Learning lifelong skills through the National Curriculum of England
Key Stage 1 – Year 1 & Year 2
KS1 offers more formal learning based on the objectives of the National Curriculum. We place a great deal of emphasis on English – reading, writing, speaking and listening. Continuous provision sessions are delivered during some afternoons, which involve planned and child-initiated play and activities: communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, questioning, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are doing, facilitating and setting challenges. The purpose of an effective continuous provision is to offer children a constant environment that is safe for them to explore while challenging their learning. It also allows children the freedom to explore and become independent in making choices. An important part of our curriculum is supporting children in becoming active learners; continuous provision allows children to demonstrate this aspect, and practitioners can closely observe this during students’ play.
Synthetic phonics plays a crucial part in the life of a KS1 child. Phonics instruction is explicit and systematic. It is explicit in that sound-spelling relationships are directly taught. Students are told, for example, that the letter s stands for the /s/ sound. It is systematic in that it follows a scope and sequence that allows children to form and read words early on. Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners’ phonemic awareness – the ability to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes – in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them.
Our English lessons are based around Talk for Writing, an initiative developed by Pie Corbett and supported by world-renowned author Julia Strong. Talk for Writing is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version.
At TBS, we take a practical approach to mathematics. In mathematics, we aim to provide children with the tools to be successful. For a young learner, they need manipulatives to help them understand and see new skills and concepts. As the child becomes more confident we then move to visuals such as pictures before introducing the abstract; a calculation with no support.
Key Stage 2 – Year 3 – 6
In Key Stage Two, our lessons have been designed to make children’s learning a creative journey. Lessons are skills- and knowledge-based, meeting the requirements of the English National Curriculum. The units studied are shared with parents in advance, along with suggestions on how they can support children’s learning.
We offer a stimulating environment for learning, where every child can thrive and do well. TBS believes that every child deserves the best education possible and we aim to provide just that. Our aim is to give children a sense of purpose, encourage their confidence and facilitate their enjoyment of learning. Children are happy at our school because we provide a caring environment and give students the very best educational experiences during their junior years. We also provide a wide range of exciting learning opportunities for all children and support them in becoming independent and responsible young people.
Our expectations are high, and we encourage our students to rise to the challenge of learning, enjoy it and become life-long learners.