Always taking into account the local context of our families and the individual needs of all of our children, we offer an engaging, creative and broad curriculum that provides children with rich memorable experiences enabling them to build the knowledge, skills and cultural capital to be successful both educationally in life. We continue to place the development of knowledge and skills in English (including a love of reading) and mathematics at the heart of everything we do as we are acutely aware that attaining the Expected Standards in these core subjects equates to better opportunities and life chances for many of our children.
At Lionwood Junior School we have high aspirations for the children who attend our school and strongly believe in the importance of communication, reading, writing and mathematics as the core skills which will give children the confidence to learn and achieve within and beyond the school.
At Lionwood, every child will achieve their own personal excellence by making rapid progress in their academic, personal and social development. This will empower them to succeed at high school and beyond.
We go the extra mile to ensure that inclusion is a reality for all of our children and that everyone feels valued and a part of our learning community.
As part of the Inclusive Schools Trust, we believe that we are ‘All Different. All Equal. All Learning.’
We provide our children with an ambitious, exciting and empowering curriculum that:
- is broad, balanced, ambitious and values every area of learning
- is coherent and well-planned in progression of knowledge and skills in every subject
- offers a wide range of quality extra-curricular opportunities
- goes above and beyond the expectations of the National Curriculum
- supports and embraces all children and their families
- helps children see their place in their local community and as a global citizen
- values creativity and encourages learning links across the curriculum
Our curriculum is based on the premise that all children at Lionwood need to have strong English and Maths skills and knowledge across the full range of subjects, that allow them to prepare for the future world of education and work in a fast-changing world.
We teach all subjects including subjects other than Maths and English with a clear understanding of a progression of skills in each subject and a key bank of knowledge that they are expected to attain by the end of each year and finally by the time they leave us for High School. This is made clear to staff and parents through ‘The LJS Curriculum Map’ and Knowledge Organisers (that go home). We have a clear progression of skills and knowledge (in the form of ‘I Can..’ statements for each year group in each subject) that go from Year 3 to Year 6 – building on the earlier progression of skills and knowledge at the Lionwood Infant School.
Our PSHE Curriculum is taught in discreet sessions with a focus, but also permeates through everything we do at Lionwood – it ties in with our straplines: ‘Every Child Deserves a Champion’, Every Learning Experience Counts’ and ‘At Lionwood we go the extra mile’ as we understand that the personal, social, health and emotional understanding and skills are the basis for a successful and contented life. Our School Council, Assembly plan, charity days, extra-curricular activities and after-school clubs are an important part of this provision.
The five British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs run through our curriculum and our school.
If you would like any further information relating to our curriculum, please speak to your child’s teacher or arrange an appointment with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. We also hold year group meetings at the beginning of every term which is an excellent opportunity to find out what exciting events and activities will be taking place during the year.
The National Curriculum for England
Useful Information for Primary School Parents