Normanton Altofts Junior School

Our Curriculum

At Altofts the curriculum is designed to reflect the children’s interests, engaging pupils and building on prior experiences. Our aim is to develop the children’s independence, collaborative learning skills and overall to become resilient lifelong learners through a creative literacy rich curriculum.

Provision for extra-curricular opportunities and enhancement of the curriculum through school trips and visitors is seen as a priority to develop their thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

We aim to instil a love of learning, so that by the time they leave our school, children are equipped with the skills, attitudes and dispositions they need to become well-rounded individuals and life-long learners.

 

Curriculum Implementation

 

Altoft Junior engages in all learning styles using a variety of resources including , National Curriculum Statutory Guidance, Wakefield Agreed RE syllabus, Power Maths and spelling shed, which support the  teaching of the curriculum.

The school has recognised the use of clear, focused learning intentions and success criteria as an effective tool in gaining intended learning outcomes.. In lessons we provide opportunities for study but we strive to provide as many recall and application activities as possible to support the retention of knowledge and understanding.

 

Subject Leaders

At Altoft Juniors we have subject leaders who oversee, develop, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their subject within school across all year groups and phases. Staff are committed to delivering high quality learning experiences throughout the curriculum.

 

English

To deliver an exciting, innovative English curriculum which enables and empowers children’s written and oral communication and creativity.

 

Maths

For every child to have a sound understanding of Math’s, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school.

 

Science

To develop children’s scientific knowledge and understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, for now and the future.

 

Computing

To develop pupils in becoming digitally literate – able to use, manipulate, create, develop ideas and express themselves through technology – at a level suitable for a future workplace and as active participants in an increasingly digital world. There is also an emphasis on the importance of using technology responsibly and safely for all pupils

 

History and Geography

To develop children’s experiences and understanding, inspiring and igniting their curiosity about the wider world, in the past, present and future.

 

Art

To stimulate children’s creativity and imagination, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and understand, know about great artists

 

Design Technology

To stimulate creativity and imagination through problem solving and the production of quality products. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and understand how design is reflected both historically and culturally.

 

RE

Children are taught knowledge and understanding around a range of religious and worldwide views so that they can: describe, explain, analyse and investigate allowing them to appreciate beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity, meanings and values within and between communities (including their own) and amongst individuals.

 

Music

Our music curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in the areas of musical appreciation (listening and discussing), performance on instruments and with voice, composition and recording and evaluating musical performances.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

Our MFL curriculum,is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in Spanish, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. All of these approaches help to equip our children with the skills to be confident global citizens.

 

PE

To develop children’s experiences and enable them to achieve personal successes, the appropriate skills and confidence to partake in all sports, including those that are competitive.  

 

Curriculum Impact

The impact of the curriculum is evident in the outcomes for all pupils.