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As part of our commitment to continuous development, we have developed a curriculum that ensures we are giving children significant opportunity to develop their key skills in writing and maths across a range of subjects.

The new curriculum is based on a product developed by ‘Cornerstones’ where learning is delivered through ‘investigative projects’.  Each investigative project lasts for a term. 

 

Each investigative project covers a number of National Curriculum subjects with specific objectives for learning.  As far as possible, writing work will be integrated so that the children are able to see the purpose for their writing.  In addition, each classroom will hold an open event at the end of each term that parents and carers will be invited to in order to share in the children’s learning.

 

In order to keep you fully informed of what is happening, we will be sending out an curriculum leaflet at the end of each term detailing the subject coverage for the following term.  This leaflet will give general information about the subject area, a brief overview of what sort of things the children will be involved in and a summary of the key learning areas.  The leaflet will also suggest some homework work that the children can carry out over the holiday period prior to starting the topic.  Work carried out will be shared within the school and through the class as part of the celebration of the project.  Further details on this will come from the class teacher.

 

Further information regarding the Cornerstones philosophy can be found through the link below.

 

What is our Curriculum Philosophy?
 
As a school, we want our children to be life-long learners, realising that learning is not just about what your teachers tell you, but developing a zest for knowledge, where children grapple for learning about the wider world and the skills to find out for themselves, even after leaving education. We want a down to earth curriculum that is relevant to our children and based on the key skills and knowledge they will need to be pillars and role models within their community. 
 
A fully rounded curriculum is important for our children; we recognise that not every person has the same skills or interests or the capacity and starting point to develop these interests. We aim to give our children every opportunity to engage in learning that they might not necessarily consider otherwise through our three main focuses: skills, knowledge and enrichment.
 
Splitting the curriculum up into 'The Arts' and 'The World'.
 
We have split our curriculum subjects into two areas: ‘The Arts’ and ‘The World’. Each subject has a subject leader and each area has a curriculum leader, who supports subject leaders with planning, purposeful monitoring, organising events and ensuring staff are supported in teaching each subject fluently and confidently. This focus on individual subjects has allowed for a greater breadth and depth in the children’s learning and for leaders to support each other, within a collaborative culture, creating links between their subjects and leading events together, e.g. Creative Week. 
 
To ensure our teachers feel confident in teaching across the curriculum and to share good practice and ideas, our staff training and professional development opportunities has been adjusted and refined. Targeted sessions based on curriculum subjects with a focus on the progression of skills and knowledge the children will need.
 
Skills
At the heart of all of our foundation subjects is the understanding that children leave their primary education with transferable skills from the curriculum; we want to give our children the skills to be a historian (using secondary sources to gather information, understanding chronological order etc) rather than them just knowing historical facts. We feel that this is extremely important, as we want our children to leave Tymberwood as independent and passionate learners, who have the skills to develop their own knowledge and understanding in the future. 
 
Each term, teachers write a learning journey for their topic, ensuring that learning objectives are skill-based and there is progression of skills throughout the topic, over the year and between year groups.
  
Knowledge 
As stated above, ensuring subject relevant and transferrable skills across the curriculum, is incredibly important, we also understand and recognise the importance of children acquiring key knowledge and factual information. This can and will deepen their understanding of the world, with children using this information as guiding principles to support decision making later in life equipping themselves with a key bank and toolkit of useful knowledge. With that in mind, we make sure that our topics cover key subject knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum.
 
Enrichment 
We try to incorporate relevant, exciting enrichment activities into our curriculum; we want to ensure that we are incorporating real-life experiences that really build a love of and thirst for learning and exploring the wider world. Our thinking behind this is simple: we cannot ask our children to write a description of a beach if they have never experienced being by the sea. We aim to make sure that our children are given every opportunity to develop their understanding of the world around them.
  
Assessment 
While aiming to deliver an exciting and engaging curriculum, ultimately we know that attainment and progress must be measured too in order to ensure that our lessons are purposeful, precise and forward thinking. As in English and Maths, we use cold tasks to ascertain pupils’ prior knowledge and to inform planning for that topic and hot tasks at the end of the topic to measure progress and inform teacher assessment. We use an assessment document created by our subject leaders, which focuses on progression through the year groups and is skills-based. This is updated systematically to help teachers inform their planning and to ensure that the coverage of the curriculum is thorough. 
  
Communication to parents 
We like to involve our parents in their children’s learning. Each year group holds a termly ‘Express Event’, where parents are invited to come in and see what their child has been learning during the term and to take part in a practical activity with their child. We also keep parents up to date on what we have been doing throughout the year on our social media pages (you can find us on Facebook and Twitter) and our website. Look out for photos and videos of our adventures in and out of school! Finally, we use themed weeks (Eg: Science week) to create opportunities for families to create and work on home based projects for competitions. The ‘Marble Run’ entries being a real highlight. 
  
Use of Cornerstones 
As a school, we use the Cornerstones curriculum. This is used as a ‘springboard’, meaning that it is used as a foundation to inform our own curriculum, choosing resources and underpinning ideas from it that we feel are relevant and engaging for our children and community. Cornerstones has fantastic ideas for activities and we choose the ones that best fit with our learning objectives and the ones that help us ensure we have full coverage.

Additional Information

 

If existing, or future, parents and carers would like to discover more about the Tymberwood curriculum please do book an appointment with the School Office. Then, one of our 'Co- Curriculum Leaders' will then meet with you and discuss the intent behind the schools philosophy, how it is implemented within classrooms and what steps the school takes to measure the impact and progress the children made.

Year 1:

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

Superheroes

Moon Zoom

Dinosaurs

Enchanted Woodland

Paws,

Claws and Whiskers

Splendid Skies

Additional LOs to be covered

Geography-Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.

Science-Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.


 

Year 2:

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

Beachcombers

Land

Ahoy

 

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

The Scented Garden

Wriggle and Crawl

Much Mess and Mixtures

Additional LOs to be covered

Science-Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults.

Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

History-Learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Year 3:

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

Scrumdiddlyumptious

Preditor

Gods and Mortals

Tribal Tales

Urban Pioneers

Mighty Metals

Additional LOs to be covered

Science-Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.

Recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light.

Notice that light is reflected from surfaces.

Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes.

Find patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change.

History- Learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. (Touched on in Tribal tales)

Year 4:

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

I Am Warrior

Burps, bottoms and bile.

Road Trip USA 

Playlists

Potions

Blue Abyss

Additional LOs to be covered

Science-Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

 

Year 5:

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

Pharaohs

Stargazers

Alchemy

Island

Off With

Her Head

Allotment

Scream Machine

Additional LOs to be covered

Science-Describe the differences in the life cycle of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.

Use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.

 

Year 6:

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

Bloody Heart

A Child’s War

Frozen Kingdom

Gallery

Rebels

Tomorrow’s World

Tomorrow’s World

Additional LOs to be covered

Science-Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the earth millions of years ago.

Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.

 

KS2

History-Conduct a local history study.

Incorporate into British Values week.

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