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Mathematics


Mathematics is essential for everyday life and understanding our world. It is therefore fundamentally important to ensure that our pupils have the best possible mathematics education. At St Saviour's Junior School we aim for the children to become confident and competent in essential number skills, geometry, measurement and statistics. 

All of these skills will be necessary for everyday use beyond the world of the classroom. We aim to increase children’s confidence when dealing with mathematical activities and create a positive approach so that they enjoy the challenge of mathematical learning.

We ensure children receive:

  • Consolidation of basic skills 
  • Practical activities
  • First-hand experience
  • Discussion opportunities
  • Investigative work (including opportunities for deeper learning)
  • Meaningful content, which is cross-curricular when appropriate. 

 

Literacy


We believe in the centrality of language in the curriculum and aim to provide a rich and stimulating language environment. Here the children develop reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.


We value writing and encourage children to produce work of quality and depth. Pupils are given many opportunities to write in a wide variety of ways using the work of professional writers as a model.


Spelling and handwriting are important tools in writing and a structured programme is in place.


Reading - This is probably the most important skill that a child will learn. It is not only a source of pleasure in itself, but also a primary means of obtaining information. Parents are encouraged to help their children by listening to them read and reading to them. Our children are given opportunities during the school day for quiet reading and are also encouraged to take books home. The children also have the opportunity to use the school library. We have produced a booklet for all parents about how to help you child with their reading.


Writing - Children need to write as a means of communication, as a way of clarifying their thoughts and as a method of recording their opinions and ideas. Various types of writing are introduced to the children, enabling them to select the most appropriate for the task in hand. We also stress the importance of good spelling, sound grammatical structure, neat handwriting and quality presentation, and all children follow the school policy in these areas.


We make full use of the National Curriculum to teach the skills of reading and writing in a very focused way.


Phonics - Children who need additional support in year 3 to year 6 follow individual phonics programmes using '  ' and '  '.


Speaking and Listening Skills - It is through talking that children clarify their understanding. Children learn to express themselves clearly and need to acquire a wide vocabulary to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Listening skills are equally vital and the children are given many opportunities to use both these skills in a wide variety of ways, including through drama, poetry, discussions.

 

Science
 
Science is a practical, investigative subject which uses a variety of skills. At St Saviour’s Junior School we teach children about living things and how the world works through enquiry and experimenting at every age.


We encourage children to question and discuss Science based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world. Above all we aim to make Science fun!

 

Geography
 
Geography is a valued part of the curriculum at St Saviour’s Church of England Junior School as it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved.
 
We recognise that Geography is a key life skill. All pupils are therefore entitled to an experience that is stimulating, enriching and relevant.

 

The programme of study for the new curriculum contains the following:

 

1. Locational knowledge
2. Place knowledge
3. Human and physical knowledge
4. Geographical skills and fieldwork

 

   
Theme

 

Local Story (History/Geography)

 
Year 3

 

 Volcanoes and Earthquakes
 ‘Our School’

 
Year 4

 

 
 Peru

 

 ‘Our Community’

 
Year 5

 

Water/Rivers

 ‘Our City’

 
Year 6

 

Settlement
 ‘Our Country’

R.E.


At St. Saviour’s, Religious Education is taught in accordance with a locally agreed syllabus, in our case the Awareness, Mystery and Value Agreed Syllabus.


Religious Education has the same status and importance as any other subject and the same high standards are applied to Religious Education as to all other subjects.      

   
We teach Religious Education according to the aims of the Agreed Syllabus and it is clearly stated that Religious Education should not attempt to alter a child's own beliefs, but to provide knowledge of their own and other's beliefs.

 

Below is an outline of the topics we cover through school.

YEAR 3

UNIT 1 What is important to me?

This unit explores ideas of what it is to be human and relates them to religious and other beliefs.

Focus Areas: A & D

Featured religions: Christianity & Judaism

 

UNIT 9 How should we live and who can inspire us?

This unit explores how people’s values and commitments might be demonstrated in the lives of (religious) leaders and believers

Focus Areas: B & F

Featured religions: Judaism, Christianity & Hinduism

UNIT 12 What does it mean to belong to a religion?

This unit explores aspects of practises, communities festivals and celebrations, and the beliefs to which they relate

Focus Areas: B, D & E

Featured religions: Judaism

 

YEAR 4

UNIT 10 What does it mean to belong to a religion?

This unit explores aspects of practises, communities festivals and celebrations, and the beliefs to which they relate

Focus Areas: B, D & E

Featured religions: Hinduism

UNIT 7 How do people express their beliefs and identity?

This unit explores how religions and beliefs employ signs, symbols and the arts to express aspects of human nature

Focus Areas: C & D

Featured religion: Christianity

UNIT 6 How do we make moral choices?

This unit explores how religious and other beliefs affect approaches to moral issues

Focus Areas: A & F

Featured religions: Christianity & Hinduism

YEAR 5

UNIT 2 What can we learn from the life and teaching of Jesus? This unit explores aspects of the person, life and teaching of Jesus and how they relate to Christian life, practices, celebration and the pattern of Christian festivals

Focus Areas: B & E

Featured religion: Christianity

UNIT 5  Why are some journeys and places special? This unit explores how religions and beliefs express aspects of life’s journey in a variety of creative ways

Focus Areas: C & E

Featured religions: Christianity & Islam

UNIT 3 Why do religious books and teachings matter?

