Curriculum Intention Summary
Our intention is that all pupils will have opportunities to experience success. Our Foundations of Learning are embedded within our curriculum and our teaching reflects the needs of the individual learner, providing all pupils opportunities to shine. Our curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant.
The aim of our curriculum is to provide learners with the skills to develop as successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their local and wider communities. Children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding alongside the development of British values is central to our intent.
Curriculum Implementation Summary
The curriculum is implemented in such a way that purposeful learning opportunities are created for each and every child across the primary phase. We take into account the diversity of our children to carefully plan lessons which meet individual needs, ensuring equity and inclusion for all.
Learning units are taught using a range of techniques to enable each individual to learn at an appropriate pace. Children are regularly assessed in order to inform teachers as to the next stage in their learning and the steps needed to enable them to achieve. The children are actively encouraged to think about their own learning in order for progress to be made within learning journeys.
Rich, varied and diverse opportunities are integral elements supporting the implementation of the curriculum. These include: iSTEM+ learning applying skills across subjects in a hands on and practical way; first hand learning experiences including visits and visitors; extra-curricular activities and opportunities for children to lead their own learning through enquiry and questioning.
More detailed information
Our curriculum is planned with the learning powers underpinning our teaching and learning. We aim for all of our children to experience and display all of the learning powers. Our Foundations of Learning runs alongside this. Our teaching reflects the needs of the individual learner and will give all pupils the opportunities to shine.
We aim to promote high expectations through providing children with a curriculum translated into clear learning goals that extend and develop their skills and understanding. Thinking skills are an important part of the curriculum and are integral to effective learning.
The core subjects and foundation subjects are taught alongside Religious Education and the school’s P.S.H.E. (Personal Social Health Education) programme. French, Spanish and Mandarin is taught across the school and the curriculum also includes Citizenship and Drama.
All subjects are planned carefully by subject leaders to ensure both continuity and progression. These units are taught using a range of techniques to enable each individual to learn at an appropriate pace. Children are regularly assessed in order to inform teachers as to the next stage in their learning and the steps needed to enable them to achieve. The children are actively encouraged to think about their own learning needs and to personalise their own targets towards this.
Furthermore, gSTEM has become an ethos at Gomer and is channelled into many areas of our curriculum. gSTEM – Gomer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics provision is taught for one morning a week. The whole school has the same theme with a clear skills progression. It is our aim to encourage our learners to apply other curriculum learning in hands-on / experiential ways to further engage the children with applied learning. They adopt ‘engineering habits of mind.’ We are aware that we need to encourage more children into engineering pursuits and are confident that providing gSTEM as a regular part of our curriculum will achieve just that. Exciting times ahead with this new curriculum development. To read more about our pedagogical approach please visit: http://gomerjuniorschool.co.uk/gstem-learning/
Please access our School Prospectus for more information about individual subjects.
Curriculum by Year Group
Our topics often involve visits and in Year 5 there is a residential visit, often to Stubbington Study Centre. Visits play a vital part in your child’s work at school. To see the off-site visits available please visit: http://gomerjuniorschool.co.uk/anticipated-costs-for-school-year/