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At Tattingstone CEVC Primary School science is taught through a two year rolling programme. 

Science excites pupils’ curiosity about events and phenomena in the world around them. It satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. Science links practical experiences with ideas and it engages learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations though experimental evidence and modelling. Through science, pupils can see how scientific ideas contribute to technological change. Pupils learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives.


Early Years Foundations Stage 

Scientific learning occurs through

  • Access to a range of developmentally appropriate practical activities based on first hand exploratory experiences.
  • Enthusiastic and meaningful interaction with adults who provide opportunities to develop communications skills, use correct scientific language and careful framed open-ended questioning techniques to develop thinking skills.
  • Exploration of both indoor and outdoor environments linking all areas of learning.
  • Recognition and extension of their existing knowledge and understanding gained from their home and pre-school settings.


Pupils will

  • Observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena
  • Begin to work to gather to collect evidence to help them answer questions and link this to simple scientific ideas.
  • Begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether test or comparisons are fair.
  • Use reference materials to find out more scientific ideas.
  • Share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the use of ICT when appropriate.


Pupils are encouraged to

  • Learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena
  • Make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health
  • Think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts
  • Carry out more systematic investigations working individually or in groups
  • Use a range of reference sources in their work
  • Talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT




In Computing we are currently using the Switched on Computing scheme. The sessions are very engaging and fun for the children. We work on a 2 year rolling programme.


Previously, our children have taken part in a variety of different activities including taking part in Crumble and CoSpace at BT Adastral park. Hopefully we will be able to take part in these sessions again soon.


Online-Safety Ambassadors are elected to share their knowledge of how to stay safe online and keep the other children informed by doing assemblies and giving advice. 



Music at Tattingstone is taught by using the Charanga scheme of work (see Long term plan below).This is very successful across the classes and exposes the children to a variety of different types of music. Music is taught in a cross curricular way and is often performed during our Celebration of achievement assemblies and class assemblies.


In 2020 our services / productions were in a different format due to Covid 19 and we either had to cancel our services / productions or use zoom as an alternative for sharing our events.


Our Easter Service was via zoom instead of being at Wherstead Church for our traditional service. It was pre recorded and was lovely seeing so many families join us online.


For our leavers service we were able to invite our Year 6 parents into school to join their children for a service to celebrate their time at Tattingstone. It was a very moving service. Unfortunately with Covid we had to cancel our end of year production.


In Autumn term  2020 we were able to record our Nativity service in our local church, St Mary's in Tattingstone. It was pieced together in bubbles and shown on zoom. It was a lovely production called Mary, Mary and the children thrived on the opportunity for the new normal. Costumes being worn, props being made and singing taking place.


During the Spring term children have the opportunity to take part in the Young Voices concert at the O2. This is an amazing experience for the children not only the whole trip to London but also singing with 8,000 other children in the Arena. Fingers crossed this happens in June 2021.


We also hope that we will be back in school to enjoy an Easter service, Leavers Service and End of Year Production in whatever format that might be shown.


In previous years children have also participated in the Celebration of Music at Snape Maltings. A variety of children from Years 1 - 6 put their names forward to perform and it is amazing. The children are given to opportunity to perform as a school and then with other schools and it is wonderful experience for the children.  To perform in front of 830 people in a massive concert hall is a once in a lifetime experience.


Children in Kingfishers class are currently being taught as a whole class how to play a selection of brass instruments by Suffolk Music service. They are doing incredibly well and picking up not only how to play the instruments but also for some children how to read music. Well done Kingfishers.

Children in Grebes Class have also been able to continue learning the clarinet in a small group through the play on scheme with Suffolk Music service.




In Art we use the Art and Design in Suffolk scheme for Key Stages 1 and 2, linking this with the National Curriculum. For Early Years, we use the Art in Early Years scheme. Our school believes art stimulates creativity and inspiration, providing a unique way of looking at the world. This subject enables children to express themselves through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern using different media and processes.


We are lucky enough to have Julia Temple, our local artist, come in voluntarily to work with each class. We also encourage the children to enter art competitions through the year and have been successful in having children's work exhibited in the Young Art East Anglia annual competition.

