Curriculum

Our Curriculum

Introduction

At Timu Academy Trust schools we teach an innovative and exciting curriculum. We offer a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to enrich learning and to inspire and motivate our children to become lifelong learners. Learning here is exciting !

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Literacy

At Timu Academy Trust schools, children are encouraged to develop a broad range of skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing. Children participate in a daily Literacy lessons in years 1 to 6 and in a wide range of language activities in the reception classes. Each class has its own book corner with a variety of books suited to all learners.

Reading is a vital skill and we encourage parents to join in the excitement of their children learning to read.  We use the Oxford Reading Scheme and we have a well stocked library. Children are encouraged to utilise, discuss and recommend books they have read. We also encourage our children to read widely, following their interests and read books which are a bit of a challenge to them.  We use the Sounds-Write and Letters & Sounds schemes for the learning of phonics.

Writing skills are a key priority within the school.  We emphasise presentation and handwriting skills.  Our approach to writing is creative and inclusive and we believe enjoyment should be at the centre of our teaching of the subject.  All classes undertake writing for a range of audiences and purpose.

Speaking and listening skills are developed across the whole curriculum; classes regularly have opportunities to discuss and present their work to encourage confidence and self expression.

Click here to watch our Phonics video featuring some of our pupils.

Click on the links below to view Literacy Progression information for Years 1 – 6.

Have fun exploring our bank of great games and links designed to support reading.

Spin & Spell  Word Reader I Can Read 
Roy the Zebra Word BlenderBlending Bowl 
Look Out BelowDeep Sea PhonicsPhonics Play

 

Our Curriculum

Numeracy

At our schools in the Timu Academy Trust we follow the new national curriculum for primary mathematics where we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Click on the links below to see the progression of the key concepts of numeracy taught at our schools.

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CalculationFractionsMeasureVocabularyTimes Tables Guidance

 

Our Curriculum

Creative Learning Journey

Our curriculum strives to ensure breadth and balance by teaching the subjects of History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and making links with all other subjects, where possible, through exciting and relevant topics. The interests of both children and teachers design the course of study so it remains fresh and inspiring. We also create additional opportunities for children to learn first-hand through an annual plan of visits and visitors where learning is brought to life.

See Curriculum Maps

Science

The Timu Academy Trust schools follows the Kent Primary Science scheme of work as a way of achieving the outcomes set by the new national curriculum for Science. The overview is seen on the curriculum maps.

Religious Education

At Timu Academy Trust schools, we follow the schemes of work for Church schools in the Diocese of Canterbury which delivers the Kent Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of RE. The school places a strong emphasise on compassion, respect, friendship and truth as values that help create and sustain the Christian ethos of our school.

Computing

The Timu Academy Trust schools follow a scheme of work for computing that delivers the new Programme of Study for computing. The new computing curriculum is a new and welcomed addition to the new national curriculum. The new programme of study introduces many new concepts that children all over the country are just beginning to learn and understand.

Specialist Teaching here at Timu Academy Trust schools

In our schools we teach French, Physical Education and Music using specially trained teachers. This ensures our children learn from the very best practitioners who are experts in their subject.

Modern Foreign Languages

At our schools we feel that it is essential for our children to have knowledge and some understanding of foreign languages. During their time in school your child will have the opportunity to study French in regular weekly language lessons taught by a native french speaking teacher. The focus of study in French will be on practical communication. The teaching will provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language. In the younger classes, we introduce children to a variety of modern foreign languages through games and fun activities.

Physical Education

Our schools have a dedicated team of PE teachers who ensure our children love sport and keeping fit and healthy. We follow the new national curriculum for Physical Education and aims for each child to:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.

Music

Our Music teacher specialises in singing and playing the keyboard. He teaches the music curriculum in an exciting and motivational way where his specialist skills, knowledge and understanding are used to make this an exciting subject. The schools have choirs which sing at community events.

PGL 2014

Children are given the opportunity to attend a 5 day residential trip to a PGL centre in Liddington, Swindon, Wiltshire  in year 6. This is a trip of a lifetime with children meeting physical challenges and the challenge of being away from home. The experience is unforgettable.

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Swattenden 2015

The annual trip to Swattenden by year 5, as a pre cursor to the PGL trip in year 6,  was a great success; the children had an amazing time and we were all exhausted when we got home.

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For further information about our curriculum, please contact the office manager