At Fleetville Junior School, our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to be good citizens in an ever-changing environment. Our curriculum ensures that our children leave our school with a deeper understanding of the world around and of the significant events in history which helped shape the society in which they live. They will also gain the key skills needed to make a positive contribution to their communities and beyond in their future lives.
Our curriculum is designed to inspire our children. It creates awe, wonder and a love of learning whilst also encouraging them to ask questions to deepen their own understanding. Our curriculum encompasses every experience and interaction that pupils encounter within our school. It informs every aspect of our practice and culture from academic content to the pupil’s personal development. In addition, it is designed to help children recognise their role in the world and the impact that they can have on shaping their own and others’ futures. We constantly provide opportunities for children to explore and reflect on cultures (including their own), societies and other demographics to enable them to develop an understanding of the wider world.
There is high academic ambition for all pupils. This is rooted in our solid consensus of the knowledge and skills pupils need in order be successful citizens who contribute positively to society and to the wider world. We have carefully considered research when developing our curriculum and, consequently, are confident about the knowledge and skills pupils need to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life to help build a better world.
Our text-based curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before, enabling children to create schema to embed long-term learning. Clearly defined end points are communicated with pupils so that they fully understand the purpose of their learning. We have created comprehensive overview documents that map out learning opportunities and, through our monitoring and evaluating cycle, we can identify the impact the curriculum is having on pupils.
Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions and offer our pupils the opportunity to take an active role in events throughout the year. Working with the community – local, national and international - is a driving factor of our curriculum as we seek to learn from and to give back to those that we encounter. Children leave our school with a sense of belonging to a tight knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, develop connections, and become lifelong learners.
Our pupils study the full curriculum; it is not narrowed. They study a broad range of subjects, including those identified in the National Curriculum. In addition, we offer wider learning opportunities which deepen our children’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them.
Our curriculum also extends beyond the academic. We ensure all our pupils have access to a wide range of cultural experiences, including sporting events, music and dance performances at major events as well as rips to theatres, museums, galleries, places of worship and historical landmarks. There is a strong emphasis on children’s personal development through the teaching of our values alongside social and emotional skills, resilience, responsibility, and respect. We put a strong emphasis on pupil voice to encourage independent, engaged and questioning learners. This is promoted through the School Council, Pupil Leadership team and the team of Sustainable Development Goal Keepers.