Our Inspirational CurrIculum
We teach our curriculum in a unique way in line with our vision. We will be updating this page to share this with you over the next few weeks.
Headteacher: Mr R Fox
Deputy Headteacher: Mr J Rawson
Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Poyner – Class 6P
Miss O’Shea Class 3O
Miss R Percival Class 3P
Miss Barden Class 4B
Mrs Davies and Mrs Medlyn Class 4DM
Mr Cadle Class 5C
Miss Ganderton Class 5G
Mrs Poyner Class 6P
Mr Davda Class 6D
Mr M Vince Music teacher
Mr P Field Math support & PE/Sport teacher
Mrs R Davies Mini-Schoo
l & SENCO (Special needs coordinator)
Pastoral Support Manager: Miss R Ganderton
Pastoral Support: Mrs C Worthington
HLTA’s: (Higher Level Teaching Assistants)
Mrs D Minor
Mrs C Worthington
Miss F Brennan
Mr D Osman (Computing)
Mrs A Brennan
Miss L Owen – Breakfast Club Lead
Mrs K Rutherford
Mr S Bailey
SSA: (Special Support Assistant SEN)
Mrs V McTegart
Caretaker: Mr S Bailey
Our Sample Timetable
|Early Morning Work||Maths||Collective Worship||Play Time||English: Reading||English: Spelling, punctuation and grammar, and Writing.||Lunch Time||Topic (on a rotation basis)|
|8:35- 8:45||8:45-10:10||10:10- 10:30||10:30- 10:45||10:45- 11:15||11:15- 12:30||12:30- 1:15||1:15- 2:45|
Our Curriculum Offer
Since September 2014 we have been teaching from the new National Curriculum- We will continue to use our themed approach – using all skills from all subjects to make sure that any skills we learn are embedded across our learning.
We work closely with our infant colleagues and are currently working on a joint calculation policy.
To successfully deliver the curriculum we have decided, in consultation with our stakeholders, to use specialist teachers to teach the individual subjects in the afternoons. This will allow us to make rapid progress.
The School Curriculum
Your children will experience a wide range of subject areas during their time at the school. They will also have the opportunity to take part in extra curricular activities such as sport, drama, art & music.
The curriculum is as broad and as balanced as
possible to ensure that the needs of all children are catered for and special gifts or talents are nurtured. No child in our school should feel disbarred from equal access to the curriculum, irrespective of ability, gender, race or creed.
It is our aim that the curriculum should help all pupils to:
a) Enjoy learning
b) Develop independence and self-reliance
c) Experience a broad based curriculum with an emphasis on Literacy & Maths
d) Develop lively and enquiring minds
e) Develop respect for self and others
f) Understand the world in which they live
g) Develop a concern for the environment
h) Work co-operatively with others
Our approach to the Curriculum
By the time that your child finishes here, your child will have received a rich & varied curriculum that has also covered all the appropriate elements of the National Curriculum.
As a school we have a ‘Creative curriculum’ approach. This means that most subjects such as history, geography, art etc. are linked through a ‘Topic’ or ‘Theme’ each term.
In our school the children are taught Literacy (English) & Maths in the morning by their class teachers. In the afternoons children are taught all of the other ‘foundation’ subjects, such as History, Art etc., by the teachers who specialise in that particular subject area. ICT is used as an integral part of most lessons and all classes have an interactive whiteboard, laptops and i-pads. Computing is taught as a separate subject during the afternoon session.
In this way we feel that our pupils receive the very best education we can offer. It also means that our pupils are well prepared for their next stage of education.
SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development
Developing the pupil’s awareness of the spiritual, moral, social & cultural diversity of the world in which we live is of paramount importance to us. We offer numerous opportunities to explore all aspects of SMSC both through the curriculum & through the way we work as a school.
Our Christian ethos of tolerance, respect & understanding underpins much of the SMSC work that takes place in the school.
We use our outdoor learning spaces, such as ‘Forest school’ not only to enhance the children’s learning experiences but to also develop their awareness of the need to care for the environment.
SMSC in our school
Our Students’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is regarded as a central tenet of our ethos at Donnington Wood Junior School. This is apparent throughout our mission statement and core beliefs and, as we are told regularly by visitors from the local and wider community, in the very fabric and atmosphere of our school.
At Donnington Wood Junior School, we ha
ve a detailed long term plan covering all aspects of SMSC. This plan is under constant review so that we can take into account our rapidly changing world and learning opportunities which arise under this heading. Our long term plan covers the themes outlined in the table.
|Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community.||Moral development is largely about choices, behaviour and how you live your life. It’s also about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements.||Spiritual development is concerned with developing the non-material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose. Beliefs that help provide perspective on life may be rooted in a religion, but equally may not.||Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and experiencing a range of cultural activities (art, theatre, travel, concerts). Understanding and tolerance regarding the cultural traditions and beliefs of others.|
|How is this evidenced?||How is this evidenced?||How is this evidenced?||How is this evidenced?|
Whole school and Class Assemblies Family Links
Circle Time SEAL/PSHE
Intervention groups/pastoral support
School mission, values and logo
Playtime setup – music, scrap, ball games, quiet areas
Work of the School Council
Signage around the school
|Assemblies & Class Assemblies Outdoor learning: Forest School Curriculum planning
Circle Time SEAL/PSHE
School mission, values and logo Charity work e.g. ‘Operation Christmas Child’.
