Key Stage One and Key Stage Two classes have English taught daily, using the Pie Corbett Talk 4 Writing philosophy.
Reading is taught through discrete phonics sessions following the Letters and Sounds programme in Butterflies and Bumblebees (Key Stage One). Otter and Hare Classes (Key Stage Two) follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme.
All classes have Guided Reading sessions daily and children are encouraged to read at home. Pupils use the Penpals handwriting scheme.
Maths is taught daily using the Maths Mastery Curriculum. Based on international evidence and practice the Mathematics Mastery Curriculum is an engaging and accessible style of mathematics teaching, inspired by those used in high performing countries including Finland, Singapore and Shanghai.
This approach ensures pupils develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through exploration and investigation. With a focus very much on developing mathematical thinking the curriculum strengthens conceptual understanding as well as pupils’ practical skills. We encourage pupils to be systematic when problem-solving and use objects, pictures, numbers and symbols to
support them in understanding mathematical ideas and using mathematical language.
Through this approach every child can enjoy and succeed in mathematics as well as develop resilience and confidence. For further information visit: https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/national-school-improvement-programme-for-maths
The school follows the Edison Integrated Curriculum ensuring that all the National Curriculum is covered and ensures the preparation for and appreciation of life in modern Britain.
Curriculum Maps 2019-20 - click on a class to view their curriculum map
BRAVE (Belief, Religion and Values Education)
At Thurlow RE is taught in our weekly BRAVE sessions. We follow the Suffolk agreed syllabus for RE and use the multi-faith scheme 'The Emmanuel Project' to support our delivery of the learning themes and key concepts in all major world faiths. Details related to the faiths and themes covered, alongside the associated Values, including those linked to British Values, can be found within each of our Curriculum Maps.
Our PSHE curriculum allows pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. Teachers’ planning is supported by the programmes of study from the PSHE association. It cultivates skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education). Supplementing our PSHEE curriculum further, we also use The Children’s Health Project.
This offers a holistic (and fun) approach to health and wellbeing using four key pillars of health: Nutrition, Lifestyle, Mindset and Movement. Each pillar of health has a Superhero to inspire the children in their learning.
Promoting British Values at Thurlow Primary School
The Department for Education state that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Thurlow Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Democracy is an essential element within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. Children elected to be on the school council represent the views of their classmates on various issues. The children are frequently encouraged to work as teams to make decisions and to hear and respect the views of all parties. Where a decision cannot be made, voting is encouraged. The children also get the opportunity to vote on certain activities and treats.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day including assemblies, as well as when dealing with behaviour. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety lessons. Pupils are able to make educated choices around challenge, how they record their learning, participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and other opportunities as they arise.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated in our classroom environments, as well as our behaviour policy. Through the curriculum children learn to give their opinions constructively and respect those of others especially when they differ. Respect is also reinforced through working in teams.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. School resources are purchased with diversity in mind. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in BRAVE (our name for RE) and PSHEE. A local vicar is invited to contribute to assemblies on a regular basis. Such issues are also embedded in our curriculum.