For generations, parents have found themselves visiting primary schools with their children only to hear themselves saying, “It’s not like when I was at school.” Things change quickly in education, and at no time in the past 25 years has that been truer than September 2014 when the whole school curriculum changed for maintained schools throughout England.
The guide below is intended to support parents of primary school children. Obviously it would be impossible to set out in detail everything your child would learn during their six years of statutory primary education, but by providing an outline of typical content and some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works, hopefully it will help parents support their children in making the most of their education.
The Curriculum at Bishop's Waltham Junior School:
At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School children are engaged and inspired by a progressive, relevant, inclusive and memorable curriculum which is personalised (as much as possible) to the needs and interests of the children. Pupils have a clear sense of their gifts and talents and are equipped with a range of strategies that enable them to access their learning in a variety of ways.
At the heart of their learning, children build up a toolkit to help them develop a healthy and positive social and emotional well-being. We aim to challenge pupils to reach beyond their goals and ignite their curiosity, instilling a passion for life-long learning.
- Children are aware of their talents and gifts due to the emphasis placed on a well-rounded, broad and balanced curriculum that develops the whole child.
- Children produce high quality, progressive outcomes in all subjects that are measured against explicit skills.
- Children are prepared for the challenges of future learning and life experiences gaining a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills.
- Children are given regular enrichment opportunities within the curriculum, through visits, visitors, practical activities and extended learning opportunities, which provide memorable and life-long experiences.
Whole School Curriculum Overview:
The whole school curriculum has recently been revised and updated incorporating the new National Curriculum which became statutory in September 2014. The school is using this greater sense of freedom to tailor the curriculum to match the learning needs and interests of the school/pupils.
Please click on the links below to view the ‘Whole School Curriculum Overview’ for each year group.
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Our Year Groups and Curriculum Subjects pages show more detail about the curriculum units across the school and associated planning. (Again, bear with us as this is a work in progress due to the amount of change involved)
Cross Curricular Learning and Planning:
The curriculum has been organised into subject linked themes (where possible) with the relevant programmes of study from different subjects being grouped together – along with some continuous and stand-alone units.
Wherever possible, great emphasis is placed on cross curricular learning by:
- ensuring where possible that literacy encompasses key skills linked to the theme.
Example: In year five, children complete non-chronological reports about the Battle of Britain (WW2) during literacy developing both key history skills alongside their reading and writing skills.
- designing theme lessons that act as a vehicle to transfer key skills in reading, writing and maths.
Example: Skilled assessment for learning is used by teachers to identify what children need in order to improve their reading, writing and maths skills in the form of targets. In writing, a group of children may have been targeted to use adverbs. This skill (using adverbs) will be taught to the children in Literacy and then they will be expected to transfer their learning by applying it to writing completed during theme work.
- using forensic analysis of data to highlight which core focus from reading, writing or maths needs further attention in each year group.
Example: If, in a year group, analysis indicates slower progress in maths compared to reading and writing, teachers will plan opportunities for cross curricular maths activities to fit in with theme lessons to encourage and support more rapid progress.
At Bishop’s Waltham Junior we value greatly the importance that all subjects play in the development of our children in order to ignite and instil a passion for learning. Key skills are identified and used by teachers in all subjects to offer a progressive pathway to each child’s success and development. In reading, writing and maths, targets are used highlight each individual child’s next steps to success.
(The aspect below is an area that the school is developing/introducing alongside the new curriculum as a mechanism for tracking pupil progress/subject standards and further involvement of pupil self-assessment)
During theme units/lessons, each child will begin to use the school's reflective/progress sheets to evaluate their strengths and areas to develop in each foundation subject by providing a tool to self-assess their learning.
Pupil Voice & Curriculum Councils
We encourage all of our pupils to have a voice at Bishop’s Waltham Junior and running alongside the School Council, a team is to be established to ensure that pupils at the school are involved in the shaping and development of the curriculum. The aim will be for Subject Leaders to meet regularly with their pupil curriculum group to seek feedback on the subject or area they are leading.
Feedback from the children will be used to reshape and modify action plans and curriculum planning in order to ensure each subject both meets the needs of its learners and maintains relevance and interest. Hopefully, this involvement will empower the pupils to share their opinions in order to ensure the curriculum is engaging and relevant.
The children will be tasked with making suggestions about the curriculum and possible enrichment events and activities that could be integrated.
Core Values and Team Points:
At Bishop’s Waltham Junior we place great importance on improving the children’s learning skills; this is done through the school’s core-values. Children are rewarded in class with team points (linked to our core values) for displaying a range of different qualities that the school, pupils and parents have identified as key qualities that will help to make a successful learner and citizen.
Children demonstrating these skills are awarded core value team merits which are used to generate whole school house points. Each half term the house cup is presented to the house with the most points. House points can also be gained for demonstrating key skills linked to the whole school theme focus.
To view the contents of each National Curriculum Subject along with corresponding Programmes of Study, please use the subject links in the table below.
If you have any questions, comments or queries regarding the curriculum at BWJS, please contact Mrs Daniels (Deputy Headteacher – Curriculum Leader)