At Holt Farm Junior School, our aim for is to ensure that our curriculum is:
‘balanced and inspiring and filled with enriching
experiences to develop lifelong learning’.
This has been achieved through:
careful analysis of the National Curriculum which we deliver in an exciting and purposeful way
subject leaders coherently sequencing learning through providing a clear progression of skills
the use of powerful, quality texts, alongside exploiting cross-curricular opportunities, to make learning interesting and meaningful
using our professional knowledge of our children and how they learn best to adapt lessons to support all learners
learning that is built upon a sequence of successive lessons, where children are challenged appropriately (we have found that deeper learning occurs which the children are thoroughly engaged in and become empowered to develop their own knowledge and skills).
using regular assessment opportunities to address any misconceptions or gaps in knowledge and skills (particularly in view of recent school closures for our learners despite having provided a strong remote learning package). This includes on the spot feedback, live assessment and the use of self and peer assessment so that each learner knows their next steps to success
recognising the importance of quality talk opportunities, developing the use of vocabulary, promoting mental health and wellbeing for all, reading for pleasure and building learners' resilience, confidence, independence so that they are not afraid to take risks and appreciate the value of learning from mistakes.
ensuring our curriculum, both inside and outside the classroom, actively promotes the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Equality is promoted and diversity celebrated.
enhancing the learning experience through visits, visitors and special events throughout the year (see news and events on our webpage)
using digital technologies to enhance learning e.g. class ChromeBooks, a dedicated computer lesson in the suite, online resources e.g. MyOn, Accelerated Reader, EdShed, TT Rock Stars, Google Classrooms
offering children the opportunity to discover a wide variety of academic, vocational and technical skill sets and the cultural capital to succeed in later life (e.g. career paths, diversity, real life opportunities-‘if you can’t see it you won't be it’)
Holt Farm Junior Curriculum Design
In order for children at HFJS to reach their full potential in all subjects, we build on prior learning by making links with topics covered in previous years. As well as this, children are exposed to inquiry based learning, low-risk quizzes and regular opportunities to revisit and apply key learning so that connections are made to promote long term memory. Pre and post assessments are completed throughout the whole topic being covered. Learners are assessed regularly against clear targets and end point tasks to demonstrate the learning and skill development that has taken place.
Each subject has an overview to ensure there is a progression of skills, from year to year and that learning has a purpose. Launch Days and Celebration Days/Enrichment opportunities mean that children are engaged and inspired by their learning from the word go and are consistently working towards a goal at the end of the unit where their learning can be celebrated.
Information is shared with parents via Curriculum Overviews at the beginning of each half-term. We also provide regular opportunities to report children’s progress through Learning Conversation meetings during the autumn and spring term, written reports and our open door policy (communication via Class Dojo, email or making appointments with the class teacher (currently via phone/Zoom).
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