The majority of our subject teaching is done through topic work. Topics usually begin with an open-ended question with the children’s responses and interests steering the direction of the topic. The content of the topic is underpinned by learning objectives from English, Maths, Science, ICT, RE and all the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum & EYFS.
In Early Years, child and adult instigated learning over a range of topics will change termly or more frequently, picking up on the interests of the children in the cohort.
Each Key Stage works on a two year rolling programme of topics, some of which are repeated, but some have been taught to capture particular national or world focus, eg The Queen’s Longest Reign.
Additional information can be obtained from class teachers via the school office or termly curriculum newsletters.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Our English coordinator has developed some Grammar and Punctuation leaflets for each year group to help parents and pupils understand the expectations of what is taught throughout the school. See the documents at the bottom of this page.
A wide range of reading materials are used but the core phonics is taught daily, using Letters and Sounds. Oxford Reading Tree and other scheme books are used to support leveled reading until reading is fluent.
Special Educational Needs
All children are welcome to apply for a place at this school. We have a policy of being fully inclusive. Children with very special needs have access to the support written into their statements and for those who have SEN with no statement, we make sufficient adult support available to enable them to access an appropriate curriculum at their level of need. Parents are consulted at every step of their learning journey and in some cases advice is sought from external agencies.
This is on the whole a single storey building, although there is a flight of three steps to the Key Stage 2 classrooms. There is a wheelchair lift next to the steps which is functioning and serviced regularly. All areas are accessible although there are some areas that we seek to improve – see access audit. Toileting facilities are available adjacent to the staff cloakroom.
Please read our access audit which is situated in the SEN documents page, under 'School Information' in the menu.
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. We use a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education and is led by Mrs Miles.
What is a Curriculum Driver?
At Thurston C of E Primary Academy, we believe that our pupils deserve and require us to provide a broader curriculum than the National Curriculum offers. Pupils have so much more to learn and experience from the exciting opportunities and experiences life has to offer. As a school, we have chosen four curriculum drivers with the aspiration to engage our pupils, enhance their development and give them skills in becoming effective citizens in the world they live in. We use these 'drivers' wherever possible, throughout the curriculum, to underpin the development work we undertake in all areas of school life. This ensures our curriculum offer is enriched and personalised to our children and their families.
Through a broad cross curricular curriculum, Thurston C of E Primary Academy encourages children to express themselves in a variety of creative forms. We give all children the opportunity to be imaginative; to use experiences and observations; to make connections in their learning and appreciate that learning can be accomplished in many different forms.
The World We Live In
The curriculum Thurston C of E Primary Academy offers, enables pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world we live in. Through topic based learning, pupils are given the opportunity to discuss, research and form opinions relating to high profile global issues. We aim to give pupils the ability to question their actions and understand the impact that decisions they and others make impact on the world we live in.
We recognise that we live in a diverse global community and our curriculum reflects this. We teach pupils through our Christian values that diversity should be celebrated and embraced in order to become effective citizens in our multi-cultural society. We provide opportunities for pupils to explore similarities and differences between communities promoting the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different beliefs and faiths, understanding how they fit into the wider world. We aim to give pupils the skills to sustain and protect the rich diversity in the world and give pupils a sense of place and understand that they play a part in its future.
At Thurston CE Primary Academy we understand the importance of pupils being able to apply their knowledge and skills in order to solve real life problems. Key problem solving skills are taught such as: resilience, communication, working as a team and decision making. Teachers encourage pupils to think creatively and question outcomes. As a school, we believe problem solving is going to be key to pupils future success.
Each year group has designed a Curriculum Overview which is the foundation
upon which more detailed plans are built.
PSHE RSE Curriculum
Curriculum Overview for Parents
The results of the consultation (October 2020) with parents about the teaching of PSHE indicated that parents would like an overview of what is being taught and when. Parents felt this was important so that they could support what is being learned in school, at home. Below is a long term grid with the Key Question for each year group per half term. Underneath the grid, there is a breakdown of what is covered in each term, for each year groupin more detail. The results of the consultation indicated that parents supported the teaching of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). As a result of the consultation, we have decided to teach SRE as set out in the government guidelines. Parents also felt it would be helpful to know how what is taught in science at KS1 and KS2 supports SRE. The relevant objectives from the science curriculum can be found below.
Due to Covid 19, we are unable to welcome parents in to school to share resources we will use to deliver our PSHE curriculum. However, we have attached a range of resources in this section of the website. All the resources being used to support the teaching of PSHE have been awarded the Quality Assured Mark by the PSHE Association.
KS1 Science Objectives
Pupils should be taught to:
notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)
describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygie
identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
KS2 Science Objectives
Pupils should be taught to:
identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement
describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a birds
describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
describe the changes as humans develop to old age
recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents