‘Our vision is that everyone at Templewood is valued and treated with respect. Children fulfil their
potential and learn without limits, through an ambitious and inclusive curriculum’
At Templewood we deliver an inspiring and engaging curriculum which enriches
children's knowledge, skills and interests. We ensure that all areas of the
curriculum are underpinned with the teaching of the school’s ethos and vision.
Our curriculum is rooted in our values of: Appreciation, Aspiration, Challenge,
Empathy, Honesty and Perseverance. We aim to unlock every child’s potential,
creating well-rounded, inquisitive pupils who are prepared for secondary school
and have a thirst for knowledge and life-long learning.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced and taught in a variety of ways including
whole class lessons, collaborative small groups or individually, both in the
classroom and outdoors. With our spiral curriculum, progression and continuity
are carefully planned for, focusing on key knowledge and skills for each year
group in each subject. Links are made across different areas of learning and
flexible timetabling allows us to deliver subjects in a fluid way, ensuring that
learning is maximised. We fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum, as
well as providing additional enrichment experiences and extra-curricular
opportunities for our pupils.
Our teaching and support staff are passionate about
our curriculum and set high expectations of themselves to engage, inspire and
motivate their children. We promote the ethos of ‘knowing more, remembering
more’ with carefully embedded retrieval practices and consistent opportunities to
revisit and recap prior learning.
It is our mission that pupils develop a range of skills, knowledge and cultural
capital during their time with us that ensures they are independent, confident
problem solvers. We believe that our curriculum prepares our young learners for
the next stage in their education journey and addresses all elements of their
growth and development. The learning and well-being of each individual is
paramount – our curriculum and school values promote our nurturing approach
and our curriculum allows this to happen
Phonics and Early Reading
We are currently using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to support our teaching of phonics and early reading. Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.
Key Knowledge and Skills
To ensure that our curriculum is clearly sequenced and builds on previously learnt knowlegde, we have produced knowledge and skills progression documents. Our use of Cornerstones Curriculum Maestro has supported the development of these documents for Geography, History, Science, Art and Design Technology. Please click on the Progression Documents tab to see the progression for individual subjects.
Currently, we use Cornerstones Curriculum Maestro to enhance our curriculum. This resource provides planning support and resources for Geography, History, Science, Art and Design Technology.
Cornerstones was founded in 2010 with the mission transform children’s lives through a high-quality curriculum and has been developed by primary curriculum advisers and primary headteachers. Cornerstones is a project based approach and includes an online platform, a fully resourced primary curriculum, and ongoing adviser support. The projects ensure clear, sequenced progression of skills and knowledge across the curriculum.
Each term the teachers will generate Knowledge Organisers for History/Geography and Science units. These show an overview of the whole unit with key events/people, timelines, images and vocabulary. Pupils are provided with these at the beginning of each unit and are encouraged to regularly return to them during teaching to ensure they understand the subject knowledge and develop a growing and meaningful vocabulary. The aim is for pupils to secure their knowledge and skills in a subject which will be revisited regularly to retain the information.
We hope that by providing pupils and parents with copies of these Knowledge Organisers (see link to the left) it will encourage you to learn alongside your child and deepen their understanding, and yours, of subjects across the curriculum.
Class Curriculum Letters
Each term teachers provide a letter with an overview of the curriculum for the term and any other important details which may be relevant to your child's class.
These will be uploaded on to the website for you to read. Please see tab.
For an overview of each classes curriculum coverage please use the Curriculum Maps tab for more information.
Our PSHE and SRE scheme of work is covered through the JIGSAW programme. Please see the Content Overview for more information on topics that will be covered.