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.
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.
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.
"The pupil premium funding and sports premium funding are used to good effect." Ofsted 2017
"Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported well and make good progress." Ofsted 2017
"Safeguarding is effective. Systems to keep pupils safe are robust" Ofsted 2017
"The curriculum provides good opportunities for pupils to learn across a range of subjects. British values are promoted effectively." Ofsted 2017
"Good teaching in Year 5 and Year 6 ensures that most pupils catch up and make expected progress in a range of subjects by the end of key stage 2." Ofsted 2017
"Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils behave well and have good manners. They demonstrate a strong understanding of tolerance and respect." Ofsted 2017
"Leaders, governors and the trust have a strong understanding of the school’s effectiveness. Their recent actions are ensuring that the school is improving quickly." Ofsted 2017
“Pupils speak highly about the quality of education they receive. They are very loyal to the Academy, each other and the staff. They appreciate the support they receive to do their best. Pupils’ conduct around the Academy and in class is excellent.”
“Teachers provide highly detailed and effective feedback on a regular basis so that pupils know what they need to do to improve. Pupils regularly respond to marking to ensure they improve upon their understanding. Pupils are now given more opportunities to complete their work fluently and at greater length. Good progress is strongly evident across the books surveyed.”
“Books are well presented and demonstrate that pupils take pride in their work. They contain a varied number of tasks and activities for pupils.”
“Systems to keep pupils safe are rigorous. They feel safer because behaviour has improved and there are good opportunities to learn how to keep themselves safe in different situations.”
“As a result of the senior leaders’ determination and attention to detail, the quality of education has improved, aspirations have been raised and staff morale is high.”