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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. We seek to develop the children’s aspirations and ensure that all children are successful and achieve high academic, physical, moral, spiritual, emotional and creative attainment. We aim to ensure that every child grows, flourishes and becomes a life-long learner. 

 

We want our curriculum to ensure that every child has the knowledge, understanding and skills to achieve well in their next school and beyond. 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 sense of self-worth are more likely to grow into happy confident adults. We aim for strong moral, social, emotional and cultural achievement.

 

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's 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; this gives children the opportunity to make 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 deliver our curriculum through subject areas. 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. Where appropriate, links are made to enhance the learning and enable learners to make purposeful connections across subject areas. 

 

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

 

If you have any further questions surrounding our school curriculum, please contact the school office.

 

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. These experiences are linked to Building Learning Power or special events across the year e.g Anti -Bullying Week, Diwali etc.

 

Special days and weeks

Some aspects of the curriculum are delivered or enriched through focus days. The normal timetable is adjusted and activities are focused on a key theme. For example, grounds afternoons, national and international weeks and World Book Day

 

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..

 

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 

 

Religious Education

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

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.

 

French

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.

Mission statement and vision

‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’.

Dream – developing and embedding the desire and the work ethic to aim high, the creativity to explore new horizons and the courage to dream.

Believe - As a community we accept and include all to create a sense of belonging.

Security, Self-worth, and a commitment to work together help us do our best and be happy.

Resourcefulness, reflectiveness, reciprocity and resilience are the engines which drive us forward towards high achievement. 

We strengthen self-belief and an enjoyment of learning, celebrating effort and develop responsibility.

In all that we do, we seek to nurture talent in all its forms, success and aspiration

Achieve - Achievement is the goal of all that we do, including the small steps that children make in their development as a whole Emotional well-being and social achievement, Moral and spiritual achievement, Academic achievement, Physical achievement and Creative achievement.

We respect, value and celebrate each other for who we are as well as for what we achieve independently, collaboratively and as a community

Building learning power

Relationships

Empathy, interdependence, collaboration, imitation

Resourcefulness

Questioning, making links, imagining, reasoning, capitalising

Reflectiveness

Planning, revising, distilling, meta-learning

Resilience

Absorption, noticing, managing distractions, perseverance

Curriculum drivers

Mental and physical fitness 

               

Financial astuteness and knowledge

Environmental awareness and responsibility

Understanding of other cultures and acceptance of difference

Local and global citizenship – human rights, social justice and globalisation

Teaching intentions

An inclusive culture

Every teacher will

value and celebrate each individual

and recognise

personal strengths and talents. Every child will receive

the support and

challenge that will enable them to thrive and make progress.

 

Personal best and high expectations

Everyone will strive to do their best and produce learning of a high standard. Everyone will model high standards of personal and professional behaviour. It is expected that everyone will work hard.

Responsive teaching to develop mastery

Our teaching will enable children to develop a secure knowledge and understanding and demonstrate their mastery of subjects through well designed tasks. Assessment will inform starting points, tailored planning and ensure sufficient challenge.

Focused lessons and reflective feedback

We use learning objectives and success criteria to focus our lessons. Children are taught to self-evaluate their success and recognise the personal responsibility they have for their learning.

Evidence informed practice

Our teaching will be rooted in research. Teachers will use professional enquiry and coaching to enhance their teaching skills and strategies to raise standards across the curriculum.

Preparation for future citizenship

Our curriculum equips the children with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the future. This helps children aspire and believe that their personal strengths will be valued in their future. They will also acquire knowledge beyond the national curriculum to develop essential skills for life.

 

 

Organisation

 

Our topic curriculum is broad and balanced to provide rich and memorable learning experiences. Our curriculum is a blend of thematic approaches, where meaningful links are made that add value, and discrete subject specific work taught as ‘stand-alone’ units of learning. The curriculum is structured to promote progression and develop knowledge, understanding and skills in each curriculum area. The planned progression is carefully mapped and review annually.  Topic hooks are used regularly to stimulate discussion and create awe, wonder and curiosity in the children. Where possible, learning will be ‘first hand’.  Some aspects of the curriculum are also enhanced through focus days and weeks.

Carefully chosen reading texts are used to provide sufficient challenge, hook the children in and engage them in their learning. Writing is often linked to either the overall subjects that are leading the topic or the reading text. A fluency, reasoning and problem-solving approach is taken in the teaching of maths. This is supported by the use of concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and abstract concepts to secure mathematical understanding.

Science is taught through a problem-solving model, where knowledge and understanding is applied to explain investigations.

Each Foundation subject has identified aims and progression of key knowledge and understanding for each year group. Knowledge and understanding is reinforced through the development of key skills.

Impact

High standards

Children attain highly in all subjects, enabling them to be ready for the next year group and transition to secondary school. All children will be literate and numerate.

Awareness of self

Children will be able to articulate their own personal, academic and artistic strengths, as well as the areas that they will need to continue to work hard at.

Future Fit

Children will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to be mentally fit, physically fit, financially astute, environmentally responsible and an effective citizen.

Essential learning aptitudes

Children will have developed resilience, resourcefulness, the ability to reflect and the skills to work both individually and collaboratively.

Awareness and understanding of others

Children will have developed an understanding and acceptance of others, including those of different cultures, as well as an understanding of social justice and human rights.

Self-confidence and aspirations

Children will have strong self-confidence, a can-do attitude and aspirations for their futures. They are able to identify how their personal strengths will be valued in the work place.

 

Evaluation

 

Qualitative

We use observations, discussions and feedback from a range of sources including pupil and parent voice.

 

Formative

Through a mixture of day-to-day and week-by-week feedback and assessment.

Summative

Using key benchmarks and formal assessments that capture achievement and progress at key points throughout the year.

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

 

Below you will see an overview of each year group's curriculum. If you would like to find out more or have any queries please contact us either via the postal or email address found on the contact page. 

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