Thurlstone Primary School - Putting Learning at the Heart of the Community

Thurlstone Primary School – Curriculum Intent Statement

 

At Thurlstone Primary School we aim to provide our children with opportunities to develop through a broad, balanced and rich curriculum which is tailored to meet their needs within the context of the community in which they live. As a result it is our intention that children will leave Thurlstone:

  • With resilience
  • With lifelong learning skills essential for adulthood
  • With independence
  • As empathetic, responsible citizens who care about our planet
  • With an appreciation of the wider world and it’s cultures
  • With a strong moral purpose and respect for others
  • Happy and healthy in both mind and body

We believe childhood be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

We use our Thurlstone Values (resilience, appreciation and humanity) to grow our wonderful little ‘Superheroes’ into ‘Great Explorers’ who are ready to take on the world.

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Aims of the School Community

Our aim is that children should achieve their potential in all areas of the National Curriculum and Foundation Curriculum, achieving excellence in a wide variety of ways. In order to achieve this we believe that priority must be given to developing an ethos in the school community, which allows all children to experience success.

This means working towards building a school community that:

  • Recognises all individuals for their human qualities
  • Is welcoming and secure
  • Recognises and celebrates all talents and achievements
  • Encourages respect for individual differences:
    • Gender
    • Age
    • Race
    • Sexual orientation
    • Culture
  • Delivers the Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum in a broad, balanced and creative way
  • Respects, shares and co-operates with one another
  • Develops citizens physically, intellectually, morally, spiritually and culturally, who will make positive contributions to the wider world and society
  • Strives to develop positive attitudes to learning which are carried through life
  • Develops an understanding of different learning needs
  • Promotes fun, enjoyment and enthusiasm

The aims ensure we meet the outcomes for Every Child Matters.

The outcomes are:

  • To be safe
  • To be healthy
  • To enjoy and achieve
  • To make a positive contribution
  • To achieve economic well-being

These aims are displayed along the main school corridor for all to see.

Our Curriculum

At Thurlstone Primary School we aim to provide our children with opportunities to develop through a broad, balanced and rich curriculum which is tailored to meet their needs within the context of the community in which they live.

As a result it is our intention that children will leave Thurlstone:

  • With resilience
  • With lifelong learning skills essential for adulthood
  • With independence
  • As empathetic, responsible citizens who care about our planet
  • With an appreciation of the wider world and it’s cultures
  • With a strong moral purpose and respect for others
  • Happy and healthy in both mind and body

We believe childhood to be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

We use our Thurlstone Values (resilience, appreciation and humanity) to grow our wonderful little ‘Superheroes’ into ‘Great Explorers’ who are ready to take on the world.

 

At Thurlstone we provide, and hold dear, so much more than a traditional academic education. Children and families who become part of our community can expect to benefit from a holistic education which promotes human values which make good, well rounded people who they are. To be a fully effective member of today’s society requires a well-developed set of principles in a wide range of areas as detailed above.

Our curriculum will give the children opportunity to:

  • Cultural – Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
  • Tolerance and respect – To respect and tolerate the opinions, beliefs and behaviour of others.
  • Individual liberty – Be free to express views or ideas.
  • Rule of law – Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour.
  • Democracy – Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part.
  • Social – Use a range of social skills to participate in the school community; the local community and the worldwide community. To appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict.
  • Spiritual – Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences.
  • Moral – Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views.

WELLBEING:

The mental health and well-being of our whole school community is of paramount importance to us here at Thurlstone. We aim to provide all our children with the well-being support they need with the intention of equipping them with the skills and knowledge required to enable them to better manage their feelings and emotions, and in turn support their friends to the same ends.
A happy and healthy learning environment creates children who are successful, confident, resilient and with high self-esteem.

  • Our curriculum will give the children opportunity to:
    learn how to respect themselves and others
  • build respectful friendships
  • Follow their own interests and be themselves
  • work in a range of groups and settings
  • recognise that people are good at different things
  • reflect and think mindfully about their learning
  • learn in a peaceful and supportive environment
  • develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
  • learn how to manage intense feelings and support others to do so
  • to develop and demonstrate empathy
  • have access to highly skilled Thrive Approach practitioners who are exceptionally well placed to support the emotional needs of our children.
  • benefit from the whole school Thrive Approach ethos.

