It allows pupils to develop sound basic skills. It provides a wide range of extra curricular activities for pupils as well as successfully promoting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
—Official Ofsted Report 2014
Our curriculum is designed to suit the age, interest and ability of each child and is directly linked to the National Curriculum. Continuity from year to year ensures that the children meet new challenges as they progress through the school.
We operate a topic-based curriculum, these involve the breadth and balance from all curriculum areas ensuring coverage of age appropriate programmes of study ie. Science, Geography, History etc.
Incorporated within this two year cycle are themed weeks which have specific subject focus. These weeks are: DT, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities / PSHE, RE, Science, The Arts, History, Geography. Within these weeks all children take part in planned activities which are differentiated for each year group.
All children are assessed regularly by the Class Teacher, these Teaching Assessments are carefully logged to track progress. At the end of Year 6 all children are examined in the core subjects through national tests known as SATs.
Click here to see the New National Curriculum A Guide for Parents.
Wholes School Topics
Click here to see our Whole School Topic Overview.
Click to read our RE Topic Overview.
Click to read our Art Topic Overview.
Click to read our DT Topic Overview.
Click to read our Geography Topic Overview.
Click to read our Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 PSHE Topic Overview.
Click to read our Music Topic Overview.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning is at the heart of school life. It is the means by which we offer, and put into practice, a curriculum which is broad and balanced, meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our aims for Teaching and Learning:
- Provide good teacher knowledge.
- Variety of teaching styles.
- Opportunities for independent, group and partner work.
- Ensure behaviour is managed.
- Challenge without inhibiting.
- Accurate assessment for learning.
- Informing learners of improvements needed.
- Self and peer assessment.
- Teaching and support assistants deployed effectively.
- Resources used to support pupils.
- Work differentiated to match needs.
- Excellent relationships.
Special Educational Needs
The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children, which is differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities. We aim to create an environment that meets the needs of each student ensuring that all children have equal access to the curriculum. ALL children and their parents or carers are encouraged to be fully involved in their learning.
The school has the services of a two Special Needs Leaders and eight dedicated support staff. Senior teaching assistants are deployed in each class to work with groups or individuals. Sometimes children are withdrawn from their classroom to receive specialist individual or small group support. We work closely with external agencies to assess children who have specific learning difficulties.
In extreme cases of learning difficulty, with parental agreement, we may call on the Schools’ Psychological Service to help determine specific learning problems and how these might be dealt with.
In our maths teaching we follow the objectives set out in the National Curriculum which develops the children’s mathematical skills and investigation techniques.
We follow ‘Big Maths’ as a teaching method that embraces the richness and power of maths, translating it into simple Steps and Progress Drives that make progress in maths easy and fun for both children and teachers.
Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.
Science at Inglewood Junior School Science is a vital part of everyday life – it’s all around us!
At Inglewood, we aim to teach this fascinating subject in a practical and exciting way so that the children can develop their understanding of the world in which they live and also have fun. Children often have a natural curiosity and the science teaching in school attempts to harness and focus that interest and encourage thoughtful experimentation and careful observation.
We base our curriculum on the objectives described in the National Curriculum for primary schools and look for ways to enhance the children’s learning experience through visits to museums, etc, having visitors in school and a Science Theme week every two years.
Click to read our Science policy.
English is fundamental for learning at Inglewood Junior School. It underpins the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes, using language to learn and communicate, to think, explore and organise. All curriculum areas support students’ learning to express themselves correctly and appropriately and to read accurately and with understanding.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
We promote the concept of reading for pleasure and we ensure that we include a range of ‘real books’ within the Curriculum for English as well as the opportunity for sustained reading from a range of other self‐chosen fiction and non‐fiction texts from our school library.
Across the whole school, children are listened to read at least once a week and also, children have two reading skills lessons per week. This is where children have the opportunity to develop their wider reading skills-delving in between the lines to gain further meaning, inference and deduction.
The children are taught rich composition skills using adventurous vocabulary, sequencing ideas and events and recounting information in a clear structure in a high standard to suit the purpose and its reader. Children are then taught to draft and re-draft their work, making substitutions, developing their ideas and vocabulary which then extends their writing into exciting texts. The children have discussions about their writing as if they were authors as well as readers.
Punctuation is also taught within this writing technique giving context to their grammar and punctuation. However, spelling, grammar and punctuation is also taught discretely to ensure full coverage and understanding.
Children also learn a range of modern fiction by significant children’s authors, long-established children’s fiction with exciting new texts too. They study good-quality poetry, classic poetry, play scripts, fiction from different cultures and traditions, myths, legends and traditional stories.
We introduce to our children the main features of spoken standard English and teach them how spoken language varies in different circumstances for example: formal and informal situations. We transfer this into our writing with something which we call “Our writing voice”.
Although we are a non-denominational school, we are part of a basically Christian community.
