At Joseph Turner Primary School we aim to provide an exciting and engaging curriculum which will inspire children to nurture a passion for learning. We believe the driving force behind the delivery of an interesting, creative curriculum is a clear focus on delivering excellent teaching and learning which ensures children engage in a range of learning experiences which are challenging, real life and meaningful.
At our school we learn together that there are different pathways to success and develop perseverance by overcoming barriers. We understand that ‘getting stuck’ means learning is taking place and is just part of the learning journey to success. Children at Joseph Turner Primary School embrace challenge and emulate our school motto of being ‘Eager to Learn, Proud to Achieve’.
Joseph Turner Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the National Primary Curriculum. Teachers and support staff have received training in the key areas of curriculum change and we utilise and adapt the EdisonLearning Connected Curriculum to meet the needs of our pupils. Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014), we enhance this with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum. Learning is always exciting and in a meaningful context for children. The rehearsal and application of skills learned in the core subject areas is a key feature of the curriculum.
The Primary National Curriculum aims to:
The Primary National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers at Joseph Turner Primary develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
We set high expectations for every pupil. We aim to stretch the most able pupils by planning suitable learning challenges for them but also plan carefully for the needs of pupils who experience difficulty in learning. For pupils who have special educational need or disabilities, lessons are planned to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. The SEN Code of Practice includes advice on approaches to identification of need which can support us with this. A minority of our pupils will need access to specialist equipment and different approaches. The SEN Code of Practice outlines what needs to be done for them.
Through our exciting, stimulating and creative curriculum we aim for every child to enjoy learning and gain knowledge, skills and attributes which will enable them to lead happy, fulfilling and successful lives in the future. We take every opportunity to enrich the curriculum with outside providers, trips and visits, celebration days, whole school themed weeks and extra–curricular opportunities (e.g. book club, dance club and cooking club).
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS curriculum covers Nursery and Reception and is split into seven areas of learning, three prime areas and four specific areas.
The EYFS curriculum is underpinned by a play-based approach where children have access to all areas of learning within the classroom and in the outside learning area. Children will engage in self-chosen activities as well as carefully planned adult directed sessions, including phonics. The curriculum is based around four themes: the unique child, positive relationships, enabling environments and learning and development. Learning Units are planned in great detail to take account of children’s interests and skilfully link all the areas of learning. The children are continually observed and assessed by teachers and support staff so that they progress rapidly towards achieving the ‘Early Learning Goals’.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 1 and 2 we make links across the curriculum through six Learning Units over the academic year. All children are taught English skills (Reading and Writing including Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Mathematics skills daily.
In Key Stage 1, all children have a daily phonics session and the school has adopted the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme in order to teach this crucial element of reading in a systematic and consistent way. Some children in Key Stage 2 may also benefit from daily phonics sessions to support their development of reading skills and we utilise the Read Write Inc and Fresh Start phonics programmes is order to ensure a consistent approach across the school.
The Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamental of Mathematics including the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children at Joseph Turner are taught to reason mathematically, solve problems and apply their mathematical skills in a variety of real life contexts.
Through our Learning Units, we also teach the primary national curriculum programmes of study for science, history, geography, art and design, PE, music, ICT and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education). In addition children are taught Religious Education and the school follows the Sandwell Agreed Syllabus for RE.
All children in Year 3 have a weekly music lesson taught by a skilled peripatetic music teacher in which they are taught how to play the recorder. All children in Year 4, Year 5and Year 6 have weekly music lessons for one term with a skilled peripatetic music teacher in which they are taught how to play the ukulele. Woodwind, strings and brass tuition is also provided for children in upper Key Stage 2 who demonstrate a musical ability.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) forms an integral part of the curriculum at Joseph Turner Primary. It helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. All members of staff are committed to encouraging in the children a knowledge of right and wrong and to take responsibility for their own behaviour. At Joseph Turner Primary School, children develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. A rigorous, well planned curriculum, delivered within a caring, supportive ethos which enables our pupils to be well rounded, empathetic young people who have a thirst for learning and respect for all around them.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development including British Values is an integral part of the curriculum and the ethos of the school. The fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs are promoted through our school curriculum, and our whole school ethos. Please read the section in 'Learning' to find out more about SMSC and British Values at Joseph Turner.
We aim to develop children’s enjoyment, confidence and skill in physical activity and introduce them to the pleasures of sport to help develop active children who benefit from a healthy lifestyle. Through a multi-skills approach, children develop their skills in football, tennis, badminton, basketball, rugby, hockey, rounders and volleyball, as well as circuit training athletics, gymnastics, dance and swimming. Children have two sessions of PE per week. Pupils in Year 4, 5 and 6 have swimming lessons. They are taught swimming by trained instructors at the local swimming baths.
The Primary National Curriculum states that all Key Stage 2 pupils must learn a Modern Foreign Language, at our school, this is French.
Children are taught about the community in which they live and are encouraged to work in co-operation with other members of the school community. Supporting charities, both local and further afield, is encouraged. All children are expected to undertake appropriate responsibilities within the class and school, e.g. caring for the classroom environment, participating in class assemblies and participating in out of school activities.
Curriculum Objective Overviews for each Year Group can be viewed within this section of the school website and further information regarding the Primary National Curriculum can be found at www.gov.uk.