The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
The basis for the curriculum at Westbury Church of England Junior School, as with all schools, is the National Curriculum with religious education. We strive to ensure our children are confident, independent learners who aspire to be the best that they can be.
Building upon the work and approaches of the Infant school, our goal is to prepare the children for their transfer to secondary school after Year 6 and beyond. Teaching methods vary to meet the children’s needs and the learning objectives set. We aim to stretch and challenge the children to make progress based upon their individual attainment levels. Children are taught through a range of whole class teaching, paired and group work as well as 1-1 work. Lessons are stimulating and engaging and use a variety of resources including DVD clips, interactive whiteboards, visualisers, a range of websites, computers and Numicon.
Over the last couple of years, we have been developing the curriculum to ensure it is vibrant and relevant to the children and it is ever changing dependent on the needs of the children. Every term there is a new topic for each year group through which most of the children’s lessons are taught. However, some lessons, such as French and R.E., are taught discretely. The topics are developed following pupil voice throughout the year and are always evolving.
To help build learning links with home, we also set extension work once a term which is designed to be done with the family and is related to the topic. Children are encouraged to spend as much time as they want on these projects. Linked to this, we also have a ‘Bring Your Folks to School’ day early in the year to encourage family members to come to school with their child for a morning of lessons to further promote learning links at home and a positive home/school partnership. Once a week, the children reflect on their learning for that week in spiritual journey books which helps the children understand how their learning is progressing.
We aim to give the children as many different experiences as possible and therefore try to include a range of school trips, including a residential trip, throughout their time with us. We also carry out a range of days and weeks that give children a variety of rich experiences such as St George’s day celebrations, European day of languages, book week and Harvest festival. The children all have the opportunity to perform in either an Easter or a Christmas production in front of parents and many children choose to carry out their own charitable events which run throughout the year.