Here at Emmbrook Junior School, we have created a curriculum that not only meets the requirements of the new National Curriculum but also encourages our children to apply our school’s core values which will prepare the children for the next stage of their academic life.
We work in a cross curricular way so that the children have an opportunity to apply their skills in all areas of the curriculum.
During a school term, the children will be taught English, Mathematics, Science, Computing (previously Information & Communication Technology), Religious Education, Design & Technology, PE, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Language, Personal & Social Health Education, Music and Art. Within all these lessons we strive for the highest possible standards and children are motivated in their quest to reach them.
Art teaching in the school will provide children with opportunities to express themselves using a wide range of media, including sketching, painting, printing, collage, sculpture, clay work, textiles and ICT. Children will be encouraged to appreciate the work of celebrated artists and architects through history as well as more contemporary artists and art from other cultures. Through observation and other visual stimuli, children will experiment with visual elements such as pattern, texture, colour, line, tone, shape and space and record their ideas in sketchbooks. The main aim of art teaching is to give the children the skills they need to be confident in their own interpretation and expression of artistic forms.
In Computing, children develop computational thinking and their creativity. We follow the Wokingham scheme of work. The core of the scheme is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, children are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. The children are able to use digital technology, and express themselves and develop their ideas at a level suitable for the future workplace and life in a digital world. E-safety forms an extremely important part of computing lessons and the children are made aware how they can stay safe online and how to report any concerns they have. To enable regular and whole class teaching of computing, the school has an ICT suite. To support the cross curricular nature of computing, classrooms are equipped with laptops, a permanently mounted interactive whiteboard, a visualiser, a digital camera and a flip camera.
Children at Emmbrook Junior School are given the opportunity to learn and use a variety of skills. The children are encouraged to plan and design original products using a wide range of materials. The main topics in the DT scheme of work are construction Mechanics, Textiles and cooking.
Drama is a subject which is paramount in so many areas of the curriculum. The children are given many opportunities throughout the year, in sharing assemblies, the Christmas production and termly shows, to showcase their talents. These performances allow the children to share their hard work and skills with parents as well as their peers. Drama is also used to explore ideas for writing through role play, hot seating and puppetry, skills which are transferable to other subjects.
English is a core subject – used to communicate in both written and spoken form. At Emmbrook Junior School, English is taught daily as an individual lesson (as well as creatively within other subjects across the curriculum) with work appropriately differentiated to match all abilities. Personalised targets are set for the children so that every child can improve, achieve and know the next steps in their learning. We focus on integrating the four key skills that your child needs to get the most out of all their learning at school. By developing these skills, children are able to communicate imaginatively, creatively and effectively: Reading – read fluently with understanding for both pleasure and information. Writing – write clearly and with confidence for a variety of purposes and audiences – use spelling rules, phonics and grammar accurately – proof-read, edit and improve written work – write quickly with a clear, legible and joined script. Speaking – speak clearly and confidently in any situation – express own thoughts and feelings with clarity and conviction – ask pertinent questions Listening – listen actively and respond appropriately to others – develop knowledge and own opinions Literacy skills are integral to all aspects of the curriculum and in adult life. Therefore the children develop skills that they can transfer into other curriculum areas. Much of the writing the children produce is cross-curricular and will link in with a specific topic. Children are encouraged to use books to find information to support other aspects of their work. They make regular use of the school library and the Internet to help them with their learning. Opportunities to develop ‘Speaking and Listening’ skills are provided through classroom activities, class assemblies and presentations which all help to develop their confidence in public speaking – a life-long skill.
The children develop their understanding of people and places starting in the local area and then moving out to the wider world. This is achieved through the study of contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, understanding the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
History encourages our children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. It allows children to develop a sense of their own identity and consider how the past influences the present. In History children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. Through our teaching of History we aim to: – Stimulate the children’s interest in Britain’s past and that of the wider world. – Allow children to develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. – Realise that what they learn can influence their decisions, about personal choices, attitudes and values.
