At Newport C of E Junior School we believe that the curriculum encompasses every experience the children encounter during their time at school. We have developed a curriculum which ensures that all pupils have access to each of the National Curriculum subject areas as well as range of other learning opportunities.
Basic skills such as Numeracy and Literacy form the bedrock of the curriculum, however, we aim to provide as broad and balanced a curriculum as possible which will allow pupils to fulfill their potential in every way possible.
Foundation subjects are either taught using a thematic approach or through the teaching of specific skills.
The curriculum is regularly reviewed and revised to ensure that it engages and challenges all our children.
We believe that children learn best when:-
• they are clear about what it is that they are supposed to learn,
• they are provided with well-planned and stimulating learning opportunities that are matched to their abilities.
• the environment is secure, stable and stimulating
• their self-esteem is high
• they understand the purpose of the learning and see relevance to their own experience
• they understand the ways in which learning takes place and given opportunities to reflect on this
• the learning builds on prior knowledge and understanding
• success criteria are explicit and models are provided
• the learning is active and collaborative
• student questioning, reflection, and discussion are encouraged
• independent learning and thinking is facilitated and encouraged
• there are opportunities for creativity, utilising different learning styles
• they can self-assess, know what they need to do to improve and are able to set appropriate targets
• they have opportunities to transfer skills, knowledge and understanding to other contexts
• they are challenged effectively to extend their own learning
We believe children learn best through a curriculum which is inspirational, engages the children and reflects our stated aim:-
“Every child should leave our school with the confidence, ability and desire to make the world a better place”.
Where connections between subjects are meaningful the curriculum is organised through a range of themes and topics. Where links are tenuous teaching is organised discreetly.
As well as teaching the appropriate content has outlined in The National Curriculum 2014 children are also taught a variety skills and are also encouraged to think creatively, solve problems and pursue their own interests.
Curriculum Overviews can be read below:
We recognise that the personal development of children – spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC) – plays a significant role in their ability to learn and achieve.
Read more about SMSC in the documents below: