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West Bridgford Junior School Curriculum 2019

 

At West Bridgford Junior School, we are committed to providing a curriculum that helps all pupils thrive and feel confident that they can succeed. Our aim is to provide children with an engaging, relevant and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and prepares them for tomorrow. We work hard to provide the best education for our children and develop in them a love of learning that will remain with them into adulthood. Lifelong learners see the value of learning and view it as an empowering activity where they actively collaborate in the learning process. They take responsibility for their own learning and seek opportunities to extend their knowledge and understanding.

Our Curriculum has five key drivers, which we refer to as our Curriculum Spotlights. These are central to our curriculum and are carefully considered whenever learning takes place. They are:

 

  • High Engagement We believe all learning should be engaging, but recognise that certain experiences throughout the year will have even more of a ‘wow factor’ and aim to provide every year group with a wide range of these.
  • Problem Solving - We aim to develop children who are resilient and able to overcome barriers. We want to help children to be critical thinkers and allow them opportunities to develop independence.
  • Enterprise We aim to develop learners who are driven, innovative and intellectually curious – all key characteristics of entrepreneurs. We will develop children’s understanding of ‘the real world’ and provide opportunities for them to learn about careers they may wish to pursue in the future.
  • Our Community – We promote involvement in our local community in a range of ways, including musical concerts, visits to places of worship, visitors in school and supporting local charities. We want to help our children to understand their place in their community and support them in making a valuable contribution.  
  • The Wider World We aim to help children understand and experience different cultures, faiths and beliefs so they can gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.

 

Our Learning Champions promote positive learning attitudes and help our children to understand what it looks like to be a successful lifelong learner. They are:

 

  • Captain Curiosity – I ask questions; I want to know why; I notice things; I look for patterns and connections; I think of possible reasons; I carry out research
  • The Collaboration Kids – We work together; I listen to others; I say when I don’t understand; I am kind when I disagree with someone; I explain things to help others; I learn from other people
  • Creative Cat – I use my imagination; I am creative; I think up new ideas and questions; I think outside the box; I let my imagination go
  • Get Better Guy – I keep improving; I set myself targets; I keep reviewing my work; I can identify the best bits of my work; I try to be better than last time
  • Have a go Hero – I try new things; I have a growth mind-set; I don’t worry if something goes wrong; I learn from my mistakes; I can work independently; I enjoy a challenge
  • Professor Perseverance – I never give up; I work hard; I practise lots; I keep going; I try new strategies; I ask for help; I start again if I need to

 

We use a topic based approach to planning, choosing themes which engage, motivate and inspire the children. Each topic begins with a ‘Stunning Start’ in order to hook the children into their learning and ends with an ‘Outstanding Outcome’ which provides an opportunity to showcase the learning that has taken place throughout the topic.

 

Core Subjects

 

Maths

We aim for our children to become fluent mathematicians, competent in a range of mental and written strategies. We give children a wide range of opportunities to solve problems, develop reasoning skills and apply these skills to real life situations. Our year group teams work together to create a scheme of work, which provides a useful framework in which to plan innovative learning opportunities that meet the needs of all our learners. We focus on a progression from concrete resources, to pictorial representations and finally into the numerical abstract to aid our children’s conceptual understanding. Children are taught in mixed ability class groups and learning is planned in year group teams.

 

English

At WBJS we aim to promote a love of reading and develop children who read fluently with confidence. We aim to create writers who take great pride in their work, writing with accuracy, flair and an understanding of audience and purpose. Creative, innovative planning and delivery is encouraged and celebrated with staff being encouraged to use a wide range of high quality planning resources. We aim for children to be introduced to carefully chosen enriching whole class texts throughout the year. Each unit may have a different approach to planning. For example, staff may base all of their English work around a book, teaching specific reading skills and giving children opportunity to write in different genres, different contexts and with a focus on developing different writing skills. On other occasions, children may work on a particular genre of writing. In this case, they will begin by immersing themselves in that text type in order to develop understanding of the features. Then they will collect ideas and practise writing skills, before planning and writing a longer text of their own. Finally, this will be edited and improved on.

 

Science

At WBJS we aim to develop deep-thinking, curious and scientific minds. In weekly science lessons, children are given opportunities to experiment, discover and observe science in action in engaging and practical contexts. Following the National Curriculum allows us to deliver a broad and balanced diet across year groups, though opportunities are seized to extend and develop it in order to tailor it to the needs and interests of our children. In every year group, at least one of the termly topics revolves around a science theme and the expectation is that at least one science trip or visitor is booked for each year group. Children are extended, focussed and enthused by high quality science lessons which develop investigative skills as well as an understanding of scientific processes.

 

Computing

In Computing our goal is that children develop a good understanding of different technologies and how to use them for a range of purposes. Over the course of their school life, children are encouraged to work with different mediums and platforms to become confident in making decisions about which technological tool is best for their project. Some of these experiences will be in the tech-friendly classroom where literacy outcomes or maths lessons may use tablet computers to enhance learning, whilst others will be in specific weekly computing lessons. By developing a proficiency and understanding of computer coding in the Kodu, Scratch and Microbit platforms, children are encouraged to see code as a created platform for solving problems and developing enterprise. We currently plan using the ‘Switched on Computing’ materials as a guide, although we adapt these modules to fit the needs and interests of our children.

 

Teaching and Learning Policy

Multiplying at WBJS

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A short video explaining how we teach multiplication at WBJS

Adding at WBJS

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An explanation of some of the ways we teach addition at the school.

Subtraction at WBJS

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This video is a guide to our calculation policy. It helps explain how children will learn to subtract at our school.
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