Every state funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.
The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which our teachers develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils' knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
It is organised on the basis of four key stages and twelve subjects, classified as core and foundation subjects.
- Art & Design
- Design & Technology
- Physical Education
Statement of intent: We have planned our curriculum to extend the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world they live in, to enable them to use their skills confidently and in a range of situations and enrich their lives by exposing them to a variety of first hand experiences and opportunities. We intend to create confident, resilient, independent learners, with a love of learning and with high aspirations for the future. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
We look for the awe and wonder in the world around us and celebrate our part in this. Through our Christian or individual beliefs we develop our spirituality and opportunities for reflection.
We intend to develop respectful individuals who value keeping themselves healthy in mind and body and make positive contributions to their community.
Sporting Aims & Provision
We are proud to have achieved the Schools Active Mark, this means that quality teaching and activities are available to all our pupils.
Our PE curriculum includes the following elements: Football, Netball, Rugby, Rounders, Cricket, Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming and Dance. As members of the SPIN programme within the Shelley Pyramid a number of joint activities are available to us and we participate in many inter-school activities throughout the year.
Our outdoor games lessons take place throughout the year either in the school yard or on the adjacent recreation field. A variety of after school sports clubs are held over the year, including Football, Cricket and Rounders, Dance and Cheerleading. Swimming lessons take place once a week for Year 4/5 pupils. The PE curriculum is enhanced by an annual residential visit when Year 4 and 5 children can participate in a variety of adventurous activities.
Religious Education is taught in line with the new Kirklees Agreed Syllabus. This has been created and approved by the leaders of all the major faiths represented in Kirklees.
Thurstonland School has an extensive Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship programme, as part of which the governors of the school have approved a Sex Education policy which aims to help pupils cope with the physical and emotional understanding of human development in such a manner as to encourage pupils to have regard to moral considerations and the value of family life. This is delivered using the Jigsaw programme of study.
In Year 4 and 5 children are taught:
- Ages 8-9 (Y4) Conception explained in simple terms.
- Ages 9-10 (Y5) Conception explained in simple biological terms.
Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their child from this formal aspect of sex education though we would always wish to discuss this with parents first.
In our regular assemblies we aim to make pupils aware of moral and spiritual issues in a way appropriate to their level of understanding. The activities, songs and readings in these assemblies reflect a variety of cultures but we never lose sight of the fact that we are closely connected to the local church and these assemblies are of a broadly Christian nature.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious education or assemblies.
Learning To Read
At Thurstonland First School early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading (Letters & Sounds programme). Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.
Our early reading books are colour banded. Every colour band includes books from a range of reading schemes so that they will experience a range of stories, text types and illustrations. The majority of books within the early book bands can be decoded using phonics skills and knowledge.
We encourage pupils to develop a love of reading at the same time as the ability to decode. Children are encouraged to choose a library book weekly to share with parents at home.
Maths coverage is based on the White Rose Maths schemes of work but is adapted to meet the needs of each cohort as they move through school.
In these schemes of work the following areas are covered:
Number (place value, addition & subtraction, multiplication & division and fractions)
Class Curriculum Planning
Science is taught mainly through investigation and first hand experience, thus helping children to make sense of the world around them.
Please click here to view the document "Art Progression of Skills at Thurstonland School"
English is taught using the Primary Framework in the three areas of:
- Speaking and Listening - children learn to express their ideas and feelings, listen and respond appropriately to others and use the vocabulary and grammar of spoken English.
- Reading - we aim to teach children not only the skills to make sense of text but also to develop a real joy and enthusiasm for reading.
- Writing (including spelling and handwriting) - we develop the necessary skills to enable pupils to express themselves independently through the written word. They will write in many different forms, factual and creative. Attention is paid to grammar, spelling, punctuation and presentation.
Please click here to see further information about the English Writing coverage.
Music lessons can be provided, during the hour prior to the start of the school day, by Kirklees Music School. Further information and the booking form can be found on the Kirklees Music School website.