At Tittensor First CE (VC) School we believe that a First school should be a safe and nurturing setting that children enjoy coming to; where learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, through a mixture of exploration, discovery, creativity, curiosity and a variety of sensory experiences which encourage children to become life-long learners for the advancing technological world that we live in. Our curriculum saturates and informs every aspect of our practice and our Christian culture: from academic content, safeguarding and the development of spirituality which will equip children in living well-rounded, fulfilled and happy lives.
Children will learn the essential English and Maths skills needed to set them up for their years in education and beyond. Our children will be encouraged to be curious and use their reasoning skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. They will develop the first understandings of employment and entrepreneurship. Our primary education will set up learners for life, with the knowledge and skills to be resilient individuals, emotionally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for, and a generosity towards: people, the world and the universe around them.
The aim of our curriculum is to provide opportunities for children to develop as well-balanced, independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. We pride ourselves in developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. Our broad and balanced curriculum has been carefully designed and mapped out to ensure coverage and progression that is pertinent to the children of Tittensor. It has a project-based, thematic approach and provides children with a range of exciting and memorable learning experiences.
Our curriculum is built on The Four Cornerstones of Learning – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. These are four distinct stages that actively promote children’s learning and thinking
- hooks learners in with a memorable experience
- set the scene and provide the context
- ask questions to provoke thought and interest
- use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity
- teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding
- demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidatio
- provide creative opportunities for making and doing
- deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum
- provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking
- enable and assess the application of previously learned skills
- encourage enterprise and independent thinking
- work in groups and independently to solve problems
- encourage reflective talk by asking questions
- provide opportunities for shared evaluation
- celebrate success
- identify next steps for learning
Each Imaginative Learning Project (ILP) begins with a memorable experience that stimulates children’s curiosity and prepares them for a new theme. A memorable experience often involves an educational visit out of school or a visitor coming into school to share their expertise with the children.
At Tittensor First we view ‘cultural capital’ as the characteristics, knowledge and skills that promote social mobility, both now and in the future. We ensure that children are exposed to a wide range of experiences that will develop their cultural capital and give them an advantage in later life.