St. Giles Junior School Curriculum Offer
Whole School Curriculum Overview
Curriculum Offer by Subject
At St. Giles Junior School, it is our intention to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will develop pupils' ability to speak, read and write with great fluency, master the mechanics of both reading and writing and develop a love and a true interest for English so that they can communicate their thoughts, ideas and emotions effectively. Students have daily English lessons, as well as varied opportunities to apply their writing and reading skills to other areas of the curriculum such as in topic and science. There are also regular timetable slots to focus on grammar and spelling skills.
Every student has access to our rich reading scheme as well as a variety of good quality books in class reading corners. Teachers select high quality texts to study in English lessons, and other curriculum lessons too, to ensure students have the opportunity to read widely. For students who join us who haven't mastered phonics, our school has a dedicated phonics support assistant who uses Read Write Inc.
Students enjoy writing for a range of purposes such as composing diary entries, reports, stories and poems. They build-up their understanding of the writing process during their time at St. Giles; being able to draft, edit and improve their work with increasing independency as they move through Key Stage Two. The teaching of accurate grammar and spelling skills also support our students in become confident writers.
At St. Giles, students take a great deal of pride in the way their work is presented. When a student is fluently joining their handwriting, they may earn their pen licence and use handwriting pen.
The children take part in a daily numeracy lesson using the Power Maths scheme of work. Each lesson is carefully planned to allow each child to explore concepts using a range of resources so that concepts become fully embedded. The children have many opportunities within the maths lesson to work mentally, use a variety of practical materials, learn many strategies, record both informally and formally and then apply these skills to questions and real life problems. This helps our children to become logical thinkers, to be able to solve problems and think in more abstract ways and to challenge themselves.
Each week, the children will be given tasks to complete at home through our virtual learning platform: Seesaw. We encourage our children to take on the responsibility of completing and returning the homework independently.
In normal circumstances, our assemblies would take place daily, either as a whole school together or in smaller groups. We have very close contact with St. Giles Church and we would visit the church regularly for special services. During the pandemic we are holding two whole-school assemblies per week: we hold a themed assembly round our school or British values and a Pride Assembly during which the children share their achievements. By doing this, we hope to foster the children's self-esteem and pride in their talents and successes. As a parent, if you wish to do so, you may ask for your child to be withdrawn from Collective Worship. Please speak with the Head teacher to enable acceptable alternative arrangements to be made.
If you would like to find out further information about the school's curriculum please contact the school office and ask to speak to Adam Lee, our school's curriculum lead.