School Vision – At Tilstock CE Primary School, our staff and governors are committed in providing a positive, nurturing and emotionally safe environment where children feel empowered and motivated to care about themselves and their school.
Through powerful projects and meaningful experiences, we provide regular opportunities for children to contribute, create and to be recognised for their individual talents. Children feel confident in developing the relevant key skills and knowledge required in a way that progresses naturally from year to year across the curriculum.
In partnership with parents, staff and the community, children are enabled to flourish and achieve their full potential through love, aspirations, positive role-models underpinned by our Christian Values.
Tilstock Learning Powers are supported by Brilly Tilly
The mathematics curriculum is made of three different strands: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The school follows the White Rose Maths scheme of learning.
At Tilstock School, we are part of Times Table Rock Stars; an exciting and fun way to learn our times tables.
Reading and Phonics
We follow the attached planning for teaching spelling, punctuation and grammar – Overview. We use Read,Write Inc for phonics (Read Write Inc Phonics) and reading up to the end of Year 1. Once children have passed their phonics check, they progress to No Nonsense Spelling (Pathway) and Accelerated Reader (Parent Guide).
At Tilstock School, synthetic phonics is taught as the main approach to early reading. Daily phonics sessions are taught from nursery to Year 2, but for some children the teaching of phonics continues in Key Stage 2 if this is necessary. These sessions follow the government published programme of ‘Letters and Sounds’. Each session is a daily 30-minute structured lesson, where the children have the opportunity to practice reading and writing. It is a fun session with lots of speaking and listening and working with a partner.
‘Letters and Sounds’ is split into 6 phases. These are expected to be taught during the following years, however this again may vary according to the needs of the children.
Phase 1 Nursery
Phase 2, 3, 4 Reception
Phase 4, 5, 6 Year 1
Phase 5, 6 Year 2
We use the Kinetic Letters programme to teach handwriting from Reception to Year 6 (Parent Information).
As a Church of England school, two thirds of our RE curriculum focuses on Christianity. For these elements of RE, we use ‘Understanding Christianity’, a new resource which is informative and engaging, and endorsed by Lichfield Diocese.
Our long term planning can be found below:
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Curriculum
Below is an outline of how we at Tilstock School promote British values, and support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils.
PHSE and Citizenship
Below is an outline of what is covered as part of our PHSE curriculum in each term, and in each year group.Some of the topics are covered as discreet PHSE lessons, and others are incorporated into other areas of the curriculum.Not all of the topics will be covered every year; issues are addressed on a rolling programme, re-visited at different depths, and are often moved to different times of the year according to the needs of the pupils.
For more detail about the current topics, please refer to the class pages under the Parents and Pupils section on our website, which will be updated momentarily to reflect the new term. In the meantime an overview of what each class will be working on can be found by here Rolling Programme of Topics.