At Tittensor CE(VC) First school we pride ourselves in delivering a quality broad and balance curiculum over a two year cycle. We follow the 2014 revised curriculum and include British Values and Global links.
As a Church of England School we use our Values to explore links through R.E, PSHE and throughout the Curriculum. We follow the Staffordhire scheme for R.E which enables pupils to explore 'World Religions' and cultures. Pupils explore the core Islamic, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and Christian beliefs.
(See links below)
Phonics and Reading
Pupils at Tittensor CE(VC) First school begin phonics in the early years using a variety of schemes based around Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. A wealth of information can be found on the internet to enable you to support your child further at home.
phonicsplay.co.uk / Mrthorne.com are a few examples of how you can support your child in Phonic learning at home with useful video clips, games and activities.
When children begin to explore and read books we use Oxford Reading Tree book bands, but we do not solely rely on any scheme. We use a mixture of books to promote reading enjoyment including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, PM readers and ProjectX.
(Please ask our Early Years team if you would like any further support with this)
At Tittensor CE(VC) First school we follow the INSPIRE Maths approach from Y1-Y4
What is INSPIRE maths?
At Tittensor CE(VC) First School we began a full implementation of Inspire Maths across our school in September 2016, starting with a transitional phase of consolidation.
It was chosen as it is a whole-school primary maths programme that provides everything we need to support an approach to teaching and learning mathematics which is greater in depth and meets the higher expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum.
Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school approach, to raising pupils' achievement in maths. The programme of resources is built upon the internationally acclaimed approach to teaching mathematics in Singapore. Published by Oxford University Press it is based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore's state primary schools.
Inspire Maths has also been selected by the Department for Education and National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics for the Year 1 textbook project running in 34 maths hubs nationwide. The Maths Hubs programme brings together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative national network of 35 hubs, each locally led by an outstanding school or college. Maths Hubs harness all maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. A great endorsement for the programme.
How does INSPIRE maths work in your child's classroom?
Inspire Maths uses accessible individual pupil textbooks (one copy for each child) which introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all our children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians. Inspire Maths builds firm foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. It uses a spiral progression to develop fluency, reasoning, and problem solving and conceptual understanding for mastery.
If you require any support in helping your children with methods in maths please do not hesitate to ask your child's teacher.
INSPIRE practice booklets for home
There is some useful advice and support available on the following websites.