 

PUPIL VOICE:

Children have much to say, and we feel that they should be listened to. We feel that by listening we can improve the school and all we have to offer our children, staff and families. By allowing children to get involved in the ‘bigger picture’ of the school and world in general, they can develop vital skills, knowledge and understanding which can be of benefit to them as children, but will be useful in their adult life.

  • Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:
    * make a positive contribution to the school and local community
    * express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues
    * take part in democratic activities across the curriculum
    * explore ways of becoming an active citizen
    * make choices about things that are important to them
    * take part in age-appropriate discussions
    * say what they like and dislike about their learning
    * make choices and plan opportunities to support local and national charities.

PEDAGOGY:

By using a wide and varied range of approaches we aim to meet the learning style of every child here at Thurlstone. We aim to provide opportunities for children to face their daily challenges with confidence, resilience and determination.

  • Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:
    * excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
    * enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning
    * promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism
    * enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge
    * promotes problem solving, team work, creativity and communication
    * enables children to develop a wide range of life long values
    * provides children with opportunities learn about and take steps to help our planet and environment
    * enables children to learn about themselves and reflect on their sense of well-being

 

ENRICHMENT:

We believe that all children should be on the receiving end of an outstanding education. For us that means outstanding opportunities to succeed in every academic, and non-academic way possible. We aim to provide inspirational activities which open the doors to dreams of becoming a dancer, a musician, a stage designer, a landscape artist, an actor, a conductor, a mountain climber … the list goes on. By exposing children to these exciting and rich activities, we hope to inspire our children to aim high and aim wide.

We aim to enrich our curriculum by:
* offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
* welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning, experiences and successes
* holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
* developing partnerships with external providers (including the police) that extend children’s opportunities for learning
* providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities and trips
* taking our Y6 children to Crucial Crew (South Yorkshire Police) so they can learn develop valuable life skills
* providing our children with opportunities to experience large and small scale theatre productions
* providing our children with opportunities to take part in large and small scale musical productions
* providing our children with opportunities to experience sporting activities in impressive sporting venues
* providing our children with opportunities to experience sporting activities in impressive sporting venues
* providing our children with the opportunity to attend a two day outdoor and adventurous residential trip
* providing a wide range of extra-curricular clubs designed to meet the needs and interests of as many pupils as possible.

Early Years Curriculum Intent

The following principals are at the heart of practice in the Early Years at Thurlstone Primary School:

  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

The EYFS Curriculum consists of the seven areas of Learning and Development. The three prime areas of learning are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The four specific areas of learning are:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The teaching of these areas of learning combines a mixture of direct, practical and playful approaches with input from adults in whole class sessions, small groups, with individuals and during continuous provision. Teaching may be adult led or in response to child initiated lines of enquiry, within the challenge of the continuous provision environment. Appropriate time is set aside for the direct teaching of reading, writing and mathematics, with a love of books always high on the agenda.

RE is incorporated into the area of Understanding the World through the aspect of People and Communities.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development, including the promotion of British Values are at the heart of our curriculum alongside the promotion of our Thurlstone values of resilience, appreciation and humanity.

Our whole school mindful approach to PHSE is explored through our ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE sessions and assemblies.

Throughout all of these areas, and specifically during time provided for children to direct their own learning, we strive to support all children in developing the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’, regardless of their starting points/ability.

All of the crucial knowledge, skills and vocabulary that we teach are presented to the children throughout the year through our flexible and responsive curriculum. Considering children’s learning needs, their natural curiosity and interests and providing time and space to investigate and initiate their own learning, plays a key part in our curriculum design, with predictable interests and annual events (seasons, harvest, Diwali, Christmas etc.) used as anchors for ‘themes’/’topics’ initiated by adults. Skilful adults carefully assess children’s development and use their assessments/observations to quickly inform next steps and ensure that individual needs are met to secure rapid progress.

Our learning environment is carefully considered to match the needs and interests of all of our little ‘Superheroes’. We aim to ensure that our environment is both stimulating and challenging, and that it allows children to develop their independence, their resilience and lifelong learning skills, not only ready for Y1, but for their rest of their time at Thurlstone and beyond!

Key Stage 1

Children progress from the Foundation Stage in to Key Stage 1 where they start The National Curriculum. A new National curriculum was introduced in September 2014.

