Curriculum Intent 2020-2021

Two Gates Primary School is a member of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership.

School leaders across the MAT are working together to create a framework of cognitive education constructed through three core principles:

  1. Teaching the ‘right’ subject knowledge
  2. Development of schemata through retrieval and spaced practice
  3. The application of knowledge

The core purpose and ambition of The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership is to provide a high quality education that transforms the life chances of our students through a ‘knowledge engaged’ curriculum.

A framework of cognitive education enables children to think independently and contribute positively to society and the wider World.

Research highlights that understanding of how the brain works helps children and adults achieve more. Our approach to education defines us but does not create a ‘one size fits all’.

At Two Gates Primary School we believe that the primary curriculum we offer is ambitious and designed to give all pupils including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. All pupils study the full curriculum which includes a broad range of subjects as exemplified in the National Curriculum.

Our school values have been carefully selected from the Schwartz Universal Human Values, to meet the needs of our community and prepare our pupils for the next stage in their education. These are:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Protecting the environment
  3. Ambition
  4. Being healthy
  5. Self-respect
  6. Sense of belonging

And introduced in KS2:

  1. Broad mindedness
  2. Responsibility

The school  values underpin the school curriculum and are also promoted through:

  • our extended curriculum provision e.g. forest school, nurture, enhanced music and sporting opportunities, educational visits and visitors
  • the importance placed on the spiritual, moral, social and personal development of pupils

Our Curriculum in our context

Our children at Two Gates learn about their local context of Tamworth through a knowledge-engaged curriculum.  This curriculum has been carefully thought out in a progressive way to develop secure knowledge and skills that our pupils need to succeed in life.  In history, this has a focus on famous local people from Tamworth and their legacy and the history of our school and how it has changed over time.  In geography children study our local area, especially our school locality, through map-work and our local rivers.  Throughout the curriculum the children are taught the rich vocabulary they need to articulate their learning.  Our pupils’ curriculum is enriched with the wider experiences they need to deepen their knowledge and make learning memorable through workshops, visits and visitors such as utilising our forest school, outdoor learning opportunities and our strong music provision, all developing their cultural capital.

Alongside this intent statement are our curriculum overviews that outline what is taught when in each subject.  Due to the mixed age class structure, these overviews run over two years in cycles; cycle A and cycle B.  The two-year cycle ensures full coverage and progression through each national curriculum subject.

Please click below to see the Curricumum Overviews:

Years 1 & 2 Curriculum Overview Cycle B

Years 3 & 4 Curriculum Overview Cycle B

Years 5 & 6 Curriculum Overview Cycle B

Assessment in non-core subjects

Assessment for learning is built into our foundation curriculum: 

  • Retrieval opportunities are routinely planned into lessons. 
  • Low stakes quizzes help children to regularly recall knowledge. 
  • Knowledge organisers capture and embed learning.
  • Assessment in science is supported by rising stars tests used as diagnostic tests at the start of a unit and an assessment at the end of a unit. 

There will be one teacher assessment judgement made at the end of each academic year.  Other foundation subjects are teacher assessed against the national curriculum.  Book looks and pupil discussions are conducted to assess the progress of knowledge and skills in subject areas and to moderate teacher judgements. 

Curriculum Design

Our curriculum is designed to maximise learning opportunities by ensuring it takes place in clear, logical steps.  Opportunities for recalling information (through retrieval quizzes and activities) are built in to aid memory retention and we ensure purposeful links are made between new learning and previous learning (called building schemata). 

Subject links are made where compatible, with link texts planned in to allow children to read widely across the curriculum.  In English, texts studied either link to a subject area or have a key author focus.  The love of reading and using reading learning to aid writing and other subjects is promoted wherever possible.

Please click the link below to view our Teaching and Learning Policy:

Two Gates Teaching & Learning Policy 2020-2021

Please click the link below to view our Assessment Statement:

Assessment Statement for Parents 2020-2021

English Curriculum Policy

English Curriculum Policy

In Early years and KS1, phonics and early reading are taught through our structured and rigorous Read, Write, Inc programme.  Please clink this link to view more details on this:

Read Write Inc Phonics Policy

RWI Parent Guide

Mathematics Curriculum Policy 

Under review- will upload soon…

Across school a scheme called Power Maths is used to promote a love of maths learning in clear logical steps that challenges us to reason and problem solve.