The Southwater Way - Curriculum Statement
Our belief at The Southwater Junior Academy is that all children should have an education that sets them up for life. Our mission as an academy is to have pride in ourselves and our school. Our ambition is for every child to reach his or her full potential as an individual, be independent and confident. We embrace and thrive on challenge. Our ethos is centred on our core values of working hard, resilience and kindness.
The prime aim of our curriculum is to organise children’s learning to promote excellence and a lifelong love of learning. We believe it is vital that the learning within the curriculum supports the development of both independence and working with others. We aim to maximise each child’s learning potential by providing bespoke coaching for our teachers, thus facilitating the highest quality learning experiences for the children.
We aim to help each child develop as a successful learner, confident individual and responsible citizen, and develop their capabilities to the full, learning to respect others, express themselves with fluency and confidence, and understand the world in which they live. The principle of life-long learning underpins our curriculum. We believe an essential feature of schooling is being ready to learn. We aim to help pupils improve their learning skills and become independent learners by promoting an understanding of positive attitudes to learning.
Our innovative assessment process has emphasis on informing all aspects of planning and teaching to help to identify areas for development. It enables pupils to be involved in recognising what they need to do to improve and how they can achieve their personal best. Through our assessment, we ensure that the curriculum is well matched to individual children’s needs and is intellectually and personally challenging.
The curriculum encourages the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of each child, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We provide access to a wide variety of educational opportunities that offer each child, engagement and success. We encourage the involvement of parents in their child’s learning through events such as class visits, ‘Dads’ day’ and curriculum meetings Such events help us to demonstrate that learning is for life.
At The Southwater Junior Academy, we have dedicated spaces for learning in Computing, Cooking & Nutrition, Sport and Music. These combined with expert, enthusiastic teaching and support staff allow the children to develop their interests and strengths across the curriculum.
Organisation and Teaching Methods
The Academy has four classes per year group.
The teachers involved work in teams to plan meticulously to meet the needs of each child, based on the subject knowledge and skills detailed in the National Curriculum. During the course of the day, teachers may work with their own class or they may work with children from other classes. This happens daily in Maths lessons, where the children work in Maths groups, which are set by ability. The pupils follow the same syllabus and the work covered is closely matched to the ability of the children.
There are times when an individual child or a small group of children may work with a teacher or learning support assistant away from the classroom. Children may be in these groups as they are finding an aspect of the curriculum a challenge, to reinforce a particular concept or because we want to extend their learning further.
When our teachers have release time to focus on Planning, Preparation and Assessment, the children are taught by highly skilled specialist teachers, covering subjects such as physical education, music, French and RE.
The National Curriculum and Organisation of Learning
At Southwater Junior Academy we base our curriculum on the programmes of study for all the compulsory subjects of the National Curriculum.
Further information about the National Curriculum can be found by clicking here
We plan our curriculum with a focus on the subject skills that the children will need in order to allow them to be successful learners.
We have developed a topic based approach to the curriculum and where possible, we have linked subjects into a theme to motivate and inspire the children to learn. There is a whole school overview of the topics on our website, along with overviews for each term from every year group. At the academic year the year teams hold curriculum meetings for parents, to share the forthcoming learning. Before the start of each term we send out a topic overview so children and parents can prepare for the upcoming term. As required we also hold additional meetings in areas such as Literacy, Maths, Science and ICT.
Enriching and Extending Learning
Our academy prides itself on the wide range of extra-curricular clubs that it provides. These include sporting opportunities, music, drama, ICT and art amongst others.
We regularly take the children out on trips to support and extend learning in the curriculum. To further enhance our curriculum provision, we invite visitors and members of the community into the school to share experiences with the children.
There are residential experiences in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 to promote a whole range of skills and to enable the children to experience the independence of being away from home. These residentials vary in length depending on the age of the children.
In addition to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, the school has further enrichment activities.
• Themed days based around the year group topic eg Decades’ Day, Victorian Day
• Themed days such as World Book Day
• Enrichment courses – Computing, music and sport
• Healthy Schools’ Week
• Charity events where the children raise money
• An extensive range of peripatetic instrument lessons
• School productions and concerts – at Harvest, Christmas, and Year 6 performance at The Capitol Theatre
• Colour team sporting challenge
Our whole school approach to developing our learners as responsible citizens is reinforced by the ethos we engender based upon the Rights Respecting School model. Our school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships. The children understand that with every right there comes a responsibility and these are exemplified in the Academy and class charters.
We have many opportunities to incorporate the principles and characteristics of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC). For the benefit of our pupils, we embrace this broader dimension of their personal development through experiences in RE and PSHE, and in the wider curriculum, including extra-curricular and out-of-school activities.
If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please contact your child’s class teacher, the Year Leader or the Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Brown.
Whole School Overview - Please click on the term's topic heading for further details: