Our Inspirational Curriculum
“The ones who plant and the ones who water work together as a team with the same purpose.”
building friendship encouraging perseverance inspiring hope
We teach our curriculum in a unique way in line with our vision and driven by our three core values.
The Intent of our Curriculum
Pupils are at the heart of everything we do; our school curriculum is designed to help every child to reach their God given potential.
The vision was created in partnership with all our community and is underpinned by a set of core values. These core values are explored through everything we do, and we feel, help us to tackle the challenges our pupils face everyday. They are friendship, hope and perseverance. In turn these values are then explored through other key Christian values that help us to flourish and succeed in life.
Our School Vision
Our school is a community where each person is valued as a child of God. We are a Church of England school, inspired and guided by the life and teaching of Jesus. We work together to create a caring, friendly and safe school family, to enable the whole school community to flourish and each person reach their full God-given potential.
Our Mission (INTENT)
At Donnington Wood CE Junior School we will:
- put the safety of everyone as a priority so we can work in trust and peace.
- encourage everyone to understand the true meaning of friendship, fellowship and community by acting with humility, compassion and in service to each other.
- be inclusive so everyone is valued and respected and where tolerance and diversity are celebrated.
- seek out every opportunity to ensure that all of us flourish in all that we do, developing wisdom and creativity, through an ambitious and broad curriculum that challenges expectations, deepens knowledge and develops skills.
- empower pupils and adults to develop hope and perseverance, so that they are able to engage/explore the challenges of school and the wider world.
- nurture the spiritual development of our school fellowship, develop tolerance of other faiths, beliefs and cultures and build religious literacy through collective worship of God and teaching of RE.
- champion our values to equip our children ready for their future as respectful individuals, life-long learners and active citizens in society (justice).
Our Vision in Action
The Curriculum Policy (the Intent), the Teaching and Learning Policy (the Implementation) and the Assessment Policy (the Impact) all set out how we deliver our curriculum, therefore we have linked these polices together to help detail how our vision will be delivered, and what is seen in practice. These three parts, linked to other policies, will drive the education in the school.
The Intent: Our curriculum (Curriculum Map 2019 20) is based on our clear and distinct Christian mission and values which champion the National Curriculum and the goal of preparing our children for life in Modern Britain. The curriculum is all the planned learning opportunities that we, as a school, organise in order to promote knowledge and understanding, personal growth and development. It also includes a range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way we all treat each other and expect adults and children to behave.
‘TEAM ‑ Together Everyone Achieves More’ epitomises what we all feel our school represents. We believe strongly in the partnership of our parents, children and staff. By working together and sharing common goals we can move our school forward and achieve our aim of providing a rich & varied education in an atmosphere of trust, tolerance and respect for each other.
The implementation (How we teach): We work through a team approach, where each teacher, who specialises in a foundation subject will lead and teach that subject to every class. This, we find, provides deep and broad learning to every pupil, embedding the ethos of our school. Through this approach we can teach evry pupil specific skills to learn and access our broad curriculum; developing knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning, in order that they achieve their true potential.
Each subject can link to our values and provide pupils the knowledge and understanding to prepare themselves to experience the real world. Our formal curriculum is based on the September 2014 National Curriculum for Key Stage 2. Our rigorous, well planned curriculum, combined with high quality teaching ensures that children are supported to be well rounded, included, empathetic young people who have a genuine thirst for learning. We focus on children developing a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect for and understanding of different and diverse people. We add further details and specifics below.
The Impact: We want to know that what we teach and how we teach makes a real difference and allows all of our children to learn and develop. At Donnington Wood we use many different types of assessment to identify key learning and plan for pupil’s future needs. This is constantly reviewed and reflected on, ensuring we provide for each and every pupil, whether it be additional challenge, support or external input. This process is a cycle, and at all points we judge and measure the impact of our curriculum through this process. Assessment is used to identify needs and plan the next steps in learning and is purposely for enabling pupils to reach their potential.
Our Sample Timetable
|Early Morning Work||Maths||Collective Worship||Play Time||English: Reading||English: Spelling, punctuation and grammar, and Writing.||Lunch Time||Curriculum(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|
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 different 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.
For example, Mr Field, our PE teacher and his team of highly qualified and professional staff, teach the highest quality of PE to all classes. This has led to us being awarded the Gold Sports Mark 3 years in a row. Our PE report 2019 demonstrates how we give pupils the best access to sports.
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.
Other curriculum links:
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 have 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.
Below is a sample overview for Year, 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.
2019 and 2020 Curriculum overview Curriculum Map 2019 20
|How we can live together?
|How we overcome problems?
|How can we make a better world?
|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
|Geography||UK regions||UK map work
Settlements in the UK
|Coasts and mountains||Seaside holidays
Solids. Liquid & gases
|Electricity & sound||Living things/habitats – seaside habitats|
|5||History||Ancient Greece||Ancient Greece||Explorers –Marco Polo
Shang Dynasty in China
|Geography||The Mediterranean||European regions countries and cities
|Volcanoes and earthquakes||Climate and weather
Tourism in the Mediterranean
|Science||The work of Aristotle – life cycles Priorities & 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.
If you want any more information, speak to any class teacher! Mr Rawson oversees the design of the curriculum, and he can also help you.
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
We are in the process of updating our maths plans.
Math Offer For Spring Term
Maths Calculation Policy- Include from Reception- any questions please come and ask!
Online 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.