Our Curriculum

Aims and Objectives:

The curriculum at Whybridge Junior School is a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that is designed to promote a wide range of skills and knowledge in a stimulating format. School provides a wide range of opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and practical abilities which are relevant to them in later life and assist them in becoming positive and contributing citizens. The curriculum provides opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and needs, whilst also promotes a constant thread of social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.

Pupils at Whybridge Junior are taught to self-manage and aspire to achieve. Pupils learn to be pro-active and confident in their approaches; they are prepared for the next steps in their education.

Our Curriculum:

Our curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. 

  • English is taught through a daily English lesson as well as a 30 minute Reading focus session. We also link key English skills in a variety of other subjects.
  • Mathematics is taught through a daily mathematics lesson and includes a focused session of mental arithmetic. Key Mathematical skills are used in other subjects.
  • Science is taught through an investigative approach.
  • Computing is taught across the curriculum. Pupils also go to the Computing Suite at least once a week for specific curriculum sessions. School ensures that online safety is a common thread in all work.
  • History and Geography is planned specific to Whybridge Junior School.
  • Art and Design Technology is planned specific to Whybridge Junior School.
  • Music is planned specific to Whybridge Junior School.
  • Physical Education is planned specific to Whybridge Junior School.
  • Pupils also follow the Havering agreed syllabus for Religious Education.
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French) is planned specific to Whybridge Junior School.

 

We follow a planned programme of study for PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education).   Swimming Lessons – Year 5 children are transported off site for swimming lessons. This will be advertised to parents.

Teaching at Whybridge Junior School is supported by various online platforms e.g. Wordsmith, Bug Club, My Maths, Abacus and Science Bug. 

Assessment:

Schools assessment system is specific to Whybridge Junior School.

School continually assesses children in order to make robust and well informed judgements on childrens progress and attainment. School individually tracks all children to ensure that no child is left behind in their learning. In the event that a child is underperforming, they are quickly identified and an intervention is put in place for the child. At its first instance, this will be provided, managed and monitored by the designated class teacher.

School regularly reports progress and attainment to parents/carers. Reporting can be verbal or written, formal or informal, whilst all parents/carers will receive an end of year report including performance in meeting the given year group standard. This will be reported as either: 

  • Emerging
  • Developing
  • Secure
  • Master

In the event you wish to discuss the progress or your child, please direct your enquiry to the class teacher.

For further information, you can view the school Assessment Policy on the school website.

Homework:

All children are strongly encouraged to take their reading books home every evening for regular practice with parent(s)/carers. Library books are also taken home and changed weekly. A Home/School reading record for each child operates throughout the school, where the teacher and parent can comment on the child’s reading.

Weekly spelling lists are set for all year groups. These are tested at the end of each week. The learning of times tables is very important and should be practised regularly at home. An award system is in place that children follow.

Homework is set on a weekly basis, and we request that parents encourage their children to complete these on time.

For further information, please see the school Homework Policy as available on the school website.

Special Educational Needs:

It is normal that from time to time, children experience some difficulties in their learning and may need additional help either on a short or long-term basis. As a result, children may be supported within the classroom or withdrawn in a small group to work.   This is organised and managed by Mrs Graham (Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Manager), whilst any difficulties will be discussed with parents/carers.  The support that is organised is often specific, targeted and personal to the individual requirements of the child.  If the difficulty does not improve by the intervention of the school, other agencies may be engaged to assist progress, such as an Educational Psychologist.  This of course would take place following consultation with parents/carers.

School has a nominated Governor who is responsible for ensuring that school fulfils its responsibilities and the requirements of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. 

Extra-Curricular Activities:

School offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities that are run on a voluntary basis by staff.  These take place either before school, after school or during lunchtime and are advertised on a termly basis and on the school website. 

Health and Sex Education:

The Sex Education Policy at Whybridge Junior School is delivered in an age appropriate manner.   School teaches relevant information in the context of healthy and stable relationships.  This includes morality and personal responsibility. It is part of the School’s curriculum and it is expected that all children will take part in this aspect of the curriculum. However, parents have the right to withdraw their children if they so wish.

We teach children about: 

  • the physical development of their bodies as they grow into adults;
  • the way humans reproduce;
  • respect for their own bodies and the importance of sexual activity as part of a committed, long-term, and loving relationship;
  • the importance of family life;
  • moral questions;
  • relationship issues;
  • respect for the views of other people;
  • sex abuse and what they should do if they are worried about any sexual matters.

The policy is available for inspection at the school office and is available on the school website.  This includes information on what is taught in each year group. If you are particularly concerned about the content of lessons, you should contact the school to discuss the matter.

 




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