The curriculum at Town Farm is rich and engaging curriculum that is planned to excite and inspire our learners. Confucius, a famous Chinese philosopher and thinker once said,
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Our exciting curriculum is full of opportunities for our pupils to be involved in hands on, practical experiences that develop a love of knowledge and a life long passion for learning. We have carefully developed inspirational curricular for each of our subject areas that challenge their abilities and encourage maximum progress and attainment from all children.
THE POWER OF READING
English is taught through The Power of Reading. This is a well established scheme from the Centre of Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) that builds a culture that focuses on ensuring the best practice in the whole class teaching of Literacy.
It achieves this through :-
" Reading and writing float on a sea of talk" James Britton
We are a Read Write Inc. school and teach our children the English Alphabetic code through a systematic approach. First they learn to read the 40+ sounds and then bend these sounds into words. They learn the same sounds with alternative graphemes. The pupils experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely match to their increasing knowledge of phonics and 'tricky' words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.
Mathematics Mastery is a challenging and high quality programme delivered within Town Farm Primary School to ensure our pupils receive a rich mathematics curriculum. Built on the ‘mastery’ principle of teaching and learning, pupils are taught to build a deep conceptual understanding of concepts which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations.
The Mathematics Mastery curriculum is cumulative - each school year begins with a focus on the concepts and skills that have the most connections, which are then applied and connected throughout the school year to consolidate learning. This gives pupils the opportunity to ‘master maths’; by using previous learning throughout the school year, they are able to develop mathematical fluency and conceptual understanding.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that the requirements of National Curriculum for England are fully met. Each year’s curriculum includes all of the National Curriculum objectives for that year, plus a small number from the year above – usually from number – where we feel these will help pupils make connections with their learning.
The Key principles for quality Mathematics Teaching at Town Farm
‘Success For All’ philosophy
Town Farm believes that children receive an exceptional mathematics education through a secure combination of high quality teaching, the creation of a positive learning environment and accurate assessment. These fundamentals sit at the heart of our school ethos, and our inspiring, enthusiastic and dedicated staff are committed to providing this for every child. To ensure our standards remain excellent, we provide a programme of weekly professional development for staff which incorporates subject coaching, teacher reflections, regular staff training, masterclasses and regular feedback. This is delivered by our lead teachers with regular supplemented sessions from professionals possessing a wide range of educational expertise.
As a consequence, our staff are expected to have the highest expectations for every child, not just to achieve strong academic results, but also to become highly successful learners. Our Mathematics Mastery programme endorses a Growth Mind-set. Pupils are shown to see success come from learning, which requires time and effort. When things get difficult, they try harder, try another approach, or seek help. Town Farm endeavour to develop a growth mind-set within our pupils as we believe pupils perform better in school, thrive on adversity, and develop new ways of coping and progressing.
The IPC (International Primary Curriculum) is a thematic and creative approach to delivering our foundation subjects at Town Farm. It develops adaptable and globally resilient learners, who are prepared for the dynamic world they live and will be working in.
Setting pupils up for success in 92 countries, the IPC is designed for pupils of all abilities, learning styles and promotes group learning as well as individual learning. It encourages a broad balance of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding through linked learning opportunities. The National Curriculum requirements are met fully by the IPC and extended to elevate pupils learning further.
Each unit has a meaningful theme pupils will follow over a period of 3 to 12 weeks, for example ‘Chocolate’, ‘Bake it’, ‘The Circus’ and ‘Treasure Island’. All learning units start with an inspiring entry point and end with an 'exit point' when pupils can share their learning. During the unit our children will build meaningful connections, deep understanding and key personal skills aligned to our Town Farm values.
Parent Partnerships are vital to enhance learning opportunities. At the start of every new IPC unit parents and carers are sent a letter to outline what learning will be covered and how they can support their learning at home. A highly anticipated event is the ‘exit point’ at the end of the unit when pupils can invite their parents and carers into school to share their learning experience.
The goal of the IPC is for pupils to focus on combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want pupils to enjoy their learning, develop enquiring minds, the personal qualities they need to be global citizens, and a sense of their own nationality and cultures of others. Most importantly our pupils can apply the skills they acquire to be confident individuals at Town Farm and beyond.
We follow Surrey's agreed syllabus for Religious Education, which covers the main faiths practiced around the world.
We aim to enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of the most important aspects of religion, such as an appreciation of the beliefs of others and respect for themselves and those in our community and country.
SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural) values are embedded in all areas of the curriculum.
Personal, Social and Health Education is taught through a range of approaches across the year groups and through its teaching the children acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to become responsible and considerate members of the community.
Learning a foreign language is an essential skill that opens pupils up to other cultures and provides further opportunities in our curriculum to foster pupils’ curiosity, deepening their understanding of the world – creating globally resilient international citizens.
Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. In order for our pupils to celebrate and welcome differences in our world, it is vital they have an understanding of different languages and countries. By introducing and exposing our pupils to this they will have a deepened ability to show respect and play a valuable part in our global society. To achieve this, we envisage through our MFL curriculum, to inspire a love of language as part of their lifelong journey of learning.
MFL lessons in our school give children opportunities to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both verbally and in writing. Pupils have opportunities to learn songs and read age-appropriate literature with access to a language library. We are committed to our aims to:
To achieve our aims, we use Primary Languages Network to deliver a creative curriculum for pupils from Year 3 to Year 6, with ambitions to expand to the whole school next year.
Ultimately, MFL lessons at Town Farm contribute to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a valuable skill for education, employment and leisure throughout the world.
As a school, we recognise the positive impacts music has on our pupils' progress and wellbeing. This year we have introduced a music scheme called Charanga which explores the different aspects of music through a central song. Pupils are given the opportunity to learn the songs (either through singing or humming), explore key rhythms and compositional skills to progress musically.
Throughout the year, pupils will be exposed to a range of instruments and will have the chance to compose songs using our school instruments.
The scheme also offers children the chance to continue their musical learning at home through 'Yumu' where their teachers may choose to upload learning.
As well as fathering pupils’ musical knowledge, music also teaches pupils transferable skills required for everyday life: creative thinking; problem solving and effective collaboration.
TRIPS, VISITS AND VISITORS
Visits and visitors have been carefully planned into our curriculum programme to enrich our pupils’ learning experience and provide an extra level of expertise to further engage them in their learning. Introducing pupils to a wide range of experts also opens up pupils’ minds to the possibilities for further study and employment in the adult world. We are determined through our rich curriculum to show pupils what a wonderful world we live in, encourage them to think about the opportunities that lie ahead of them and instil in them the importance of education and lifelong learning in fulfilling their dreams.
All children’s work and progress is assessed regularly and this information is used to set challenging targets and improve achievement. Children are also encouraged to assess themselves so that they can identify the next steps in their learning.
We welcome parental contributions to our curriculum programme. If you have skills that relate to the topics we are teaching don’t hide your light under a bushel, come and join us in making our curriculum fun and relevant for the children.
Key Stage 1 (KS1) consists of pupils in Years 1 and 2 (aged 5 to 7 yrs).
Key Stage 2 (KS2) consists of pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (aged 7 to 11 yrs)
You can view our curriculum maps for each year group below. These lay out which material and subjects will be covered by each year group over the course of the academic year.