At Tatworth, we aim to instil in every child a love of learning, teaching them that learning is worthwhile. From Early Years to Year 6, our goal is to inspire them to aim high and be engaged in a challenging, broad curriculum, within a stimulating and supportive environment. The fundamental skills and knowledge contained within the 2014 National Curriculum give children an excellent foundation for learning, however our school curriculum goes beyond this to fully instil an appreciation for the world in which they are growing up; we recognise diversity and global citizenship and where possible focus on environmental issues. We foster children’s engagement and excitement and nurture their natural curiosity and thirst for learning by developing their skills of discussion, debating, questioning and cooperation: working with each other encourages pupils’ independence, responsibility, and self-initiated learning.
We strive to ensure continuous improvement for our children, through high impact teaching and learning. This incorporates specialist teaching, a focus on outdoor education through activity afternoons and blocks of focus time for topic and arts. We have provided direct learning experiences and enriching experiences such as visits and visitors and will revert to these as soon as it is safe to do so. We listen and respond to our pupils’ voice by incorporating the children’s ideas and interests; we allow time for high quality work, depth, and reflection. At Tatworth, we make meaningful links between subjects and across learning, using literacy as the driver when appropriate, while ensuring progression in both knowledge and skills.
We celebrate achievement and raise standards through a whole-school approach to learning behaviours. We expose, value, nurture and enrich children’s talents in academic and non-academic areas: we let them shine. We embrace diversity within our own community and beyond and are firmly committed to the principles of equality for all children, enabling those with difficulties or disabilities by removing barriers to achievement.
We very much want to leave learners wanting more learning in a world where learning is limitless.
Curriculum Development 2020/21
At Tatworth we are increasing our curriculum offer during 2020/21 to include further on-line materials, lesson sequences and resources. It will support learners at school and at home and will still offer the rigorous expectations on skills and knowledge progression.
Please click here to access our Pupil Offer 2019-20. Adaptations will be made and uploaded for 2020/21 in light of Covid-19 requirements and uploaded as soon as possible.
Please refer to our ‘Home Learning‘ tab for details of how we ensure that our curriculum is accessible to those who are not able to come into school during COVID restrictions.
Should you require any further information regarding the curriculum please contact the Headteacher.
We are extremely passionate about our Early Years provision offering all children opportunities to achieve and progress. We have a supportive environment in place to enable all children to learn across all contexts – inside and outside specified areas, adult-led and child-initiated activities, one-to-one, small group, or larger group planned work within set routines and spontaneous events.
There are both prime and specific curriculum areas in the Early Years curriculum giving opportunities for children to explore and learn through a range of experiences as well as develop independence and self-regulation and include reference to self-care and healthy eating.
There will be many opportunities to learn through English: reading, vocabulary, communication and language. We embrace the EYFS focus on comprehension and word reading, transcription and composition and children will be exposed to rich opportunities to encompass an emphasis on number and patterns of number.
Early Years Policy
We offer a very broad curriculum with emphasis on:
• Encouraging cooperation
• Encouraging open discussion in the class
• Encouraging the children to be as active as possible
• Literacy and developing the love of books
• Developing excellent maths skills
• Outdoor learning
• Focus work and quality arts activities delivered with specialist input
The morning sessions are set aside primarily for English, maths, and phonics. PE can also be taught in the mornings and every morning the children participate in a ‘Daily Run’ or ‘HiiT’. We have specialist teachers for maths, computing, PE, and music.
Half termly units of DT, art or music are taught during the Arts Afternoons and KS2 children can choose between participating in a sports afternoon or fixture or Forest School (a range of outdoor activities). All children in school have the opportunity of Forest School from Year 1. Reception children can access Forest School when appropriate.
A varied PE curriculum is followed, including gymnastics, games, multiskills, dance, athletics, swimming, and outdoor education. During sports afternoons hockey, football, tag rugby, cross country, netball, rounders, and cricket are played. The PE department work very hard to arrange a calendar of sports events throughout the year, including regular fixtures, both home and away. If your child represents the school, they will be provided with kit. Please note, following our Covid-19 Risk Assessments there will be some adjustments to our PE offer during the Autumn term 2020. This will be reviewed regularly.
KS1 children either do PE or Forest School. Forest School is run by fully trained teachers who lead a small group of children in a wide range of different outdoor activities which includes safe use of tools, making fires, planting, and nature work.
During 2020/21 Year 5 and 6 children will have swimming lessons during the Spring Term. Parents are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of providing swimming lessons.
Three days per half term the rest of the curriculum is set aside and Years 1 – 6 focus on either Geography, History or RE.
The aim is to inspire and excite the children and written work will often develop out of these sessions, which where possible, will then be followed up during literacy work.
Music has a strong tradition at Tatworth, we offer tuition in the following: singing; piano; guitar; flute; clarinet; saxophone; brass instruments; trumpet; trombone; euphonium and drums. If your child wishes to learn another instrument just ask!
The children represent the school at music festivals, in addition to entertaining our local community by carol singing or visiting residential homes.
We have a school singing and ukulele club. Click here to read exciting developments for 2020/21.
“A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.”
(Primary National Curriculum, 2014)
At Tatworth, the English curriculum is rich with opportunities for pupils to immerse themselves in high quality texts that ignite and inspire their imaginations. Our pupils draw on their life and learning experiences so far to create written pieces, and spoken performances, which engage and entertain their audience in a variety of different contexts.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- Write clearly, accurately, and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes, and audiences
- Use discussion to learn; they should be able to elaborate and clearly explain their understanding and ideas
- Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others, and participating in debate.
Following Government guidance, from the Summer Term, we will be able to include team sports where those sports national governing bodies have developed their own guidance.
Children will be kept in their consistent groups and bubbles and PE will continue outdoors, as far as possible, or in the school hall with maximised natural ventilation flow via open windows and doors.