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Our Learning

Curriculum Statement

Established in 1841, William Ford Church of England Junior School has a long and successful history of serving the families of our local community.  A good education promotes life in all its fullness and our Christian ethos ‘learning from Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, to work diligently, act generously and live at peace with everyone’ underpins everything we do to ensure the children in our care are empowered with the knowledge, skills and wisdom to flourish.  An effective and ambitious school ensures that every child can succeed and we are committed to the provision of an engaging and enriching curriculum with purposeful learning and meaningful experiences at its heart. 

Intent

  • Our broad and balanced Curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child can succeed by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with our Christian ethos at its heart
  • We ensure the curriculum is ambitious for all pupils; carefully and coherently planned and sequenced and is successfully adapted, designed and developed for disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs
  • It enables the children to share ideas, express their opinions and apply knowledge and skills learned in a wide range of meaningful contexts. It offers opportunities for all children to investigate, question, debate and challenge.
  • All children are encouraged to be the very best they can be. We want our pupils to be active learners, questioning, investigating, challenging themselves and sharing responsibility for driving their own learning.
  • Above all, we expect our children to give their very best and to be proud of their achievements. These qualities needed for successful learning are underpinned by our focus on independence, inquisitiveness and resilience.
  • All of this is delivered within our aim of ‘Purposeful Learning; Engaging Activities’ where we provide a fictional or real-life scenario to the current unit in order to increase levels of engaging and to raise aspirations by providing an insight into the world of work

 

Implementation

  • High quality teaching of knowledge and skills ensures children are challenged to be effective learners
  • There is a strong focus on vocabulary across core and foundation subjects
  • We have a spiral curriculum where children re engage with important concepts repeatedly so as to consolidate prior knowledge in their long-term memory and build upon it. 
  • For our broad and balanced curriculum to be effective it must ensure that pupils develop understanding and knowledge that is clearly sequenced and planned to support future learning. 
  • We believe that this is best achieved when subjects are delivered through a curriculum that recognises the importance of each individual discipline while maintaining meaningful links that allow children to transfer skills and knowledge. We started from the premise that children should be immersed within the awe and wonder of each discipline throughout their schooling.
  • Whether in primary school or secondary school, breadth of experience ensures learners have a powerful engagement with some of the best expressions we have of human understanding.
  • Our curriculum is sequenced so that knowledge and skills build upon prior learning.  Lessons are planned to show increasing challenge and meaningful links between subjects.  This ensures that learning is pitched at the appropriate level and enables application and progression.

 

Impact

  • We evaluate the knowledge, skills and understanding that the children have gained against carefully planned end points to measure progression.
  • Children are motivated and enthusiastic learners who recognise their achievements, and understand that making mistakes is part of learning.
  • Our monitoring of the curriculum ensures that we are constantly striving for improvement.  We review and evaluate each subject.