The Taylor Road Curriculum
At Taylor Road Primary School, we are developing a skills and knowledge-based curriculum which stimulates our children into asking searching questions, shaping their learning and enabling them to develop into independent thinkers and learners.
Our curriculum is engaging, exciting and innovative, helping to ensure that our children develop the knowledge and skills they need to excel, and become creative and curious citizens.
Our curriculum has been designed to encompass knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live, and also the events that have shaped it in the past to make it what it is today. The topics have been designed to complement and build on one another with clear progression and links so that in subsequent year groups, they will be able to explore concepts deeper, applying their knowledge in different contexts.
Our community is at the heart of our teaching and learning and topics have been selected to embrace the wider community in which we live - celebrating our diverse family, links with Leicester's history and our local area – as well as expanding children’s knowledge of events and places they wouldn’t ordinarily visit or know about.
Excellent links with primary schools in our local area and our feeder secondary schools, enable us to have a good understanding of the students' knowledge and skill levels which helps effective transition.
We are a school who is, and will always be, aiming to 'make a positive difference to our school and community every day’.
Our curriculum is designed to provide, through a range of inspiring and engaging experiences, the knowledge and skills to become independent, life-long learners. We aim for all our children to leave equipped with key skills, which enable them to be confident, respectful, skilful, ambitious and positive individuals, who are reflective and able to make good choices.
We place emphasis on a curriculum that develops the whole child. Through our school values – Succeed together, Tolerance, Aspiration, Resilience, Friendship, Independence, Stay Safe and be Happy - we ensure that the wellbeing of all members of the school community is at the centre of our life in school and the key to raising academic success.
Our children gain a sound knowledge of their own value and purpose, with the ability to make choices and decisions in life that show their understanding of right and wrong.
Our context rich curriculum, which has high expectations for all, is mapped to include full coverage of the National and EYFS curriculum. It provides a range of learning experiences for our children, which broaden their understanding of the Local, British and Global Community.
Our curriculum offer is designed and adapted, in order to challenge, engage and motivate our learners to take responsibility for themselves and others. Our ultimate goal being that they progress academically and become honest, successful and confident individuals, who make positive contributions to the community and society - both now and in the future. We have developed our curriculum so that it is designed to support children with retention of subject knowledge and to develop long-term memory skills.
For all year groups, we have overviews that map out the knowledge and skills progression of the curriculum offer; these include all the subjects in the National Curriculum so that our children access a broad and balanced curriculum offer. The curriculum offer is implemented in a consistent manner by ensuring that excellence in teaching and enjoyment in learning go hand in hand and lay the foundations for success in later life.
Using our curriculum overviews as a starting point, we develop our medium-term and short-term planning to ensure coherent coverage of key knowledge, skills and concepts and clear progression routes over a sequence of lessons. This allows for prior learning to be systematically built upon and key knowledge to be revisited. Planning is supported by subject progression documents so that lessons give children the opportunity to use and apply the skills they are developing, so that they know more and understand more. This is monitored by subject leaders and links to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy. Curriculum planning is supported by identified quality texts, which are selected to stimulate children’s interests, to give a context for the learning and to make meaningful cross-curricular links to ensure transferable knowledge.
Across the curriculum, children are given regular opportunities to explore, question, investigate, evaluate, and reflect on their learning. These crucial experiences strengthen children’s subject knowledge and embed life-long skills for our children.
We plan carefully tailored lessons which enable all groups of pupils to make good progress and catch up quickly, if needed. Staff also make use of the detailed whole school progression documents to assist with making accurate periodic judgements of pupil attainment and progress for all taught subjects. Our progression documents assist with making judgements. To support our assessment of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) we use regular Accelerated Reader assessments or ‘Rising Stars’ tests alongside teacher assessment. We capture data at 3 points across the academic year – at the end of the Autumn, Spring and Summer Term to ensure that all children are making at least expected progress.
Achievement for children was judged to be Good by Ofsted in March 2019.
As a school, we are reviewing the evidence and data from our revised September 2020 curriculum, as with COVID, lockdown and a number of bubble closures, we need to take account of the starting points of pupils and the teaching that has been able to take place.
Below are overviews to some curriculum areas as well as the links to each year group and the curriculum they are covering.
There are many strands to the English curriculum including reading fluency, reading comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling, handwriting, oracy, drama, debate and verbal presentations. There are specific lessons focussed on teaching the skills of reading fluency, reading comprehension, spelling and handwriting. These skills are then applied during English lessons as well as other subjects across the curriculum.
All pupils are expected to read for at least 10 minutes at home, every day. Home reading is rewarded through the Class Dojo system. We believe this is so important that any children who do not read at home will need to catch up in school.
At Taylor Road, our goals in Maths are to enable children:
- to have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts
- to apply their knowledge to solve problems and investigate questions
- to enjoy the challenge of Maths and have a positive attitude to learning, to enjoy their work and to develop a life-long appreciation of Mathematics
Our lessons are carefully designed using the Primary Mathematics National Curriculum as a foundation, alongside the Power Maths scheme, teachers use a range of supplementary resources to create interesting, challenging and purposeful lessons.
We are committed to ensure all children study R.E., in preparation for later life. This encourages a tolerance of all religions and promotes British Values.
- R.E. is taught as a ‘stand-alone’ subject.
- We teach following the SACRE Leicester agreed syllabus, which has been approved by all religious groups in Leicester.
- Additionally, each year the children take part in a celebration assembly performed in front of the whole school and to parents. The assemblies stem from one of the main religions we cover.
Relationship and Health Education
Through Relationships Education we teach the building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.