Kents Hill Junior School we believe that every child is entitled to experience a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which gives them diverse and stimulating experiences, preparing them for learning for life. The curriculum builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through the school. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (Friendship, safety, learning and success) and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society which are woven through the curriculum.
All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly reading.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
Maths and English - Pupils are taught maths and English daily and are organised into mixed ability sets.
Short courses - Some subjects are taught by specialist teachers. Pupils complete a different short course every half term (six short courses in total every year).
Skills and challenge - In the first half of each term, pupils learn a variety of skills and improve their knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects. In the second half of each term, pupils apply what they have learnt to a specified challenge.
Other subjects - Some subjects taught by class teachers are not linked with the rest of the curriculum (e.g. PE and PSHE).
In order to ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced, engaging and challenging, we employ subject specialists to teach 6 short courses. Pupils attend each short course with their class every day for half a term. We have found this method of organisation leads to rapid and sustained progress and our short courses have led to raising aspirations of many of our pupils. The current short courses are:
- Healthy living
- Computer Science
- Religious Education
At Kents Hill Junior School, Science is taught according to the national curriculum and any other supporting documents, ensuring areas are covered and revisited throughout the key stage, building on prior knowledge.
- The following principles should be the key focus when planning, teaching and assessing science:
- FUN: We believe science should be fun and engaging for everyone.
- PRACTICAL: We believe science should be as practical and hands-on as possible, using a range of practical resources.
- CURIOUS: We believe science should allow learners to be curious and make discoveries by asking questions, learning new concepts, making links and inspiring research.
- WORK SCIENTIFICALLY: We believe science should allow learners the opportunity to think and work scientifically to develop and apply their scientific skills.
- CHALLENGING: We believe science should challenge learners’ understanding and knowledge through carefully planned progression and open ended questions.
- VOCABULARY: We believe science should include whole class and group discussions to allow learners time to explain their methods, use scientific vocabulary and reflect on what they have learned.
We emphasis scientific enquiry more than any other area of scientific study. We want pupils to ask questions and find the answers for themselves. We also want to challenge their findings-to see if what they have discovered is always or only sometimes true. In doing this, we are encouraging pupils to become even more inquisitive about the world around them.
We take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through our Values-based philosophy that infuses the ethos and work of the school. These Values are:
- Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different faiths and Beliefs.
- Rule of Law.
- Individual Liberty.
All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
At Kents Hill Junior School, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to develop their leadership potential. There are many informal opportunities given to children to do this during their time at school. We provide many formal opportunities to develop leadership as well. Children do this through many activities including:
- Classroom responsibilities.
- Playground Leaders.
- School Council.
- Year 5 Tuck Shop.
- Year 6 roles and responsibilities.
If you wish to receive any further information about your child's curriculum, please contact the Head of year via the school office.