Our Curriculum

At Totley All Saints, we are proud of our Curriculum & have worked hard to ensure that it meets all of the requirements of the New National Curriculum, whilst also meeting the needs of our amazing children!

At the heart of our curriculum is the fundamental belief that happy learners make life-long learners &  we are determined to do as much as possible to enable our children to fully enjoy their childhood. We want children to be able to learn skills & apply them creatively, further their knowledge & understanding of the world, develop positive attitudes, plus fulfill their unique & individual potential.

In designing our new curriculum, we feel that we have just the right mix of enrichment, independence, collaboration & inquiry. We believe that it is broad & balanced, is underpinned by effective programme of Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural development & sufficiently prepares our children for life in modern Britain.

mad scienceCurriculum Overview

For more detail on our Early Years Curriculum please click to visit our New to Reception / FS2 Page.

Reading

007We are also proud of our teaching in Reading & aim to ensure that every child leaves us not only with the necessary reading skills but also with a love of reading for life!

In order to improve Reading across the school, we take our children on termly visits to the local library, have our own whole school library & individual class ‘Reading Corner’ libraries. We have Reading Volunteers who read 1:1, home/school reading record books for all children, Book Bags for our youngest, Book Buddies (older pupils reading with younger ones) plus daily readers for vulnerable readers in KS1 (infants).

Our biggest venture in Reading has been to introduce ‘Book Club’ (a daily guided reading slot with a vast collection of amazing new reading books & various interactive reading activities) as well as hold a Book Week (coinciding with World Book Day & involving lots of amazing activities & competitions).book week

We also have a weekly library session after school, plus a session where parents are invited to read in the Woodland Workshop with their children.  

The school uses a Banded Book Scheme set up by Sheffield Schools Library Service rather than a single reading scheme & uses various forms of assessment including Benchmarking in order to judge a child’s level in Reading.

If you would like to help your children with reading, then please click to download our booklets with lots of helpful tips:

Helping Your Child with Reading

Parents Booklet for Developing Skills at Greater Depth

Phonics

The school also uses the Letters & Sounds Phonics System which provides daily speaking and listening activities moving onto fluent word reading skills. Letters & Sounds is delivered in discrete, daily sessions to our younger children, progressing from simple to more complex phonic knowledge and skills & encourages words to be segmented & blended into their constituent phonemes to read words. At TASS, we want to ensure that all children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics & that they read texts which are entirely decodable for them in order that they experience success as well as learn to rely on theses phonemic strategies.

Click here to download our Phonics Guide for Parents.

Click to download our TASS Book Week Parent Booklet

At TASS, we want all of our children to be a Reader – but also to be a Reader for life!

 

Fishing tackleWriting

At Totley All Saints, we aim for all of our children to be amazing writers & want them to be able to express themselves & their creativity with confidence & skill.

We give our children lots of opportunity for writing in all areas of the curriculum & encourage our children to think carefully about the audience that they are writing for as well as what is aspects of writing they will need to produce high quality texts.

We have developed our very own ‘Fishing Tackle for Writing’ to ensure that we ‘reel the reader in’!

To download the Fishing Tackle for Writing booklets to help you help your child, please click on the following:

Fishing Tackle – booklet pages KS1

Fishing Tackle – booklet pages KS2

For other ways that you could help your child with Writing, please download the following booklets:

Writing Guide for Parents TASS KS1

Writing Guide for Parents TASS KS2

Writing Guide for Parents TASS Y2

Writing Guide for Parents TASS Y6
A key part of Writing is of course Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar (SPAG). If you would like to help your child with their SPAG or just get a feel for what the expectations are in each year group, then please download our SPAG Parent Booklets:

SPAG Parent booklet KS1

SPAG Parent Booklet KS2

Each term, we have a Celebrating Writing Week in which we give the children greater opportunity to develop a particular piece that they can then share with others from different classes as well as invite parents in to read to. We also have a Celebrating Writing Winner for each class!

ICT

Our ICT Suite with 30 computers.

Maths

At Totley All Saints, we aim to equip all of our children with a love of learning and an inquiring mind. This is especially true of our maths teaching, through which we aim to give children the knowledge and skills they will need for an ever-changing world, in which fluency is Maths is key.

