English Units of work are developed around different genre. Often, children will perform a ‘cold write’ task so that we can assess what they already know. The children then unpick the features of good examples of each text type and then units of work are planned to focus on the areas for development. Children then have the opportunity to demonstrate their new skills in their own writing. Within each unit children will be taught to read, write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others.
Through reading in particular, children will have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Reading is also key in enabling children to acquire knowledge about the world around them.
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The subject of maths is taught in blocks. Within each block, skills are taught with built in opportunities to apply these new skills in a range of different situations.
During the last academic year (2014-15) we have ensured that the progression for our children runs smoothly from the ‘old’ curriculum to the ‘new’ 2014 curriculum by using the Wiltshire maths team’s transition materials to support planning.
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Physical Education and Games are an important part of the school curriculum. All children are expected to take part in an indoor gym or dance session and an outdoor games session each week, unless there are special circumstances. All children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of physical activities to the best of their ability. They are taught why exercise is important and how they should maintain a healthy lifestyle.
In Key Stage 2, children learn new skills, find out how to use them in different ways, and link them to make actions, phrases and sequences of movement. Children are encouraged to enjoy both collaborating and competing with each other, learning how to evaluate and recognise their own and others’ success. Children in Yr3 participate in swimming lessons at Odstock Swimming pool. The aim is for them to be able to swim 25m before leaving Primary School. These lessons usually take place in the autumn term. Competitive sports are encouraged with children participating against each other, against other local schools and in area tournaments in School teams.
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities that are usually held after school. In the past year there has been a netball club, a football club, multi skills and a dance club. Additional clubs such as Kicks and Tricks are run by outside providers and there is a charge
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Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific methods are about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. These skills are developed through our curriculum drivers of creators and investigators, linking learning to the termly topic. Learning experiences are planned to develop these skills and enable children to understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change and improve the quality of life.
Parents and carers have an important role to play in helping their children to learn about science. Teachers periodically allocate science related homework through which parents have the opportunity to support their child’s learning of scientific concepts
Careful attention is given to Personal, Social and Health Education. Aspects of children’s safety, health and personal development are studied through schemes and involves liaison with outside bodies such as the Police, Health Authority and various Charities. Children are taught about aspects of personal care and to have an awareness of the dangers of today’s society. Citizenship and having respect for one another, different cultures and diversity, is an important part of this education and is explored through a variety of activities including the School Council. The School Council is made up of representative children from Yr 3 to Yr 6, elected by their peers. They meet regularly with members of staff to discuss school issues.
Religious Education is an important and integral aspect of our curriculum. Through our believers curriculum driver, we will be exploring different faiths, enabling children to investigate a key question eg “Can God hear prayers?” and to weigh up the evidence and reach their own conclusions. These enquiry-based modules cover Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism for Years 3 to 6.
Learning about the past and the methods used to study it helps pupils make sense of the world in which they live. They are introduced to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past and this helps them to establish their own ideas, beliefs and values and to form an understanding as to why the world is as it is. As well as developing knowledge of the past the children learn historical skills which help them understand and interpret historical information. The History curriculum is taught following a programme which includes first hand experiences provided by school visits and speakers which enrich the learning. Where appropriate, cross-curricular links such as ICT and drama help to consolidate the pupils’ understanding.
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Geography is taught through topics that focus on environmental issues, the study of places and the human and physical processes, which shape them and the people who live in them. Skills and knowledge are taught through first -hand experience wherever possible allowing children to develop appropriate fieldwork skills.
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Design & Technology - ART
Throughout key Stages 2 children complete design and technology projects in materials, textiles, food and control mechanisms. These projects provide opportunities for the children to design and make products, learn and develop practical skills and investigate and evaluate simple products. Harnham Junior school has a kitchen area available for use by the children after school.
We aim to develop each child’s creativity and imagination through a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences. These opportunities help them to understand and respond to the world by expressing their ideas and feelings. Throughout Key Stage 2 children build on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes through a wide range of experiences including visits to art galleries, museums and workshops. By exploring the ideas and meaning of the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers they learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures.
Children have class music lesson for an hour each week. On a regular basis, instrumentalists play during lunch, at assembly and host mini-concerts for families. Our children really enjoy presenting a group performance for parents, in doing so they not only experience performing to and audience but to celebrate their musical achievements. All children have the opportunity to listen to and learn to sing a wide variety of songs from around the world. Appreciating the efforts of others and performing in front of an audience is actively encouraged. In addition to class music lessons there are opportunities for children to learn to play brass, string, wind instruments or the drums. Tuition is provided by peripatetic teachers who visit the school each week. There is a charge for these lessons.
The school has a charging station containing 28 Laptops and 30 iPads which are linked to the Internet, allowing us to both teach computer skills and to use them to support other areas of the curriculum. The school has a wide range of Educational and PC software as well as a range of other equipment, televisions, tape-recorders, roamers, digital cameras, scanners, and portable data loggers etc. to support the use of computing in the curriculum. Each class has a large Interactive Display which is used by the teacher and pupils during lessons. In order to support their learning further the children have access to the Mathletics both at school and at home.