Curriculum Statement of Intent
Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child is inspired to be a creative, thoughtful life-long learner. We strive to provide engaging and memorable learning experiences that connect subjects and demonstrate clear links, inspiring children to develop their curiosity and deepen their understanding. It is driven by pupil voice in all aspects.
Our curriculum is topic based and core, high quality, topic linked texts are the starting point for our English planning. Committed to instilling a love of reading in all children, we map learning journeys across a range of genres exposing children to the world literature and language, differentiating provision so all can be challenged and supported to succeed within it. Exposure to key vocabulary in each subject, across the curriculum, allows children to encounter new words, give them context, embed them and develop mastery.
Centred on our core values and school ethos, our curriculum has been carefully designed to support children’s personal development and give them all opportunities to achieve their best. Our children are encouraged to aim high with stimulating lessons and enriching extra-curricular activities linked to our topics. It is important that every child is valued as an individual; we nurture our children on their learning journey and encourage them to be open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others. Not only in our school, but in our local community and the wider world.
Each year we work together with children and staff to develop a whole school topic. At times, linking with world events such as the Olympics or keen areas of interest identified by pupils such as Shakespeare, planning for these topics will be shaped by pupil voice and the children’s questions for learning. These topics mean our curriculum is bespoke for our children and engaging and inclusive for all.
Through highly focused subject leadership, each area of the curriculum has been developed to deliver a clear progression of skills and subject coverage. In line with the national curriculum and enhanced by quality first planning and teaching, this is monitored and reflected on regularly. Subject leaders can express their intent and the rationale behind their choices for their subject areas.
Termly topic information is sent to families, outlining the planned learning journey and we actively encourage them to engage with our learning. Where possible, we invite members of the local community, parents and carers, authors and illustrators and skilled experts to come into school to share their knowledge and life experience. All teachers and support staff are responsible for ensuring our curriculum sets suitable learning challenges, responds to pupils’ diverse needs and all potential barriers to learning are overcome.
Our children will be confident that they have appropriate skills sets and a base of knowledge that will enable them to relish new learning opportunities and challenge themselves to think at depth. Recognising their strengths as learners, they will be aware of how to navigate their future learning journeys and be reflective about the areas they want to work on further. They will understand how to listen and work with others in order to achieve their goals.
Children will leave Hove Junior School with the ability to communicate, be empathetic, form positive relationships and be mindful of themselves and others. Aware of their local and global community, children will be interested in current affairs and the impact of their actions on those around them. They will be understanding of difference and seek to learn from new experiences.