The Governors have discussed the curriculum aims and follow advice given by the LA in their various policies. These policies can be seen HERE.
Throughout the school, priority is given to reading, language and mathematics. By the time they leave the school we expect the children to read with fluency, understanding and enjoyment. At every stage a substantial part of the school day is devoted to the development of language, both oral and written.
(a) MATHEMATICS is based on the Mathematics Programmes of Study to ensure that all aspects of the National Curriculum are covered in a variety of enjoyable and meaningful experiences. The stages of development of the individual child are taken into account by the class teacher as he or she guides the child’s progress. The depth of investigation and practice at each stage will depend upon the ability of each individual to understand the basic concept within that stage.
The school is well equipped with apparatus that enables the teacher to introduce Maths in a practical way which enables the children to understand abstract concepts more readily.
Every child should leave Junction Farm with the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and have a working knowledge of their tables, a grasp of the basic principles of mathematics and their application to practical situations.
(b) The LANGUAGE POLICY in our school is a combination of the National Curriculum for English and the English Programmes of Study. Our aim is to develop the language skills of each child as fully as his/her ability and development will allow. These skills are Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. At every Key Stage, a substantial part of the day is devoted to the development of Language, both oral and written.
· Speaking and Listening: Our aim is to develop the children’s capacity to express themselves effectively in a variety of situations, matching style and response to audience and purpose. Role-play and Drama contribute to the development of these skills.
· Reading: Children need to be able to read confidently, fluently, independently and with understanding. They need to be able to respond to all types of writing to enable them to access all the other areas of their education. The children’s reading skills are developed through individual, shared and daily ‘guided reading’ sessions
· Writing: The children at Junction Farm School are taught to communicate clearly in a variety of genres. Writing is given a ‘purpose’ so that the children feel that their work is of value.
· Spelling: Accurate spelling is a necessary requirement for written communication. Spelling is addressed through the context of the children’s own reading and writing and specific spelling rules are taught in accordance with the National Literacy Strategy and at all stages, as appropriate to age and stage of development.
· Handwriting: Legible handwriting is an integral part of the English curriculum and is addressed through the school’s handwriting scheme ‘A Hand for spelling’.
The school is well equipped with resources and ICT plays a major role in making Literacy an exciting and ‘fun’ experience.
Every child should leave Junction Farm School with the ability to read for enjoyment and with fluency and understanding. To write purposefully in different genres and to speak effectively for a wide range of audience.
(c) SCIENCE is taught both as an integrated part of our topics and separately as necessary, to ensure National Curriculum requirements are met in an interesting and appropriate manner.
(d) DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY also follow the National Curriculum and we have a full and progressive programme of work.
(e) HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY are taught both within structured topics, and separately as necessary when specific information needs to be learned.
(f) MUSIC is taught by most staff, but classes are ‘exchanged’ at times so that all children have the opportunity to be taught by a specialist. We have one peripatetic teacher who teaches wind instruments to the older children. We are developing links with our local comprehensive school as part of their Arts College status. Children in years 3 and 4 learn the recorder and pupils in years 5 and 6learn the guitar.
(g) SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION – It is the decision of the Governing Body that Sex Education will be taught as part of our Social, Personal, Moral and Health Education Programme. It will not be taught as an isolated subject area, nor will it be referred to in curriculum planning and organisation as Sex Education. The aim will be to present an all-round social, personal, moral and health education programme which will be directly relevant to the lives of children, in a sensitive manner, taking into account their background and maturity. In those aspects of the programme which deal with sexual matters, correct terminology will be used. The Governors and Staff believe that it is not appropriate to include detailed teaching of human sexual reproduction at Primary level.
Personal, Social and Health education is based on a progressive scheme, which is integrated into other aspects of the curriculum.
h) RELIGIOUS EDUCATION is provided in the school within the framework of the County’s agreed syllabus, in accordance with the Education Act. Assemblies are entirely non-denominational. Though predominantly Christian in character, we do teach children about other faiths as an integral part of our work.
Any parental wishes for their child to be withdrawn from Religious Education and Acts of Worship will be met.
(i) PHYSICAL EDUCATION comprises a carefully balanced programme of activities appropriate to the age and development of the child. It includes large and small apparatus work, games, music and movement, and athletics. Children are offered swimming lessons for a term in Y2 , and 2 terms in Y3, at Splash in Stockton. All children are expected to take part in these activities and anyone wishing to be excused because of illness or injury must bring a letter from home explaining the reason.
(j) MFL – Children in KS2 all receive one lesson per week involving learning the Spanish language. This is taught progressively through the Key stage.
(k) EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES – We believe that every child should be able to achieve their full potential, and our policy covers all aspects of school life.
(l) CYCLING PROFICIENCY – The Road Safety Committee provides training during the final year at Junction Farm. Children are usually tested at the end of the summer term and awarded badges and certificates.
Various national tests, and others, may be used to enable the teacher to determine/confirm the ability, attainment and progress of your child. Teacher assessment is a continuous process across the whole curriculum. End of Key Stage Assessments will be carried out as required by law.
Personal records of each child are maintained to help teachers to supplement test details and to enable the class teacher to report back to parents or other schools on transfer.
We offer parents an opportunity to discuss their child’s work each term, but parents are welcome to call at any time to make an appointment to see their child’s teacher.
We use assessment data to set targets for achievement at the start of each year, and then we track progress during the year. As necessary additional interventions are made to ensure all pupils make good progress.
We are required to notify all parents of the results of the end of Key Stage Assessments for the previous year, and these are as follows: CLICK HERE.
For more on Government National Testing CLICK HERE.
The Governing Body takes a very positive attitude to this area of the curriculum, and we have a part time teacher who helps children who are in need of extra tuition. Pupils who are capable of working at a faster rate are given extension work too.
Part of the role of auxiliary staff is to help children with learning difficulties.
There is also provision for special help by the Local Authority Learning Support Services which includes specialist teachers who help in schools on a peripatetic basis. Help of this kind is particularly designed for pupils who have learning difficulty with language skills.
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We ask parents to help their children through regular involvement in developing reading and higher order comprehension skills at all ages.
Please spend at least 10 minutes with your child on a reading activity, and also help with other regular homework such as the learning of spellings, handwriting practice, mental maths, book reviews or project work. Each class teacher will provide a more detailed list for their own class, and emphasis will be on setting assignments which the children find reasonably straightforward and helpful to their everyday school life.
The Homework policy will be sent home to parents in September.
The Local Authority has established a procedure for considering complaints from parents relating to the school curriculum, the charging and remissions policies of schools and religious education and collective worship. It is hoped that parents would raise any concern they might have about such matters with the Head Teacher in the first instance. If parents wish to make a formal complaint, however, details of the procedures available can be obtained from the Head Teacher, on the schools website, the Learning Platform –It’s Learning or from the Local Authority.
Please refrain from complaining about school on social networking sites e.g. Facebook as this could lead to legal action being taken by the Local Authority.
Click the link for the School Complaints Policy.