Curriculum Intent and Implementation
The curriculum at Thrapston Primary School is built upon the values of Respect, Empathy, Ambition, Collaboration and Honesty to ensure that every child reaches their full potential. It is focused around engagement, creativity and challenge. Examples can be accessed HERE.
Our aim is to provide all the children access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is interesting, engaging and provides a range of differentiated learning opportunities and challenge, which will develop a life-long love of learning.
The National Curriculum sets the standards that all primary schools must meet to ensure that they provide their pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. Our curriculum development is designed to develop the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum and beyond, so that our children can flourish and reach their potential.
The curriculum for each year group is designed to ensure coverage and progression across all subject areas.
We recognise children’s prior learning, encourage the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Children are supported to achieve their potential and progress with confidence to the next phase of their education.
Our approach to teaching and learning supports our curriculum by ensuring that lessons build on prior learning and provide opportunities for guided and independent practice.
Our curriculum begins in Early Years where children are provided with creative and engaging ways to explore and investigate their learning in a stimulating indoor and outdoor environment. Children are fully immersed into the curriculum; encouraging children to problem solve, experiment, be active and creative while engaging in different themed learning experiences. An overview of the Early Years curriculum can be accessed HERE.
Maths is an essential and exciting part of our curriculum. Through our daily maths teaching, we support children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. An overview of the Maths curriculum for each year group can be accessed from the menu on the right.
In English, our aim is to ensure that every child becomes a reader, a writer and confident speaker by the time they leave Thrapston Primary School.
At our school, we use a variety of strategies to support the teaching of reading, as all learners are individual and therefore can require different approaches to secure their skills. In recognition of this, teachers use a variety of strategies as required, alongside placing emphasis upon ensuring that children master early reading skills and are able to decode fluently through the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics.
Each class fosters a love of reading by having designated reading areas, visiting our school libraries and sharing a range of texts within class.
In Early Years, children are exposed to a variety of books, which have a focus on patterned language and are linked to their developing phonic knowledge. Children are also introduced to high frequency words which are sent home to enable them to develop their sight vocabulary. Parents are given information leaflets and are invited to workshops to support early reading development.
As children progress through the school parents are also kept informed about how to support their child’s developing phonic knowledge and necessary information such as the phonics screening check.
Independent reading books are taken home daily to support children at an individual level and are carefully chosen by teachers to aid and challenge our pupils. Rather than relying on one reading scheme, we recognise that children have different interests and we have therefore ensured that we have an eclectic range of reading schemes available. In addition to independent reading, all children have the opportunity to work in small groups with a member of staff to participate in Guided Reading. This provides pupils with further opportunities to explore challenging texts, discussing their themes to deepen their understanding.
We are fortunate to have volunteers, including Beanstalk, who come in and listen to our children read. Staff identify vulnerable groups and individuals who need additional support in reading by recognising them as priority readers.
Children are encouraged to read at home at least five times per week. To begin with, parents are encouraged to write comments to create a log of their progress. Children will then progress on to writing their own reflections in their reading diaries. Each time a child manages to complete five home reads, they are given a raffle ticket to enter into a prize draw. The reading raffle raises the profile of reading across the school.
Our Phonics programme begins in Nursery and happens on a daily basis. From Reception, phonics is taught in small ability groups, so that it is reactive to the changing needs of learners. At Thrapston Primary School we use the Letters & Sounds programme to ensure the progressive development of skills, so that pupils can decode effectively. In all writing across the curriculum, pupils are provided with the opportunity to develop and embed these key skills.
In Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions, the children learn key objectives and skills in relation to this area through pacey, interactive sessions. Our children are then provided with further opportunities during their wider curriculum to embed their new learning.
As a school we recognise that reading is fundamental to the writing process, as children write successfully when they have a full understanding of the features of specific genres and a strong vocabulary. Throughout the school, visual stimuli and books are used to inspire children’s imaginations to write. In addition to support the writing process, teachers model examples of effective writing, so children can be successful in their own writing. Children are also supported to develop stamina for writing across the curriculum.
Spelling and Handwriting
Weekly spellings are progressive throughout the school and focus on the spelling strategies that are required for each year group. A look, cover, write, check approach is used and actively promoted.
Children are expected to join their handwriting as they progress through the school. We consider good presentation to be an important element of writing.
At Thrapston Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
An overview of the Science curriculum can be accessed HERE.
The wider curriculum
We continue to embed our school values and opportunities for engagement, creativity and challenge. Children are provided with further opportunities to build their key skills and enhance them in the wider curriculum. The children’s learning is shaped through exciting and interesting themes, which provide them with a wide range of varied and innovative learning experiences. We have a range of exciting trips and visitors throughout the year to enhance the curriculum.
Foundation subject overviews can be accessed from the menu on the right.
As a school, we recognise the importance of the parental role in securing each child’s success. Parents play a hugely important role in supporting their child’s reading journey and are encouraged to regularly support with learning spellings and maths knowledge such as times tables facts.
Statement of Impact
The curriculum at Thrapston Primary School is well planned and thought-through to enable a wide range of engagement, not only within class but in providing out of class opportunities to enable children to develop themselves as learners and encourage each child to be as independent as they can be. We intend that the impact of our curriculum is that children will be academically and physically prepared for the next phase of their education. They will be able to decide what is right and what is wrong, and will be resilient learners. Teachers track the progress of individuals in all areas of the curriculum to inform assessments which are shared with parents in reports and during parent’s evening appointments throughout the year.