The Thomlinson Junior School Curriculum combines the subjects of the statutory National Curriculum with Religious Education, Personal, Social and Citizenship education. Approximately 22.5 hours each week are dedicated to following the traditional curricular subjects. The core subjects are of course allocated the most time; an average of seven hours is for instance dedicated to English, whereas six hours is spent on Maths.
Whilst individual subjects are normally taught separately, some, like History and Geography, may be learned through subject-based topics that, as in life, cross academic boundaries to encompass a number of subject areas and differing attainment targets.
We aim to create an environment that is both stimulating and exciting, where every child feels valued and secure. A great emphasis is placed on good presentation at Thomlinson Juniors; in presentation of work, people and our surroundings, but above all we strive to ensure that every student’s time with us is happy and fulfilling.
Our curriculum is moulded to enable every child to:
- Read fluently and accurately, with understanding, feeling and discrimination.
- Communicate clearly and confidently in both speech and writing; expressing themselves appropriately to the occasion and listening attentively and with understanding.
- Learn the ways in which to acquire, record and use information from a variety of sources.
- Apply mathematical computational skills with speed and accuracy.
- Understand the application of mathematical ideas in a range of situations.
- Gain understanding by observing living things and inanimate objects and to master basic scientific ideas.
- Analyse, investigate and solve problems.
- Develop self-awareness and sensitivity towards others; acquiring a set of moral values and developing positive self-discipline and excellent behaviour.
- Learn about the geographical, historical and social characteristics of our local environment and our national heritage.
- Acquire sufficient skills to enable students to express themselves through music, drama and a variety of arts and crafts.
- Develop the agility, physical co-ordination and confidence to utilise physical activity to effectively express feelings through movement.
Curriculum Content for each academic year
Use the links above to view a curriculum overview for each year group. If you require any further information about our curriculum, please contact us to arrange a meeting.
Visit our Maths Page to see the maths content for each year group.
RE is taught in accordance with the Cumbrian syllabus. Assemblies feature a spiritual element. They form an important part of the school day and are usually led by the Headteacher, the Deputy Head, or another senior staff member, with other gatherings occasionally conducted by visiting guests. Children also take part in and produce their own Assemblies to which parents are often invited.
It should be stressed that the our approach is, whilst nondenominational, mainly Christian in content, though the school does aim to engender a respect and understanding of the moral values and ideas of other faiths.
If you are unhappy with Religious Assemblies forming part of your child’s day you may request their withdrawal. The school is happy to make special arrangements for your child, but cannot offer alternative religious studies.
The National Curriculum requires schools to provide Health Education; comprising Physical Education, ‘Growing Up’, ‘Feelings’ and related issues.
For the school’s older students this area of studies does encompass the issues of drugs and sex education, though they are treated sensitively in a mainly scientific and social context. These contentious areas are often handled by the School Nurse or another suitably trained professional.
In younger year groups these areas are only touched on if they arise as questions or as part of the normal run of daily work. In such cases they will treated in an open, honest and natural manner.
Physical Education (PE) and Games
PE is part of the National Curriculum and every child is expected to take part. If you would like your child excused from games for health reasons, a written note should be provided, supported by a Doctor’s note if your child needs to be excused long-term.
We have excellent outdoor sports facilities, covering a broad spectrum of exciting, enjoyable and enriching activities, including Swimming, Cross-Country, Football, Rounders, Netball, Athletics Hockey and Dance. These outdoor pursuits are matched with Dance, Gymnastics and Circuit Training in our splendid School Hall, all of which are equally accessible for both boys and girls.
In addition to Thomlinson’s own sporting programme and Inter-Junior School Competitions, our excellent facilities also play host to a number of tournaments between the local primary schools.
Computing and Technology
These two subjects form part of the core curriculum. The school has an average of one computer allocated to every two children in the form of new Windows Tablet devices. There are 30 Tablets per year group, all securely stored in charging cabinets.
This high level of access to new technology enables every student to have frequent opportunities to utilise computing as a central tool within their learning. It allows every Thomlinson child to develop valuable entry level Word Processing, Data Handling and Graphics skills and to even experience simple Robotics.
Thomlinson Junior School is also home to Wigton’s Community Development Centre which houses a number of leading-edge multimedia computers that students have regular access to.
During lunchtimes and after school Thomlinson Junior School has a variety of interesting, exciting and enriching clubs and special activities organised by our staff in their own free time for the benefit of our students. Involvement in these activities is purely voluntary, though parental permission is usually sought for obvious reasons if they are out of school hours. Extra-curricular activities usually on offer include:
- Homework Club
- Cross Country
- Art and Craft Club
- Gardening Club
Other extra-curricular activities often also arise, dependent on staff availability and skills, time and personal interests. The numbers of students involved may be limited by supervisory staff availability, but where possible we aim to make every activity available to every student. Fell Walking, Canoeing, Hockey, Athletics, Badminton and Chess Club are amongst these extra activities, Wigton Gymnastics Club is also based at the school.
Thomlinson Junior School also has excellent music facilities. We have a specialist music teacher working in our school on a weekly basis, providing lessons to every year group once a week and supporting the school with special choirs formed for important events such as Christmas. We also have a number of peripatetic music teachers who provide musical instruction in a variety of instruments, such as violin or viola, guitar, brass instruments and piano, for those children who wish to participate.