School Subjects

We are busy reviewing our curriculum at present as we want to ensure that we are offering a rich and engaging curriculum for our learners, as it has been two years since we implemented our curriculum. Below are details of our current curriculum offer but watch this space. This page will be updated ready for September 2019. Should you require more updated information please contact the school office in the meantime.
 
At Townley this year we have really tried to look at the curriculum we deliver to ensure it sets our children up for life in a world where we do not yet know the jobs they will take. We want our children to be able to question the world around them, as we know this will help them develop and keep safe; for this reason each topic starts with a question. We try wherever possible to link our topic to the curriculum, but where this is not possible we teach subjects on their own.
 
We have outlined below some of what is covered in school, if you wish to know more please contact the school. Detailed information for each term is provided by the class teachers in their termly 'Home Learning Link'.
 
The full national curriculum documents can be found here.
English
English is taught according to the national curriculum in all classes. In addition, other opportunities are sought within the curriculum to enable the children to use extended writing and practise the skills learnt in the Literacy session. The strategy means that there is now less time for your child to read individually to an adult in school. It is expected that parents will spend between 10 and 20 minutes a day listening to their children read and even very competent readers need opportunities to discuss what they have read. These home reading activities will be part of the homework set for English and the school will be pleased to help parents with suggested strategies if required.
 
At Townley School we aim to foster a love of writing for all children, starting with our very youngest children in the nursery, all the way up to our Year 6 children. We use a variety of stimulus to motivate children to be excited about writing. On the class pages you will be able to see some of the most recent examples of children's writing. We encourage all children to use a joined script when writing, even in the nursery, as this improves spelling and fluency when writing. In the nursery children will be learning the skills they need to develop a joined script later on. If you would like us to support you with presenting writing in a joined script please ask, staff will be delighted to help,  a number of us have had to relearn how to write in this style and understand the challenges this can bring.
 
Maths
Maths is taught according to the national curriculum for all classes. We use Power Maths schemes of work from Year 1 to Year 6 and supplement this with other material as necessary. The lessons vary in length depending on the work. A Power Maths lesson typically last an hour, however 'Maths Talk' lessons are around 25 minutes.  All children are expected to learn multiplication tables and will be tested regularly. We use Rock Star Times Tables from Year 2 onwards, the children all have a log in so they can access this from home and school.
 
Although the learning of mathematical skills is important, more important still is the implementation of these skills in a real context, hence the emphasis on ‘real life’ problems and problem solving.
 
We are working very hard to develop maths across our school. One of the most important ways we think we can really improve the outcomes for our children in maths is by working in partnership with you, our parents and carers. When we held our workshop for parents those that came felt it would be really beneficial to have more information about maths and helping your child at home. Each class now has a maths monkey so you can talk about maths even more!
 

www.mathsthroughstories.org (maths stories to share with children)

www.nrich.maths.org (to sign up to parent newsletter)

www.wild.maths.org (for engaging children in mathematics)

www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk (for developing adult numeracy skills)

 
Science
In science we follow the national curriculum, this is taught as stand alone lessons and also a part of topic work. We try to inspire our children by giving them the opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity; promoting the experience of exploring and investigating, in a range of contexts, to ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our children are encouraged to ask questions, take risks, experiment, reflect, make and learn from mistakes, in a safe environment; whereby they acquire and apply core skills which equip them for an ever-changing world. 
 
Design Technology
The children use a variety of materials and become familiar with the use of the associated hand tools. They then use the skills gained to construct, test and evaluate artefacts of their own design.
 
Computing
All classes have access to at least two internet linked PCs as well as use of the computer suite and laptops. Children use the County Council’s Learning Platform, known as STARZ+, and other external sites under close teacher supervision. We follow the ACE's internet safety programme to teach the children about online safety.
 
History and Geography
The National Curriculum guidance is used for both History and Geography. Work commences in Year 1 on subjects known to the children and gradually moves from the familiar to the unknown, all the time extending the children’s powers of observation of the world in which they live, and their knowledge of its development from times past.
 
Art
Children learn to use a variety of media and techniques and study works by famous artists. Children are encouraged to use their skills across the curriculum to illustrate projects and other work.
 
Music
Music is enjoyed throughout the school. The school uses Charanga music to support the teaching of music. We including singing as part of our Christmas production as well as learning songs for other occasions such as singing in Church. We are also fortunate to be part of a pilot programme with the Cambridgeshire Music Service specialist teacher in once a week to teach stringed instrument tuition to all Year 2 children and as well as older pupils who have opted in to lessons.
 
Drama
Most years we stage dramatic productions and every child in the school is expected to take part. This activity is supplemented during the rest of the year by class and group activities.
 
Physical Education
A wide range of physical and sporting activities are enjoyed by the pupils. 
Swimming is taught during the summer term in the school’s outdoor heated pool. There is also a football and netball club as well as visits by local coaches (football, hockey, cricket, tennis, basketball and rugby). The ‘Olympic Legacy Fund’ is used to extend opportunities for physical education at Townley.
 
Religious Education
This is taught in accordance with the Local Education Authority’s agreed  syllabus and serves to inform children of the major faiths which exist in our society today. Parents may withdraw their children from these lessons and assemblies by notifying the Headteacher.
 
PSHE
 
We follow the highly regarded Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme as it provides us with a progressive framework for each age group, covering the strands Myself and My Relationships, Healthy and Safer Lifestyles, Citizenship and Economic Well Being,  Body Image and E-safety,  SRE, Drug Education, Anti-bullying and Healthy Eating. We have a two year rolling programme to ensure coverage across the mixed age classes.
French
We are fortunate to have a specialist French teacher on our staff team who teaches French across the school from Year 1 to Year 6, enabling all children to develop their linguistic skills from a young age.