Teachers create a stimulating learning environment in which the contribution of all pupils is valued. The subjects taught are: English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design,Spanish, Music and Physical Education. Religious Education is also taught according to the locally agreed syllabus.

Key stage 1 curriculum map

Key Stage 2

The next stage in a child’s education is Key Stage 2. Our aim is to build upon previous successes in Key Stage 1 and prepare children for Key Stage 3 (the first stage of Secondary Education).

Curriculum areas taught in Key Stage 1 are continued and further developed, catering for a range of abilities.

We provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve whilst developing their confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.

Children are taught as a class with the differing needs of children being catered for during the lesson.

Key Stage 2 curriculum map

Literacy

All children receive a daily literacy lesson. The language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing form the basis of all literacy.

Speaking and Listening

The children’s own language is developed and extended to form a link between the other areas of learning. The children are encouraged to talk about their own experiences, both at home and at school. They are given additional language experience through the use of stories, rhymes, TV, drama, radio and taped material. External visits and visitors to the school add to the experiences provided. Circle Time is used to discuss personal and social issues.

The children are encouraged to listen at all times. They are also provided with a programme of activities and games, which will help them to identify similarities and differences between sounds, both in the environment and within spoken words. Listening is one of the essential skills required for reading to develop. The children are encouraged to speak with confidence in front of a variety of audiences, in the classroom, on visits, in assembly and in school performances.

Reading

Learning to read is a prolonged and complicated process, which continues through to adult life. We encourage every pupil to develop a ‘love of books’ and literature.

Time is allocated every day for a class reading session. During this time the children are involved with reading activities while the teacher works closely with a group of children.

Pre-reading, reading and phonic skills are taught in the context of a reading situation i.e. through the use of books. A wide range of reading material is available. This is organised in order of difficulty to give sequence, so that every stage can be catered for. In addition, supplementary material is available to give practice where this is necessary to consolidate the skills taught.

The children are encouraged to take reading books home and parents are valued for the contribution they can make in this area. The school also operates a lending library, and the children can take a library book home each week.

Writing Intent Statement

At Thurlstone Primary School we provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that teaches pupils to write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas, opinions and emotions to others effectively.
At Thurlstone Primary School writing is a crucial part of our curriculum and underpins every aspect of it.

At Thurlstone Primary School we will teach our children to:
* write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics across the whole curriculum.
* use their imagination which makes readers engage with, and enjoy their writing.
* develop their vocabulary and knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
* produce well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
* develop excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
* develop a love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.

To develop the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, all subject areas include the opportunity for pupils to express their thoughts in a range of written styles.

Our children are exposed to a range of exemplar texts, from across different genres and subject areas, to embed ambitious vocabulary choices and secure expectations of writing across the curriculum.

Writing is a crucial skill that is embedded across all year groups: consolidation of fine motor skills and phonic strategies are implemented in lower school and securing confidence as independent writers is of priority in KS2.
We hope for our pupils to leave Thurlstone Primary School able to communicate effectively through writing and able to enjoy expressing themselves in this way.

Mathematics Intent Statement

Mathematics is an essential part of a balanced curriculum and it should be well matched and challenging to our children’s needs. We believe that all children should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and should be able to reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding. We endeavour to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics and enjoyment of the subject that will stay with them throughout their lives.

At Thurlstone Primary School we aim for all our children to have:
* An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
* The ability to demonstrate their mastery of mathematical skills, understanding and concepts.
* A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
* Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
* The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
* The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
* The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
* The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
* Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
* A wide range of mathematical vocabulary
* An enjoyment of mathematics

SCIENCE INTENT STATEMENT

At Thurlstone Primary School, an inspiring science curriculum that provides many opportunities for practical lessons is key. As one of the core subjects, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it requires. The children are exposed to a wide variety of topics that support their natural curiosity for learning. Our curriculum aims to broaden the children’s scientific view of, and respect for, the world around them, whilst promoting an enthusiasm for enquiry and wanting to explore new things.
We want our pupils to develop an interest in science, and curiosity about the world we live in, that carries through into later life, instilling in them an awareness of how science is relevant in today’s society.
We endeavour to ensure that the science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences

THURLSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL DEVELOP:
* The ability to think independently and ask questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
* Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
* Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
* High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
* The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
* A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION INTENT STATEMENT

At Thurlstone Primary School we aim for children to be healthy in both body and mind. We feel that a fun, high-quality physical education curriculum, that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physical activities, contributes to this outcome.
Our children will have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build resilience and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
P.E at Thurlstone Primary School is a vital element of our curriculum. It develops an understanding of the need for healthy life styles; a balanced diet; positive growth mind-set and the resilience to persevere with tasks and activities that may be challenging. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate as part of a team, as well as develop competitiveness leading to a personal drive to do even better.