This unit explores how religions and beliefs express values and commitments in a variety of written forms, and how value is attached to those writings

Focus Areas: C & F

Featured religions: Christianity & Islam

YEAR 6

UNIT 4 What does it mean to belong to a religion?

This unit explores aspects of Christian festivals, celebrations, practises and communities and the beliefs to which they relate

Focus Areas: B & D

Featured religion: Christianity

UNIT 11  What does it mean to belong to a religion?

This unit explores aspects of practises, communities festivals and celebrations, and the beliefs to which they relate

Focus Areas: B, D & E

Featured religions: Islam

UNIT 8  What do people believe about life?

This unit explores ideas about the natural world and our place in It and relates them to religious and other beliefs

Focus Areas: A & E

Featured religions: Christianity & Islam

 

A daily assembly takes place that includes an act of collective in the form of a prayer or reflection, in line with the statutory requirements. 
Should you prefer, you are entitled to request that your child is withdrawn from some elements of the curriculum; collective worship, RE and sex education. In such cases, the request must be made in writing to the Headteacher.

 

P.E.


At St. Saviour’s we believe that Physical Education contributes to the education of the whole child. It aims to develop physical skills and competencies, so that our pupils are able to move efficiently, effectively and safely and understand what they are doing. Physical Education provides ways of learning through action, awareness and observation and is achieved through a variety of physical activity ranging from gymnastics and dance, to team games and athletics. Children are also taught to swim in Y4 and Y5, with the national objective of swimming 25 metres being the focus of these lessons.


Participation will involve our children in the development of a number of personal qualities such as tolerance, a concern for others, fairness and commitment. 


Physical Education gives every child, whatever their ability, equal opportunities to develop their self-awareness and physical skills. It makes particular demands that are not easily replicated in other subjects.


In addition the children are offered a wide variety of lunchtime and afterschool sports clubs.


We participate in inter-school competitions, both in curriculum time and after school.


There are also various opportunities throughout the year for the children to take part in intra-school competitions - such as sports day, or Crescent team competitions as a year group.

 

History


At St. Saviour’s Junior school History is taught through topic work.  Each year group studies specific historically based topics.  Much of the cross curricular topic work is based around these History topics.  For example in Year 3 the Ancient Egyptians are studied and topic work includes tomb paintings, canopic jar making, designing and making moving Egyptian models and the writing of non chronological reports.  In addition to termly topics the children at St. Saviour’s Junior school take part in a special annual week called ‘Our Local Story’.  This week allows the children to develop their understanding of their own local history.  In Year 3 the children study the history of our school, moving onto the history of Larkhall in Year 4.  In Year 5 they study how the Romans invaded and settled in Bath moving onto a study of Roman Britain in Year 6.   

 

Foreign Languages Curriculum (formally MFL)


Foreign Languages covers the teaching of languages across the school each week. At St Saviour’s, French is taught across the Year groups progressively. Children who have French as their first language have the opportunity to learn Spanish. Primary Languages provides the opportunities for children to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and phonological awareness.

 

Through this subject we also provide insights into other cultures and civilizations other than a pupil's own. As cross-curricular activities we have celebrated European Day of Languages, where we had visitors sharing their languages such as Spanish, Creole and Greek. We have also celebrated Bastille Day, where St Saviour’s had the chance to explore the French National Anthem, familiar stories in another language and historical facts about France among other areas.

 

Art

 

Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences for the children. Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts has the power to help enrich the lives of the children at St Saviour's.  

 

The children use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. 

 

The children at St Saviour's Junior School also enjoy our annual Creative Art's Week that offers rich and varied experiences of art, music, dance and drama for all the children.

 

D.T.


Design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.

 

Computing


At St Saviour’s Junior School we recognise that computing is a rapidly evolving subject in which advances demand ever changing skills and knowledge from its users and has become a key life skill. Therefore all children at St Saviour’s Junior School are entitled to have the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in computing as part of our balanced curriculum.


Each year the children will cover:

  • Programming
  • Computational thinking and creativity
  • Computer networks
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Productivity


At St Saviour’s Junior School we want to ensure that our children are able to use the Internet and related communications technologies appropriately and safely. We feel that effective use of the Internet is an essential life skill.

 

Filtering


St Saviours Junior School maintains access to the internet through a central connection to the county internet service. At this access point an Internet filtering system is maintained to block material inappropriate to children. It should be noted that, due to the nature of the Internet, no filtering system can be perfect, therefore the service provided has the ability to add additional blocked sites. The children can also block what they see by using the Hector button.
 
The curriculum is not just about being able to use computers, but also understanding how they work.

 

St. Saviour’s Junior School Code
 
St. Saviour’s Junior School is a “Values Based School” where everyone really matters. Values help us to build the ethos of the school so that our children become reflective and caring; our aim is to have an atmosphere that is calm, purposeful and happy.
 
We have a rolling programme of five core values: Aspiration, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Integrity and Respect. Each term we  focus on one of the school values, both during assembly and class time. 
 
Please discuss these values at home so that we can work together to ensure your child really does get the chance to flourish!

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