Curriculum and the Learning Journey at Cliff Park Junior School
We believe that every child should enjoy their education and be happy, healthy and safe at school. We will value our children for their individuality, culture and heritage. We are committed to providing a place of excellence with high standards.
Children will know how to learn as well as acquire knowledge. They will have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, emotional and social, physical, moral and spiritual development. Learning will be recognised and celebrated by children and adults.
Cliff Park Junior School covers Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) of the National Curriculum
Statement of Intent:
Schools within East Anglia Schools Trust are passionate about promoting and instilling a love for learning through an irresistible curriculum for all our children. We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to become independent learners and thinkers; prepared and ready to become lifelong learners.
We use the Creative learning Journey (CLJ) as the basis for our curriculum planning, informed by the National Curriculum. This creative approach enables us to integrate the areas of learning in order to make learning meaningful, relevant and engaging. As well as the cross curricula opportunities there are also discreet lessons in areas such as maths, phonics, spelling etc.
At Cliff Park Junior School children learn within a safe, caring and motivating environment. Staff focus upon providing the highest possible standards of education and upon enthusing pupils with a love of learning. Through creative, broad and balanced experiences we inspire confidence and celebrate the uniqueness and successes of all. We emphasise a culture of mutual respect, to ensure the happiness and personal growth of each individual. By working in partnership with families we nurture the whole child and provide a firm basis for our pupils to develop into responsible and fulfilled members of society.
We are proud to have a curriculum which stimulates our children into asking searching questions, shapes their learning and enables them to develop into independent thinkers and learners. We realise the importance of every minute of every day that they spend with us, and fill it with experiences that seek to challenge the children to ‘think outside the box’ in their creativity and innovation. Developing the holistic child is of key importance and, with this in mind, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses academic subjects, sport, music and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education. We are particularly proud of the respect and care that our children show for one another, the environment and the community around us.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2:
As part of the EAST Academy Trust, Cliff Park Infant School, along with Cliff Park Junior School adopt the National Curriculum as a basis for planning and expectations for our children from Year 1 right the way up to Year 6.
The National Curriculum shows the statutory areas that the children must be taught by year group for the core subjects (English, Maths and Science) and non-core. All non-core subjects are broken down by Key Stage.
To access the New National Curriculum document please click here.
We believe that our children learn best when they are inspired, motivated and interested in their learning opportunities. In order to enable this to happen, expectations and experiences laid out in the National Curriculum are planned for in the context of themes or topics. These themes may be planned to cover expectations over a period of a few weeks, half a term, or longer dependent on the depth of study or age of children.
Each Year group plans for a theme using the expectations for the age group, laid down in the National Curriculum. Our current half-term curriculum topic wheels are available to view at the bottom of this page.
Phases (either Lower – years 3 and 4 or Upper – years 5 and 6) plan for a theme using the expectations for the age group, laid down in the National Curriculum. These themes may be planned to cover expectations over a period of a few weeks, half a term, or longer dependent on the depth of study or age of children. We use the Creative Learning Journey (CLJ) as the basis for our curriculum, informed by the National curriculum. This creative approach enables us to integrate the areas of learning in order to make learning meaningful, relevant and engaging. As well as the CLJ there are also discreet lesson in areas such as maths, phonics, spelling etc Our current curriculum topic wheels are available to view at the bottom of this page.
Our curriculum provides children with the opportunity to:
- Learn to value others, their views, cultures and beliefs
- Celebrate the uniqueness of everyone, treating everyone with care and respect
- Develop a range of skills to support life-long learning
- Communicate and interact effectively with others
- Listen and empathise
- Make a positive contribution to the school, local and wider community
- Enjoy the challenge of learning in a variety of ways, making full use of the indoor and outdoor environment and the wider locality
- Become reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development
- Learn independently, with and from others
- Become active learners who are resilient and adaptable
- Know the importance of achieving your best
Where children have a purpose and reason for what they do, application of skills shows real understanding.
Core subjects, (English and Maths) and ICT, PE and PHSE have designated timetabled slots. Other subjects are either taught in blocks or learning (Science and RE) and/or taught through the thematic approach where children are expected and given opportunities to use and apply the English and Maths skills they have been taught.
