Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning



We follow Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ process to teach literacy. The children learn oral stories before innovating them by changing an aspect such as the setting. Then the children invent a new story based on the structure they have been learning.


Pie Corbett – Retelling The Little Red Hen



We follow LAT’s Primary Maths curriculum which is broken down into small achievable steps at the same time as being demanding. The children have weekly mental maths tests, using the Beat That! scheme as well as multiplication tests.


We are now following the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for as much curriculum time as possible.

‘The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 80 countries around the world.’ www.greatlearning.com

All classes will continue to have a daily Literacy and Maths session, which will link, as far as possible, to the creative curriculum but will follow the National Curriculum guidelines.


Physical Education will be taught by a coach from Premier Sports and this will link to the targets children are required to meet by the Government.


Religious Education will be taught as a discrete subject, if not part of the IPC, and children will learn about religions of the world, the beliefs and related celebrations.

Priorities at Tree Tops Primary Academy for the Academic Year

The current priorities at Tree Tops Primary Academy are:

Maths: To improve the progress children make during Maths lessons, by ensuring the teaching of Maths is good or better.

Literacy: To develop ‘Talk for Writing’ in Key Stage 2 and ‘Read, Write Inc’ in Key Stage 1 in order to improve attainment in both Reading and Writing.

EYFS: To improve the outside learning environment for children.

SEN: To develop the use of provision maps throughout the school.

Learning Environment: To ensure the learning environment is vibrant and engaging.