Our curriculum

At Stillness, we have an inclusive curriculum with a holistic approach that is relevant to our learners and reflects the communities they are part of. We believe our curriculum provides appropriate depth, breadth and balance tailored to our children’s’ specific needs and interests.

How do we ensure there is depth to our curriculum?

At Stillness Junior School our definition of progress is; the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.

Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.

Our curriculum is designed to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.

How do we include breadth for every pupil?

Careful analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and cultures has helped us to design a curriculum driven by our school values. This allows our learners to develop a broad and deep understanding of key skills in curriculum subjects as well as becoming spiritually, morally and culturally aware of the national and global society they live in. The activities we plan enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and the diverse society to which we belong and play an active part. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams in life.

How do we provide a balance curriculum?

At Stillness Junior School it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact of what is in the children’s head and how they feel about themselves, so that they feel clever, confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face.

We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.

Each term, a project is planned based upon a science, geography or history focus that teaches the key skills the children need to learn across a range of topics. We foster a life-long love of learning in all areas through providing real life opportunities e.g. trips, launch days and special visitors.

At Stillness Junior School we place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development.

We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC that helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.

Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers.

Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at Stillness Junior School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Our unique curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish.

Creative Curriculum Overview 2018-2019.pdf

Creative Curriculum Topic Map 2018-2019.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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