Whole school assemblies and values Class assemblies Regular use of School Council
|RE curriculum planning
Our school values
Assemblies and Class Assemblies Outdoor learning: Forest School
Playtime setup – music, scrap, dressing up, ball games, quiet areas Curriculum projects
Worship councillors and ambassadors
|RE curriculum planning
Assemblies & Class Assemblies
Regular reports and updates to Governors
Curriculum events Celebration of different religious festivals
MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
‘Language of the Term’ displays in classrooms.
Variety of clubs
Curriculum project experiences – visitors and trips
Topics for 2019/2020
In line with our vision, our curriculum is designed to ensure that important key skills are developed as your child moves through the school. These may include historical research skills, geographical mapping skills, computing skills etc. Each term the skills are developed through a whole school Topic which is broken down for each year group. All subject areas are linked to the topic and our values.
This is a sample overview for the Autumn Term, each term can be found on the school website and will be sent home to you. Our Topic work is also linked to the National Curriculum for each subject area. This is currently being updated for 2019-2020 and we will send out details in September.
|Where we live||How we travel||Where we can visit|
|3||History||Changes in Britain||Early settlers in Britain
Stone Age to Iron Age
|Transport through the ages||Castles|
|Geography||Our local area||Local map workVillage, town and city||Rivers and floods||Tourism in Shropshire|
|Science||Rocks/ Animals||Forces & Magnets||Light & Plants|
|4||History||Britain’s settlement||Romans in Britain||Invaders to Britain
|UK map work
Settlements in the UK
|Coasts and mountains||Seaside holidays
Solids. Liquid & gases
|Electricity & sound||Living things/habitats – seaside habitats|
|Ancient Greece||Explorers –Marco Polo
Shang Dynasty in China
|European regions countries and cities
|Volcanoes and earthquakes||Climate and weather
Tourism in the Mediterranean
|Science||The work of Aristotle – life cyclesPriorities & changes of materials||Earth & space, forces (moon, tides…||Human life cycle|
New World explorers and settlers
|Mayan civilisation/ Aztecs||New World explorers and settlers||Social history
Leisure and entertainment in 20th century
|North and South America map work
|Extreme Weather / Hurricanes||Tourism in the Caribbean|
|Science||Living things & their habitats
Evolution & inheritance
Religious Education & Spiritual awareness
The teaching of Religious Education (RE) has a strong focus as we are a Church of England School. Each class has a worship area where children can sit quietly & reflect or share their thoughts & prayers.
We have a daily act of Christian Worship in our school but parents do have the right to withdraw their children from this should they wish to do so.
The school follows the agreed syllabus for the teaching of RE and children learn about other religions and cultures as part of their RE work.
The children take part in a wide range of activities designed to explore different faiths and cultures from around the world, during Multi-Cultural week in the spring term of each year.
Examples of work can be found on our school blog and by clicking on: Our Curriculum Showcase Link.
Art and Design Team: Mr Cadle and Miss Percival
Computing and Science Team: Mrs Davies, Miss O’Shea, Mr Cadle, and Mr Osman.
Music Teacher: Mr Vince
History and Geography Team: Mr Davda and Mrs Poyner.
PE and French Team: Mr Field, Mr Mitchel, and Mrs Minor.
RE and PHSE: Mrs Davies, Mrs Worthington, Miss Sutton and Miss Ganderton.
Our Curriculum this term
Maths Offer Summer Term Y3 medi
Math Offer For Spring Term
Maths Calculation Policy- Include from Reception- any questions please come and ask!
How we assess
We are intending to use the Sheffield Steps to assess pupil progress. This will build on the infants. Sheffield STAT NC Grids Final Draft August
Maths is embedded across the curriculum and our policy and national curriculum reflect the desire to give pupils a well rounded and
extensive opportunity to use and apply our learning. We are working on a joint infants project on reasoning with our Telford and Wrekin Maths specialist. More information to follow. Maths Policy 2013
Literacy is also embedded across the curriculum and is taught in every subject- ensuring skills are used at all times. We follow the national curriculum and ensure that standards are met. More detail are on our medium term plan.
We promote British Values and work hard to prepare our pupils to take an active part in British Society.
E Safety (Main resource page)
We would like to share this new website which provides parental information in regards to E Safety. If you have any concerns the website provides current information and a range of agencies to contact.
· Think about how you guide your family in the real world and how you can do the same in the digital world.
· Try out the technologies your child enjoys – download some of their music and have a go at games they like.
· Talk to friends and family about how they manage their children’s digital lives.
· Remind older siblings that websites they use may not be suitable for younger brothers and sisters.
· Make digital issues part of everyday con
versation – talking about subjects like cyberbullying, sexting and copyright infringement.
· When you’re talking about bullying, sex and relationships and other issues, don’t forget to include the online aspects.
· Talk to your children about whether the issues they face are different online and offline – or how online and offline work together to complicate their lives.
· Don’t be afraid to set boundaries and rules.
· Talk to your child about their online reputation.
Are you a qualified teacher?
Would you be able to complete a Job Share
Wed AM, Thursday All day and Friday all day?
It would be a maternity cover, to be reviewed in July 2019.
If you are interested, speak t
o Mr Fox (deadline May 10th)