Our Curriculum

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.

Our Classes

Headteacher: Mr R Fox

Deputy Headteacher: Mr J Rawson

Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Poyner – Class 6P

Teaching Staff:

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

Miss Price

Mrs Morgan

Mr D Osman (Computing)

Teaching Assistants:

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

Charity work

Behaviour Policy

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

Family Links

Circle Time SEAL/PSHE

Curriculum projects

School mission, values and logo Charity work e.g. ‘Operation Christmas Child’.

Behaviour Policy

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

Charity work

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)

Multicultural weeks/days

‘Language of the Term’ displays in classrooms.

music lessons

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.

Topic Curriculum


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



Victorian seaside
Geography UK regions


UK map work

Settlements in the UK

Coasts and mountains Seaside holidays

Seaside resorts

Science   Animals

Food chains

Solids. Liquid & gases

Electricity & sound Living things/habitats – seaside habitats
5 History Ancient Greece


Ancient Greece Explorers –Marco Polo

Shang Dynasty in China

Ancient Egypt
Geography The Mediterranean


European regions countries and cities

Mediterranean countries

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
6 History Mayan civilisation

New World explorers and settlers

Mayan civilisation/ Aztecs New World explorers and settlers Social history

Leisure and entertainment in 20th century

Geography North America

The Caribbean


North and South America map work

Contrasting regions

Extreme Weather / Hurricanes Tourism in the Caribbean
Science   Living things & their habitats

Evolution & inheritance

Electricity Animals

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

Curriculum Map 2019 20

Maths Offer Autumn Term- Y4 medium term plan Au Y3 medium term plan Au Y5 medium term plan Au Y6 medium term plan Au

Maths Offer Summer Term Y3 medi

um term plan Sum Y4 medium term plan Sum Y5 medium term plan SumCurriculum Planning Spring Term: Spring Term 1

RE Telford and Wrekin SACRE RE Scheme of Work Outline

national curriculum

Math Offer For Spring Term

Maths Calculation Policy- Include from Reception- any questions please come and ask!

Calculation Policy Year 4 and Year 5 Calculation Policy Year 2 and Year 3 Calculation Policy Reception and Year 1 Calculation Policy Year 6

Our Curriculum Showcase

Learning Policies

Homework policy

Reading policy

Maths Policy

How we assess

Assessment Policy

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)