Our Maths curriculum is designed to focus on the mastery and fluency of arithmetic. We emphasise practise, fluency and fun! We plan opportunities for children to practise techniques in a wide variety of contexts, working through increasingly demanding problems, pitched to their own level, working with talk partners, maths buddies, on their own, and with a teacher. We use maths apparatus and practical/investigative approaches, as well as teaching formal methods of calculation. We encourage children to talk about and assess their own learning in maths, and to understand what their next steps will be. In this way, children understand what they are learning and why.

Maths bookletOur newly revised Written Calculation Policy details the methods of calculation for each year group, and shows progression from year 1 through to year 6, using efficient methods in order to allow children to progress quickly. These have been shared with parents so that they may practise maths at home, using the same methods learned in school. Learning displays reinforce these in class, and our recent Maths workshops were well attended, receiving positive feedback. Our termly Maths homework leaflet informs parents of the mental & oral objective for each week so that children may practise at home alongside their learning in school.

Click here to download our TASS calculation posters – all operations,

calculation posters Y1&2,

calculation posters Y3 (1),

calculation posters Y4-6.

 

Click here to see our Maths Curriculum.

Click here to see our Science Curriculum.

Click here to download our Teaching & learning Policy.

 

Latest Events

  1. 05JulY5 Parent Passport Meeting
  2. 06JulNew to FS2 Parent & Child Workshop
  3. 06JulY2 up to Y3 Parent Passport Meeting
  4. 07JulNew to FS2 Parent & Child Workshop
  5. 07JulY5 up to Y6 Parent Passport Meeting


Quotes

  • I really like TASS & it's the best school I've ever been to. Everyone is really kind & have helped me to settle in. In my last school we had lots of bullying but at TASS bullying is extinct!!
    —New Y6 Child
  • My daughter absolutely loves school & is delighted to be an Eco-Saint! We are very happy with her progress & think that the Merit teams & points are really effective!
    —Y2 Parents
  • Absolutely fantastic parents' evening! Really pleased with *** progress & how her teacher has brought her on. She's made so much progress in such a short time! Thanks so much!!
    —Y6 Parent
  • I can't thank the teachers enough for the support they have given *** in his first term. He has settled in so well & his teacher has already recognised his strengths & weaknesses. The school has such a positive attitude. We're really pleased that we chose TASS!
    —Y6 Parent
  • Really pleased with *** progress & ongoing development. She is happy at school & doesn't like to miss anything! We feel she has settled in really well considering her health issues. We would like to thanks everyone who helps her to manage her condition!!
    —FS2 (Reception) Parent
  • I feel that the work in Y6 is challenging & exciting for our son. He always comes home buzzing & can't wait to get on with his homework. I'm grateful to the school for everything that they've done for him!
    —Y6 Parent
  • We feel that the teachers, the head teacher & all the school staff have our children's bet interest at heart at all times. We appreciate everything that they do for our children!
    —Y1 & Y4 Parent
  • My child enjoys her school experience. She finds her learning environment supportive & fun. The teachers are warm & create an atmosphere where the children flourish. I have found my child's current teacher extremely approachable, visible & very positive!
    —Y2 Parent
  • My child has made a great start to school. I feel really well informed & am impressed with the standards of teaching!
    —Y3 Parent
  • I felt very confident that all three teachers really knew our children & were genuinely interested in them & what their individual needs were!
    —Y3,Y2 & Y1 Parent
  • (Class teacher) is outstanding! She knows our daughter extremely well & has kept us well informed on her progress! She is very supportive in every respect & really approachable!
    —Y5 Parent Comment
  • TASS is a kind & caring school that cares about us ourselves - not just our education - even though that's what school's about. We always have fun & I never go home wishing 'I wish I'd been at another school'!
    —Y6 Child – End of Year Comment
  • I felt very confident that all three teachers really knew our children & were genuinely interested in them.
    —Y3, 2 & 1 Parent
  • It’s been slightly difficult with us coming from another school. There was no way the teacher could have been told everything, but within just a couple of weeks we felt that she had gained an excellent understanding of our child. We couldn’t be happier with the support our child has been given during her first term at TASS! Thank you!
    —Y2 Parent
  • Excellent teaching! I can’t believe how much she has come on in Reading & Writing!
    —Y1 Parent
  • It’s lovely to be greeted by the teacher each morning & to be able to pass on messages when necessary!
    —FS2 Parent



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