At Emmbrook Junior School we see Maths as more than just learning arithmetic skills and memorising facts, it is a life skill, one which we use almost every day of our lives. The children have an allocated Maths lesson every day where they are taught to make links to previous learning and encouraged to use a range of apparatus to help them understand new, more challenging concepts. Once new skills have been learnt, the children will apply their new knowledge to problem solving and investigative scenarios so that the skill is mastered and embedded. Careful assessment of the children allows us to start their learning journey at the correct point.
We learn French as our school’s Modern Foreign Language (MFL). MFL lessons consist of games, singing, written activities and good use is made of ICT resources.
Children enjoy focused music lessons on a weekly basis, where they are encouraged to learn how the technical aspects of music all fit together to make a composition. Children have the opportunity to sing and use instruments to develop these skills during lessons. Children are also given the chance to listen to music, and pick out different components, learning how it was created and the response it evokes. The school also offers the chance to have private peripatetic lessons during school hours for those who want to take their music education further. The school choir takes part in numerous events representing the school, for example the PTA Christmas Fair, WASMA, Wokingham Schools Carol Concert and singing for people in local sheltered accommodation.
We believe that Physical Education plays a vital part in keeping us all healthy and helps to build the foundations to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. We are fortunate to have a specialist coach working with the children during their outdoor PE lessons. He teaches a full and varied curriculum which aims to develop confidence and skills across a range of physical activities. In addition to this, the children have the opportunity to participate in a number of extra-curricular activities and represent the school in competitions.
Children learn the skills needed to lead independent, happy lives and be self-confident in order to pursue their goals. This involves them taking responsibility for their health and well-being, dealing with different relationships and being prepared to play an active role as citizens. They learn not only about their own rights, duties and responsibilities but also about the rights and responsibilities of others. PSE skills are taught and encouraged through a variety of activities in the curriculum as well as during circle time and specific lessons. We aim to help the children communicate effectively and value the richness and diversity of our society and become global citizens prepared for the 21st Century.
Emmbrook Junior School is not a church school, however, we believe that it is important for children to learn about, and respond to, different religions, beliefs and values of others in order to understand and develop their own viewpoint. Our R.E. curriculum is based on the Wokingham Agreed syllabus and covers all the main religions in the country, particularly Christianity. We aim to deliver this curriculum in a respectful and investigative way, by sharing opinions, ideas, values and beliefs within the class and inviting in visitors. This allows children to gain a good insight into others beliefs as well as their own.
Our Science scheme of work follows the topics set out by the National Curriculum 2014. Year 3 – Plants, Animals and Humans, Rocks, Forces and Magnets and Light Year 4 – Living things and habitats, Animals including Humans, States of Matter, Sound and Electricity Year 5 – Living things and habitats, Animals including Humans, Properties and changes to materials, Earth and Space and Forces, Year 6 – Living things and their habitats, Animals including humans, Evolution and inheritance, Light and Electricity. Throughout these topics, the children are taught in a practical way and encouraged to use investigative and observational skills. The children work independently and in small groups to make conclusions and consider evidence.
Monitoring and assessing
Each subject area has a designated leader who is responsible for the teaching and learning in that subject.
The class teachers are always assessing what the children can do in order to plan what the children need to do next.
In Maths and English the children are assessed against year group expectations, as set out in the new National Curriculum.
During 1 to 1 parent evenings, class teachers inform parents how their children are progressing relating to these expectations.
We believe that home learning is a crucial part of the children’s education. It provides an excellent opportunity for parents to become actively involved in their children’s learning.
Most weeks the children are given a reading comprehension task to complete and a maths activity to complete online using the website MyMaths. For 4 weeks each term the children complete ‘Project Home Learning’, this enables the children to complete home learning tasks of a creative nature.
The children are also expected to read at home and practise number facts ready for their weekly tests.