Our Curriculum

Curriculum Statement – Our Intent

At Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy we offer a broad and diverse curriculum to meet the needs of all our pupils. Since the introduction of the 2014 national curriculum, we have engaged with a 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 programmes. The teachers plan in teams, led by subject specialists, to develop well planned and resourced lessons which reduce individual teacher workload and improve the quality of the lessons for all children. All our schemes of work ensure pupils’ progress in knowledge and skills and offer oracy rich experiences.

We follow a Talk for Writing approach and strongly 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.

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. Discrete phonics sessions are taught following letters and sounds using a multi-sensory approach.

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 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 geographers and historians. The curriculum has been 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 experiences.

Through skills based practical investigation our science curriculum is 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.

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 the expertise of an arts curriculum specialist who exposes them to a wide range of artists and art forms. 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.

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.

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 rich and exciting learning environment offering specialist interventions where needed.

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.

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. 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 are also about to launch a peer mediation scheme 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 which they have designed themselves.

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 clink on the tabs below. You can find out more by liaising with your child’s teacher or by contacting the school on 0114 2441842


Phonics and Spelling

At Tinsley we follow the ‘Read Write Inc.’ scheme in FS, KS1 & the New to English classes.This scheme aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

In FS1 children start working on learning phonics by playing various games where they have to listen for and identify sounds. By the end of FS1 those children who are ready are taught specific sounds using cued articulation.

Children are assessed at the end of every half term and placed in a group according to their phonic knowledge/ability.

From Year 2 onwards we also use the ‘Read Write Inc.’ spelling programme. This contains a range of materials and resources including:

  • knowledge of the history of spelling and the English language
  • a range of suggested strategies, approaches, and activities to help improve and practise spelling
  • a collection of spelling learning objectives and teaching focuses
  • programmes for Years 1 to 6 which draw on the learning objectives and teaching focuses.

In addition, in Key Stage 2  we have Read, Write Inc phonics intervention sessions to help any children who need further support in this area.


We are passionate about reading at Tinsley and our children develop their skills from a very early age. Reading development is a core focus in everything we do and we have purchased online schemes such as ‘Bug Club’ in order to help to encourage children to read in and out of school by competing to win book prizes.

We also have a number of volunteers who regularly come in to school to listen to children read. Every year we celebrate World Book Day whereby a famous author visits school to share a book with the children. As part of this, children also come dressed as their favourite book character.

During the week, children have an independent reading book which they can read at home and to their class teacher or teaching assistant. Any reading they do with an adult is recorded in their reading diary and once the book is finished they complete a reading journal activity in order to demonstrate how well they’ve understood the text.

They also take part in whole class and small group reciprocal reading sessions where as a class they study a novel developing their skills in predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising.

Reading Policy 2019-2020


Our approach to writing is based on Talk for Writing which supports children to explore, through talk and guided practice, the thinking and creative processes involved in being a writer. It is embedded at every phase of the teaching sequence which is structured to include teacher talk, supported pupil talk and independent pupil talk. We believe that Talk for Writing is an approach that goes beyond the development of children’s general speaking and listening skills – it allows children to explore the processes involved in being a writer, and extends oral rehearsal so that it becomes a draft for their written pieces. The approach supports the children to move from talk into writing.

Writing Policy 2019-2020

Writing Subject Overview Grid 2017-18


At Tinsley we LOVE Maths! We all understand the importance of developing strong maths skills and how this can help us both now and in the future.

Click here for our maths policy.

At Tinsley we have adopted the White Rose Calculation policy to develop progression in calculation strategies. Click here to access a copy.


At Tinsley we study a wide variety of topics for both History and Geography.

History Policy 2019-20
History skills progression grid 2019-20

Geography Policy 2019-20
Geography Skills progression grid 2019-20



At Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy science lessons provide an opportunity for children to work practically through investigations and experiments. Across each year group we cover a variety of topics ranging from plants and animals to discoveries in space. Practical investigations are a priority as this type of work enables the children to develop their critical thinking and teamwork skills.

