Almond Hill Junior School Curriculum
Teachers at Almond Hill have been reviewing our Curriculum, we have looked at what we are teaching and why and how we are delivering the Curriculum to our children.
In our review we have considered what we think is really good about our current offer and what we think we can develop to make it even better. We have also thought about the context of our school community and the world that our children are growing up in, so we prepare them for a successful future as well as what our children have already learned when they come to our school.
We have looked beyond our own school at current research and what other schools are doing to form our plans and discussion has involved feedback from pupils. Governors have also been involved in working with staff to develop our ‘Curriculum Intent’ that you will find published below along with our plans which are published on our year group pages:
Due to COVID-19 we expect to make some changes which may differ from our Long Term Plans.
We will be continuing to develop our new plans and starting to implement them over the rest of this academic year. The plans we are publishing are our first drafts and we expect them to be revised as we embed our new Curriculum.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure:
- Children achieve their academic potential and will have secured solid basic skills in maths and English.
- Children have the confidence to know that they can achieve anything they put their mind to, the sky is the limit with a good education but to achieve their aspirations hard work is also essential.
- Children are able to communicate in formal and social situations. They will value learning partnership, friendship and the variety of safe relationships in which they interact.
- Children will be able to assess risk and take risks – they will know that sometime life has disappointment but have the resilience and be able to bounce back.
- Children will know how to keep their minds and bodies healthy.
- Children will be aware of the benefits of technology but not constrained by it.
- Children will have experienced the rich cultural diversity on their doorstep and want to know more about of the cultures and languages of our world.
- Children leave the school with happy memories of learning.
- Children will want to continue their education and love learning
Our curriculum planning will:
- Be progressive in skills and vocabulary and will build on the starting point of children as they enter the school. It will have consideration of building on the curriculum of our main feeder school where almost all of our intake start their education.
- Be broad and teach new information that builds on what is already known linking subjects over years and between subjects within years.
- Be exciting and creative so children can learn in different ways and apply their curiosity and imagination.
- Be reviewed regularly being mindful of the cohort it is being delivered to, changes in local circumstances and in respect of statutory requirements.
Our school has over 300 pupils who are taught in class bases for all except some ability maths groups in years 3, 4 and 5. Year group teachers work collaboratively to plan delivery and add their own creativity. Over the past year our review of our curriculum design has considered a 3D approach:
- vertical - linking subjects over years,
- horizontal – linking learning within a year group and.
- currently we are working on the final part of diagonal looking at links between subjects and year groups.
Most importantly, our curriculum review has been mindful of the context of our school and learning behaviours. September 2021 sees our revised curriculum implemented.
- During 2020 as the curriculum rolled out, staff developed medium term learning maps linked to long term plans (COVID-19 adaptations are in place).
- Some daily maths lessons are taught in ability groups in years 3,4 and 5. Additional timetabled fluency teaching supports basic maths skills
- Our English curriculum is delivered in daily English lessons with additional timetabling to include writing, reading, story, handwriting and spelling.
- Some foundation subjects are taught discretely in weekly timetable: science, RE, PE, PSHCE and computing and others through a topic approach: history, geography, Design technology, art and music in blocked units through the year.
- First quality teaching is enhanced with visits, visitors and, themed day and projects. Some highly skilled support staff lead targeted intervention.
- There is a strong, established ethos of growth mind-set and focus on developing
Subject Leader Profile
Our Subject Leader Profile documents provide an overview of each curriculum subject detailing teaching units over the key stage and the progression of skills we are looking for children to follow in each year group. These documents were implemented from September 2020 and we expect they may evolve in 2020/21.
You can view each subject leader overview by clicking on the links below:
At Almond Hill, we believe ‘Learning Behaviours’ help prepare our children with the skills to help them adapt to the future challenges they will face in an ever changing world. Children who are inspired learners have the confidence to recognise that by working hard and focusing on learning these skills they can achieve success.
The way we describe our learning behaviours change as the children progress from the lower school to the upper school, however the behaviours stay the same. Our learning behaviours are outlined below along with the key attributes we ask the children to consider within their learning.
We actively promote the learning behaviours within the school and encourage you to do so at home and whilst in the wider community.