How we make our vision a reality:
PE at Thurlstone Primary School is taught by a combination of class teachers, P.E specialists and qualified sports coaches.
Our pupils participate in two high quality P.E lessons each week, as well as a Daily Mile running activity every school day and swimming in Key Stage 2. The Real P.E scheme is embedded across school: this exemplary programme develops, through clear skills progression, the gross motor skills needed to effectively participate in a wide range of sports. Other lifelong values, such as respect, resilience, cooperation, confidence and tolerance also underpin the Real P.E programme.

We provide opportunities for all children to engage in a range of extra-curricular activities and interschool sporting events in the form of the home-grown P4Sport (Penistone 4 Sport) network. These events and competitions are carefully planned to provide children with the opportunity to take part in fun, competitive sporting activities, as well as specific values building fun team events such as Get Mucky Assault courses.

Thurlstone Primary School is committed to The Girls and Sport Pledge which recognises the importance of raising sporting aspirations in girls and challenges sporting stereotypes held by both genders.

COMPUTING INTENT STATEMENT

Through teaching Computing, we aim to equip children with the necessary skills and knowledge so that they can participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.
It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. We want children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate and computer wise.
From Foundation Stage through to Year 6, we teach our children how to use the internet safely so that they are equipped to be safe explorers and users of the online world.

THURLSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL HAVE:
* Competence in coding for a variety of practical and inventive purposes, including the application of ideas within other subjects.
* The ability to connect with others safely and respectfully, understanding the need to act within the law and with moral and ethical integrity.
* An understanding of the connected nature of devices.
* The ability to communicate ideas well by using applications and devices throughout the curriculum.
* The ability to collect, organise and manipulate data effectively.

HISTORY INTENT STATEMENT

History is held in high regard at Thurlstone Primary School, with the school’s own rich history within the context of the local area being a celebrated and inspiring feature of the school.
Our history curriculum makes full use of the immediate and wider local area so that children develop a deep understanding of the rich history of the area in which they live.
The history curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that the learning of skills and knowledge is progressive and fully covers all elements of the national curriculum. We aim to inspire our children’s curiosity about the past so that they maintain a lifelong interest in, and love for the subject as young Thurlstone historians.

THURLSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL HAVE:
* An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
* The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
* The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
* The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
* A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
* A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
* A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

GEOGRAPHY INTENT STATEMENT

Our geography curriculum aims to inspire our children’s natural curiosity about the world in which we live and its people. Through careful planning we aim to ensure this fascination remains with them beyond their time at Thurlstone. Because of the context of the locality and social background of our children, we also believe that exploring diverse places and their people will provide our children with a broader view of the world and its diverse culture and environments.

THURLSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL HAVE:
* An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
* An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
* An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
* Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
* The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
* Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
* Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
* A passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
* The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.

ART AND DESIGN INTENT STATEMENT

It is our belief that all children should have access to an art and design curriculum which develops a lifelong love and appreciation of the subject. We aim to present children with a range of experiences of art and design from different cultures and periods of historical significance; as well as well-known artists, both recent and from the past.

THURLSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL HAVE:
*The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
*The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
*The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
*The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
*An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
*The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
*Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
*The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
*The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
*A passion for and a commitment to the subject.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY INTENT STATEMENT

At Thurlstone Primary School, we encourage children to be creative and use their imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
We aim to link DT work to other subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.

Thurlstone primary school children will have:
* Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
* An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
* The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
* The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
* The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
* A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
* The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
* The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
* A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.

MUSIC INTENT STATEMENT

At Thurlstone Primary School the intention is that children gain, through clear progression of skills and knowledge, a firm understanding and appreciation of music including listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.
At Thurlstone we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music.

THURLSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL HAVE:
* A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
* Access to a full year of weekly instrumental lessons delivered by a music specialist
* A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
* Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
* An excellent understanding of how musical provenance – the historical, social and cultural origins of music – contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
* The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
* A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.

