Curriculum Intent

inspiring learning for life

At Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy we offer a broad and diverse curriculum to meet the needs of all our pupils which aspires for excellence in every area. Since the introduction of the 2014 national curriculum, we have engaged with a wide range of research to develop the curriculum we offer. The teaching team, led by the SLT and curriculum development leaders, have co-constructed detailed schemes of work, which ensure that each year group have knowledge rich, well-resourced sequenced programmes. The teachers plan in teams to develop excellent well planned and resourced lessons which reduce individual teacher workload and improve the quality of the lessons for all children. These teams are led by subject specialists who have a genuine interest in and passion for curriculum development including a significant number of SLEs – one of whom is a national research lead.

All our schemes of work ensure pupils’ progress in knowledge and skills and offer oracy rich experiences. We take into account our context which means we have high mobility due to the school serving an area with high levels of international migration. We ensure that any gaps in knowledge, which result from our high levels of mobility, are skilfully addressed through pre teaching and the organisation of our classes. This ensures that no child misses out on a broad and balanced curriculum.

We follow a Talk for Writing approach and passionately believe that if the children can’t say it they can’t write it. Our writing sequences of work start with the children learning an oral WAGOLL, they then innovate on a piece similar to a model demonstrated by the teacher and then progress to a fully independent piece. This final piece is then edited, up levelled and polished. Contextualised grammar is taught throughout each writing unit on which we led a national SSIF project last year.

Curriculum Grid

The content of the curriculum can be seen in the link below:

Whole School Curriculum Grid 2019-2020

For more information on our curriculum content in specific subjects please visit the Curriculum Content page. You can find out more by liaising with your child’s teacher or by contacting the school on 0114 2441842

Ofsted 2019

“The school’s exceedingly well-planned curriculum is structured to build sequentially on pupils’ prior learning.”

We promote a love of reading by using reciprocal reading to enhance the enjoyment of a whole class text. We teach reading skills lessons to enable our children to engage with all aspects of comprehension.  Phonics is taught using the RWI scheme with children being taught in groups and taking home decodable books. As well as taking home decodable books children in FS2 to Y2 also take home a picture book to share with their family in order to help encourage an interest in reading.

We provide a mathematics mastery approach, which offers all pupils access to the full mathematics curriculum. Those pupils who grasp concepts quickly are challenged further to deepen their knowledge within the topic. Those children who are not sufficiently fluent are provided with additional support to consolidate their understanding before moving on. We do however aim to ensure that all children encounter complex mathematical challenges so that all are stretched.

We strongly believe that children should write for purpose in all subjects across the curriculum. Our topic lessons are language rich whilst also developing our children to be excellent geographers and historians. The curriculum has been precisely designed to build on children’s cumulative knowledge and develop their understanding of key overarching concepts. Subject specific skills are mapped out to be introduced when appropriate. A rich programme of educational visits and immersive experiences underpin all our topic work ensuring that all our children have access to the same vital experiences. We see these experiences as being essential in order to build the cultural capital of our children who often would not be provided with these experiences in their everyday lives.

Through skills based practical investigation our science curriculum is carefully designed to focus on technical vocabulary which provides our children with science capital enabling them to access the world around them. We have a strong partnership with the AMRC, independent Sheffield schools, local engineering companies and Sheffield University who we are working closely with to enrich the science curriculum with STEM opportunities. Training and funds have been provided to allow the children in upper Key Stage Two access to a robotics club.

Every child enjoys a rich well-structured PE curriculum consisting of skills development and fitness. We compete in house and against other schools whilst also making use of the sports grant to enable children to take part in a wide variety of sporting experiences. Our children enjoy weekly arts skills lessons which expose them to a wide range of artists and art forms culminating in an art week where a final product is produced. Running alongside this are our dedicated DT weeks which enable children to use a range of skills to creatively respond to problems.

Following the music scheme Charanga the children enjoy a range of different music genres and have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. Live performances are used to enhance this experience. We capitalise on any music projects offered to us giving our pupils the opportunity to collaborate with pupils from local schools. All KS2 children are offered the chance to join a lunchtime choir and individual music lessons are offered to all children who wish to take them up.

In order to develop computing skills we teach children a range of skills including coding, programming and digital literacy. Central to our computing programme is a focus on on line safety, cyber bullying and respecting others on line.

At Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy we ensure that the experiences we provide for the children in the Foundation Stage are shaped to ensure that they are given opportunities to make progress within the seven areas of learning and development as they make progress towards achieving the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) at the end of the Reception year at school. We follow the statutory guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, which sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. We ensure that we consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each of our children to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences for each child in all of the areas of learning and development through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. We use a theme based approach to engage the children in their learning and ensure there are writing opportunities in all areas. We assess the progress of children using the characteristics of effective learning to develop learning behaviours ready for their learning journey.

We have two classes for International New arrivals for children who arrive with little English and sometimes no formal schooling. These classes offer an intensive focus on language acquisition as well as offering bespoke nurture provision. Topics have been carefully selected to ensure that they are highly accessible to the children whilst also meeting the needs of the national curriculum.

We also have Aqua class which is for those children who need a more individualised curriculum due to complex special education needs. The setting prioritises basic skills within a bespoke learning environment offering specialist interventions where needed. The environment negates the stimulus often found in other classes and has been set up in partnership with professionals from the specialist sector.

We endeavour to develop well-rounded citizens who will contribute positively to modern British society. In order to do this we offer a wide range of enriching experiences such as aspirations weeks, school council, after school clubs, Biz Kids, international days, religious and cultural experiences and residential visits. All of these experiences also contribute towards building the cultural capital of our children. We also offer a wide range of family learning. This is underpinned by a well-structured RE, PSHCE and a rich arts curriculum. We have achieved the silver standard P4C award and are currently working towards gold. This provides a structured set of protocols that empower our children to have a voice, be listened to and the opportunity to engage with other children’s views and opinions in a safe and respectful environment. We have a highly effective peer mediation scheme, run by Y5 children, in order to develop children’s skills in conflict resolution.

Five Rivers MAT is committed to offering its children enriching and exciting opportunities to complement and enhance their academic achievements through the Children’s Charter. This includes experiences such as taking part in a debate and trying something new leading towards children recording their achievements in a booklet using stickers whose designs were influenced by ideas from the children.