Wider Curriculum

Art

We encourage children’s artistic development from Nursery through to Year 6. We are lucky enough to have an artist in residence ensuring that it is a specialist who leads the curriculum, specialists with a passion for nurturing artistic confidence and originality. Our art specialist works closely alongside teachers and art coordinator to ensure key skills are developed across the curriculum and cross curricular links are made.

The children have plenty of opportunities to express themselves using a variety of different media, such as clay, paint, textiles, drawing, collage and photography. Children are taught specific art skills and how to use art equipment appropriately. Art is always a cross-curricular activity drawing on and being inspired by other areas of learning such as History, Geography, Science, Maths and different cultures.

 

Forest schools

Resilient, Confident, Independent and Creative Learners

“Forest School builds on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitudes towards learning, offering them the opportunity to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves” (fsa.org.uk).

During Forest School sessions, children will:

  • Have opportunities to develop their communication skills
  • Manage and talk about their feelings
  • Build positive relationships with both adults and peers
  • Challenge their physical abilities through climbing and creating
  • Have opportunities to foster responsibility and empath
  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of the natural world.

Children develop their emotional intelligence through self-control, flexibility/adaptability and social competencies.  During Forest School sessions children will have opportunities to identify their strengths and weaknesses, take risks, learn how to communicate effectively with adults and their peers, problem solve in a calm and controlled manner and develop an innate motivation to learn, explore and investigate.

Forest School sessions will take place in all weather, so please ensure your child has the correct clothing on his/her Forest School days – sturdy boots or Wellington boots, waterproof trousers and a waterproof coat.  In winter, your child may also need a hat, scarf and gloves.

Mrs Karen Evans is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader with experience in outdoor skill-based learning.

 

Music

Music is central to the creative life of the school. We aim to give all children a comprehensive introduction to Music at Temple Grove Academy. Children progress through musical learning starting in Reception with basic beats and tempos. They move on to exploring sounds, pitch and dynamics, learning to use a range of tuned and percussion instruments and are encouraged to perform. The children are exposed to more advanced musical terms (such as ‘ostinato’ meaning a repeated pattern).

In Key Stage 2 children learn composition, notation and musical structure, developing their listening skills further to enable them to compose complex, multi-layered rhythms and songs, using both actions, voice and instruments. They also study music history and famous musicians from different genres and compare and contrast pieces.

All children are given an opportunity to find their voice. Each week, children participate in whole school singing assemblies where they develop a range of voice and performance skills. Singing from an established repertoire, children will explore a broad and diverse range of songs and compositions that complement their wider creative curriculum.

Sports

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Drama 

Drama is uniquely placed as a subject taught across all areas of the school curriculum. Used as a creative platform to enable, enrich and enliven subjects from Maths to History or PSHE. Children relish opportunities to explore their imagination and capability for play through Drama.

Recent highlights include a visit from ‘Perform’ where children took part in workshops using drama, dance and singing. Children were trained up as ‘Mermaids and Pirates’ and were taken on a thrilling voyage to Neverland where they rescue the treasure from Captain Hook, all whilst meeting some of J.M.Barrie’s much loved characters on the way.

Year 5 recently re-enacted Odeyuss…

Computing

Children learn  and understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions in Key Stage 1 to designing, writing and debugging programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts; understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration in key stage 2 and much, much more using Purple Mash.

As well as tools to teach all aspects of the computing curriculum, Purple Mash allows us to easily embed technology across the curriculum, with dozens of fantastic literacy, maths, art, design, and music tools, alongside thousands of scaffolded writing and drawing templates.

What is Purple Mash?

Purple Mash is an award-winning cross-curricular website for nursery and primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way.

Purple Mash is a comprehensive suite of online learning tools and content, designed to be used by Primary aged children in the classroom and at home.
Find out more here: https://2simple.com/parents