Our Curriculum Intent
Spring Term 2020
At Copthorne Junior School we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum which provides a high quality education. We develop challenges to ensure that children develop a range of transferrable skills to help prepare children for the next stage of their learning. We are passionate about our children being curious, creative learners.
Our curriculum will help children appreciate the diversity of society and understand their own identity and self- belief. We strive to create a positive learning ethos by providing enriching activities. Our hope is that each child will have an appetite for learning throughout their lives.
Our English curriculum follows “The Power of Reading.” Children read high quality, engaging texts in class and their writing is based around the text. Other curriculum areas e.g. art, are also based on the core text used in class.
Guided Reading takes place in each class every week. This provides opportunities for the children to develop their comprehension, inference and deduction skills, also thinking about an author’s viewpoint and how and why they use specific words or build up a character in the book.
Phonics is taught four mornings per week in year 3, to support children in being able to break words down in reading and spelling. In years 4, 5 and 6 spelling, punctuation and grammar is the focus four mornings a week, although phonics is still taught to children who still need the support.
Maths is mainly taught discretely and in line with the new curriculum, which supports children in gaining and practising the fundamentals of mathematics e.g. number facts, times tables and methods for all four number operations. Children are required to gain a deeper knowledge and demonstrate they are able to apply their knowledge independently to problem solving.
In Year 3 children are taught maths skills in their own classes, whilst in Years 4, 5 and 6 children are split into maths sets, so their needs can be targeted and the pace adjusted to the learning needs of the children. Maths Workshops are held in the Autumn Term to support parents with understanding and completing methods of the four number operations.
Our science curriculum is a hands on and practical curriculum, which offers children opportunities to investigate, predict, observe and draw conclusions about their findings.
Much science, information and communication technology, geography and history is covered through the half termly/ termly topics. Humanities are often used as the thread for tying together the curriculum areas.
The amount of time devoted to other areas of the curriculum is balanced over a school year. In one particular half term or term there may be a bias towards the scientific element, which is then redressed by an emphasis towards history, geography or DT during the remaining two terms in a school year.
Curriculum overviews for the term for all year groups are on the school website.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
Our school places a great deal of importance on ensuring that the children leave school knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing wisely most of the time. We have a very strong policy regarding a healthy approach to life which includes eating well, exercising well and keeping oneself safe.
Sex Education is taught in Year 5 through discussion about body changes and then in Year 6 where children are taught Sex Education in the context of a loving relationship. Commercially produced DVDs are often used as a starting point for the lessons. Parents are invited into school to ‘view’ the material being offered to their children. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex and relationship education provided at school, excepting those parts included in the statutory National Curriculum.
Modern Foreign Languages
All children have a Spanish lesson every week. The children follow a curriculum which includes a balance of spoken and recorded language.