We have recently launched our new 'ASPIRE to achieve Curriculum' which consists of six 'Keys to learning' which we believe will allow children to achieve their full learning potential. Here are our Learning Principles...
Aiming High Successful Persevere Imagination Respect Enthusiasm
From September 2014, all classes follow the requirements of the new National Curriculum.
In English we have introduced the 'Nevill Road Way' of teaching reading and writing to ensure that all learning is put in to a context. This means that children understand the purpose of their learning and who the audience is that they are writing for or reading to. We teach 'reading through the reciprocal approach, allowing children to discuss the meaning of vocabulary and the types of words chosen by the author. In years 3 and 4 many of the children follow the colour band system which continues from the Infant School. By Years 5 and 6 most of the children are free readers allowing them to choose the types of books they would like to read. All children are encouraged to visit our new library area, where we have a large selection of reading books for the children to take home and enjoy. We also have librarians who listen to younger children read, as well as a lunchtime club led by Mrs Hancock.
The children learn how to write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including different types of stories, myths & legends, biographies and autobiographies, non-chronological reports, instructions and arguments. They also continue with phonics lower down the school before moving on to learning spelling rules which they can apply to unknown words. Following the introduction of the Year 6 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test in 2012/2013, there is now also a focus on applying grammar rules in a range of situations.
There are three main aims to the new Mathematics curriculum: to become fluent in its fundamentals; to be able to reason mathematically; and to be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics. This year, Mrs Jordan our Deputy Headteacher is training to be a regional maths mastery specialist for Stockport, which will mean that Nevill Road Junior School will become a showcase school in 2019.
Science and the foundation subjects are split into different year groups as shown below. Our curriculum aims to teach these subjects within “Topics” so that links can be made between the different subjects, and both English and Maths can be taught across the curriculum, not just as discrete areas. Geography, Music, Art and Design, Design Technology and Computing will be linked in too so that the relevant skills are taught.
PE and Sport are a huge strength of the school and we have recently won a large number of awards from the Local Authority and Stockport Council. Nevill Road Junior School was also a finalist at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards for commitment to PE and Sport. The children can access a large number of sports activities, some which are teacher led and some which are taught by external coaches. We currently provide the following sports:
Boys and girls football (year 3 - Year 6), netball, lacrosse, athletics, street dance, dance, swimming, gymnastics, tag rugby, basketball, cricket and many more. The children also take part in a variety of external tournaments of which we are curently the reigning champions in boys football, girls qwik cricket and inclusion boccia.
We also have Year 6 sports ambassadors who run events for children in school as well as neighbouring cluster schools.
RE and PSHE are taught as discrete subjects, following the Stockport RE scheme and the SEAL programmes of study for PSHE. All areas of the curriculum also encourage the teaching of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) aspects of learning.
Year 6 Topic Questions
How can we protect planet Earth?
What Impact did wars have on Britain?
South America – where?
Year 5 Topic Questions
What is in the Name of Bramhall?
Who won the Struggle to Settle in Britain before 1066?
What’s so special about the USA?
What was so magnificent about the Mayas?
Year 4 Topic Questions
Can we thank the Ancient Greeks for anything in our lives today?
What impact did the Romans have on Britain?
A little ‘Pizza’ Europe- including natural disasters.
Year 3 Topic Questions
When would you prefer to live- Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?
How successful was the civilization of Egypt?
Why is the UK such a great place to live?