The national curriculum for England contains all the programmes of study and attainment targets for subjects. All maintained schools in England started teaching these programmes of study from September 2014.
Physical Education (PE)
At Tirlebrook Primary School we believe that physical education experienced in a safe and supportive environment is vital to a child’s development and well-being.
All our children experience a wide range of physical activities each year. We aim to develop fitness, co-ordination and body control. All the children have the opportunity to participate in a range of games, dance and gymnastics. At Key Stage 2 all our pupils go swimming. This year our Year 1 and 2 pupils have also had swimming lessons.
As part of our Healthy Living & Learning Schools Award we include opportunities for being active during playtimes and dinnertimes and extra-curricular sports clubs after school hours. These include cross-country, football, netball, tag rugby, running, rounders and cricket, and vary according to the time of year.
Participation in sporting events and competitions is very important at Tirlebrook and we enter teams in a range of festivals and tournaments. We have a number of trophies in our cabinet that we are proud of. We are also proud to have achieved the School Games Gold Award.
So they can create, design and express themselves artistically our children are provided with a wide range of materials to develop skills and techniques in their artwork.
Materials include paint, pencils, charcoal, fabrics, inks, clay etc. to develop their creative, imaginative and practical skills through painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and collage work. The work of famous artists is studied and discussed and children are encouraged to try out some of their techniques and styles. The attractive display of children’s work is emphasised throughout the school.
Design and Technology
Firstly through structured play and then by way of planned activities children are taught a basic understanding of design and technology. The children learn to apply their knowledge and skills to solve practical problems, evaluate them and look at ways to improve their basic designs.
Music plays a large part in life at Tirlebrook. Many children take the opportunity to learn an instrument with our peripatetic teachers including piano, guitar, ukulele, keyboards and woodwind. There is a charge for these lessons and for instrument hire. Many also learn the recorder and our current Year 4 class all took part in Young Voices Choir, Year 5 class all had clarinet lessons and our current Year 6 class all had trumpet lessons.
We consider that music makes a significant contribution to the child's development through active participation and personal involvement both as a listener, composer and performer.
We have an excellent range of percussion instruments in school and children are encouraged to sing, make music, and listen to music. Our pupils are introduced to a variety of musical styles including, music from other cultures and times, well known composers (past and present), to folk songs and the work of modern performers.
We have a school choir that has performed many successful concerts in the local community and we take part in the Young Voices mass choir event.
We endeavour to teach the concepts, skills and knowledge that will give children a sustained interest in music.
History and Geography
Through history the children begin to develop an awareness of the past, an understanding of different ways in which the past influences events and a concept of the passage of time. They study their own lives and those of their family, the lives of famous people and past events, from local history, to national and international events. We use artefacts, videos and visits to historical places and invite visitors into school to interest the children.
In geography the children are taught to develop awareness, understanding and a caring attitude towards their environment through first hand experiences. They are encouraged to develop the skills of enquiry and discovery and to become aware of the relationship between people and their environment. We aim to provide pupils with knowledge of the world in which they live from a local, national and worldwide point of view.
Topic themes include Stone Age, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Tewkesbury, Ancient Egypt, Toys and Ancient Greece.
Religious Education (RE)
RE is planned to be relevant to the children’s age and experience. Living in a multi-faith society we also aim to help children to develop respect based on an interest in and appreciation of other people’s beliefs.
RE is taught in accordance with the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus and is often provided within cross- curricular activities. The children are encouraged to develop an understanding of the Christian religion and its tradition in this country. They are also encouraged to learn about the practices of other religious, their festivals, special books, places of worship and differing forms of worship.
The children are taught to gain knowledge and understanding of the body, healthy eating, the role of exercise, hygiene for good health, as well as the broader issues that affect well-being. All of these issues are dealt with in a way that enables positive attitudes to develop towards the promotion of health, both for the individual and for the community at large.
Modern Foreign Language (MFL)
As part of our curriculum all the children in Key Stage 2 are taught French. The programme has been developed and supported by an advanced skills teacher from the Modern Languages department at Tewkesbury School.