At present we operate 4 classes at Thornford Church School:
Acorn Class – Years R & 1 (EYFS & split Yr 1) – Key Stage 1
Beech Class – Years 1 & 2 (split Year 1 & Year 2) – Key Stage 1
Elm Class – Years 3 & 4 -Key Stage 2
Oak Class – Years 5 & 6 – Key Stage 2
This is our usual class structure, but can vary from year to year depending on the very best scenario for our pupils.
Due to two year groups within one class, like many small schools, we adapt our exciting curriculum accordingly.
The curriculum is the total range of all the work that children learn and experience at school. Thornford Church School currently operates a ‘Creative Curriculum’, which encompasses the content, skills, knowledge & understanding from the current National Curriculum. The basis for our learning experiences is that LEARNING SHOULD BE FUN! If you enjoy doing something, you will do it better! We teach from the National Curriculum 2014.
Teachers may use schemes of work as a starting point for some subjects, but are expected to consider their current cohorts & class and be creative when adapting schemes in order to challenge and inspire children. Where appropriate and relevant, teachers make links between subjects, so children can explore themes in depth in a more holistic way. Teachers’ personal enthusiasm and passions are positively encouraged and cross phase teaching is utilised to enhance learning where appropriate.
The curriculum is provided through subject lessons, cross curricular activities, interests outside the classroom and the values promoted by the School. The curriculum taught with EYFS & early Key Stage 1 emphasises the importance of play and focus is also placed upon personal, social and health education through our SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) activities and whole school assemblies and our nurture programmes.
The long-term curriculum map is supported by more detailed half-termly plans which contain specific areas of focus followed by weekly plans. In all this, great care is taken to ensure that there is a balance across and between subject areas.
We use a mixture of teaching styles including:
Children are taught the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Information and Communication Technology, Computing (new curriculum 2014) and the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E., MFL (Modern Foreign Languages), Design and Technology, as well as Religious Education.
It covers the vital skills of English, Maths, science and technology, and the enriching experiences of the Creative and Expressive Arts.
Sometimes subjects are taught in specific subject blocks, but at other times work is organised in a cross-curricular way based on a variety of topics.
Through first hand experience and through the skill of investigation, we aim to encourage self motivation and an enthusiasm for learning.
Curriculum Aims for each Subject Area:
For any additional information about our curriculum, please contact our office to either acquire a copy of our prospectus or speak to a senior member of staff via contacting the school.
To be able to use language as a powerful means of communicating thoughts, plans and decisions, and to become an enthusiastic and fluent reader. Reading is taught through a fun, educational & systematic synthetic phonics approach (including other strategies).
Within English we teach comprehensive elements of reading, writing, the spoken word & language (including lots of drama). EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage – Reception pupils) & KS1 use a ‘Letters & Sounds’ dedicated phonics scheme (as recommended by our LA). Our reading education involves a wide range of books, but is centred around several schemes including the ‘Rigby Star Scheme’ and the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. This is supplemented by various appropriate reading & fiction library books.
To be able to use Mathematics as a way of studying pattern, number and space as a way of ordering and understanding our complex world.
To think creatively and to try to explain how living and non-living things work and to establish links between causes and effects.
ICT & Computing
To be able to use a wide range of ICT tools and information sources to support their work in other subjects. This includes comuputers in every classroom and an additional dedicated ICT Suite. We have recently purchased iPad for pupils and staff.
To encourage children to be reflective, sensitive, and thoughtful, to consider the beliefs of the Christian faith and other world faiths, to be considerate of the beliefs of others and to develop their spiritual and ethical awareness. As a VA Church of England School, RE is vital to our whole school mission. We are inspected separately on many issues concerned with our Christian School Status (see SIAS / SIAMS Inspection)
To become visually aware of colour, pattern, line, texture and form and to have the confidence and skills to explore and express their own ideas.
Design and Technology
To be able to explore, plan, design and test ideas for making things that will meet a specific design challenge.
To be able to make sense of their surroundings and the wider world through a study of formation of landscape, places and man’s effect on the environment.
To develop a sense of the past, sequencing of events, changes and their causes and to be able to find information through stories, artefacts, places of interest and other historical sources.
To develop an interest and enthusiasm for music that involves listening, appreciating, participating and composing through singing, percussion and instrumental music.
MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
To begin to experience and learn languages from other cultures (this is taught in Key Stage 2). This is usually French and delivered with a cross-curricular focus by a specialist MFL teacher. Thornford School is twinned with a school in the village of Hudesmesnil, Normandy, France and there is an active exchange programme. Through outside support the children have also experienced other languages e.g. Spanish, German etc.
PE (Physical Education)
To develop a positive attitude to health and fitness and to acquire the physical skills necessary to participate in and enjoy a range of sport.
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education)
To learn about themselves as individuals and members of their communities, locally, nationally & internationally
Please note that Yr R follow the National EYFS Curriculum.
For more information about our exciting curriculum please speak to a member of our teaching staff