At TSM we believe in a curriculum which provides children with opportunities to experience all subjects. Our curriculum builds on prior learning and develops both the knowledge and skills children require to leave us ready for the next stage of their learning. We believe in making links between subjects through a central theme where appropriate. However, teachers will also teach subjects as "stand-alone" subjects where they feel this is best suited.
Our curriculum covers the National Curriculum but we passionately believe in providing more than this for our children. We want our children to have "memorable moments" and achieve this through enrichment activities such as: performances, services in the Church, science experiments in a laboratory, music festivals, a range of high quality clubs, trips, house days, public speaking and many more.
Leaders at all levels place the children at the heart of our decisions and we adapt our practice to meet the needs of the children. In 2017 - 2018 we focussed on providing more opportunities for our children to think deeper and reason in mathematics. The impact of this was that the following year (2019) there was an increase in 10% for children reaching the expected standard in mathematics and 17% for reaching the high score in mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.
Having identified speech and language as a priority in 2018 - 2019 staff training using ELKLAN and "Sustained Reading" was initiated and teachers have ensured that high quality reading materials are shared with classes to develop language and vocabulary. Our PTA supported this by raising £4,000 to spend on new high quality reading materials and we redesigned our library, conservatory and ICT suite.
Developing resilience and encouraging our children to take risks is vital in preparing them for life in Modern Britain. To achieve this we have run curriculum "Boot Camps", "Boot Camp Buddies" and a "Boot Camp" club. In addition to this we extended our public speaking competition in Year 4 to the full curriculum for Years 2 to 6. This gives children a memorable experience but, crucially, helps to develop their confidence in addressing a room full of parents, children, staff and governors. We feel this is a vital life skill which will support children as they move through education and into employment. We run "courage" sessions with boys in Year 5 and Year 6 to further develop resilience and focus on supporting children to improve their confidence and self-esteem.
So that our children get to experience different cultures and communities we have developed a link with Lower Sagana School in Kenya and are excited about hosting a teacher from the school in 2020. To launch our link with the school we held a "house day" in October 2019. We look forward to developing the link and providing our children with a greater understanding that they are part of a diverse global community. To facilitate this further a link has been established with "Big Love" Charity a local organisation which supports communities in Romania.
For more information on our curriculum please follow the link below or contact the school office for more details: