At Tudor Grange Primary Academy Perdiswell, our curriculum is designed to enable the children to flourish. We want children to flourish during their time at our school and to continue to flourish for the rest of their lives.
We offer a curriculum which is broad, ambitious and equitable. Broad because it allows children to supplement a strong academic core of subjects with a range of artistic and creative subjects. Strong foundations of knowledge are complemented by character education and a variety of experiences. Ambitious because we believe every child should access a curriculum that provides them with the cultural capital and essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. Equitable because every child will access this curriculum, regardless of their background or experience, and because this universal entitlement means every child will have the potential to take advantage of a range of opportunities in later life.
The Foundation Stage Framework and Development Matters are the basis of our Reception curriculum. In Reception, we give children daily opportunities to read, write and apply their mathematical understanding underpinned by well planned activities to ensure excellent social skills and physical development. As a result, our children start Year 1 as confident and competent learners.
Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other exciting, stimulating experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.
Reading well and widely is the key focus within our curriculum and we are proud to be a reading school. We focus on the teaching of reading, reading in all subjects and knowing the joy that reading brings. Deliberately building vocabulary is one of the most important things that we do as this supports all children to deepen and extend their knowledge. We use Ruth Miskin Phonics to teach our pupils phonics, reading and spelling in Reception and Year 1. This approach is recognised as an excellent starting point for children to develop their early skills and become fluent readers by Year 2. We then use a range of challenging text through well-planned guided and shared reading approaches to develop a rich understanding and use of vocabulary, comprehension of a wide range of text and a love of reading for pleasure.
Our maths curriculum is based on the Mastery approach to develop mathematicians who are competent using and reasoning with numbers. Using concrete apparatus, our children are active learners in every lesson, to challenge their thinking and find a range of solutions. When solving a maths problem, the answer is only the beginning.
Oracy is a key focus of our curriculum and enrichment programme. We want our children to feel confident that they are heard and can share their ideas and feelings. Through a variety of opportunities including performance, presentations, debate and role play, children are able to speak and listen very well.
Through outdoor learning, residential trips, visits and visitors we enrich our pupils’ learning experiences and ensure they remember them. These opportunities bring our themes to life, setting learning in a context which is often the focus for an end of topic parent workshop or assembly.
Tudor Grange Primary Academy Perdiswell’s core values of Tolerance, Unity, Democracy, Opportunity and Respect are a golden thread through all aspects of our curriculum. We expect our pupils to demonstrate these both in school and when representing our school at the many sporting and arts events that we participate in.