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Curriculum

At Sudley Junior School, we intend to offer our children a well sequenced, broad and balanced, challenging and inclusive curriculum which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. Underpinned by our belief in their limitless potential, our curriculum is built upon the foundations of reading, writing and arithmetic and is shaped according to what our children need to know, understand and do in order to thrive.

 

Our curriculum promotes pupils children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and allows our pupils to

  • Enjoy and achieve by building on their unique strengths, interests and experiences,

  • Be resilient and engaged in the process of their own learning

  • Be happy, enthusiastic, reflective and committed learners who have a thirst for learning

  • Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas, enabling them to make sustained progress.

  • Develop their confidence and capacity to learn both collaboratively and independently

  • Think creatively, engage in problem solving, be adventurous and explore areas of interest

  •  Understand the importance of pursuing a safe and healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally.

  • Form positive relationships which are based on a respect for themselves and others and develop their self esteem

  • Become responsible, respectful and caring citizens who celebrate diversity and make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community.

 

We teach the 2014 Primary National Curriculum using a subject based approach and making appropriate cross curricular links. Cultural experiences are central to the children’s learning and play a significant role in fostering the engagement, motivation and creativity that our children have to offer. We aim to use a range of evidence – based teaching approaches in order to ensure knowledge, skills and understanding are reinforced and embedded.  We evaluate our practice regularly against what we know works.

 

Each term our curriculum can be found on the website, informing parents and carers of what their child will be learning.

 

The curriculum presented on this website is set out to be accessible to parents who wish to support their child with what we are teaching. In this way, we have organised the information so it is easily understood. If you would like to know any more about our school curriculum or feel can support it in any way, please get in touch.

Reading

Reading

 

At Sudley Junior School, reading is a whole school priority and we value the impact it has on children's lives. In the planning of our reading curriculum, we give equal priority to all aspects of reading development, not just comprehension. We focus on fluency as a step between phonics and comprehension, background knowledge and vocabulary development in equal proportions. We base what we do on cognitive research into how people learn to read.

 

Curriculum Reading:

 

Each half term, every class reads a common novel. These novels are usually a little beyond the grasp of the children and are lengthy, in order to develop children’s resilience and stamina. Guided reading sessions are based around these, as are curriculum English lessons when appropriate.  The books are carefully selected and are recognised for their quality and appropriateness to children of that age group. They are sometimes related to the wider curriculum and sometimes contemporary, addressing some of the real issues facing children today. The books are often read by the teacher to the children to model fluency and pace and often focus on close scrutiny of vocabulary and EGPS taught that week.  Throughout the school year, children will read a variety of non-fiction texts on subjects from the curriculum and beyond, which helps to further develop their subject-specific vocabulary, in context. Teaching knowledge is teaching reading.

 

Home Reading:

 

Nothing fosters a love of reading like setting aside a period of time each day to enjoy a brilliant book. As parents, sharing a book with your child and helping them grow as readers and is one of the most powerful things that you can do to help your child at school.

 

It is for this reason that we have a carefully selected Home Reader library and pupils progress through stages of reading books. We use a variety of texts including Oxford Reading Tree and an every growing range of 'real’ books, accessible to children of all stages of reading development. This provides the children with the opportunity to read a variety of genres at their level but most importantly, to support families in helping their children see books as something they would choose to engage with as part of their leisure time.

 

We encourage parents to return these books and home readers daily as they will sometimes be used in lessons. These books can be changed as quickly as the book is finished.

 

As the children reach Year 5 and 6, their home reading books form part of each year group’s ‘Beloved Books’. This is a selection of 24 books which we feel all children should read before they move into KS3. These books are shared in lessons, as teaching tools and as home readers.

 

If you have any questions about reading at our school, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

 

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Phonics

As a Junior School, we are aware of the importance of teacher and pupil knowledge and understanding of Phonics as one mechanism to aid spelling and reading. We are therefore engaged in the Phonics Counts Programme and receive whole-staff training on the teaching and learning of Phonics within our school.

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