The Curriculum at TPA

At the beginning of the Summer term, 2018 - 19, we launched a new whole school approach to the curriculum at TPA.

THE INTENT OF TPA'S CURRICULUM

We intend our curriculum to support the Trust ambition that we 'inspire learners and change lives'.

By adopting a problem solving approach that is supported by the excellent delivery of well – sequenced transferable knowledge and skills, the children are given the time to be learners in a range of subjects. They grow to manage their own learning and are challenged to become experts, inspiring their future aspirations through a variety of different experiences as they journey through the school.

There is an agreed set of experiences that the children will take part in during their time at TPA. These are plotted through whole – school events, the different themes and in different year groups.

Through the range of subjects and experiences, the children will have a real sense of the community that they belong to and an understanding of themselves as a citizen of the World. This will ensure that the learning is enjoyable, relevant and meaningful, resulting in outcomes of which the children are proud.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TPA'S CURRICULUM

We want the children’s learning in all subjects to follow a logical sequence by regularly returning to the prior learning of key skills and knowledge and building upon these at different stages through their time at our school. They will have the opportunity to apply and embed this learning across the different challenges involved with finding the solution to themed questions/problems, allowing them to become experts.

The children have access to a variety of exemplars where appropriate to support them in the answering/solving of the themed question/problem.

We have produced ‘Timely Markers’ documents – see Timely Markers - which detail the skills and knowledge progression in each subject. These documents aid the planning and assessment, ensuring well-sequenced learning in each subject.

THE IMPACT OF TPA'S CURRICULUM

We track the children’s attainment and progress in each subject through the Timely Markers (TMs) – TM 1 for Years 1 and 2, TM 2 for Years 3 and 4 and TM 3 for Years 5 and 6. This enables us to let the children know the different subjects that they are exceling in and to make sure that we are building on the children’s learning in all subjects.

The Problem Solving Approach

Each term's theme begins with a question put forward to the children and a global problem that they will be able to 'solve' once they have acquired the  knowledge and skills in different subjects linked to the theme. See TPA Themes Overview on the right hand side of the page.

The Different Subjects at TPA

The range of subjects that every child is taught in each year group should be well-balanced. The skills and knowledge will either be taught through the subject specific lessons or in Learning Launchpad. See each year group's subject coverage overviews on the right hand side of the page.

Learning Launchpads

Children tackle their class Learning Launchpads at least four times a week. This gives regular opportunities for knowledge to be fed into their long-term memory using the 'drip-drip' effect. This learning is supported by the Time to Top-Up posters. See an example of a Learning Launchpad on the right hand side of the page.

Time to Top-Up Posters

These are used to consolidate learning in different subjects, sitting alongside the Learning Launchpads, for teachers to address the individual learning needs of their classes. See an example of a Time to Top-Up poster on the right hand side of the page.

Experiences Grid

Our curriculum was designed to meet the needs and develop the aspirations of the children of Tangmere. The experiences on our grid give children the opportunity to gain a real sense of the community they belong to and some understanding of themselves as citizens of the wider world. See the TPA Experiences Grid on the right hand side of the page.

Time to See

At the end of each term, grown -ups are invited into the school to see the outcomes of the different skills and knowledge that the children have learnt throughout the theme. It is a chance to celebrate their achievements and how they have used the skills and knowledge to solve the theme's global problem.