The purpose of our curriculum
At Upton Junior School, we have our own distinctive and considered approach to learning to inspire every child to want to learn. Our curriculum is driven by the need to prepare our children for lifelong learning. Here at Upton Junior School, we offer a rich and diverse curriculum which is ambitious for all learners. Through our curriculum, we develop the essential knowledge, skills and understanding which are the building blocks for the current time and later life. The curriculum is driven by purposeful learning aims to ensure it has relevance to pupils and the wider world.
We prepare children with the essential knowledge and skills for now and in the future. The exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. The curriculum is further enhanced by our commitment to our school values-based education (including British Values) and, through this, we provide learning experiences which promote confident, self-motivated pupils, who are eager for lifelong learning.
The pupil offer
At the heart of the Upton Junior School curriculum is the development of the core elements of reading, writing and mathematics. This follows the progression of skills as mapped out in the National Curriculum, with the opportunity to frequently revisit and develop these within the curriculum for years 3 and 4, and years 5 and 6.
Following an approach of reading into writing, pupils have the opportunity to read quality texts and models of writing, which illustrate what they are aiming to achieve. A progression of grammar and spelling skills are integrated into the learning.
Mathematics planning follows the CPA approach (concrete, pictorial, abstract) to develop pupil’s confidence in new areas of learning and ensures progression to build knowledge, mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. Pupils are also given the opportunity to independently practice these skills in a variety of contexts, with increasing levels of complexity.
In addition, we have established a delivery map for all foundation subjects and science, to ensure a balanced curriculum for our children. 2 The subjects covered are
• Art and Design • Computing •Design and Technology • French
• Geography • History • Music • Physical Education
• P.H.S.E • Religious Education • Science
It ensures new knowledge and skills build on what has been previously taught in Key Stage 1 and within the school, and also looks at the learning requirements for Key Stage 3 - to set the foundation for future learning.
Where relevant, skills and knowledge will be developed in the context of a theme, highlighting the many links between subjects and their application in a range of contexts.
It encompasses a wide range of subjects and opportunities for academic, technical, creative and sporting excellence. It supports a culture of resilience and positive mental health and wellbeing, where every child is safe, healthy, nurtured and respected. Throughout it promotes children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, including British values.
Delivery to pupils
For each area of the national curriculum, subject leads have mapped out the skills and knowledge progression across the four years that pupils are at Upton Junior School. In mapping the skills and knowledge, subject leaders have planned to ensure it is a coherent, structured and ambitious framework for teaching and learning, which is motivating and engaging for all.
Year group teaching teams map out the delivery of the knowledge and skills for each subject area across the academic year, in a medium term plan. This ensures there is complete coverage of the curriculum across the academic year and establishes where skills can be linked across subjects within a broader theme.
Throughout the year and across a range of curriculum subjects, year groups provide experiential learning opportunities within the school and through trips and visits outside 3 of school. Care is taken to ensure these are progressive experiences, to build pupil’s knowledge and skills of the curriculum areas and wider world experiences.
Class teachers are responsible for the children’s welfare and delivery of the curriculum. Work is planned jointly, in Year Teams with close liaison, communication and support from the teaching assistant team. During planning, Year Teams share the preparation of work, drawing on different experiences, knowledge and expertise to ensure work is relevant and well matched to meet the needs of the children. In this way, we are able to utilise the strengths of the staff team and enhance the quality of learning and teaching here at Upton Junior School.
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