At Toft Hill primary school we are passionate about learning. Our curriculum is designed to develop well rounded children who possess a range of transferable skills, a wealth of knowledge and an understanding of what it means to be a learner.
‘The school’s curriculum is outstanding because of the many exciting and inspirational activities that enable pupils to learn exceptionally well. The curriculum promotes a deep level of enjoyment.’ Ofsted 2014
At the core of our curriculum is the National Curriculum (this is the Government’s statutory curriculum) and statutory Religious Education. It also includes environmental education, citizenship and other cross-curricular themes. The curriculum also underpins the development of children spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (known as SMSC). This is planned into a series of topics spread across the year.
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|Year 1||'It's a wonderful life'|
Me and my locality
|Trains and journeys
'Wish you were here'
Holidays past and present
|Year 2||'Home and Away'|
Toft Hill and Tanzania
Great Fire of London
Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus
|Year 3||'Rule Britannia'|
|'Rock of Ages'|
Stone Age to Iron Age
|'Walk like an Egyptian'
Mayans and South America
Maps and mapping
|Year 5||'Space Odyssey'|
Earth and Space
|'Greece is the Word'|
Rivers and water cycle
Victorian lead mining - a local history study
Added to this is the curriculum that we consider is important for our children to develop into lifelong learners who are in charge of their own development. Learning doesn’t just happen in school, and we aim to develop this ideal with all of our children. At Toft Hill we use our Gem Powers to help us learn in all aspects of our life, this helps us develop the skills of:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Reasoning (ability to think through problems)
- Working cooperatively and collaboratively
- Speaking in front large and small audiences
- Independent learning
And to develop a ‘growth mindset’ (to know that intelligence is not ‘fixed’ but can be ‘grown’).
We believe children should experience rich and varied learning experiences. We ensure that staff expertise is used well to develop curriculum subjects making sure that each subject area is high profile within the school.
Visits and Visitors
The curriculum is further enriched by through the use of visitors and visits. Recent visitors to school have included:
- Ruth from Auckland Castle to work with Y4s on becoming a Heritage School
- Newcastle University to introduce the idea of further education to Y5s
- School Nurses to work with Reception and Y1 children on personal hygiene
- Stem Science project where visitors worked with the children in each class on investigative science
- Bowes Museum to share artefacts from WW1 with Y3 pupils
- Members of the International Volunteers from Durham University to work with all classes
- Bishop Barrington School to work with Y4 pupils on Rocket Building
- Adam Bushnell author to work with all pupils
- Sarah MacAllister and Sam Jackson working with Y3s on Stone Age outdoor cookery and Y6s on bushcraft
- Firehorse Productions anti-bullying production for the whole school.
Visits have included:
- Y6 residential to Lockerbie Manor
- Y6 visit to Killhope Lead Mining Museum
- More able mathematicians to Bishop Barrington Primary Maths Challenge
- More able art club to the Angel of the North and the Baltic art gallery
- Y5 pupils to Bowes Museum
- Y5 and Y2 pupils visited Durham Cathedral
- YR visit to fire station
- Whole school visit to pantomime
- Y3 climb up Roseberry Topping
Information for parents about our curriculum is available through newsletter, the website and curriculum information leaflets.
Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British values. So what are ‘British’ values? British Values are an important part of our school ethos. Please view our British values statement below:
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Toft Hill Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEND Information Report.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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