The Henleaze Junior Curriculum
The school sets its sights very high - lessons incorporate a high degree of challenge, and a high standard of work is expected and achieved. In order to do this, it is very important to us that we understand the abilities and learning styles of every individual child, and that children learn how to acquire the learning habit.
These are some of the ways we teach children to be effective lifelong learners:
What topics we cover across the year groups.
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Above and beyond the national curriculum
How the National Curriculum applies to learning at Henleaze Junior School
Literacy, Languages and Communication
Success in almost any area of the curriculum depends upon good basic literacy. It provides children with the ability to express themselves articulately and makes available to them the wealth of the written word. Heavy emphasis is therefore placed upon the key elements of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Children have a daily literacy lesson and in addition will have time in the day to read by themselves. For more detail about what happens in Literacy lessons, visit the Literacy page.
Modern Foreign Languages
We include the teaching of a second language under this heading. Learning another language reinforces essential literacy and oracy skills. All children have a lesson every week, starting with German as soon as they join the school in Year 3, and then studying French in Years 4, 5 and 6.
Classes have a daily Maths lesson. Much emphasis is placed upon the application of mathematical ideas in real situations. In line with the National Curriculum 2014, mental maths skills, problem solving, reasoning and fluency in Maths are key. Written calculations are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum. Challenge in Maths is provided by exploring concepts in greater depth.
Check out the Maths page for a range of links and information to support children, parents and carers.
Science and Technology
The skills of scientific enquiry and investigation have practical applications across the curriculum, and provide children with essential tools for learning. Through their work in this area of the curriculum children are encouraged to question and hypothesize and, in using their initiative, to develop skills of seeking and exploring.
In Design and Technology, children apply their scientific knowledge and their understanding about materials and techniques to make things that work, serve a purpose, and look good: it’s the perfect subject for demonstrating all their skills and knowledge across the whole curriculum.
Computing is a wide ranging subject that includes teaching children how to use electronic devices to access information and to communicate, and how to programme devices to carry out tasks.
We aim to provide children and staff with whatever devices they need to support learning and teaching, whether it be cameras, tablets, laptops, video and audio recorders, or specialised equipment for individuals with particular physical or learning needs.
We teach specific ICT skills, such as word processing and use of spreadsheets, as well as practical file management and basic troubleshooting. It is essential that children acquire the skills and confidence that enable them to learn to use new equipment and software, as technology is constantly changing, allowing children to access information and communicate in new and exciting ways.
Within our ICT curriculum, we cover Coding, Blogging and Film-Making, including Animation.
We group together the subjects which give us an understanding of the people and places, past and present, which have shaped the world we live in.
History provides an insight into the lives of people who have shaped the world we live in today. Ancient civilizations are studied and the impact of invasions on the development of British culture. We aim to bring history to life through the use of stimulating visits and visitors, role play and story telling. The emphasis is not so much on committing to memory lists of dates, but more on understanding why things have happened in the past and the impact of historic events on our present lives. It is also important that children learn to be discerning in their use of historical evidence; history can look very different depending on your point of view.
The study of geography helps children to understand the natural and human influences on the world we live in. Through studies of different places they learn to better understand the features of their own home area. Not only do they develop an appreciation of the natural forces that shape the planet, but they also learn to understand and respect the cultures that develop in different environments, both in this country and in other parts of the world.
In RE we aim to enable children to understand the nature of religion through an understanding of explicit religious beliefs and practices, and implicit questions of meaning and value. We believe that, as we live in a multi-cultural society, there should be adequate provision for the study of the other great religions apart from Christianity - the latter forming the basis of the cultural heritage which the children enjoy to-day.
Children engage in various aspects of the visual and performing arts which we see, not as an unimportant extra, but as a vital and exciting area of self expression. Art, Music, Dance and Drama are often used as media through which to explore topic work, or as a stimulus for creative language work.
In Music lessons all children learn to identify features of the music they listen to, and they take part in their own compositions and performances. All children learn to play the ukulele in Year 4. Additionally, children are currently able to learn the violin, clarinet, cello, guitar, flute, recorder, saxophone and brass instruments.
In Art, children study the work of artists from different periods and cultures and learn a variety of techniques for expressing themselves in 2 and 3 dimensional art forms.
Physical Health and Wellbeing
We consider the practical aspects of PE alongside learning about the broader aspects of looking after our bodies and minds. Children learn how to adopt healthy lifestyles and how to develop their emotional intelligence.
In PE, children learn to play a wide range of games including soccer, rugby, netball and hockey, athletics, basketball and cricket. Children have two timetabled hall sessions and one outdoor session each week: we aim to provide a minimum entitlement of 2 hours per week of physical activity.
In Year 3, children attend Horfield Leisure Centre for a thirty minute swimming lesson once a week in Terms 5 and 6.