Since September 2014, the new national curriculum programmes of study have been in place for English, Maths and Science.
Further information is available at www.gov.uk
This covers the areas of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. These basic skills have a high profile as we work to secure the best possible outcomes for all our children.
The children have English sessions daily. They are read to regularly and are encouraged to read widely from classroom collections, to use the school and local library and to share their pleasure in reading at home. We offer a colour banded selection of modern reading scheme materials in school. These ensure that children have opportunities to read texts and spell words that are within the reach of their phonic knowledge and skills. All our classes have a dedicated reading areas. We are keen to develop an appreciation and lifelong enjoyment of reading in all our children.
Our pupils learn to write about a range of topics and ideas, to use the correct grammar and to widen their vocabulary. They are encouraged to write in many different ways, paying attention to spelling, punctuation, handwriting and presentation.
Our school systematically teaches phonics, mainly using Letters and Sounds, so that children are able to read and spell words confidently by the time they reach the end of Key Stage 1. At our school all the children experience a daily 20 minute phonics/spelling, punctuation and grammar session with opportunities for them to practise and apply their skills.
At Tirlebrook our pupils have daily maths sessions using a variety of teaching resources. We work to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency in maths when working with whole numbers, counting, number facts and place value and pupils are involved with working with numerals, words and the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. By Key Stage 2 pupils work on developing efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations with increasingly large numbers.
There is time spent learning about mental maths, number and computation, place value, fractions, shape and space (geometry), data handling (statistics), and use and application of maths. Learning includes a mix of oral and mental maths, whole class teaching and activities to engage children in their learning.
Children learn to apply maths in real contexts and through a range of problem solving activities. Attention is paid to regular work on multiplication tables, number bonds and oral computation.
In Science natural curiosity is encouraged and the abilities to observe closely, ask questions, investigate, experiment and interpret findings are developed. The children's range of knowledge about the world and the skills required to study it is extended and opportunities to work within a practical context are planned.
Capability in computing is an essential skill for life. It has an increasing role within our society and schools. Our pupils use computing to support their learning in other areas of the curriculum. Children have the opportunity to develop skills including communicating information, processing and investigating data, using spreadsheets, researching information and coding.
Each classroom is equipped with an interactive touchscreen. This allows teachers to use technology and multi-media presentations as part of their lessons. Additionally, we have a computer suite equipped with broadband.