Curriculum & Assessment
Information for parents:
A new National Curriculum for Primary Schools came into law from September 2014. You can find the full document at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
Each year group is divided into classes of mixed ability and, by keeping a regular system of assessment, testing, discussion, planning, and precise record keeping, we are able to provide a wide, balanced curriculum, which caters for the individual’s educational, spiritual and physical needs. In Year Groups with larger numbers of children, an additional teacher enables sets to be
The Organisation of Year Groups
In accordance with the Equal Opportunities Policy, all children at Woodland View Junior School must be given full access to the National Curriculum. Staff will endeavor to help all children to reach their full potential irrespective of race, gender, age or ability.
All children will have the opportunity to work on their own, in pairs and in small groups. We work very closely with our colleagues in the Infant Schools and liaise with Sprowston High School. We have specialist facilities for design technology, information technology, clay, science, cooking and music, which are used by all year groups. The staff work as a team, and the children will come into contact with all the staff in their year group. The availability of the Headteacher and the Teaching Assistants enables the teaching groups to be flexible in size, and the children can be offered a wide range of experiences.
The New National Curriculum guides our teaching in all year groups and emphasis is put on Guided Reading as a way into writing. We place great importance on developing the key skill of reading and children are given additional help whenever possible. Their reading skills are assessed and constantly monitored and we encourage books to be taken home. We have an excellent, well-stocked library where children can browse and receive guidance on their choice of reading material.
We emphasise the importance of children being able to speak with confidence, clarity, and fluency. Children are provided with opportunities to speak and listen in a variety of settings and groupings. All pupils are encouraged to use language creatively and imaginatively, through role play, hot-seating, and story-telling. Children are also able to express themselves through drama in assemblies, end-of-term productions.
Our pupils learn how to write with confidence, fluency, and imagination. Pupils learn how to make decisions at various stages in the writing process. Pupils are taught as whole classes during Shared Writing and in groups for Guided Writing. Pictures, Stories, Animation are used as a stimulus for writing. this will also include role play, improvisation and group performance to enable pupils to create their own writing through: empathizing with characters and situations and considering alternative courses of action. Regular oral and written feedback is given to children to enable them to improve their writing. children are given regular opportunities to appraise each others writing through the use of response partners.
All the children follow a carefully planned programme based on the Primary Strategy with a strong emphasis on Using and Applying Mathematics. They will experience work which includes numbers, estimation, measures, patterns, shapes, graphs, data handling, and probability.
The children will have the opportunity to use computers and calculators and will carry out practical investigations whilst being encouraged to discuss their ideas and explain their reasoning. Each year group practices mental calculations and the learning of tables.
We value problem-solving skills very highly and, in addition to the word problems children frequently encounter, we also undertake a problem-solving week once a term. The foci of these weeks are: finding all possibilities, logic problems, finding patterns and developing reasoning.
Year 5 & 6 pupils are also given the opportunity to enter a Primary Mathematical Challenge, a nationwide competition, with the highest scores gaining entry to the national Primary Mathematics final.
The Year 6 SAT scores are well above both County and National levels.
Our Science curriculum has a strong emphasis on ’How Science Works’ (Scientific Enquiry). Children are taught to think scientifically, understand the applications and implications of Science. They are also taught to communicate and collaborate, use investigative approaches and to work critically with evidence.
Throughout the school, children are given many opportunities to explore science through practical work combined with theory.
Foundation subjects - key skills progression
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