At Tuckswood Primary and Nursery School, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each year group. The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. It also includes other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of all children in our school. This includes our Enrichment sessions; lots of school trips and after school clubs.
We plan our Enrichment lessons to ensure that the children are gaining important life skills which are above and beyond the National Curriculum. For example, sowing, first aid and outdoor learning. The curriculum consists of many planned experiences in school and out: lessons, topic days, school council, assemblies, clubs, sports, trips and visits, workshops, residentials, fund raising, and community work. The school takes pride in the number of school trips offered to the pupils and the amount of after school clubs offered to the children. The trips include local visits to the library, places of worship and the Castle Museum. They also include further afield trips to London and outside Norfolk. A varied timetable for extra-curricular activities is offered by the school, with clubs that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop specialist skills, such as guitar lessons, whilst also extending the range of children’s experiences.
The aim of our curriculum is for children to have the required skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
We organise our curriculum ensuring individual subjects are given plentiful coverage resulting in the unique disciplines and amazing development opportunities. For example, our historians are curious about the past in Tuckswood, Norwich, Britain and the wider world. Our geographers study the world and their local environment, looking at how places have been and are shaped by people, climate and the natural environment. We also offer swimming lessons to the children which are above and beyond their PE lessons. Additionally, we value outdoor learning and have developed our outdoor learning areas to include a wildlife/pond area, woodland area a nature hut. Outdoor learning is timetabled in our curriculum and all children access this throughout the year.
At Tuckswood we also organise themed days every half term which are centered around the curriculum. The children will spend the day focussing on one particular aspect of learning. The purpose of this is to allow for the children to explore aspects of the curriculum in more depth and broaden their understanding. The children really enjoy the themed days at Tuckswood because they are practical, exciting and creative and spark a love for learning within the children. For example, our Languages day looked at different languages and cultures from around the world. The children also sampled different food from around the world and then attended an assembly at the end of the day where they shared their learning.
At Tuckswood we place a huge value on cooperative learning. We recognise the importance of children developing key communication skills and working co-cooperatively together and the staff use the approach of cooperative learning within our lessons to promote this. The teaching of our curriculum is delivered through highly focused lesson design with clear objectives, high demands of child engagement with their learning, high levels of interaction for all children, passionate teachers who are experts in what they are teaching, appropriate use of teacher questioning, modelling and explanations, an expectation that children will develop resilience and accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently and regular use of praise and encouragement to motivate children.
Tuckswood is also a highly inclusive school. We have highly trained staff who help children at all levels to achieve their potential to for them to become the best versions of themselves. We understand that all children are different and can have different barriers and challenges to learning. We work with our children and families to deliver a curriculum which allows for all children to succeed.
Those who struggle are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through being offered tasks which provide opportunities for greater depth.
Our main priority is for our children to enjoy their education and love their learning which we hope will last after the time the children leave Tuckswood school. We want to prepare our children for modern life and we want to provide our children with the necessary skills for the children to excel at high school. We also measure the impact of our curriculum through:
Summative tests: these include end of topic learning tests.
Teacher assessment: this includes ongoing questioning, dialogue, verbal and written feedback, informal quizzes, practical tasks, day to day work.
Pupil Voice: we use pupil questionnaires, self and peer assessment, school council, learning dialogue in the classroom that encourages self-evaluation to get feedback from the pupils.
Parental Feedback: we use parent questionnaires, parent café, parent/teacher meetings and Friends of Tuckswood meetings to see what the parents think.
Data Analysis: We look at internal and external data to track the progress of the pupils.
Quality Assurance: Looking in books and observing lessons enables leaders to assess the quality of education in the classroom.
Behaviour for learning: Leaders check that the children are engaged and inspired by their learning.
It is important to note that the impact of what we do and what the children achieve cannot always be measured in data sets and numbers so we always try to look holistically at the whole child. We are proud of our school and warmly welcome visitors.