English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
Purpose of Study, English National Curriculum, 2014
Literacy is defined as the united skills and knowledge of reading, writing and oral language. As it is the foundation of all learning, success in literacy is vital for educational progression. Literacy not only empowers the learner, but is essential for independent learning and most aspects of everyday life. It should, therefore, be at the heart of our teaching and learning.
CJS English guidelines
The primary aims of our English curriculum are:
- To provide children with stimulating opportunities to read, write and speak with confidence, fluency and understanding.
- To provide children with an environment which is inspirational, aspirational and secure and which provides encouragement and opportunities for the development of all aspects of Literacy.
- To seek to ensure that all children achieve or exceed their targets in all aspects of Literacy by the time they move from Primary to Secondary Education.
Follow these links to see guidelines and objectives for the teaching of:
Punctuation & Grammar
To further support reading at home, these questions have been developed as discussion points between the parent/ carer and the child. Click here to view these.
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Purpose of Study, Mathematics National Curriculum, 2014
Our aim at CJS is to ensure that our children are confident mathematicians who are able to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills to all areas of the primary curriculum and to real life contexts.
Maths at Christchurch Junior School is delivered through an exciting and engaging curriculum which is taught from Year 3 to Year 6. As children progress through the school children are taught number work, calculation, shape, space and measures and statistics. Through a range of problem solving activities, children are given the opportunity to explain the methods that they use and verbalise their reasoning.
Children regularly practise core number facts and calculation skills in lessons and at home. Children, parents and teachers have a shared responsibility to ensure that all pupils leave Christchurch Junior School being more able and more confident in maths.
Teachers’ planning will be based on the core objectives for each half term of the year for their year group.
Click here to see the Handbook for teaching mathematics at CJS including the school’s calculation policy
Click below to see a term-by-term guide to the core objectives for Maths planning. (links to PDFs below)
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Purpose of Study, Science National Curriculum, 2014
At Christchurch Junior School, we endeavour to provide high-quality science education which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Science has changed our lives and plays an essential role in the world’s future prosperity. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, our children should be encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the world they live in. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
At CJS, our children are urged to constantly ask questions.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The nature, processes and methods of science
‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It should not be taught as a separate strand.
These types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Through these investigations, children should seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
At Christchurch Junior School, children’s learning is enhanced through opportunities to further inspire their scientific development through opportunities such as the annual Science Fair and Astronomy evening.
Click here to see a Unit overview and key skills checklist of the topics covered in Science across the school.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Purpose of Study, Art National Curriculum, 2014
Art, craft and design in CJS will follow the new guidelines in the National Curriculum. It will engage all children and teach them to become familiar with and to use a wide range of techniques, materials and skills.
Throughout the four years children will become familiar with a range of artists, designers and architects, recognising different movements.
All children will have a sketchbook. The sketch book will record a wide range of techniques and practises, including the use of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
The Art curriculum at CJS is designed to build an enthusiasm and love for and enjoyment of Art and Design. It will engage, inspire and challenge all pupils, allowing them to appreciate creativity as a fundamental part of learning. By promoting these values they will develop deeper spiritual, moral, social and cultural beliefs. We have developed a curriculum plan which maps out the art skills that will be taught to children in their time here. These skills will be transferable across the curriculum and thus develop passionate and creative learners who will have a desire to learn.
At CJS the teaching of Art is taught by class teachers with the support of the Art subject leader. It ensures all pupils experience creativity through many different processes. The children revisit skills throughout their time here. They will build their love of Art and Design using Art journals, recording their journey and deeper passion for experimentation, reflection and implementation of skills. Through the teaching of arts weeks, pupils will experience expert teaching led by the arts leader. As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
In accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- Become proficient in drawing painting, sculpture and a range of art, craft and design techniques
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
Click here to see a term-by-term overview of the topics and the key techniques and media to be covered in Art.
The teaching of Art in CJS will produce positive attitudes to learning. It will foster creative and imaginative ways to experiment, invent and create own works of art, craft and design. These skills will be derived from our whole school unit over view. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated as children exhibit both within school and at the Christchurch Priory, learning to share creativity to a wider community. By the end of Year 6 pupils will have developed the freedom to explore art using their imaginations and recorded their artistic processes through art journals. They will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to be creative and inventive artists.
