated to St. Augustine’s Church and, through this, is supported by our local diocese. 

PSHCE

PSHCE is taught across the school through speaking and listening activities, written reflections or circle times. Each class has weekly P4C discussion sessions, which are used to develop the children’s vocabulary and language for discussion and reflection.

Every class in the school has a ‘worry box’ which enables children to suggest topics for discussion or highlight individual needs that can be addressed by the class teacher or Inclusion team.

Class Assemblies are being held weekly within classrooms in both KS1 and KS2. Teachers also lead assemblies once a week which link to a current theme e.g. cultural events (Diwali, Remembrance Day, Guy Fawkes) or a discussion about feelings and emotions (anger, friendship and respect).

Languages

French is delivered by teachers across KS2 in a variety of ways depending on the age group and topic. Displays in French can be found across KS1 and KS2, integrated with day to day experiences such as answering the register, singing songs and playing games in French.

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  1. 3N Class Assembly

    22 November @ 9:05 am - 10:00 am
  2. 4F Class Assembly

    29 November @ 9:05 am - 10:00 am
  3. Last day of Autumn Term

    20 December
  4. Christmas Holidays

    21 December, 2017 - 2 January, 2018
  5. Children return to school

    3 January, 2018
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