Our Purpose

Our vision is to inspire and nurture all children, through creativity and high expectations, to have limitless aspirations for their future and an enduring life-long love of learning: this is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

In order to prepare our pupils for their continued journey through life we provide a broad and balanced curriculum.

Our curriculum from Nursery through to Year 6 has been carefully developed to:

  • Encourage children’s imagination and originality
  • Enable children to be active partners in their learning
  • Provide child-centred learning with many first-hand experiences
  • Allow children to make links and apply their learning across the curriculum
  • Develop life-long learning skills which are relevant for life (resilience, determination, independence, tolerance, self-confidence and self-reflection and self-motivation)
  • Incorporate a range of teaching strategies and learning styles
  • Involve parents and carers
  • Extend children’s involvement into the local community and beyond, developing their understanding of environmental and global issues
  • Provide thorough coverage of the skills, concepts and knowledge set out in the 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study (Classes 1 to 6) and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (Nursery and Reception).

Phonics

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

Maths

George Tomlinson Primary School has adopted the Singapore approach to teaching Mathematics. We follow Inspire Maths for Key Stages 1 and 2 which is Oxford University Press’s Singapore Maths programme.

English

Reading and writing has high status at George Tomlinson. The ability to read is fundamental to pupils becoming lifelong, independent learners. Children are encouraged to see writing as a means of purposeful communication and a powerful channel for self-expression.

Science

An enquiry, skills and knowledge based learning curriculum, where the children need to consider big questions and the process of how to answer them through investigations.

Philosophy

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

Humanities

The History and Geography curriculum consist of relevant and engaging topics that follow the National Curriculum

Computing

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

Music

Music specialists come in to teach musical instruments to each year group.

Modern Languages

Children are taught French from Year 1 through to Year 6.

PE

Our aim is to provide fun and engaging PE lessons 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.

RE

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

Art at George Tomlinson encourages self-expression, experimentation and investigation through schemes of work that develop pupils skills, knowledge and understanding of Art and Design.

Homework

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.