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Purpose of Study, Design Technology National Curriculum, 2014
The DT curriculum at CJS
Design and technology at CJS will follow the new guidelines in the National Curriculum. It will inspire and encourage children to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
Throughout their four years at CJS children will learn a variety of skills and techniques such as how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce structures; understand and use mechanical systems; understand and use electrical systems in their products; how to apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products and to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques. The children will also begin to learn and understand the seasonality of different foods.
Click here to see an overview of Design Technology here at CJS
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Purpose of Study, Geography National Curriculum, 2014
Geography gives pupils a unique insight into the way in which people and places interact. In CJS a strong emphasis is placed on developing secure mapping skills and locational knowledge in order to provide context for the wide range of human and physical geography topics that pupils will investigate throughout the school. Year groups plan for stimulating tasks that aim to engage and motivate through use of interesting resources, active lessons, and field trips. Mapwork in particular is used to support a variety of other subjects in order to create geographical awareness across the curriculum, whether real-life maps for History and Science, or fictional plans based on class reading novels.
Click here to see a term-by-term guide to the core objectives for Geography topics.
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Purpose of Study, History National Curriculum, 2014
History at Christchurch Junior School will assist children to gain a valuable knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The curriculum has been designed to fulfil the standards of the National Curriculum and ensure that it inspires and enthuses every child’s interest in the subject.
At Christchurch Junior School, we aim to create a History curriculum that develops children’s curiosity to know more about the past and explore ideas about people and events. Teaching will be guided by the Unit Overviews, showing clear guidance and aims for the children’s learning. Teaching will enable pupils to ask thoughtful questions, think critically about historical information and interpret evidence from a range of sources. History should help our pupils to understand the complexities of different groups, cultures and societies in the past both in Britain and the world. Therefore, the children will be able to reflect on their own identity and their place in history and why it’s so important to understand our past to help us better deal with challenges in the future.
Children will learn and hone many skills such as researching, analysing and interpreting. These skills, and more, can be used and applied across other subjects in the curriculum. Children will be taught through numerous mediums including; primary and secondary sources, maps, online technologies, school trips and educational events in and outside of the school.
It is our aim at CJS, to encourage children to become passionate about the past and to experience and explore both their own history and the world’s in an engaging and exciting environment.
When studying history at CJS, the children will gain knowledge through high teaching standards that enable progression throughout their school career. Pupils will be given the tools to become good historians and have the chance to build upon their experiences and develop skills. This will be achieved through studying different topics in every year group that are linked to the National Curriculum. These will range from the Stone Age and Iron Age in Year 3, to the Ancient Greeks and Titanic in Year 6.
Using a range of teaching tools, themed topic days and trips to various historical localities, the children will be engaged in their learning. Topic days will range from a field trip to Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre in Year 3 and a Roman Museum visit in Year 4. Pupils will have the chance to participate in significant historical events such as The Holocaust Memorial Ceremony and Remembrance Day. By involving Christchurch Junior School in these important occasions, the children see the school as an important part in the wider community’s history.
In addition, history will not be taught as just a single, stand-alone subject but will filter into others in the curriculum. For example, children in Year 4 will be studying recounts and letters in English about the Roman city of Pompeii and children in Year 3 will be writing diary accounts about the day in the life of an Egyptian Pharaoh. History will also be linked to other subjects such as Art, where children will be given the opportunity in Year 5 to create propaganda artwork linked to World War Two. As well as this, children’s home learning projects enable them to showcase their engagement with history by creating projects that show independent learning. In Year 3, the children have the chance to show their home projects in an Egyptian Museum and Year 4 children create their own Roman shield to use in a Roman Army re-enactment.
By providing cross-curricular links across a child’s learning, every child has the opportunity to learn history in a variety of exciting ways and through numerous media.
Click here to see a term-by-term guide to the core objectives for History topics.
At CJS, teachers will provide children with the opportunity to show what they have learnt and how they have developed their knowledge and understanding of the history subject covered. This will be assessed, not by exam questioning, but through the opportunity for pupils to apply their subject knowledge to a task. This will be via a range of techniques such as hot seating, quizzes, presentations and reports. Tasks will be designed to address key skills that have been identified in the Unit Overviews. For example, in Year 5, after learning about the Blitz, the children will have the opportunity to write diaries, personal recounts and descriptions about their experiences. Monitoring of their writing will enable teaching staff to assess their understanding of the historical event. By applying these skills across a variety of tasks, children will be transferring their skills such as researching, analysis, and cooperation between peers.
