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.
Maths is taught through Mathematics Mastery (implementation date 2018-19)
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.
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.