Our Curriculum At Cupernham Junior School, our curriculum aims to help all of our children to ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’ across the wide range of opportunities that the school presents to them. We want our children to have a strong knowledge of their own personal strengths and talents, and to know how these could be used in their futures. We also aim to help the children develop the knowledge and attributes they need to work hard, including on areas that may be potential barriers to their success.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced to provide rich and memorable learning experiences where children connect with important values for life in a stimulating environment so that every child grows and flourishes to reach their full potential and become life-long learners.
We want our curriculum to ensure that every child has the knowledge, understanding and skills not only to achieve well in their next education steps but in their futures. This is why we put a strong emphasis on all children developing the social skills, learning attributes and attitudes they will need to be successful. We know that happy confident children with a strong self-worth are more likely to grow into happy confident adults. We aim for strong moral, social, emotional and cultural achievement.
We aim to draw out individual children’s talents and enable every child to be successful and confident. Our curriculum aims to develop the children’s aspirations and ensure that all children are successful and achieve high academic, physical and creative attainment.
The curriculum is structured to promote progression and develop knowledge and skills in each curriculum area which reinforce and complement each other. Text drivers in English have been carefully chosen for each year group and they form the base for each year group unit of learning either termly or half termly. Our integrated learning units aim to connect relevant learning opportunities to enable pupils to be motivated, engaged and excited by learning and the opportunity to makes stronger connections with the world around us.
All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those with higher attainment, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language. We provide a rich, challenging curriculum, which aims to stretch all of our children.
If you have any further questions surrounding our school curriculum, please contact the school office.
We deliver our curriculum through subject areas that are linked to enhance concepts taught and to enable learners to make purposeful connections across subjects through the acquisition of key knowledge and core skills. However, links are only made if they enhance the learning. We want to develop the future designers, artists, geographers etc. so it is important that children develop a strong understanding of the subjects and their uniqueness. For most half termly or termly units there is an identified subject that will be in focus for that time, with others that will be taught alongside. Other subjects may be discreetly taught and sometimes blocked over a couple of weeks if this supports the children’s understanding.
Meaningful links are then made between subjects where this enables the children to make connections in their learning, apply skills in different contexts and create a more holistic, relevant educational experience.
Our curriculum design acknowledges:
• The core vision and ethos of the school
• That children need to be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be successful learners
• A mastery approach ensuring pupils have sufficient knowledge in an area to be able to apply and extend concepts they have gained
• The importance of pedagogy and research in learning
• The importance of the children’s personal and social development, including learning how to make reasoned decisions and knowing how to stay safe
• Core drivers that will enable to children to be ready for their own futures
As well as teaching the National Curriculum, we have identified some curriculum drivers to help ensure that children are enhancing their knowledge and understanding of aspects that will be important for their futures. These drivers are taught throughout each year as part of the termly or half termly topics.
Our curriculum drivers are:
➢ Mental and physical fitness (including diet/cooking)
➢ Financial astuteness and knowledge
➢ Environmental awareness and responsibility
➢ Understanding and acceptance of difference, including other cultures
➢ Local and global citizenship – human rights, social justice and globalisation
Learning to be a successful and effective learner Every child has a right to learn and develop their ability to be a successful learner. Our children are taught skills that support them to be successful learners in school and also set them up with the right attributes and work ethic for the future. We use Building Learning Power to structure this learning development.
Curriculum Enhancement and Carousel
To achieve their full potential, we recognise that children learn best when they are enjoying a range of learning experiences. This is achieved through visits/visitors, residential trips and other outdoor learning experiences which provides our children with an exciting, challenging and memorable experiences.
The weekly Carousel activities enable the children to learn with others across different classes and age ranges. This increases the opportunities children have for choice as well as experiences. Activities include first aid, and even flying club.
Extended School Opportunities
The school participates in a variety of sports festivals and we also offer a range of sports children to participate in before and after school. The school also has a strong musical offer, with a large number of instruments that can be learned at school.
Special days and weeks
Some aspects of the curriculum are delivered or enriched through focus days. The normal timetable is suspended and activities are focused on a key theme. For example, grounds afternoons, national and international weeks, Anti Bullying Day, Internet Safety Day and world book day.
Key Stage 2 National Curriculum
The National Curriculum is statutory for all pupils from Year 1 upwards. This consists of the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and foundation subjects (PE, History, Geography, Art, DT, Computing and Music). Our Modern Foreign Language is French. As part of the music curriculum children will learn a music instrument through the ‘Listen to me’ scheme.
A useful link for parents on the National Curriculum is https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum
As a Hampshire school our RE teaching is taught through ‘living difference’. There is teaching and learning about Christianity and about other faiths and promote respect and sensitivity towards those with beliefs different from our own.
We hope that all children will participate in the religious education and worship at the school. However, we respect the parent’s rights to withdraw their child from this part of school life. Such requests should be discussed with the Head Teacher.
Physical Education is promoted well from within school through lessons and competitions. In our Physical Education lessons, we cover the following areas: gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and swimming. As we have a swimming pool, children form all year groups will be taught swimming annually. Being inclusive to all, where possible every child has the opportunity to attend at least one sports festival each school year.
Children have weekly French lessons taught by Madame De Zoysa from Year 3 through to Year 6.
Personal Social and Health Education and Relationship and Sex Education
Please see the separate part of the website for information on the schools Personal Social and Health Education and Relationship and Sex Education curriculum.