The curriculum at Carbeile Junior School is planned to provide a structured and well-balanced education for all of our children across KS 2 from Year 3 to Year 6. We provide a wide range of activities and opportunities for our children to ensure they make progress and grow academically, socially, physically and morally. We endeavour, through our school curriculum, to stimulate our pupils’ interests and imagination and motivate them through a high standard of teaching and learning to realise their potential and achieve success.
We aim to provide a rich curriculum which is tailored to individual needs and to ensure every child will have access to a broad, rich and exciting curriculum which is differentiated according to age and ability.
PLANNING OF OUR CURRICULUM – PURPOSE/VALUES
At Carbeile we have a set of common purposes and traditional values which underpin everything we do. All teaching and learning is based on these strong foundations.
- Our curriculum is designed to increase the knowledge, skills and understanding of our children.
- The curriculum is designed to help our children develop as well-balanced individuals who will make a contribution to society.
- Our curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that our children make maximum progress and achieve their full potential.
- Our curriculum is designed to engage the children in their education and to promote a love of learning.
- Our curriculum is designed to offer stimulating and exciting opportunities to encourage and motivate children by providing a programme of extra-curricular activities.
Throughout the school, opportunities are regularly taken to extend the curriculum beyond our statutory requirements. These include:
Visitors, musicians, and themed assemblies by visitors
- Use of the outside classroom area, locality/wider environment.
- Educational visits, trips to museums and other places of interest, linked to the topics taught.
- Class trips and whole school trips to places of interest connected with the curriculum.
- Enrichment activities, including off site adventurous activities such as Duchy College.
PLANNING OF OUR CURRICULUM
The school week provides 23 hours and 45 mins teaching time for K.S.2
All aspects of the curriculum are taught in classes or mixed year groups with differentiated work.
Within KS2 the children continue to build on the same core and foundation subjects laid down in KS1 at Torpoint Nursery and Infant School. Maths and English is taught daily and other subjects in blocks according to the theme of the topic, using Cornwall’s ‘Inspire Curriculum’. Where possible, cross curricular links are made to give relevance to the children.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE
All children from Year 3 to Year 6 have the opportunity of learning a foreign language. This is currently French and is taught making links to the curriculum topic at the time.
Home learning is set for year groups, according to ability and age using a variety of web-based programmes. It is used as a tool to reinforce and develop skills which have been covered during class lessons or to enhance the children’s learning. It is expected that each child will read every evening, with the other homework activities spread across the week.
Details of homework expectations can be found in the homework policy.
Continuous assessment takes place in all years, starting with a baseline on entry for Year 3. Assessment is always formative and summative. On-going assessment provides us with the evidence to track our pupils’ progress on a regular basis and helps us to build a complete picture of a child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development.
Internal assessment in maths, reading, writing and grammar take place half termly using a variety of past papers and culminate in the statutory tests (SATs) at the end of Year 6.
Children with SEN (Special Educational Needs) provision will be assessed individually on a regular basis to ensure that programmes of support are working successfully.
SPECIAL NEEDS PROVISION/INCLUSION
Where there is a need for SEN provision, individual requirements will be met across the curriculum. Every child is encouraged to develop at his or her own pace, relative to their ability. Where a child is identified as having a particular need whether academic, social, physical or emotional, a programme of support will be agreed by the class teacher, the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Senco-Mrs Evans) and the headteacher. Parents will be informed at regular intervals about their child’s progress and will be fully involved at every stage.
If this programme of support fails to provide the necessary foundations for the child to make progress than help will be sought from the appropriate outside agencies, following consultation with the parents.
REPORTING AND MONITORING
All work carried out by children is monitored and evaluated.
Reporting to parents takes place three times a year on a formal basis with a Consultation Evening to give parents and carers an opportunity to sit down and discuss their child’s progress. One of these evenings takes the form of a ‘Family Learning Conference’, where the pupils lead the conversations about their own learning. Written reports are made available at the end of the summer term with a further option to see the class teacher if required.
We operate an open door policy whereby a parent can drop in and speak to a teacher before or after school on an informal basis. Parents and Carers can also make an appointment at any time during the academic year to discuss issues at greater length if the necessity arises.
Individual and group target setting occurs on a regular basis. This helps to reinforce progression and helps children take ownership of their own learning and progress.
SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION (SRE)
Sex Education is taught in all year groups through the ‘Christopher Winters’ scheme of work; which includes age appropriate videos and opportunities for discussion and further work. These may be taught as part of our Science and R.E. curriculum which include growth, birth, life and death. Children have access to the PSHE curriculum and are encouraged to develop citizenship, respect for themselves and others, the difference between right and wrong and a strong sense of self-worth.
By educating our children to be aware of the world they live in and by giving them an open forum to ask questions and seek answers they feel comfortable in approaching teachers and other adults within school if they need advice or help.
SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES
We are keen that all our children are provided with SMSC opportunities both within the planned curriculum and through independent work, extra-curricular activities and a wide range of opportunities and events.
The children also learn about Christianity and other world religions as part of their R.E. lessons through the adopted Cornwall agreed syllabus.
Each week the whole school takes part in assemblies, led by the headteacher or other staff members. During these assemblies children’s achievements are also recognised and the schools rewards scheme of Teampoints and Head Teacher Awards is reinforced. Teampoints are awarded on a daily basis for good work, effort and behaviour. These marks are collected for each class and the winning house team get a special mention and win the trophy at the end of the half term.
This system of rewarding children’s efforts and recognising achievements reinforces our curriculum and motivates the children to give of their best.
Children are given opportunities to hold positions of responsibility as they move through the school, particularly in Year 6 and these include acting as teampoint monitors, librarians and representatives on the school council. Older children are also encouraged to act as Buddies for the younger children and help them to settle into our ways when they first join our school.
These positions help the children to develop a strong sense of responsibility towards each other and enhances self-esteem.
A variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities are available at Carbeile. These may be provided by the staff or via an external provider and include:
• Personal music tuition
• Multi-sports club
• Football and Netball clubs
Throughout the year all year groups perform assemblies to parents, carers, friends and family. Children share their learning and might have an acting and/or speaking role within the assembly and many of our children have the confidence and ability to sing solo on stage.
The school PTFA also run a variety of events throughout the year for the benefit of the children and the school community.
Carbeile is “a big school with a big reputation.” Our pupils leave in Year 6 as mature, well-balanced, successful children who achieve consistently well in higher education or along their chosen career path. This is the end product of an exciting, robust and stimulating curriculum, excellent teaching and an environment which encourages pride, respect, tolerance, positive thinking, good self-esteem and a thirst for knowledge and success.