How will all of the subjects be covered?
At Chaulden Junior School we believe in the value of lifelong learning and that people learn new things every day; learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone. Our teaching aims to equip children with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make informed choices about the important things in their lives and to take responsibility for their own learning. We believe that appropriate learning will lead to happy and rewarding lives. Running throughout our curriculum are the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
The development of English language skills is a conscious concern in every aspect of school life. Each day provides the opportunity to develop children’s speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. A daily English lesson ensures that all these skills are covered.
At the heart of our English curriculum is good communication where pupils are able to question, work collaboratively, articulate their thinking and express themselves effectively. To enable this the school places high emphasis on teaching speaking and listening skills across the curriculum.
In reading our focus is on developing fluent readers with a passion for books, who have a good understanding of the texts they read. Teachers use probing questions to help the children extend their vocabulary, engage meaningfully with a text and share their opinions through guided discussion.
Our writing curriculum gives children a purpose for writing and teaches them how to organise their work, develop their imagination and acquire the technical processes of spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting.
The school subscribes to Hertfordshire's Herts for Learning English resources which sets age-related expectations for each year group.
The school uses the No Nonsense Spelling programme which focuses on the teaching of spelling. The children look at spelling patterns and rules, including the Key stage 2 statutory word lists and common exception words.
The school has chosen to use the Singapore maths scheme: Maths No Problem through which to teach its maths curriculum. It is based on a mastery approach to learning. When teaching maths for mastery, the whole class moves through topics at broadly the same pace.
Each topic is studied in depth and the teacher does not move to the next stage until the children demonstrate that they have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts.
Children are given time to think deeply about the maths and really understand concepts at a relational level rather than as a set of rules or procedures. This slower pace leads to greater progress because it ensures that students are secure in their understanding and teachers don’t need to revisit topics once they’ve been covered in depth.
Historically in primary school maths lessons, children were put in different groups and given different content based on their anticipated ability. This means that from an early age children were classed as those who can and can’t “do maths”. Teaching maths for mastery is different because it offers all pupils access to the full maths curriculum. This inclusive approach, and its emphasis on promoting multiple methods of solving a problem, builds self-confidence and resilience in pupils.
For further information about Maths No Problem, please follow this link:
Science topics are a major part of every term’s work. The science curriculum is planned so that each child covers the learning areas of the National Curriculum twice; introducing a theme, then returning to it to consolidate and develop their learning. The teachers’ approach to teaching science aims to develop the skills of planning, hypothesising and predicting, designing and carrying out investigations.
Computing is increasingly integrated into the curriculum. We have 30 laptops which are shared throughout the school, and each classroom has at least 2 computers at the back of the room. Computers are seen as an aid to learning, rather than as an end in themselves. We have a selection of software which supports a range of curriculum areas. In particular, the children will have opportunities to develop their word processing and graphics skills as well as learning about coding, programming and using social media.
We encourage children to have a cross curricular approach to their learning and emphasise the opportunity to use the skills they develop in speaking, listening, reading, writing, maths, science and computing in all other areas of the curriculum.
The Cornerstones Curriculum
We have decided to use the Cornerstones Curriculum to deliver excellent cross-curricular learning opportunities, predominantly in history and geography.The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is
delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs). These offer a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each project:
To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
Historical themes are a major focus of much of our topic work. The teaching of history aims to develop a sense of chronology, location and help children appreciate British history over time within the context of world history and events. It focuses on identifying sources of information, building historical vocabulary and developing children's curiosity through investigative and interpretive approaches helping them to enquire, organise, interpret and understand. The focus is always on comparing and contrasting different time periods and empires, looking at how the past has influenced the present and how we can learn from this.
Our geographical themes aim to inspire our pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. It teaches pupils about places and people and develops an understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. The topics include a study of rivers and the water cycle, climate and weather, maps and locations, settlements and the environment. A study of places, with a particular focus on the local area wherever possible, is included in a number of the other topics, as are the skills of map reading, investigating geographical features and using geographical tools.
Religious Education (RE)
Religious Education is received by all children in classroom teaching and during school assemblies. The children will be involved in learning about many religions of the world and taught about tolerance and understanding of different faiths.
Assemblies link to important religious festivals and children learn why these are important to different faiths. Through multi cultural days, the children learn about cultural diversity. The teaching of Religious Education follows the guidelines laid down by Hertfordshire County Council in the agreed syllabus. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and those wishing to do so should consult the Head Teacher.
Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)
This is an important part of the children’s development and time is allocated both to deal with issues or problems which arise but also to focus on planned areas such as disability, friendships, drugs and sex education. Within the PSHE lessons, and as part of the daily assemblies, the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect are promoted and taught. The children learn about democracy through the election of the School Council and the Eco Warriors and understand how to have their voice heard via yearly pupil surveys and pupil voice discussions with teachers. As well as the school rules, which the children developed themselves, each year individual classes determine their own class rules and sign a class contract to agree to abide by them. The children are taught, through this, about the importance of the rule of law and the reasons and values behind this. Visitors to assemblies, such as the PCSO and the Fire Service, reinforce this in the community and the country as a whole. Linked to this, the children are taught about mutual respect, linked to respect for each other and respect for others who may be different to us. As a school with a strong inclusive ethos, the children regularly discuss what it means to different and how they can value each other regardless of this.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)
Sex and relationships education is included in the PSHE curriculum throughout the school at age appropriate levels. Discussions on relationships form part of the school’s approach to personal and social education. The Governors’ Sex Education Policy is available to parents from the school office.
Work in art will sometimes develop a particular skill e.g. colour mixing, or the study of a particular artist. Other work will complement other areas of the curriculum eg their topic or language work. Children will have the opportunity to develop their skills in painting, drawing, printing, collage work, modelling, pottery and needlework .
Design and Technology
Each year the curriculum will include the teaching of specific skills, eg electric circuits, and provide opportunities to apply children’s skills in a “design and make” project.
All pupils have a weekly music lesson taught in classes by their teacher using the Voices scheme. As well as this, there is a weekly singing assembly and children are able to join the school choir and school orchestra. There are a variety of specialist music lessons, where children can learn to play the violin, guitar and piano with visiting specialist teachers. Details of the cost of lessons and free tuition for families receiving income support are available from the school office.
Physical Education (PE)
All children have regular PE lessons both with their class teachers and specialist sports and dance teachers. These include indoor gym and outdoor games lessons which focus on particular games or skills (such as dance). Children in Year 4 swim once a week for the whole year. A voluntary contribution is requested to cover the cost of swimming. The children’s achievements in PE are celebrated in a whole school Sports Day at the end of the summer term.
We have chosen to introduce Latin as our National Curriculum programme of study. The aim of this is to give children a taste of the language which has been so influential on the development of many other languages, especially English. It helps the children to explore the foundations of language including spelling and grammar.
The school uses the Minimus textbooks to teach the Latin curriculum. Further information can be found here.