Our aim for every child in CJS is to be engaged and enthused in their history learning and understand how their role in history can impact their future.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Purpose of Study, ICT National Curriculum, 2014
Computing is an exciting and continually evolving area in the curriculum. In CJS, the computing curriculum will follow the new guidelines in the National Curriculum. Our aim is to engage all children and to teach them to become familiar with and to use a variety of programmes and software on a range of digital devices.
Throughout the four years, our objective is to expose students to a wide experience of using computers and digital technology, supporting their use across the curriculum, as well as developing an understanding of how computers and technology is used in the wider world and the associated social impact and dangers. Pupils will learn to evaluate their own work critically as well as that of their peers.
CJS has one computer suite which houses approximately 28 networked computers running Windows 7. The school also has two sets of thirty netbooks to enable computing to be embedded across the curriculum, allowing pupils access to technology whenever and wherever it is beneficial to learning.
All the classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards, video projectors, visualisers and networked computers.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high- quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Purpose of Study, Music National Curriculum, 2014
In music at CJS, children are given the opportunities to listen to, compose, improvise, rehearse and perform music. They will be able to use a wide range of instruments as well as their voices. Music will cover different styles, genres and historical periods.
Children will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument whilst at CJS. Year 3 learn whole class recorder, samba drums in Year 4 and in Year 5 children have the opportunity to be part of a concert style band.
Click here for a term by term overview of the topics covered in Music.
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Purpose of Study, PE National Curriculum 2014.
At CJS, we aim to inspire both boys and girls to engage in and enjoy physical activity as well as competitive sport. Children are taught the fundamental skills that underpin a range of sporting disciplines and given the opportunity to develop and apply these in context. CJS also provides pupils with specialist Gymnastics and Dance teaching, which is consistently developed throughout the four years.
Click here to see a term-by–term to our PE curriculum
National Curriculum Guidance, 2014
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum.
PSHE is a non-statutory subject. To allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high-quality PSHE we consider it unnecessary to provide new standardised frameworks or programmes of study. PSHE can encompass many areas of study. Teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils and do not need additional central prescription.
However, while we believe that it is for schools to tailor their local PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils, we expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions
At CJS we teach PSHE in a variety of ways. In some instances e.g. drugs and sex education, we teach PSHE as a discrete subject.
We use the Rainbow scheme. This is a scheme of work used in schools across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole which integrates the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) and PSHE for all children. It is taught in the same sequence throughout the school and assemblies are themed to support this.
Getting On and Falling Out/Anti Bullying
Going for Goals
Good To Be Me
We pride ourselves on our whole school events and activities e.g.
- An active School Council;
- Year 6 pupils acting as Peer Mediators to resolve friendship problems;
- Fundraising events for Children In Need, Christchurch Macmillan Unit
In Religious Education we aim to develop children’s own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We encourage the children to learn from religion as well as about religion.
At CJS the importance of R.E. as a subject in its own right and in the contributions it makes to promoting ‘the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of pupils and of society’ is recognised and therefore R.E. is taught discreetly; but links are made with units of study in other subjects, especially Geography, Art and History.
The aims of Religious Education at CJS are to help:
- Provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
- Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and other religious traditions and world-views, which offer answers to questions of ultimate meaning and purpose, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, and forms of expression and as well as the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
- Enable pupils to be aware of the historic and cultural contribution that religion has made to the island and island life.
- Encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities, to act with personal responsibility as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.
- Encourage pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions whilst respecting their own beliefs, those of the family from which they come and their personal search for meaning.
- Seek to promote opportunities to share, explore and value religious belief and in this way seeks to make a major contribution to our pupils’ spiritual development.
We carry out the curriculum planning in religious education in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short-term). The long-term plans are the Dorset LA Agreed Syllabus and supporting documents.
Click here to see a term by term guide to our R.E. curriculum.
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Purpose of Study, Languages National Curriculum, 2014
Children in Year 3 & 4 take part in weekly Spanish lessons, developing speaking and listening as well as basic reading and writing skills over a range of topics. Children in Years 5 & 6 learn either Spanish or French. As part of their learning, children are exposed to vocabulary and basic grammatical structures through engaging lessons which also help in the development of children’s understanding of differences in the world. Lessons are designed to develop children’s confidence and enjoyment in learning another language in preparation for further study in modern foreign languages in secondary school.
Click here to see the key objectives in our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum at CJS.