At Talbot our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our children, with a carefully structured framework in place to ensure that the requisite key skills in each subject area are taught and developed. This approach ensures that even our youngest learners begin to develop their own personal tool kit of skills which they can expand as they journey through Talbot.
Much of our curriculum is taught through topics to make learning experiences more meaningful. These topics are introduced through a hook (Sparkly Starter) at the beginning to really engage the children and end with a meaningful goal (Fab Finish) which gives the learning a purpose and value. The goal is either to Publish, Perform, Produce or Present, wherever possible we invite parents in to school to share in these topic finales.
Some subjects are taught separately all or some of the time. Subjects may be delivered through a themed week or day or through a shorter block, rather than a lesson each week. Over the course of the year children will have received a broad and balanced curriculum. There is a whole school focus on providing practical activities, which enable powerful first hand learning. The curriculum is further enhanced through a range of enrichment activities such as cookery, trips, visitors, specialist workshops and drama days which promotes engagement and enjoyment of learning amongst our children.
The creation of the Talbot Child is at the heart of all we do, especially our teaching and learning. Our curriculum reflects this and opportunities are planned which encourage our children to develop learning behaviours or powers.
The learning powers we aspire to are:
Class teachers are responsible for the children’s welfare and delivery of the curriculum. Work is planned jointly, in Year Teams with close liaison, communication and support from our teaching assistant team. During planning, Year Teams share the preparation of work, drawing on different experiences, knowledge and expertise to ensure work is relevant and well matched to meet the needs of the children. In this way, we are able to utilise the strengths the staff team and enhance the quality of learning and teaching here at Talbot.
Children in reception follow the Early Years’ Foundation Stage Curriculum. They follow schemes including the Oxford Reading Tree, Song Birds and Phonics Bug.
Prime areas of learning are: personal, social and emotional development; communication and literacy and physical development.
Specific areas of learning are: literacy; expressive arts and design; mathematics and understanding the world.
Learning opportunities are designed to enhance the key characteristics of learning – creating and thinking critically, playing and exploring and active learning, ensuring that even our youngest children are powerful learners.
In years 1 and 2, the children follow the key stage one national curriculum and in year 3 to 6, the key stage two national curriculum.
Please see our year group curriculum newsletters for more information about what your child will be learning and how you can help at home. Long term year overviews detailing the topics that the children study are also available. We our working hard as a staff to develop our curriculum and will keep you informed as and when we make changes.
Please check out our Parent Handbook for further curriculum info.
“There is effective teaching across the full range of subjects”