 

Assessment and Reporting

Children’s performance is assessed in a variety ways: by their teachers, through the administration of national tests and tasks and through the use of in-house assessment materials which are completed on an on-going basis.

On entry to full time education children will complete a baseline assessment with their teacher. This information is used together with information from parents and classroom assessment to design programmes of learning for groups and individual children.

There are meetings in the autumn and spring terms to discuss children’s progress. Teachers are available to discuss progress informally at other times. It helps to make an appointment to talk about this important aspect of a child’s education.

A summative report on progress made throughout the year is given towards the end of the summer term.

Homework

We feel that the amount of time spent on homework is less important than the quality of tasks set and the way they are planned to support learning.

We recommend and encourage that FS2, Y1 and Y2 spends 30 minutes each week on their homework. Y3 and Y4 should spend 40 minutes and Y5 and Y6 should spend an hour.

FOUNDATION STAGE – Reading activity – sharing a book with an adult. Topic based work as appropriate.

YEAR 1 – THE ROCKETS – Reading activity – sharing a book with an adult. Learning spellings and a topic based work from the homework grid if you like.

YEAR 2  – Regular private reading and reading with an adult. Learning spellings and a topic based work from the homework grid if you like.

YEAR 3  – Regular, sustained private reading, learning spellings and times tables. A topic based work from the homework grid if you like.

YEAR 4  – Regular, sustained private reading, learning spellings and times tables. A topic based work from the homework grid if you like.

YEAR 5 – Regular, sustained private reading, learning spellings and times tables. A topic based work from the homework grid if you like.

YEAR 6 – Regular, sustained private reading, learning spellings and times tables. A topic based work from the homework grid if you like. As the year progresses, there may be other revision based activities.

HOMEWORK GRIDS:

Class teachers prepare and send home a Homework Grid, which provide a wide varity of purposeful and engaging multiple choice homework tasks. Children are not expected to complete these tasks, but many chose to. Teachers will happily acknowledge the work handed in, but will not provide any written feedback. Children are usually asked to hand their homework in every two weeks.

Uniform

Our school uniform is as follows:

  • Royal blue sweatshirt or hoodie with school logo – Y6 may wear a fleece (with a school logo) as an alternative.
  • white or royal blue polo shirt
  • dark grey or black trousers (not joggers) or skirt/pinafore.
  • class 1 boys and girls may wear black joggers.
  • royal blue checked dresses can be worn during the warmer months
  • black or grey shorts can also be worn during warmer weather
  • Black sensible shoes or trainers (no strappy sandals or flashing shoes)
  • trainers can be worn instead of shoes – they should be plain white, black or royal blue
  • white, black/grey/dark blue socks or tights

For indoor P.E:

  • White T shirt and black shorts (boys)
  • White T shirt and black shorts, skirt or leotard (girls)

Outdoor P.E as for indoor but with trainers, sweatshirt/track suit/jogging bottoms and top for colder weather.

Earring may be worn, but must be small, plain studs. Ideally they should be removed for P.E but school will allow children to keep their earring in if parents send a letter into school requesting their child should be excused from doing so.

Hair bows and bands should be small and royal blue in colour.

 

Conduct and Discpline

We have high expectation of behaviour in school and believe a positive approach to behaviour and discipline in school is key.
The school uses the highly successful and consistently applied ‘Good to be Green’ behaviour scheme which rewards children for positive behaviour and sanctions them fairly when behaviour is less than acceptable. Children are also rewarded with Team Points and ‘Chance’s for good behaviour, high standards of work and displaying core values such as respect, kindness and tolerance.

As a reward for a week of good behaviour, children take part in Golden Time clubs at the end of the week.

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Statement of Intent

At Thurlstone Primary School we are committed to equality. We believe that all children should have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Children are encouraged to achieve their potential and to be fully involved in all aspects of school life. Our school is committed to promoting equal opportunities for all children, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

At Thurlstone Primary School we will:

  • Identify, at the earliest opportunity, all children that require special consideration in order to support their needs
  • Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our children can flourish
  • Promote self-worth and confidence by encouraging independence at all ages and ability levels
  • Give everybody the entitlement of achievement and provide suitable provision that promotes the highest levels of progress and achievement for each individual child
  • Ensure all children follow the National Curriculum at a pace and level that is appropriate for all abilities
  • Ensure that all teaching staff are aware of, and are sensitive to the needs of all pupils; teaching pupils in a way that is appropriate to their needs
  • Regularly review and evaluate children’s progress and to work in partnership with parents and children throughout the process.

