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Specific Areas


Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest

There are two strands within Literacy:

  • Reading Differentiating sounds and linking sounds to letters; and using a wide range of reading materials to support the curriculum.
  • Writing Having a variety of opportunities to make marks and begin to write for a purpose.

Our aim is for every child “to learn about letters, sounds and words by exploring a range of books and developing a love for stories”

This is how we teach Literacy at Tenterfield:

“Early reading skills are taught particularly well. Staff take every opportunity to emphasise the link between letters and the sounds they make.”

Ofsted 2017


Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.

The two strands of mathematics are:

  • Numbers Counting, understanding and using numbers; and calculating simple addition and subtraction problems.
  • Shape, space and measure Learning about shapes, space and measure

Our aim is for every child “to use mathematical language and begin to understand how to use maths and numbers everyday in the world around them”

This is how we teach Mathematics at Tenterfield:


“Staff foster children’s understanding of number very skilfully. During the inspection, one group explored two- and three-dimensional shapes, using their excellent observational and speaking and listening skills to articulate similarities and differences.”

Ofsted 2017

Understanding of the World

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

  • People and communities Using knowledge and understanding to make sense of environments, communities and living things.
  • The world Using all their senses to learn about their environment and the world
  • Technology Using tools safely and learning about real life activities and events.

Our aim is for every child “to explore the awe and wonder of the world with curiosity, and understand how they and others fit into it”

This is how we teach Understanding of the World at Tenterfield:

“Children’s awe at seeing the life cycle of the butterfly gives them a sense of wonder.”

Ofsted 2017

Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology,

  • Exploring and using media and materials Creativity is developed by offering opportunities to extend curiosity, play and exploration with a variety of media.
  • Being imaginative Exploring feelings, thoughts and events through music, art, dance, movement and imaginative play.

Our aim is for every child “to express themselves with creativity and imagination, in ways that make them happy”

This is how we teach Expressive Arts & Design at Tenterfield:

“Carefully planned tasks fire children’s imagination”

Ofsted 2017