Tudor Court Primary School is committed to providing a curriculum with the individual pupil at the heart of everything we do. We aim to provide a broad and balanced, enriched and extended curriculum tailored to individual needs. We aim to provide stimulating activities which will help pupils to make a successful transition to adulthood, and to be active and responsible citizens.
Our curriculum is designed to demonstrate the children’s creativity through deepening knowledge and enhancing skills that foster lifelong learning and achievement. Our aim is for our children to understand the purpose and value of their learning, seeking its relevance to their past, present and future and building clear links between different aspects. We aim to build resilience, encourage a positive mindset and for our children to become independent learners who value their education and always strive to improve.
Throughout the curriculum, we offer all our children a memorable experience that excites, promotes and sustains their interests. We ensure the children have the opportunity to experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning while developing new knowledge and skills within a variety of interesting contexts which involves innovation, problem solving and communication. The ‘Innovative’ stage of each learning project provides a strong foundation and opportunities for children to work collaboratively, apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
Dialogue, reflection and making informed choices is an integral part of ensuring our core values are at the heart of establishing a safe community at Tudor Court. We think it is very important that pupils develop a strong set of values and principles, and that they question and understand what it means to grow up in a diverse modern British society.
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At Tudor Court Primary School we want our pupils to have a deep understanding of both scientific knowledge and the scientific method. There is a strong focus on the skills of scientific inquiry through an investigative and exploratory approach that makes learning memorable and encourages our pupils to be inquisitive about the world.
Our Cornerstones curriculum establishes a clear cycle of lessons which carefully plans for depth and progression. We challenge pupils to apply their learning in a contextual manner: your children will grow plants, explore real habitats and link their learning to global issues.
At Tudor Court Primary School, reading is at the forefront of school life. All children have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully understand and comprehend a variety of texts. We work hard to develop in our children the love of reading, to have a good knowledge of a range of authors and be able to understand more about the world through the knowledge they gain from texts. We expect children to be able to read fluently and with confidence in all areas of the curriculum to prepare them for their future education. In addition to daily lessons in reading, children are given the opportunity to hear an expert read aloud to them during our DEAR times. We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, and so we want to encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school through good quality texts.
Writing is a key element to all of our curriculum at Tudor Court Primary School. We intend children to be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through the writing process and this is demonstrated in all subjects and topics linked to Cornerstones Maestro. We aim to create writers who can re-read, edit and improve their own writing and enable children to demonstrate the technicalities of the English Language through the correct use of grammar, punctuation and spelling. We concentrate on the purpose of the writing enabling children to demonstrate a range of stylistic and linguistic devices to create the purpose for the intended audience. We have high expectations for presentation and encourage children to take pride in their writing and their ideas - a whole school approach to cursive handwriting sets the basis for this. Children are taught an exciting and innovative English curriculum which drives children’s written and oral communication and creativity.
Reading Schemes - Key Stage 1
In EYFS to KS1 decoding is taught through a synthetic phonics programme - Letters and Sounds in EYFS and Year 2 and Read Write Inc in Year 1 this year. Phonics is taught in other year groups where necessary. Pupils are taught as a whole class, focussing on individual sounds, groups of sounds and common exception words within different ‘phases’. We have an agreed progression for the teaching of new sounds using the Letters and Sounds programme and Read, Write Inc (Year 1).
We understand the importance of reading at home to help develop confident and articulate readers and as so, the children are encouraged to take home a reading book as often as they want. In EYFS and KS1 this is linked to the phase of their phonic knowledge enabling them to practice the sounds they are learning. Once past Phase 6 phonics and are confident decoders, children become a ‘Book Worm’ and can take a book from this section. These books are often short reads which would encompass all the sounds previously learnt. After the 'Book Worm' stage, children are now ‘Free Readers’ and can access and take home books from the school Library. The books here are separated into ‘shorter reads’, ‘longer reads’ ‘picture books’ ‘poetry’ and ‘non-fiction’ books. Any child in the school, no matter what their reading level is also able to choose a book from the library in order to share this at home with their family.