“‘Pupils benefit from a lively, exciting, broad and well-planned curriculum. There are many opportunities for pupils to practise their basic skills, as well as develop an understanding of national and international themes, such as fair trade and environmental impact.’”
‘The school’s promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding and a strength of the school.
— Ofsted March 2016 —
At the heart of our curriculum are the Core Learning Values of Creativity, Confidence, Challenge and Independence. Through the exploration and implementation of these values we strive to help pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question, reflect and argue rationally and to acquire the skills relevant to a changing world. Embedded into our curriculum is the promotion of British Values.
Pupils have the power to make decisions and take action through our ‘Pupil Parliament.’ We teach children the importance of mutual respect and tolerance through our Christian Values. It is in our daily practice to model and teach the importance of rules. We prepare children to lead a life within a multicultural and constantly changing society, in which they will adopt a healthy lifestyle, achieve economic well-being and make a positive contribution.
A Balanced And Creative Curriculum.
At Turners Hill we believe in a balanced and creative curriculum delivered through a cross-curricular approach.
In order to develop a love of learning we provide a high quality education that ensures each child’s individual needs are addressed through carefully planned and prepared topics. During each topic there are engaging, creative and motivating opportunities that encourage our pupils to become active learners where each child can become an author, poet, artist, musician, historian or an expert in their field of study.
Each term’s learning is shared with parents through a medium-term overview which is sent home at the start of each academic term. We also encourage the partnership between home and school through home learning activities which will allow parents to actively engage in their child’s education.
As a Church school we see the Christian Values as essential to developing thoughtful and caring individuals that respect other people and the environment while actively celebrating and embracing differences. Our curriculum vision clearly shows the importance of these values as an overarching guide to support the learning and emotional development of the children at the school.
Maths is taught daily at Turners Hill. The National Curriculum describes what must be taught in each Key Stage. To support the National Curriculum we utilise the Abacus scheme of work which assists in the delivery of a progressive and engaging mathematics curriculum. In conjunction with this we ensure that whole class teaching features strongly in each lesson; it is oral, interactive and with a lively pace allowing for the direct teaching of a key objective whilst encouraging pupils to respond, question, reinforce understanding, and explain methods of carrying out a calculation. We aim to increase pupil confidence in maths so they are able to express themselves and their ideas using the language of maths with assurance.
At Turners Hill we see the vital role English plays in unlocking the entire curriculum. As a result of this English is taught everyday across the school. We aim to enable all children to enjoy language in its many forms and to express their thoughts, imaginations and feelings. English teaching consists of developing children’s skills in the following areas: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Work will be planned in relation to the National Literacy Strategy and New Framework for Literacy, ensuring a complete coverage of the required skills and knowledge. Work will support the current topic and by doing so we strive to make English sessions engaging while ensuring that the children develop their knowledge and understanding. In addition to daily English lessons all pupils explore spelling, punctuation, handwriting and sentence level activities. We also see reading as essential to developing confident learners, to support this all pupils experience daily reading using the Big Cat reading scheme. We believe that through developing a love of reading and using Letters and Sounds to teach high-quality phonics, we can secure the crucial skills of word recognition that, once mastered, enable children to read fluently and for enjoyment.
Computing Online Safety.
Students have an opportunity to discuss and explore Online Safety issues during computing lessons. We utilize ‘Switched On To Computing’ which supports the teaching and learning of online safety. More information is available on our Online Safety Page.
At the end of each Key Stage the children are formally assessed according to the guidance for all state-funded schools. The children are assessed in English, Mathematics and Science and this is documented and reported to parents.
If you would like any more information about the school curriculum please contact Mrs C Palin via the contact link found on this website.