As a school, we are keen  to integrate the use of ICT into our science lessons and will often use laptops or ipads to record the findings from our experiments in a range of different ways.

During science week (9th – 13th March 2020) we hold a science fair where children from each class showcase a project which they have been working on. This also gives children the chance to experience the variety of career options that science has to offer as we aim to invite several visitors into the fair with expertise in different areas.

Science Policy 2019-2020


In teaching Art at Tinsley our principle aim is to ensure that all children will build upon their natural enjoyment in visual communication and to see themselves as artists while finding a sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in artistic expression within a multicultural society.

Art Policy 2019-20

At Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy, we teach Design and Technology to equip our pupils with practical understanding to enable them to become future citizens in an increasingly technological and complex world. Our curriculum offers the opportunity to experience the processes and materials of technology and to enable pupils to appreciate quality and gain insight into the technology, which surrounds them.

D and T policy 2019




At Tinsley Meadows, we highly value physical education and sports as one of the ways of learning about teamwork, the importance of competition and how to enjoy physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Every child at Tinsley Meadows receives 2 hours of high quality PE lessons a week, with at least one hour being taught by a specialist PE teacher. Throughout the year each year group is given the opportunity to experience a specialist sport through either curriculum lessons or lunchtime / after-school clubs. Some of the sports and physical activities children are introduced to, during their time at our school, include: athletics, team games, cricket, dodgeball, dance, boxing and football.

To further enhance and widen pupils’ sporting opportunities, we have forged links with many external sporting organisations. Here are just a few examples:

  • Coaches from Sheffield United visit the school to run the Learn and Move project with KS2 children.
  • We have close links with the Sheffield & Phoenix Cricket Club as well as the Yorkshire Cricket Board so children can receive high quality cricket coaching. This has been a sport in which the school has achieved a lot of success in recent years and we hope to further build on this success in the years to come.
  • Our children have also had the opportunity of working alongside an Olympic Taekwondo champion to find out more about the sport.
  • As members of the Arches School Sports Partnership, the school receives access to city-wide competitions for children, a range of coaching activities and specialist training for staff.
  • Y4 children take part in swimming lessons booked through the Sheffield LA which take place every week at Ponds Forge. Tinsley staff support the swimming instructors so the children can work towards achieving National Curriculum levels and developing their understanding of water safety.

Our school is fortunate to have a dedicated sports hall as well as a large outdoor playing area. The sports hall is always occupied with sporting activities and clubs every lunchtime and after school. This year we have 7 multi-sport clubs, 2 fitness clubs, a Kickboxing club, cricket club and a ‘This Girl Can club’ which are run after-school.

Like last year, we will be holding whole school sports activities in the summer term (17th – 30th June 2020) so every child in school can take part in various different sporting activities. This was a success last year at raising awareness of how to lead a healthy lifestyle and in celebrating PE & Sports at Tinsley Meadows.

Furthermore our commitment to PE and Sports has been recognised through achieving the Silver Sports Award and our cricket team received the ‘Arches Sports Team of Year’ award in 2017.

PE Policy 2019-20

Swimming Results 2018-19


The school believes that Religious Education should provide a contemporary study of religion, preparing children for later life. The school bears in mind that Christianity is the largest faith within the UK, however we value and celebrate all other religions. We enjoy celebrating significant religious events, such as Eid and Christmas.  Respect, tolerance and understanding for the beliefs of others is promoted as part of the curriculum.


The children at Tinsley Primary study French during their time here.

Modern Foreign Language policy 2017-18.


Computing has become part of the way in which we all work and entertain ourselves. Almost everything we do at school now involves the use of Computing.  Thus, through teaching Computing, we equip our children to participate in a world of rapidly changing technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also help them to develop the necessary skills for using information in a discriminating and effective way. This is a major part of enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.

Computing Policy 19-20

Computing Skills Progression Grid 2019-20