Following the updated guidance from Ofsted for 2019 we have been working behind the scenes to review, evaluate and update our curriculum to ensure that we have a broad and balanced curriculum that not only covers the National Curriculum and reflects the children in our school, but also develops their cultural capital for the world in which we all live. This review has become even more important following events around the world and our focus has been to ensure that the curriculum of Timbercroft reflects the diversity of our children and their families.
We were excited to launch our new curriculum for September 2020 and have been training our staff to ensure that the curriculum is meaningful and builds on prior learning. We have created a Policy for Progress (P4P) that ensures all of our children across the school receive the quality first teaching they need to impact on their outcomes to enable them as learners for the future. We are working continually to review, evaluate and update our curriculum, in order to ensure that our curriculum reflects the children in our school, their families and the world in which we live.
At Timbercroft Primary School we believe learning should be exciting - our ultimate aim is to provide a highly enjoyable, enhanced curriculum which not only incorporates the National Curriculum but the needs, thoughts and ideas of every learner in our school. Our revised curriculum ensures that all of our pupils are motivated, engaged and enthused about every learning experience, inspiring them to become lifelong learners.
At Timbercroft our teaching and learning take place within a subject-based curriculum approach. Wherever possible we group our learning around a topic style approach but with a greater emphasis on the importance of the weight and knowledge of each subject domain as being as important as English & Maths. It covers the National Curriculum points of study in a way that makes learning interesting and engaging for all of our pupils. The design of the curriculum takes into account the needs of all pupils. It values their diversity and allows them to make excellent progress within their learning.
The curriculum we have developed is spiralised, building on their prior knowledge and skills, linking key subject concepts across the whole school, where each curriculum year is divided into 3 or 4 humanity based focuses. For one curriculum focus each year, children work towards an exciting exit point which we call our 'Big Outcomes' where they can share their learning with parents and friends of the school. This approach encourages entrepreneurial skills with the children planning a visit, planning what they will do to raise the money and enjoying the visit at the end of the year as a result of all of their hard work.
Children learn in our school. They are excited about their learning and are able to develop a wide range of skills that they will then be able to carry with them throughout their lives.