At Twickenham Primary Academy, we strive to ensure that all children are given a curriculum which is relevant broad and balanced, promoting their emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. We create a stimulating and inviting learning environment where all children’s interests and learning are fostered using a range of sources to meet the needs of the curriculum.
At Twickenham Primary Academy we wish for all our children to feel safe and secure in their environment, developing self-confidence, independence, self-esteem and an eagerness to learn. We aim to work in partnership with parents, carers and families, promoting the very best relationship to support learning.
At Twickenham Primary Academy, we are aware that the children’s learning needs to keep pace with our rapidly changing world. Our creative curriculum is a carefully planned, thematic approach to teaching and learning designed to support children’s natural curiosity, stimulate their creativity and reflects the pupils` cultural capital. It offers children the opportunity to work in depth, giving them the time they need to reflect, consolidate and transfer their learning across subjects. There is a strong emphasis on not only building up the knowledge, understanding and skills within each topic but also why the chosen learning programme is important to the here and now.
We actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain. We also provide opportunities for our pupils to learn about the contribution of Britons to innovation, excellence and changes in the world.
Additional curriculum time is afforded by the length of the GEMS school day (8:30am-3:20pm) for Reception children increasing slightly each year to 4pm by year 6. The longer day ensures that abundant foundation subjects lesson time and other enriching learning experiences in and out of school is possible without compromising a focus on high academic outcomes in core subjects. A truly enriched and enriching education is offered, and teaching is carefully tailored to meet the needs of all pupils.
In Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in April 2017 by the DfES. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.
These areas are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Free Flow Play is an important part of the weekly timetable. The amount of time allocated to this will reduce as we progress through the academic year.
The National Curriculum is used as the baseline from which we develop an enhanced and creative curriculum to extend knowledge, to develop skills and interests of all the children in our school. We offer children a challenging and extensive education, placing due emphasis on English, Mathematics and Science whilst enhancing all areas of each and every child’s development by incorporating the arts, sports, humanities and technology.
A Knowledge Organiser is a go-to document for a topic/unit of work: each one identifies the key information and skills that children need to have learned by the end of a topic/unit. It also acts as a tool to support children in retaining and retrieving knowledge, and develop key skills for life-long learning.
We have developed our own Knowledge Organisers to support the delivery of the curriculum. Each organiser contains key questions, a list of key knowledge and skills to be developed and technical vocabulary with definitions. All content is matched carefully with the year group and there is clear progression in the knowledge and skills.
Children at Twickenham Primary Academy achieve highly and we are proud of the results that we have produced so far; this further demonstrates our firm commitment to high standards of achievement. Our curriculum and environment fosters pupils who are respectful, polite, and honest and contribute to the community in a positive manner. As a school, we are determined that our children will leave us in Year 6 as confident, ambitious, independent and well educated young people who are ready for the next part in their education.
Teachers continually use assessment of the children’s responses and the work they produce to measure impact. Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. This includes book scrutinies, learning walks and lesson observations to measure the impact of teaching and learning. As well as pupil interviews to gauge children’s engagement and enjoyment of the curriculum. Teachers and leaders also have the school’s curriculum assessment data to support judgements on the impact our curriculum is having.