 

Communication

We aim to develop and foster warm and friendly relationships with parents, carers and families and we are proud of the friendly and supportive atmosphere we have in school. We make every effort to engage with our families and communicate with parents in a range of ways to ensur ethey have the best chance of keeping up to date with day to day life at school.

Each Friday, all parents receive via email a copy of ‘The Shuttle’, which gives information about a range of school related issues. Parents and carers also benefit from regular information up dates via the school’s mobile phone texting service. Additional letters on specific subjects frequently supplements this. The school has an active Facebook page and all classes and the headteacher make excellent use of Twitter.

We have an open door policy and try to make ourselves available as much as possible, however it is always best to phone school and book an appointment if there are specific issues that need discussing.

School Meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.

Excellent cooked meals are prepared in the school kitchen. These can be ordered each half term and paid for on the Friday of each week. Alternatively, children may bring packed lunches in which case, the meal should be packed in a sturdy container marked with your child’s name.

Some of you will be able to claim free school meals. Forms are available from the school office.

Attendance

We are constantly working with parents to make sure that children receive their full entitlement of school provision. To that end, we trust that parents will ensure that children attend school promptly and regularly.

Click here for our attendance policy.

Ways in Which You Can Help - some "Dos and Don'ts"

Staff, and we hope parents, carers and our families, are rightfully proud of Thurlstone School. There are some ways you can help us with its smooth operation.

  • Parents and visitors are asked to report to the office for security reasons when they enter the school.
  • The car park may only be used in school hours by staff and official visitors.
  • The entrance to the school does become congested at the beginning and end of the school day with parents dropping children off from cars. Please do not obstruct the entrance to the school for safety reasons.
  • Dogs (guide dogs excepted) are not allowed on the premises, again for the children’s safety.
  • Please try to ensure that your child arrives on time and is collected at the end of the school day promptly. Obviously in an emergency we will look after your child when school has finished.
  • If your child is absent from school please ensure you phone to let us know why. If we have not heard from you, we will phone you to find out why your child is not in school. This helps us to administrate school attendance more effectively.
  • If your child suffers from an ongoing illness, such as asthma, please make sure that you discuss arrangements for possible medication with staff at the school
  • Please ensure you clearly label all your child’s personal and school uniform items.

Our School Aims Are:

Our aim is that children should achieve their potential in all areas of the National Curriculum and Foundation Curriculum, achieving excellence in a wide variety of ways. In order to achieve this we believe that priority must be given to developing an ethos in the school community, which allows all children to experience success.

 

Our vision is to create an environment in which all of our children:

  • Love learning.
  • Develop the skills to become active learners who are self-motivated and challenge themselves.
  • Involve themselves fully in the life of the school and community.
  • Cultivate self-confidence.
  • Exhibit outstanding behaviour showing respect, care and empathy for others.
  • Discover, enjoy and extend their own unique gifts and talents.
  • Obtain the knowledge and ability to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Demonstrate outstanding progress and strive to reach their full potential.

We aim to inspire learning through creating:

  • A listening school where children know their views are important, respected and acted on.
  • A strong team that delivers meaningful, motivating and memorable teaching which excites children’s imaginations.
  • An inspirational curriculum which promotes contextual learning and skills for life.
  • A happy and safe atmosphere where everyone enjoys learning and working together.
  • A positive ethos where success is recognised and achievements are celebrated.
  • A sense of team where everyone in our learning community feels valued and respected.
  • A school that has children and learning at the heart of everything that it does.

The aims ensure we meet the outcomes for Every Child Matters. The outcomes are:

  • To be safe
  • To be healthy
  • To enjoy and achieve
  • To make a positive contribution
  • To achieve economic well-being

Our School Community Vision

Thurlstone Primary School is committed to the development of the child in a whole school community. We provide a stimulating, safe environment and a high quality education which encourages confidence, independence and friendship. Our creative curriculum aims to develop mature, caring, enterprising individuals who have a clear role in society. We nurture enjoyment of learning by celebrating achievement and enthusiasm.