We are very proud of our school curriculum, which has been designed by the teachers at Torrisholme, with help from our children and their families, especially for the children of Torrisholme. Our curriculum is built to support the children's development of skills and attributes that they need to be successful in learning and in life.
Our school curriculum centres around exciting topics, through which the children’s learning is planned. Each topic involves a number of subject areas from the National Curriculum, which link to the topic. Each topic also includes a number of ‘experiences’ which are planned to enrich the curriculum and extend learning.
Subject areas which don’t fit within a topic are taught discretely, sometimes alongside a topic and sometimes in a ‘block’, for example a Science Week.
The National Curriculum, which forms part of our school curriculum, is used to plan learning. Children cover the National Curriculum in:
Art & Design
Design & Technology
Children are also taught Religious Education, which follows the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).
Further details of each classes’ topic can be found on the half termly newsletter, which can be found in the ‘Class Pages’ section of the website.
We are lucky enough to have a specialist Spanish teacher, Senora Pitcher, who teaches every class throughout school each week. The children enjoy learning Spanish through lots of exciting, interactive activities such as songs and role play, which are often linked to their class topic.
See the ‘Spanish’ page in the ‘Class Pages’ section of the website to find out more about what each class is learning in Spanish.
Key Skills and Attributes
The following list of key skills and attributes was compiled by the staff and families at Torrisholme. Our curriculum is planned to develop these skills and attributes throughout the school.
Phonics and Reading
At Torrisholme, we believe that reading is probably the most important skill for life that we teach our children. Success in learning to read is crucial to success in other areas of the school curriculum.
In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, all the children have daily phonics sessions which help them with their reading and writing. Teachers plan these sessions following the 'Letters and Sounds' framework. In addition to these sessions, targeted intervention sessions are run in phonics, to help some children develop these skills.
All children have a reading book, which is chosen for them from a large bank of 'banded' reading books, which is matched to the stage of their reading development. These books come from a range reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and Pearson Phonic Bugs.
Later on in school, children move on to choosing their own reading books from a selection of 'Free Readers'.
Throughout school, we expect that children read regularly at home, to practise their reading skills. We also run workshops for parents, to help them to support their children as they learn to read.
In class, children also take part in regular 'guided reading' sessions, where they work on developing reading and comprehension skills such as inference and deduction.
Children also enjoy regular stories and 'class novels' in class, which often link to the topic the class is working on. They also visit the school library each week, borrowing books to take home and read for pleasure.