At Winterton Junior School (WJS) we strive to give each child in our care the best possible education, which addresses their individual needs and helps them to reach their potential. We know that children learn at different rates and in different ways. Very few of us can be good at absolutely everything, but hopefully, by offering a broad and balanced curriculum, we are able to provide opportunities for our children to experience some success.
We aim to help our children develop perseverance, so that they never give up and are happy to keep trying if they find something within the curriculum that is difficult. We also aim to ensure our children know that it is all right to get something wrong; that this is how we learn.
We try to achieve this at WJS through the way we organise the school and how we deliver our lessons. Our children learn in a variety of different settings, whole class, ability/mixed ability groups, small groups and sometimes on a one to one basis. They are given opportunities to develop 21st Century skills such as problem solving, thinking and reasoning and are encouraged to work both independently and as part of a team, just as we do in the 'real' world.
At WJS we aim to deliver a broad and well-balanced curriculum, which includes links made between different subjects that help our children to better understand the world around them and stimulates them to learn.
We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE. This National Curriculum comprises of:
English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Religious Education;
The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum but following the North Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus.
At WJS we recognise the importance of English and Mathematics teaching in order to open up other areas of the curriculum and therefore a large emphasis is placed on these areas. In addition to regular Mathematics and English sessions teachers try to make as many cross curricular links as possible in order to utilise these skills in a range of contexts.
The planning of the curriculum is based around a rolling programme to ensure coverage of selected topics by all children as they progress through the school. Planning takes the form of a topic based approach and where appropriate teachers link subjects to provide an engaging and inspiring curriculum. Whilst the core subjects are taught on a regular basis the foundation subjects may sometimes be taught as blocks of work over a matter of weeks. This programme is regularly reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work.
At WJS we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom eg Visits linked to curriculum areas, Residential trips, gifted and talented workshops, a variety of sporting events, visiting speakers and much more. We also have excellent lunchtime and after school clubs.
When children leave WJS at the end of Year 6, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become lifelong learners as well as being equipped with the social skills, moral standards and understanding to become good citizens in the future.
We believe that the school/parent relationship is key to promoting learning beyond the school gates and crucial in ensuring children make the best possible progress. We pride ourselves on our open, friendly and approachable nature that encourages parents to be involved in their children’s learning. Furthermore, we host regular evenings to inform parents about how they can support their child or even to allow them to work alongside their child.
The new National Curriculum was introduced to Y1, 3, 4 and 5 pupils in September 2014. Y2 and Y6 pupils began following it in September 2015.
The new curriculum has "Programmes of Study" that pupils in each year group are expected to follow. The skills and knowledge should be thoroughly learned, so that pupils have a secure knowledge of it by the end of each year. For this reason, at WJS, we give pupils lots of opportunities to revisit and revise their learning on a frequent basis, by encouraging them to use their knowledge and skills through problem solving and creative activities.
We follow a theme each term as phase groups (UKS2/LKS2) often based around International Primary Curriculum (IPC) materials. Teachers ask pupils what they would like to learn in relation to the theme and the questions raised are used as the basis for that term's learning. The new curriculum has less content than the previous curriculum, so this allows teachers to be more flexible with what pupils learn.
The English Curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 to ensure continuity and progression. Daily sessions throughout the week are dedicated to specific elements of the English curriculum eg handwriting; guided reading; Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar; Fiction & Non-fiction writing; phonics etc.
Children work to achieve personalised reading and writing targets and their work is marked and assessed in line with WJS marking and assessment policies.
The findings of the assessment are used to inform planning to aid the teaching and learning process. In line with the New National curriculum requirements and the raised expectations that this document requires, teachers also assess termly whether a child is working at, below or above the level expected for their age.
The Mathematics Curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 to ensure continuity and progression.
We provide a daily Mathematics session that seeks to reinforce previous learning and allow children to take on new skills and apply these in a range of contexts. We feel that mental Mathematics skills are key to allowing children to access the more complex calculation and number objectives set out in the National Curriculum and as such we run a variety of programmes to allow all children to develop these skills. This involves a 5 minute dedicated session daily in each classroom from Y3-6 with a focused teaching session of 10 minutes per week. Specific time is allocated for the learning and revision of ‘Times tables’ as the knowledge behind these is key to becoming a successful Mathematician and is considered to be a very high priority in school.
As with English, children work to achieve personalised Mathematics targets and their work is marked and assessed in line with WJS marking and assessment policies and the New National Curriculum 2014 requirements and expectations.
Science is taught on a weekly basis.
Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Pupils learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
Religious Education is a curriculum entitlement for all children and the school follows the North Lincolnshire ‘Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’. Religious Education does not seek to urge religious beliefs on children or to compromise the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education. Suitable alternative provision will be made.
To develop an understanding and respect for the beliefs, values and practices of other people.
To reflect on and respond to the values, beliefs and practices of religions and philosophies.
To enable pupils to develop their own insights.
In addition to RE , friendship, respect and tolerance are also taught through our Personal, Social, Health Education program.
Through a combination of approaches, including RE, WJS is able to ensure that our children develop an understanding of all the key British Values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Mutual Respect, Personal Liberty and Tolerance of other faiths and cultures.
Pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 will take a reading, spelling, grammar & punctuation and Mathematics test towards the end of each year so their teacher can check that your child is making the required progress. This will support the assessments that teachers do on a day to day basis. At the end of Year 6, pupils take the Key Stage 2 SATs tests and are awarded a grade which can be used to check that they have reached the required standard expected of a pupil about to move onto secondary school.
Teaching is not an exact science and good teachers use a variety of teaching strategies and methods. What is important is that your child achieves their potential whilst in our care. Although we have challenging targets to achieve in the core subjects of English and Mathematics we aim to achieve high standards in all areas of school life including both learning and behaviour. Above all we try to make our curriculum as exciting and stimulating as possible so that our children really enjoy coming to school to learn and when they leave us they are well equipped for life to come and be in a position to make a positive contribution to society as a well rounded individual.
End of Year Expectations
Ideas For Fun Activities At Home
Year 6 have fun at Robinwood Outdoor Pursuit Centre
At the beginning of September, 55 Year 6 pupils went to Robinwood, Outdoor Pursuit Centre in Todmorden, Lancashire.
Pupils spent an exciting 2 and half days on this annual residential visit, learning lots of new skills and overcoming a variety of personal fears to achieve some very challenging tasks.
The activities that pupils took part in included:
- Climbing and abseiling,
- The Zip Wire,
- The Crate Challenge
- The Night Line,
- Assault Course
Loads of fantastic free online Maths games to help you practise Maths skills including counting, addition and subtraction, times tables, fractions, measuring, shapes, angles, telling the time and lots more.