At Tollerton we want all pupils to leave us with fluency in reading, writing and mathematical skills and we have high aspirations for our pupils with special educational needs. We believe that all children entering secondary school should not only be secondary ready in the areas of literacy and numeracy but also be confident learners who are willing to ask questions and have independence in their learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Tollerton Primary School developed a new curriculum during 2020 to meet new national requirements. We are committed to the curriculum being broad and balanced and provide a meaningful platform for learning whilst ensuring that we maintain creativity within our learning. Across every curriculum area we ensure there is clear progression; each year forms building blocks for the next in every subject area. Principally it has been designed to ensure there is rigor and clarity over the knowledge taught within each year group and each individual subject. Knowledge taught will have clear links to prior learning and to future learning and children will leave each key stage prepared fully for the next. In addition, we want children to get a strong sense of culture and diversity, become responisible and caring citizens, who have no prejudice, and leave us with resiliance, high self-esteem and self confidence.
As an example to demonstrate what is meant by clear progression we can take the context of history: if a child is exploring ‘conflict' or 'invasion’ they will have come across these terms when exploring the Romans in year 3, the Vikings in year 4, The English Civil War in year 5 and then World War II in year 6. Vocabulary will link across the areas of study; prior learning will be reviewed to ensure understanding of the new history topic and a pupils understanding of the concepts of conflict or invasion will therefore be deepened as they progress through school. In addition, where there are local links these will be explored within each subject. As part of our recall of prior learning and to deepen children’s long term retention of knowledge we use a method of learning called ‘spaced retrieval’ where learning is revisited each lesson and then at intervals after the learning has taken place. We believe that this supports long term memory development of each subject. From September 2021 children will have ‘knowledge organisers’ for history, geography and science for them to support their learning at home and to help with establishing what exactly the core aspects of knowledge are.
Please see each individual subject for our curriculum offer. As we review and adapt the curriculum we may annually make changes within some areas, based on development needs within the school.
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development (SMSC)
We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that gives children the opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. This is embedded throughout all aspects of school life.