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Curriculum Overview

The aim of the Normanton Junior Academy curriculum is to provide all pupils with immersive learning experiences that ensure pupils are not only engaged but are eager to drive their own learning.

 

We place great emphasis on learning in context through real world scenarios and experiences and on making a tangible difference to the local community.

 

We believe it is imperative that key values are instilled in all our pupils so that they are well placed to develop into good citizens and are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Our curriculum is designed to raise aspirations by exposing children to different paths to a successful future whilst promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing.

 

In maths, Normanton Junior Academy aims to deliver a knowledge engaged approach to the curriculum into order to give pupils a meaningful and relevant curriculum which puts knowledge into context. This fits with the organisation of our wider curriculum into topics, allowing for greater cross curricular links and learning in context.

We believe that, although a purely knowledge led approach may lead to strong recall of facts, it limits pupils’ ability to use their knowledge on a real world context through using their reasoning skills. This ability to ‘think for themselves’ allows for much stronger progress over time.

We believe that a purely skills led approach would worsen one of the greatest barriers to learning many of our pupils face: gaps in knowledge, such as times tables facts and number bonds. Core knowledge is required for pupils to make sense from by using the skills they learn. Even in subjects where knowledge is more generic, such as in history, certain core facts are important to give pupils a sense of identity and to ensure they understand key events that shaped our world as we know it today.

As many of our pupils have limited opportunities for learning outside of school, in order to ‘offer a curriculum which… prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’ (national curriculum 2014), our curriculum needs good coverage of a wide range of curriculum areas, including some that are not on the national curriculum. As such, discrete lessons in science, computing, PE, MFL, music and OAK Schools take place regularly, and RE and PSHE are covered through assemblies, theme days and theme weeks, whilst RSE is taught on a termly basis over a full day each term. This is in addition to the arts and humanities being covered through termly topics.

High quality texts, linked to termly topics where possible, are the driver behind reading and writing planning, ensuring that pupils are regularly exposed to challenging, age-appropriate texts. A range of other texts are also used during reading comprehension lessons to ensure a range of genres are covered.

At Normanton Junior Academy, we have adopted a Mastery approach that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils, catering for a range of learning styles.  As a school, we place great emphasis on the children learning as much as possible through their own first-hand experience, in order to properly understand and acquire their knowledge and skills. We strongly value offering the children opportunities to use models and images to support their thinking.

Each child should be able to think and solve problems mathematically by using appropriate skills, manipulatives, concepts and knowledge. Children should be provided with rich and enjoyable experiences related to both individual needs and the wider requirements of society

We aim for the children to:

  • Have a positive attitude to mathematics;
  • Have self confidence in their ability to deal with maths;
  • Be able to work systematically, cooperatively and with perseverance;
  • Be able to think logically and independently;
  • Be able to apply their learning to the wider world;
  • Experience a sense of achievement regardless of age or ability;
  • Understand the appropriate underlying skills, concepts and knowledge of number, measurement, geometry and statistics;
  • Effectively use manipulatives to support thinking, learning and understanding, where needed;

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