Tenterfields Primary Academy, Tenterfields, Halesowen, B63 3LH
Part of Windsor Academy Trust


WAT ASPIRE Curriculum

Teaching and Learning at Tenterfields

Curriculum intent - ‘To unlock academic and personal potential’

At Tenterfields, we believe that all of our pupils need to feel empowered through our curriculum to be happy and successful learners in order to achieve their academic and personal potential.  We believe that each of our pupils can be the best that they can be, which is driven by our Trust-wide Aspire virtues and learner skills which underpin our teaching and learning in the classroom.

Our Approach to Curriculum

Our curriculum exists to ensure all pupils, regardless of background and ability, can aspire to 'unlock their academic and personal potential'.  It empowers and equips pupils with the knowledge, character virtues and learning skills required to thrive in learning and in life and has been designed to provide access to a broad and ambitious range of subject experiences, anchored by high challenge for all. 

Its primary purpose is to enable our pupils to know more and remember more and be able to do more. 

Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum objectives which act as the foundations for our curriculum. Our subject leaders have then been empowered to take ownership of their subjects and lead with the support of the Curriculum Lead to create a fulfilling, ambitious, and challenging curriculum for our pupils. A curriculum, where we aim to inspire our pupils and immerse them in their subject content so that they are able to become meta-cognitive learners.

ASPIRE Framework


Our curriculum exceeds the minimum requirements set out in the National Curriculum and The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils have access to the following areas of learning / subject areas:

Pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2

Core Subjects




Foundation Subjects and Wider Curriculum

Art and Design


Design and technology





Physical Education

Religious Education

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) inc. Relationships and Health Education (RHE)

Curriculum design 

In order for our children to gain extensive knowledge in all curriculum areas, we teach all curriculum subjects discreetly. We feel that this also allows each subject to keep its integrity and enables subjects to be taught rigorously with a sharp focus upon the subject-specific knowledge and skills required. 




Ark Curriculum - Maths Mastery


Jane Considine


Kinetic Letter


Whole class reading approach and domain focus lessons


Read Write Inc


WAT 5Es Planning


WAT Planning Half-termly


WAT Planning Half-termly


Get Set 4 PE


Language Angels




Access Art


Purple Mash




Discovery RE


How do we deliver our Curriculum?

Our lessons are planned and delivered with the intention of ‘engaging and enthusing every day.’ This is identified as part of the sunshine model below, which is grounded in research in cognitive science to help underpin our approach. Our curriculum subjects are progressive in order to support our pupils to know more and remember more so that they can become lifelong learners. Within each lesson, teachers engage pupils through connecting and engaging with their prior learning. Throughout the lesson, higher level vocabulary is introduced and reinforced whilst deeper thinking is promoted through the key questions posed and regular learning checks. 

Across Windsor Academy Trust and our school, subject leaders have been given time to work with other leaders to identify the key progression of skills for their subject areas and have opportunities to work with lead practitioners and meet regularly to continue to monitor their curricular content.

WAT teaching and learning cycle

There is a strong emphasis on planning for, teaching and using tier 3 vocabulary throughout our curriculum. Pupils are expected to know and understand the vocabulary needed to access their learning. The vocabulary that each pupil are exposed to can be found on the individual subject overview and is shared with the children within their lessons. The expectation is then that all pupils use this vocabulary within the classroom to support their understanding and retention of knowledge.

How do we assess our Curriculum?

  • Our approaches to assessing reading, writing and mathematics are robust, established and clear. We use a mixture of summative tests and teacher assessment to make accurate judgements of how well pupils are doing and where they need further support.
  • The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF 2019) makes it clear that assessment should support the teaching of the curriculum but not increase teacher workload. The handbook goes on to say that inspectors will evaluate whether collections of progress and attainment data are proportionate and sustainable. 
  • Within our Science, History and Geography Curriculum we assess through quizzes at the start of each lesson (a thinking three) which involves recalling knowledge from the previous lesson, a previous unit and a previous year group objective. At the end of each lesson, there is an opportunity to allow the pupils to recall the key components of knowledge that they have learnt through quiz questions. 
  • Pupils in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 also complete a range of national assessment, as listed below


Early Years Baseline Assessment

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

Year 1

Phonics Screening Check

Year 2

Key Stage 1 SATs (optional 2024)

Year 4

Multiplication Tables Check

Year 6

Key Stage 2 SATs


Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

The National Curriculum in England Key Stages 1 and 2 Framework Document


Our Approach to Learning Environments and Resources

A high-quality learning environment has the potential to shift possibilities, raise aspirations, and it demands a deep commitment to learning.  We believe that the environments that we create at Manor Way Primary are:

  • an enabler;
  • a model for greater depth thinking;
  • a carefully planned reference point for pupils to help free working memory slots by building long term memory associations;
  • a silent teacher;
  • inspiring to pupils and staff alike.

To achieve this, staff are responsible for ensuring classrooms are an exciting, stimulating and welcoming place to be. They do this by ensuring our Brilliant Basics are in place and :

  • Arranging furniture and space to create a safe, flexible learning environment, including a carpet focus area if appropriate;
  • Creating areas that stimulate interest in current learning and provide a useful reference point in the development of pupils’ knowledge and understanding;
  • Making sure that equipment is labelled and accessible to promote independent learning;
  • Creating a personal and purposeful space for each student to complete their work;
  • Teaching children to respect and care for their environment, and expecting them to do just that;
  • Ensuring classrooms are inviting and all areas are clear and clutter free;
  • Providing access to high quality texts


ASPIRE Curriculum Overview 2023/24