The School Curriculum
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum in line with national requirements aimed at the development of the whole child.
The subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art and Design, Computing, Physical Education and French are also taught. We also teach Personal and Social Education in a range of contexts.
We use information technology across the curriculum. We teach English and Mathematics in a range of contexts across subjects.
Our Assessment, Recording and Reporting Policy ensures that the staff are continuously focusing on pupil achievement and progress. We use feedback marking to support individual progress detailing appropriate next steps for learning.
Design and Technology
At Shears Green Junior School we believe that physical education provides a vital and unique contribution to the physical and emotional health development of each pupil.
Our goal is to provide a wide range of activities aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and developing skills and enjoyment in games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor pursuits.
We follow the new programmes of study for the new National Curriculum which encourages the pupils to develop and apply a broad range of skills. Our programmes of study are also aimed at developing an understanding of the need for safety; develop co-ordination, self-confidence, co-operation and enjoyment.
We believe that maths is vital to everyday life. A high quality maths education is essential for every child. We intend to develop a passion for maths through fun, engaging and challenging lessons linked to real life and cross curricular topics. We aim to develop children’s ability to:
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time.
Develop deep conceptual understanding through the effective use of manipulatives and reasoning.
Develop a rapid recall of key knowledge and facts essential to support mental mathematical fluency, essential for later life.
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Shears Green Junior School we follow the National Curriculum program of study as the basis for our long term plan. Year groups then organise the learning into termly plans based from Kent guidance documents. The areas of focus will be shared with parents on a termly basis.
Children will be assessed regularly against the National Curriculum program of study for their specific year group. Pupils who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will need to consolidate this before moving on. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged by being offered enriching and sophisticated problems.
We have a structured approach to teaching of calculation. Rapid recall and counting skills are detailed each year group. Please see policy for further information.
Maths homework is given weekly following the homework policy and should be linked to the learning that is taking place in class.
The school has a long musical tradition. Children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of musical activities.
Class lessons include the development of creative music using a variety of percussion and wind instruments. All children learn to play a musical instrument. Currently Years 3 and 4 children learn to play the descant recorder. In Year 5 and 6 children have the opportunity to progress onto the treble or tenor recorder during our ensemble units of work.
The enjoyment of singing plays an important role during class lessons, music time and the school choir. As a school we participate in local recorder and choral festivals.
Art and Design
Our aim at Shears Green Junior School is to deliver an Art and Design curriculum that stimulates curiosity and interests and excites our children. Opportunity is given for the children to use a variety of materials and to acquire skills and techniques which develop creative and imaginative expression. Children are provided with a range of experiences and skills that are built upon as they progress through the school. The presentation and display of children’s art work is given prominence in the school.
A new science curriculum was introduced in September 2014 following changes to the National Curriculum. The school broadly follows the themes detailed in the Kent scheme of work
Our science curriculum aims to introduce children to the exciting world of science that is all around them every day.
We believe that effective science teaching involves children seeing science in action by conducting practical experiments themselves, usually to solve a problem that they have been set and then investigating and interpreting their results.
Science lessons are, wherever possible, incorporated into our ‘Mantle of the Expert’ work so our children have the opportunity to extend and apply their scientific knowledge to specific tasks that they have been set.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
RE is taught according to the Kent Agreed syllabus on a weekly basis.
The school has a detailed scheme of work for each year group where children are taught about religion and learn to reflect and understand religious belief. They also learn the differences and similarities between Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism.
An Act of Collective Worship takes place daily within an assembly led by the Headteacher, Teachers, classes and visitors.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective Worship.
Sex and Relationship Education
Children are taught about issues related to growing up. A policy and scheme of work is available.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education programme
Personal, Social, Health and Citzenship Education (PSHCE)
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
We aim to promote children’s learning about themselves and their role and value within society.
The school provides opportunities for children to learn about themselves as growing and developing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities, understanding the impact they can have on others. They are encouraged to make informed choices about their health and how to take responsibility for their own learning.
These ideas and skills are taught through the PSHCE scheme of work that offers isolated lessons on specific skills as well as integrated lessons with other areas of the curriculum to provide a breadth of knowledge and understanding. These cover elements of: themselves as an individual, their relationships and feeling; society around us, including rules and responsibilities and health education, incorporating Drug Education and Sex and Relationship Education.
We have implemented a ‘buddy system’ for lunchtimes as well as a successful Peer Mediator scheme that allows children to discuss any friendship and playtime issues with trained Year 6 pupils.
We participate in a variety of different charity and health related schemes to help promote many of the elements of the PSHCE curriculum. As a school we aim to promote the PSHCE curriculum not only through our lessons but also through the school environment and ethos.