|East Street, Tollesbury, CM9 8QE, UK Maldon|
+44 (0)1621 869242
Tollesbury is an attractive and interesting village on a creek off the Blackwater Estuary. It is two miles from Tolleshunt D'Arcy on the Maldon to Colchester road, about eight miles from Maldon, twelve from Colchester and twenty miles from Chelmsford. It used to maintain a fishing fleet, oyster beds and provide crews for the ocean going yachts. It is now an important local centre for sailing, with a thriving modern marina. There are also many small light industries growing up on the local industrial estate. Part of the saltings are owned by a charitable organisation providing sailing and environmental education residentially in a ex-Trinity Lightship.
Surrounding the village is farmland, some providing fruit for Tiptree jam; and salt marshland, most of which has been designated a site of special scientific interest. Nearby are the Old Hall RSPB bird reserve and the Essex Wildlife reserve at Tollesbury Wick.
Multimap of area
Tollesbury School provides a broad and balanced curriculum including within it the Programmes of Study (POS) of the National Curriculum.
All our curriculum policy documents are kept in the Headteacher’s office. You are welcome to read them if you wish.
The emphasis throughout the curriculum is on working with meaning and understanding. A thematic approach provides the coherence and framework for developing the basic skills of communication using language, mathematical understanding and all aspects of science, technology, art, music and physical education, history and geography. Religious Education and cross curricular themes of health and environmental education are also integrated into the themes. The rich local surroundings and interests of the children are included wherever possible.
The curriculum for this year is extremely flexible. We aim to develop security and independence. Much of the work is experienced through practical activities and play.
Years 1 & 2
During their early years in school, children will learn to operate individually and in groups, to listen attentively, answer questions, respond to complex instructions, describe events and be aware of others. They will develop control of their bodies and be able to use simple games apparatus.
Years 3 & 4
By this stage, children are usually able to be reasonably systematic in their approach to work and sustain long periods of concentration. Children continue to explore their environment, using more sophisticated recording methods, including computer databases.
- Children are encouraged to react sensitively to a range of literature, art and music, and to communicate effectively with others both orally and through their written work
- Years 5 & 6
- By the time the children leave us, we expect them to be working independently, logically and confidently. They will have been introduced to a variety of study techniques, including skimming and scanning for information, investigation and experimentation.
- We hope they will feel the satisfaction of acquiring the knowledge and skills which will give them the confidence to explore their own lines of study.
- Homework is important in order to consolidate learning and to enable parents to be involved in the education of their children. All children are expected to do homework.
- Very young children will be expected to read at home with their parents. Older children will be given more formal homeworks. Please support your child and the school by ensuring that these homeworks are completed and handed in on time.
Some comments from the children:
Guitars: “its fun and we play a lot of songs”
Computer Club: “its fun, you can play any game you like”
“It’s cool on the Internet”
Netball: “we are really learning lots of skills”
“netball is fun and we enjoy it a lot”
Football: “we practise skills and play as a team”
1. To deliver the national curriculum at relevant levels of learning and provide appropriate learning experiences for individual children to ensure continuity and progression
2. To help children achieve levels of personal development, and acquire knowledge, concepts and skills by building on previous experiences and successes
3. To provide a broad balanced curriculum where children can develop physically and spiritually as well as intellectually
4. To promote sound moral and social attitudes where children learn respect for others, form positive self-images and care for their environment
5. To provide an enthusiastic learning environment, where children are encouraged to be active participants in their learning process; where practical learning situations are planned which are relevant to the child's experiences
6. To ensure that curriculum managers review the teaching and learning of their curriculum area.
1. To encourage a caring community where staff, pupils, parents, and governors work as a team, expressing opinions and listening to the views of each other
2. To promote a "welcoming" school where links are fostered with other schools, playgroups and the community we serve
3. To promote a school where all groups and individuals are given support - and support each other
4. To be sensitive to the needs of all individuals ensuring everyone is valued - and has a right to feel secure and happy
1. To create a stimulating environment which fosters learning within the school building and the school grounds
2. To provide a happy, caring and friendly environment where children, staff, parents, governors and visitors feel welcome and safe
3. To encourage all individuals to take responsibility for their environment, keeping it tidy, safe and in good repair
4. To ensure that children's work is displayed in an exciting, thoughtful way, valuing the work produced by each individual
5. To provide meaningful experiences through the discovery and exploration of their village "Tollesbury"
1. To support the governing body to ensure all the available funds are used to meet the school's aims and values
2. To provide the school with a wide range of appropriate equipment, resources and materials to support learning and monitor its effective use
3. To ensure that curriculum managers review the teaching and learning of their curriculum areas regularly, ensuring appropriate resources are also reviewed
4. To use the delegated INSET budget to promote staff expertise in developing the curriculum, to improve the teaching and learning, and support the individual needs of all staff.
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