Reading and Phonics

At George Tomlinson Primary School, we use Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc. programme to teach phonics. Children are taught in matched level learning groups using a ‘stage not age’ approach.


George Tomlinson Primary School has adopted the Singapore approach to teaching Mathematics. This year, we have introduced Inspire Maths for Key Stages 1 and 2 which is Oxford University Press’s Singapore Maths programme.


Reception and Key Stage 1 follow Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc. programme for phonics, reading and writing. This system, published by Oxford University Press, teaches the children the sounds they need to blend and read words fluently.


The school follows the National Curriculum for Science in Key Stages 1 and 2 and this is supported through the use of resources developed by the Hamilton Trust.


We use Philosophy4Children here at George Tomlinson. P4C improves children’s critical, creative and rigorous thinking.


The History and Geography curriculum has been reviewed so that children in Key Stage 2 receive a lesson of both each week. Both subjects follow the National Curriculum.


The school uses Switched On Computing developed by Risings Stars and Purple Mash in order to teach the National Curriculum for Computing.


The school employs a music specialist to deliver music assemblies and music lessons. Other specialists come in to teach musical instruments to each year group.

Modern Languages

Children are taught five minutes of French each day by their class teacher using Rigolo and the MFL resources on Purple Mash.


Our aim is to provide fun, engaging in a variety of PE sessions and to deliver a wide range of extra curricular sports clubs during lunchtime and after school. We run clubs for all; gifted and talented, targeted children and all ages.


The school follows the Waltham Forest SACRE agreed syllabus for the teaching of Religious Education in Key Stages 1 and 2. This syllabus covers learning about Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

Art and D&T

The Art and DT provision is linked to the topic that children are learning in Historyand Geography. For example, children in Year 3 who are learning about the Stone Age make Stone Age houses, tools and jewellery.


Our homework expectations are explained below. Homework is handed out on Friday and is due in the following Tuesday. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.