Poulner Junior School Curriculum
As a school our aims and ethos are heavily rooted in developing children who have a love of learning and an energy for approaching new challenges with enthusiasm.
In order to help our children gain these qualities we have developed an integrated curriculum that takes the National Curriculum and delivers it to our children through fun and engaging topics, examples of these include Ringwood Rocks, The Bold and the Brave and Raging Rivers!
Our topics start with a 'hook' which grabs the children's attention and interest, this could be through a visit, a workshop or even some clues taht lead on to more! Topics are normally half term in length and each year group gives parents an opportunity to attend a Parent Outcome event, which again may vary from tasting home made quiches to art exhibitions and living museums! In order to gain a balance, some of the Parent Outcomes will be more low key and be a chance for you to just talk with your child and enable them to share their learning with you.
We work with the children in helping to shape their learning during the Topic and children share ideas for possible Home Learning Topic Projects. These projects enable them to develop their knowledge and understanding alongside their parents. We welcome parental support as it is vital for our children to see their parents enthused nd motivated by learning as well.
Our curriculum is integrated and where possible we link the Topics through our English and mathematics. It is important that our children realise that all aspects of their learning are linked and together they add real depth and understanding to the children.
We recognise that children often learn better when they are given rich and varied opportunities both inside and out of the classroom and school. With this in mind we are working closely with local environmental groups to develop our school grounds and create a Forest School base within Poulner.
Our children show pride in their learning and through our curriculum and range of extra curricular opportunities we feel that we give the children the values, skills, knowledge and exposure to recognise opportunities in life and have the determination and drive to achieve these.
What does your child learn each day?
At Poulner Junior School we have developed our integrated curriculum to reflect the changes to the new National Curriculum. The result is a creative, inspiring, relevant and dynamic approach to learning which responds to the needs of our pupils and teaches them the skills to thrive.
Origins of our Curriculum
As a framework, we have used the National Curriculum 2014 document, (with the exception of English, maths and science in Year 6 for 2014) ensuring appropriate coverage of the programmes of study for each statutory subject is reinforced by the rigorous acquiring of skills in each area. A curriculum overview shows how the main themes are organised; subjects are linked where appropriate, but not at the expense of quality of learning in the individual subject. Care has been taken to allow for flexibility in response to local or global issues, staff strengths and interests and the physical resources of the school have been utilised to create a learning journey where all children will be ‘secondary ready’ and prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain.
Organisation of the curriculum
The Key Stage 2 curriculum is organised so that children will re-visit many areas during their four years here, reinforcing and building on prior learning, while still keeping the learning experience fresh and interesting. Our curriculum leader has an overview of coverage and progression, while subject leaders monitor standards, progress and attainment in their own subject area. In some subjects, the leaders are shadowed and supported by other members of staff to ensure continuity and progression.
The National Curriculum consists of the core subjects of English, maths and science, which run the through the school year. Foundation subjects such as PE and Languages are also taught on a weekly basis, whereas history, geography, art and design, design and technology, computing and music may be blocked into units of work at various times of the year. RE follows the locally Agreed Syllabus and may also be blocked.
Throughout the school week, opportunities are sought to enhance the children’s spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development. These are supported by the PSHE and Philosophy for Children sessions that feature in each year group.
Our 4 Learning Values
Underpinning all of this are the four key learning values of Resilience, Reflectiveness, Relationships and Resourcefulness, designed to encourage the children to develop effective learning behaviours for life.