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Timberscombe CofE First School

We Love, Live and Learn Together

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Paper copies of all documents on our website are available on request from the school office

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.


In all areas of the curriculum, we aim to engage, motivate and stretch each child.  We do this by providing stimulating lessons that are purposeful, enjoyable and responsive to each child.  Whenever possible, the children are active in their learning and we aim to give a wide range of real experiences to broaden the children’s thinking.


Sharing ideas is a core part of the learning process for all ages and the children are involved in questioning, explaining their observations and discussions with their peers and teachers.  We encourage our pupils to use their imaginations and to ‘have a go’.  We believe that being self-reliant and flexible in their thinking will be a lifelong asset. 


We are following the 2014 National Curriculum Programme of Study on a two-year rolling programme which can be found in our Teaching and Learning Policy. The academic year 2020 - 2021 falls into cycle 1.  The Curriculum Maps below show what each class will be covering during the Autumn Term.



Baseline Assessment Information for Reception Parents

Vision, which includes our Curriculum Intent

Phonics and Spelling

Timberscombe School use the "Letter and Sounds" programme for phonics. This is a nationally recognised scheme and is complemented with resources from Jolly Phonics and Phonics Bug. Children work through the phonic phases as appropriate and are assessed regularly.


In Reading, pupils have access to a variety of books from a range of reading schemes and including a wealth of authors to support children with their reading skills. This is because children learn to read in different ways. Schemes used in school include Bug Club, Rapid Reading, Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cats Phonics, Rigby Star and Project X. Many of our reading schemes are based on phonetic decoding although they often focus on key words which can only be read by sight recognition. We even have books with no words at all so that pupils can begin to understand stories through observing the illustrations. Once the class teacher is happy with a pupil's reading and comprehension of books within a stage they will progress to the next stage.   

We believe in developing a love of reading and storytelling, and understand the importance of developing reading skills from an early age. Children are listened to by a variety of adults, including their class teacher, classroom assistants and volunteer readers. Children are able to change their own reading books once a book is completed, although they are encouraged to read a range of genres to enable them to think about the structure and features of a text type. They also have access to mobile library bus and can borrow books to share at home.