Design and Technology


In DT, our children are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. This is taught through practical activities in a range of contexts. Projects, including those in the Cooking and Nutrition element of the National Curriculum, are timetabled in our two year rolling topic plans. We currently follow the scheme Projects on a Page, although it is at each teacher's discretion whether these projects are undertaken each week throughout the term or as a block to ensure projects aren't damaged.



Tattingstone School follows the Emmanuel Project for the delivery of Religious Education. Throughout 2017/18 children in Reception were taught topics including ‘Why is the word God so important to Christians?’; ‘Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?’; ‘How can we help others when they need it?’; ‘Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?’’; ‘What makes every single person unique and precious?’ and ‘How can we care for our wonderful world?’ A lot is discussion based and children are encouraged to think more deeply.  Scrap books are kept and lots of ideas and thoughts recorded on post-it notes.  Photographs taken are displayed on the working wall then placed in the scrapbook.  The children have enjoyed decorating cakes and writing a Thanksgiving prayer. We are really proud that 87% of pupils in Reception met the expected standard for ‘Understanding the World – people and communities’.


Pupils in Key Stage one have covered the Emmanuel unit ‘Belonging’ in the Summer term and considered the question ‘Why is belonging to God and the church family important to Christians?’ They have considered which different groups they belong to and have learned about Baptism and belonging to the church and the Christian family.  The children took part in their own Baptism ceremony.


The whole school took part in a Pentecost celebration at the church, visiting different stations to learn about different aspects of Pentecost.


Pupils in lower Key Stage 2 have studied: Hinduism and ‘Why do Hindus want to collect good Karma?’  Christianity and ‘What do Christians mean when they talk about the Kingdom of God?’ and Judaism and ‘What symbols and stories help Jewish people remember their covenant with God?’  A lot is discussion based and involves philosophical discussion.  Scrap books are kept and lots of ideas and thoughts recorded on post-it notes or thought bubbles.  Photographs are taken of the children tasting food, re-enacting scenes or carrying out practical activities. 


The Pupils in upper Key Stage 2 have studied: Christianity and ‘Should believing in the resurrection change how Christians view life and death?’  Humanism and ‘Why do Humanists say happiness is the goal of life?’ and Islam and ‘How does tawhid create a sense of belonging to the Muslim community?’


Approximately one hour per week is spent on RE per week across the school, in additional to Collective Worship.


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At Tattingstone C E V C Primary School we believe that effective  Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is a vital part of a rounded curriculum that will help children to become happy, safe,  healthy, confident and independent adults able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain. We believe that RSE is a child’s entitlement.


The purpose of RSE is to support children, at each Key Stage, with their physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural development and to address issues such as healthy relationships (including online), puberty, sexual orientation and development and trans-gender issues. It aims to help children have respect for themselves and for others and progress with confidence through childhood and towards adolescence and adulthood.


RSE is provided within the context of the school’s broad programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.), Science, Assemblies and in informal ways through the life of the school in addition to discrete teaching in Year 6. We use the 3D PSHE scheme of work with its broad topic range across the key stages and the children’s developing philosophical awareness encourages in- depth questioning and promotes a deeper understanding.


Effective RSE can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils if they are to establish and maintain relationships.  It also enables young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and well-being.



Throughout 2017/18 children were taught units from the 3D PSHE scheme.


Pupils in the Reception class have worked on listening skills and independence using the Ginger Bear resources. Learning has involved lots of talking and encouragement to ensure all children are involved. Much of the learning is oral and the Children have really enjoyed getting to know Ginger bear and connecting with him as a character to help them remember and learn. Relationships between the children are good. Children have developed their turn taking skills. We are really proud that 87% of pupils in Reception met the expected standard for ‘Self-confidence and self-awareness’, that 100% of pupils in Reception met the ‘Managing feelings and behaviour’, and that 87% of pupils in Reception met the expected standard for ‘Making relationships’.


Pupils in Lower Key Stage 2 have studied 3d PSHE units on Healthy Lifestyles, internet safety, healthy relationships and economic awareness.


