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Curriculum information

At St Saviour’s Church of England Junior School children experience a creative, stimulating and challenging curriculum.  The topic based curriculum has been planned to enable children to learn in a variety of exciting ways:
• through investigations and experiments
• through problem solving
• by first hand learning and practical experience
• through the use of secondary sources and artefacts
• by linking subjects that have relevance to the children’s learning (cross curricular approach)
• through visits and visitors


English
• Includes speaking and listening, reading and writing, phonics, spelling, grammar and handwriting
• Daily hour plus extra time during the week for extended writing linked with other subjects, guided reading groups and phonics
Mathematics
• Includes oral and mental mathematics, number, shape and space, data handling, measures, applying and investigating through problem solving
• Daily 80 mins, mastery approach with a focus on deep knowledge of core concepts, written arithmetic, problem solving and reasoning
Science
• Investigational and experiential science is a high focus – interpreting data and drawing conclusions
• Includes physical, biological and environmental sciences e.g. the study of materials, habitats, food chains, our changing world, wildlife protection and growth etc.
• Making links with our wider school environment e.g. pond dipping, growing seeds, and visits
Computing
• Cross curricular approach where children use a range of software for data handling, designing, modelling, controlling, presenting and using text, graphics and music
• Very well resourced – computer suite, computers in classrooms, digital cameras, CD players, scanners, interactive whiteboards
• Access to the internet. Online safety is taught in all year groups. The whole-school completes work as part of Safer Internet Day every February
  • Coding using Scratch and other software
Sex and Relationship Education
During Year 5 &6 the children are taught the changes that occur in their own bodies from birth to adulthood including - puberty, the development and birth of a baby as well as sex education, including the range of relationships and emotional changes experienced during development.
Religious Education
• Visits to local places of worship and speakers of other beliefs make the curriculum meaningful to the children. From September 2017 we will start to use the 'Understanding Christianity' scheme

• Appreciation and respect for the beliefs of others is encouraged through our teaching and learning

• Faiths include Hinduism, Islam, Sikkhism, Christianity, Judaism
• Children are encouraged to play a proactive role in sharing their beliefs and festivals in class and whole assemblies
• Cross curricular links are made through Literacy, Art and other subjects
Design and Technology
• Children learn a range of skills e.g. measuring, cutting, joining, using a range of tools
• Children engage in planning, designing, making and evaluating their own products
• ICT links are made e.g. designing a Christmas card and researching new projects
History
• Cross curricular links are made with subjects such as Literacy, Art/Design and Music etc.
• Local visits, drama days, speakers and museums are a focus of this learning e.g. Tudor day with a dramatist, visit to Dover Castle, Chatham Dockyards and Dover Museum, World War 2 drama day and Victorian Day
• Use of secondary sources enriches learning e.g. maps, photographs, diaries and video clips.
Geography
• Cross curricular opportunities are made e.g. Science, Mathematics and ICT
 • The use of the school and local environment makes learning purposeful e.g. our environmental area in addition to learning about different countries
Art and Design
• A high profile cross curricular subject making links with design technology, ICT, Mathematics, History and Drama
• Study of famous artists' work
• Use of a variety of media e.g. pastels, clay, collage, Mod Roc and fabric paint
• Application of skills e.g. drawing, painting, modelling
Music
• Children have first hand experiences using pitched and non pitched instruments
• Specialist musicians offer taught lessons in a range of instruments including guitar, recorder, keyboards and flute
• Children learn to sing and compose using nursery rhymes, chants, sounds, songs from different cultures, developing their own music and songs, setting poetry to mood music.

Physical Education
• Specialist coach provision for all children for 1 hour per week
• At least 2 hours of PE for all children each week
• Extended opportunities after school hours including participation in tournaments and festivals
• 'Real P.E' programme
• Swimming (focused on Year 4 children), dance, athletics, outdoor and indoor games, gymnastics, short tennis, cross country, basketball, hockey and sports hall athletics
 
PSHE/Citizenship
• Integral to the curriculum and provides opportunities for debate and opinion and deals with issues such as bullying, racism, kindness, honesty etc. It is underpinned by our Christian values.
 
Modern Foreign Languages
• Spanish is taught to all pupils
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