Key Stage 1 and 2
At Key Stage 1 and 2, we aim to create successful learners who are confident individuals and responsible members of society, fully prepared for the next stage of their education and enthusiastic about learning in all its aspects. Pupils have a daily English and Mathematics lesson.
- The teaching of English will provide pupils with opportunities to:
- Develop the necessary skills to use the English language confidently, appropriately and accurately to the best of their ability.
- Speak clearly and confidently to audiences of different types and size.
- develop their ability to use drama both as an activity in its own right and as a means of supporting learning in other areas of the curriculum;
- Attentively listen to other people speak, with understanding, pleasure and empathy.
- Read a range of materials fluently and with understanding for enjoyment and for information.
- Write effectively for a range of audiences and purposes, using handwriting, word-processing, spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately and confidently.
Phonics is the beginning of Literacy and we base our Phonics teaching on the Read, Write Inc (RWI) programme of teaching. Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SpaG) is based upon the Spelling Shed and Classroom Secrets programmes
Writing is taught through a topic-based approach, as much as possible, in order to provide purpose and audience for the children. Grammatical accuracy is embedded in the teaching of writing but also as a discrete element of the English curriculum.
We aim to create fluent, discerning, life-long readers who love and value books. Children are encouraged to share books with peers and family on a regular basis: Teachers take time to read class novels and model reading for pleasure. It is important that children enjoy reading and also have the opportunity to experience books from classic and modern classic authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton among others. Comprehension and literary appreciation skills are taught through Guided Reading sessions where the pupils explore reading texts through a range of questions and activities to deepen their understanding and breadth of reading experience.
The new Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamental of Mathematics including the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Pupils are taught to reason mathematically, solve problems and apply their mathematical skills in a variety of real life contexts.
In addition to English and Mathematics, pupils are taught to develop their skills, understanding and creativity in Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and Religious Education (which is based on the locally agreed syllabus). Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education, British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) are all taught through our Life Skills sessions and are closely linked to 5R’s (Ready, Responsible, Reflective, Resourceful and Resilient) of Thurlton Primary.
Children are taught about the community in which they live and are encouraged to work in co-operation with other members of the school community. Supporting charities, both local and further afield, is encouraged. All children are expected to undertake appropriate responsibilities within the class and school, e.g. caring for the classroom environment, participating in class assemblies and participating in out of school activities.
Promoting the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths we believe is a fundamental element of our teaching. Using Values for Life and Personal Social and Health Education lessons we encourage children to develop their own beliefs and an understanding of the meaning of a healthy life style, staying safe, being a good citizen.
We aim to develop children’s enjoyment, confidence and skill in physical activity and introduce them to the pleasures of sport to help develop active children who benefit from a healthy lifestyle. Through a multi-skills approach, children develop their skills in cross-country running, football and basketball as well as athletics, gymnastics, dance and swimming. We participate in many of the Cluster PE events and competitions.
We enhance and enrich the curriculum through a variety of activities including educational visits, visitors to school, after school clubs and links with other schools.