Our Planned Curriculum
At Lionwood Junior School we offer a curriculum which has the acquisition of Maths and English skills at its heart. These skills are embedded in a wider curriculum which is designed to give children the cultural capital they need to thrive beyond Lionwood, to develop sound skills across the curriculum, develop a love of learning and engage in a wide range of experiences they would not necessarily have access to outside school. This is within a school culture that proactively promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils at the school and tackles inequality head on. It prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Our curriculum challenges children to take responsibility for their own learning. It challenges our teachers to listen effectively to the ideas and needs of the children to inform planning. Our curriculum requires that all involved think, reflect, analyse, hypothesise, consolidate, question, imagine and create.
Our curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
Within our curriculum there is time and space for enriching experiences. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
We plan our provision taking into account the specifications of the National Curriculum and the Lionwood Curriculum Map and Progression of Skills and Knowledge for each subject. We adapt our provision through studying current research into best educational practice, local and national factors that affect our children, the individual needs and interests of each group of children and the specialist skills of teachers and support staff.
All subject teaching benefits from:
- High aspirations for each pupil’s progress through school and into their future, regardless of need or ability.
- The promotion of self-respect and regard and care for all members of the school community and the wider world.
- Personalised learning approaches that capitalise on individual strengths help individuals to overcome barriers to learning and to reach their full potential.
- An effective positive behaviour policy that supports an individual’s love of learning.
- The use of a range of teaching strategies including whole class, small group and individual work.
- The use a range of information and Communication Technology to support and enhance learning.
- The use of Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic approaches to learning and teaching indoors and outdoors.
- Thorough assessment, record-keeping, analysis of tracking data and targets-setting.
- A range of activities e.g. writing, investigations, art, model-making, discussion, film, field-work and drama. Evidence of work is kept in books.
- Effective feedback which is mainly verbal, and is supported by a simple marking system.
- Effectively differentiated activities that take in to account the wide range of abilities and experience of all children including those with SEND, and English as an Additional Language and those who are Able Gifted and Talented
- The knowledge and celebration of the diverse nature of our school, community and wider world reflected in equality of provision for all.
- Provision of enriching activities including educational visits, after-school clubs and cultural events.
- Meaningful relationships with families that support a child’s progress through school and beyond.
Science, History and Geography, Art and Design Technology are planned using a variety of resources.
For other subjects we use high quality published schemes:
‘Charanga’ – Music
‘Get Set for PE’ for – Physical Education
‘Early Start’ – Spanish
‘Jigsaw’ – Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and
‘Discovery RE’ – for Religious Education
Our teaching of English is enhanced by ‘The Write Stuff’ and Guided Reading, Spelling and Vocabulary Schemes
And for Mathematics we use ‘White Rose’ and ‘Target Maths’
Teachers use these resources intelligently ensuring that the lessons are progressive, engaging and match the children needs