The School Council organised a whole school Healthy Living and Well-being Awareness Week which included a dressing up Emoji day, Emoji bingo, a fun run, staff v. Year 6 pupils rounders match, bring & buy sale and a poster competition. Upper Key Stage 2 covered the 3d PSHE unit on Emotions to coincide with this. Pupils in Year 6 have also received Sex and Relationships education. Our older pupils are equipped and ready to move on to the next stage in their lives.


Approximately 30 minutes – 1 hour is spent on PSHE per week across the school.





Suffolk Linguamarque is an initiative aiming to support schools in the teaching and learning of Primary Languages such as French, Spanish & German. It provides schools with a structured approach to support the development of Primary Languages within the curriculum, in line with the government's recommendations and Programme of Studies. We are proud that Tattingstone was awarded the Bronze Linguamarque in the Autumn of 2016. Our areas of strength were that pupils were engaged in their learning, lessons were differentiated and well structured and that pupils were encouraged to be independent with their use of reference materials. We are in the process of aiming for the Silver Linguamarque.


Enabling children to learn another language can enhance their understanding of their own culture, foster positive perceptions of other cultures and lead to an improved, shared understanding and appreciation of others. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum help enhance the teaching and learning experience while embedding an international ethos. Our aim is to provide pupils with a foundation for future learning through encounters with language through discrete language learning. All classes in KS2 receive an hour of French teaching each week and we try to integrate languages through other curriculum areas, everyday conversation and displays around the school.



Pupils in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending, batting & fielding.  They perform dances and gymnastics using simple movement patterns.


Pupils in Key Stage 2:

  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending., eg. football, netball, rugby & hockey
  • perform dances.
  • Swim for 10 weeks in the Spring term
  • take part in gymnastics activities
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for batting & fielding (cricket and another relevant to any tournaments taking place)
  • Bikeability for pupils in Year 5.


Yoga is enjoyed throughout the school.


The majority of PE lessons are taught by sports coaches employed by Education Through Sport; they also provide a number of after school activities. 


Tattingstone School is a member of the South Suffolk School Games and as a result we take part in a number of inter-school events throughout the year. The school was awarded the Gold School Games award in 2018/19 and were on the way to repeating this success in 2012/20. 


There are also a number of intra-school events for all children to take part in.  All school sport and PE is fully inclusive. All student engage with at least 2 hours of physical education per week (within the curriculum) and have a range of extra provision to this.  In excess of 50% of students participate in some extra-curricular sporting activity


We hold an annual School Games Day / Sports day in which the children compete in their House groups. 


Play leaders are involved in the organisation of school sporting activities.



Our swimming data for Spring 2019 (Year 6 pupils in the Summer term 2020) is that the following % of children achieved:-


25m       -              81.8%

PSA        -             81.8%


Our swimming data for Spring 2020 (Year 5 pupils in the Summer term 2020) is that the following % of children achieved:-


25m       -              70%

PSA        -             50%



Well done to all children involved.



History at Tattingstone is taught on a two year rolling programme. Pupils have opportunities to develop their historical knowledge through learning about and understanding important aspects of local, national and world events and the histories of cultures other than their own. All pupils have the opportunity to study different themes and issues across time and to underpin their understanding of chronological events. These opportunities, combined with well-planned, in-depth studies, ensure that pupils develop a sophisticated and wide ranging understanding of history.


This year the children in FS and KS1 have been on a trip to Colchester Castle to learn about the role of a castle as a home. 


KS2 children have had the opportunity to participate in a World War II theme day where they learnt what it was like to live through World War II. 


All of the children within the school also had the opportunity to celebrate the school's 175th birthday by participating in a Victorian school day where the children learnt what a typical Victorian classroom was like; understanding that boys and girls were educated separately and studied different subjects; learnt traditional Victorian parlour games. Many of the children were in agreement that life at school in modern times is a much nicer experience!



Geography at Tattingstone is taught through a two year rolling programme. Pupils are given opportunities to gain an insight into the nature of the world in which they live. They do this by developing their understanding of locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork. Pupils learn to use investigative and problem solving skills, both inside and outside the classroom. The Geography curriculum also provides opportunities for pupils to learn about the richness and variety of the societies and cultures within the world in which they live; they can begin to think about their rights and responsibilities to other people, equipping them with the necessary knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes for life in Britain’s multi-cultural society.