We seek to put forward basic Christian beliefs and virtues through direct instruction, through participation in religious assemblies, through daily relationship with each other, by influence and example. We aim to make children aware of other religions and their basic beliefs.
Any parent wishing to have their child excluded from religious instruction may do so by writing to the Headteacher.
Inglewood Junior School has an excellent reputation for offering a wonderful variety of sporting opportunities. During your child’s time at Inglewood Junior School, they will have access to these activities through curriculum PE lessons, extra-curricular clubs and at a purely recreational level at lunch time with our Play Leaders.
From Years 3 to 6 they will have two PE lessons each week. They will take part in a variety of activities in these lessons. These will include:
- Fundamental Skills
- Cross Country
Your child will also have the opportunity to pursue some of these activities outside the lessons at the sports clubs that take place during lunch-times and after school, throughout the year. Children may attend clubs for fun, personal improvement and to work towards school representation.
Through lessons and club activity, children can meet old and new friends and make a significant contribution to school, community and their own personal physical and mental health. PE is exciting, physically and mentally demanding and offers an opportunity for children’s confidence to flourish through the experiences gained under the careful guidance of our teachers.
For reasons of safety and hygiene a change of clothing is needed for PE and games lessons. The school has a PE uniform of black shorts and short sleeved, round necked white T shirt. This is available from the school office. Although some gymnastic and dance work will be conducted in bare feet, trainers will also be required. For the safety of all participating in the class no casual or leisure footwear, such as Converse or plimsolls, are permitted.
For outdoor sessions particularly during cold weather appropriate warm clothing (for example a track suit) is recommended. A change of socks and footwear is also needed for outdoor activities as these may involve sports on the field. It is in everyone’s interest for all articles of clothing to be clearly marked with your child’s name.
Jewellery must not be worn by any child participating in PE. In addition long hair must be secured as appropriate to the activity.
Music is taught through the Music Express scheme. This offers a progressive programme of lessons throughout the school ensuring consistent musical development. The lessons are in line with the New National Curriculum through the strands of listening, creating, performing and evaluating. Children are encouraged to sing and experience music from a wide variety of styles, periods and cultures.
All children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in school time, taught by peripatetic music teachers. Choir and reorder club are also offered as extra curricular activities with the choir taking part in the Big Sing at Gateshead each year.
Year 3 have First Access tuition on the recorder and Year 4 take part in the Cathedral Outreach Singing programme.
As they journey through the school the children are encouraged to take part in a range of performances and all these activities are valued highly by the staff as a vital part of the children’s development and learning.
Click to read our Music and Creative Arts policies.
We aim for all children to leave Inglewood Junior School with an excellent historical knowledge and understanding. We have a determination to develop historical thinking at every opportunity with a creative curriculum and planning.
Geography is challenging, motivating, topical and fun. In our diverse society, children need, more than ever before, to understand other people, countries and cultures.
Geographical knowledge, concepts and skills are essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum. Geography makes a major contribution to children’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. In short, geography matters and here at Inglewood we provide a a range of topics that explore the national curriculum in an interesting way.
We try to link our Art objectives to the Topics that are taught each term EG the Art which pupils produce will be inspired by what they are learning in their Topics and be cross curricular as much as possible.
There is progression of key skills through each Year Group in the main areas of Art: Painting, Drawing, Printing, Textiles, Modelling / 3D Art and Digital Media.
All pupils will use sketch books to collect ideas, to record their work and to experiment with skills and techniques. These sketch books are passed on through each Year Group through school.
We want Art to be a subject that all pupils can access at whatever level they are at and above all we want everyone to enjoy their Art Experiences.
Design & Technology
Design and Technology (DT) at Inglewood Junior School is a valued and celebrated subject in our curriculum. The children learn how to plan, design, create and evaluate their own and others’ work, ranging from making models to cookery. For example, in our recent DT theme week, pupils designed their own food product and packaging and ended the week with a tasting session! Our DT curriculum is fun, inventive and imaginative, enabling our pupils to be creative and innovative designers!
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
At Inglewood Junior School we strongly believe that the personal development of pupils plays a significant part in their ability to learn and to achieve. Our programme promotes children’s personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing.
It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Children will learn to recognise their own worth and how to work well with others. They will reflect on their experiences and tackle many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It gives children an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being a good citizen.
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
Sex and Relationships Education “is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity – this would be inappropriate teaching.” (Sex and Relationships Education Guidance-DfES 2000).
At Inglewood Junior School there is a cohesive, spiral curriculum running form Year 3 to Year 6. Although education about sexual relationships is not immediately relevant to primary school children, information about the topic can lead to them making informed choices later in life. Sex and Relationship Education is taught within the context of a loving and stable relationship. The aim of SRE is to provide children with age appropriate information, explore attitudes and values and develop skills in order to empower them to make positive decisions about their health related behaviour.