Old Palace Curriculum
At Old Palace, our curriculum is designed to nurture healthy, reflective individuals, who possess the knowledge, skills, values and confidence to challenge themselves and to inspire others to be the best they can possibly be.
We provide an environment where pupils develop the essential skills for learning and feel secure to embrace challenge, by providing a range of first-hand experiences and carefully connected learning opportunities, which deepens their understanding and engages pupils of all abilities. Make it Real projects give a purpose to learning and often allow pupils to make a positive contribution beyond the classroom; simultaneously developing their talents, creativity, resilience and problem-solving skills. We develop the children’s ability to work collaboratively and to maintain relationships, seeking to help them understand the benefits of individuality, diversity and the importance of British values. Our focus on current affairs, supports global citizenship and helps pupils to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to process information and to stay safe in our digital age.
Phonics is taught using the THEP Systematic Synthetic Programme. We do not follow a reading scheme as we wish to expose our pupils to a rich breadth of literature. We have carefully selected titles from a range of schemes such as Rigby Star, Tree Tops and Big Cat. These are supplemented with longer novels in Key Stage 2.
The school follows the Tower Hamlets’ Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
Please click on the links below to find out more about what the will be taught in each year group.
In 2020-21 the school received an additional £32,640 to support catch-up. The children were assessed when they returned in September 2020. This showed that the learning of the younger children had been most impacted by the pandemic, so that additional funds we used to address this. We provided:
Easter School for pupils in Y1-3 (£3025)
Six half day sessions were provided and 99 pupils attended.
As the school had reopened two weeks earlier, we wished to maintain the learning routine we had re-established. Lessons focused on English & Maths and were taught in small groups.
An additional TA was assigned to KS1 in the Autumn and Summer terms. This allowed both Y1 & Y2 to have a TA available to focus solely on the teaching of reading through daily 1to1 sessions with targeted children (£15,211).
An experienced teacher was re-deployed to Reception for 3 days a week in the Summer term to solely focus on the teaching of Reading (£15,635).
As part of the teaching cycle, reading benchmarks were completed regularly to identify the children’s progress and the areas still requiring improvement. The impact was further reflected in the end of year results, informed by the use of NFER testing in KS1 and teacher assessment against the Reading Early Learning Goals in Reception.
If you have any queries or would like more information on our school curriculum, please come and speak to a member of staff in the School Office who will be able to arrange an appointment for you.