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    The Albany Junior School Curriculum

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Impact

At Albany Junior school we continue to follow the National curriculum, constantly reviewing and evolving to create a curriculum that provides continuity and progression using a broad and balanced structure, allowing children to master concepts and embed their learning. Our intent was to design our curriculum, tailor made to suit the needs of our children, in order to enable them to overcome barriers and provide a solid foundation empowering them to become lifelong learners. Our aim is to challenge all children, raise standards and enrich the children’s learning.

        Albany Values

Respect

Responsibility

Risk

Relationships

Resilience

Show respect and thought for all

Take care and responsibility for themselves and others

Are never afraid to take a risk

Build positive relationships

Develop resilience

Our curriculum and lessons meet all statutory requirements and we deliver a broad and balanced range of subjects that are designed to build upon the experiences and background of all pupils.

We plan our termly topics to reflect the world we live in and to engage and stimulate the children in our school.

Our curriculum provides both an academic approach through knowledge organisers, key vocabulary and enquiry and a creative approach through cross curricular tasks where subjects are taught discreetly and thematically.

Effective questioning is crucial to the teaching and learning at our school. We begin lessons with a “Big Question” to encourage children, either individually, in pairs or groups, to make connections between previous learning and new concepts.

We provide the children with a rich, precise and enriched vocabulary to use within the context of the lesson and to connect to wider subject areas. They can use this vocabulary confidently to reason, explain and convince areas they are studying.  

We believe in supporting pupil’s growing depth of knowledge, through understanding the subject and vocabulary, becoming increasingly accurate in their accuracy of skills, then through confidence and questioning, becoming fluent and proficient within all subject areas.

Teaching staff use a consistent approach to lesson planning, through well scaffolded steps to success, clear learning outcomes, plenty of opportunities for questioning and modelling of good practice.

All staff use a reflective approach to lessons, enabling them to evaluate learning and effectively plan the next steps for all children.

Our curriculum provides many opportunities for SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) such as our link with a school in Uganda, Black History Month, AREP education, School Council, Healthy living week and Anti-Bullying week.

Our children are provided with many opportunities to engage in off-site activities such as Science days at the local park, working on the allotment, workshop days linked to the local secondary school and residential trips. We believe that outdoor learning is fundamental to the health and well-being of our pupils.

We encourage parental involvement through parent workshops and home-school learning logs, this provides an opportunity to encourage the parent’s understanding of our curriculum.

 

As a partnership between staff, governors and parents we will ensure that all children will reach their full potential. Their knowledge, understanding and progress across all curriculum areas as well as their thirst to learn will be measured by:

Book scrutiny              Lesson observations      Drop ins          Performance data

Collaboration with governors       Pupil voice sessions

 

Curriculum Overview

 

History Units

Geography Units

British

World

Physical

British

World

Year 3

Pre History

Stone-Age

Roman Britain

Rome

Fairtrade

 

Overview

Continents Oceans

Asia

Year 4

Anglo-Saxons

Vikings

Mayan

Ancient Egypt

Mountains Volcanoes

Earthquakes

England

Africa

Year 5

Normans

Tudors

Indus valley

Rainforests

Scotland

Americas

Year 6

Victorians

Industry

Empire

Greece

WW2

 

Rivers

Wales

Ireland

Europe

  * HUMAN GEOGRAPHY TO BE TAUGHT WITHIN TOPICS

Literacy Curriculum Overview

Numeracy Curriculum Overview