At Cliff Park Junior School reading is at the heart of all opportunities for learning. There are many opportunities to read throughout each day. These may include – shared reading together, reading individual books and ERIC reading lessons,
Each child takes home an ‘Accelerated Reader’ linked reading book from an ability banded selection of the library. Our children also have the opportunity to borrow books from the library.
Writing is taught as integrated skills. We follow a phased approach to writing which allows children to explore texts, understand features and then emulate and innovate. Grammar and punctuation skills are integrated into English lessons in order that children are able to see these in context and then apply. Spelling is taught using the Read, Write, Spell programme and spelling sessions are held three times a week in each class. The spelling programme provides home support materials where children are able to practice these skills at home.
We follow the concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) model of teaching maths and also use the Abacus platform and assessment materials. We incorporate the use of the Singapore Bar method to support children’s understanding of problem solving and reasoning. Times tables are practiced weekly in all classes in order to support and secure children’s fluency and recall of multiplication facts.
We follow the Empiribox Science Programme which is delivered across all year groups simultaneously throughout Key Stage Two. This is a hands-on, investigative programme aimed at nurturing curiosity, passion and excitement for science. Teachers are supported in delivering high quality lessons through accessing training from Empiriboxs’ own specialist scientists.
Personal, Social, Health and Emotional education: (PSHE).
PSHE education at Cliff Park Junior School focusses on supporting children to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Our curriculum plan develops the following:
1: Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these)
2: Relationships (including different types and in different settings)
3: A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet)
4: Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings)
5: Diversity and equality (in all its forms)
6: Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)
7: Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)
8: Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)
9: Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding)
PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) is an additional and essential part of our Personal, Social and Emotional education strategy. We deliver PATHS lessons twice a week and during this time we cover many topics including:
- How to recognise and understand feelings
- How to use and improve thinking skills
- Various ways to solve problems.
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE):
SRE is a lifelong learning process of acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs and attitudes about sex, sexuality, relationships and feelings (Sex Education Forum 1999). SRE will be taught as a specific subject during the Summer term of years 4,5 and 6 and the content of lessons will follow the DfE Sex and Relationship Education Guidance (2000). Year 3 pupils will not be taught specific aspects of SRE but will continue to follow their PATHS year group curriculum continuing to develop the ethos of establishing and maintaining positive and effective relationships.
The school follows the outline of skills and learning expectations laid down in the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus. We use ‘Discovery RE’ to support our teaching of RE. The programme of study can be downloaded here.
Our computing curriculum follows the programmes of work ensuring opportunities for all to meet National Curriculum expectations. We use ‘Switched On!’ computing units of work to enable our children to develop and use their skills. Children also have the opportunity to apply many IT skills across the wider curriculum such including choices about the presentation of topic learning, showing results in Science etc
Further information on curriculum coverage can be downloaded here.
Childrens' Leadership and Pupil Voice:
Children are given many opportunities to develop leadership skills. These skills are developed through membership of the School Council, as Golden Mile ambassadors or through playtime and lunchtime leaders and ‘supporters’. All children are assigned to a mixed age circle group. Each group meets half termly to discuss and share ideas, thoughts and views on a range of whole school topics and issues. Circle groups allow every child to have a voice in school.
Alongside the fundamental 'British Values', each month we focus on a different value such as respect, honesty and tolerance teaching an understanding that values guide our thinking and behaviour. To read more please click here.
At Cliff Park Junior School we recognise the value of educational visits and visitors in providing children with a richer and broader educational experience.
We aim to include enrichment opportunities which support curriculum learning on a regular basis, either in the form of a visiting group such as a theatre company or a visit to a place of interest. Examples include a visit from West End in Schools Dance, author visits, local community representatives and Dance and Performing Artists and visits to Sutton Hoo, Burgh Castle and the Time and Tide Museum.
We value opportunities for learning that can take place offsite. Each year group also offers an extended visit, either a whole day or residential visits including overnight accommodation within the local area. These visits take place during the Summer term for each year group.
We also value highly the role that residential experiences can play in supporting children’s wider SMSC skills and development and sense of self-esteem, confidence and well-being. We offer opportunities for pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 to take part in a range of residential experiences, supporting a wide variety of skill development. Children in year 3 have the opportunity to take part in a day visit at a local activity centre.
To view our Key Stage 2 Assessment Test Results, please see our 'Performance & Results' page.
Please speak to your class teacher to find out more about the learning in class.