‘Learning through experience and adventure’
Our Curriculum Intent
Our well designed, ambitious curriculum places our pupils at its centre and we aim to deliver a curriculum that truly meets the needs of our children. All children have access to a rich, broad, exciting and balanced curriculum which enables each individual to develop emotionally, socially and intellectually.
We aim to offer a primary curriculum that not only inspires learning but develops skills, knowledge and understanding to successfully equip children for later life. At Thomlinson Junior School our school vision and values permeate all areas of school life and underpin all learning. Along with striving for high academic standards, we place great emphasis on inclusion and the nurturing of well-rounded children. Our curriculum is crammed with opportunities to promote pupils’ personal development to ensure we have happy children who are ready to engage and access learning.
Our Curriculum Implementation
At the heart of our curriculum are our core subjects of English, Maths, Science and PSHE. We also truly value our wider curriculum, covering all other National Curriculum subjects. Progression of knowledge, skills and understanding is carefully planned, reviewed and adapted to ensure that children’s learning builds effectively as they move through the school. Learning across the curriculum is sequential and each subject area has a clear rationale behind its design.
We are fully committed to providing our children with a wide and rich range of learning experiences beyond the classroom. Our classroom learning is routinely enhanced by interesting and exciting experiences including field studies, visits, workshops, trips and a range of residentials locally and nationally!
At Thomlinson Junior School we are proud of the reputation of our inclusive school environment. Teachers and Teaching Assistants set high expectations for every pupil, responding to pupils’ needs and overcoming potential barriers for individuals and groups of pupils. Lessons are planned to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. Where necessary, pupils have access to specialist equipment and different approaches. Teachers plan lessons so that all pupils can access the full curriculum.
The Impact of our Curriculum
It is important to us that our children achieve excellence not only in the core subjects, but in every curriculum subject. We have lots of ways of measuring and celebrating success across the curriculum, as well as ensuring that children know what they need to do to progress.
We ensure that we maintain a broad and balanced curriculum in the following ways:
- Experienced Subject Leaders for every subject.
- Every subject included in our School Development Plan and Monitoring Schedule- meaning that standards and attainment in every subject are always being checked and improved.
- Accountability to Governance for every subject- all subjects have a nominated governor, who leaders update regularly. It’s the job of the governors to ask us challenging questions about how to make our school even better!
- Termly Pupil Progress Meetings.
- Communication with parents about all strands of the curriculum.
- To ultimately learn through experiences and adventures.