Essential Life Experiences

At Joy Lane Primary School, we firmly believe that our School's curriculum should not only revolve around the academic, subject-based requirements laid out in the DfE's National Curriculum statements. After extensive consultation with the children, parents, teachers, support staff and governors we have identified eleven broad areas which we believe are 'essential childhood experiences'.

Please see below some of the recent ways that we have ensured that our children have memorable and enriching learning opportunities:

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11 Memorable, Enriching Experiences Before The Age of 11

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At Joy Lane Primary School we believe that all children should have the chance to experience certain essential childhood experiences. These opportunities form part of the explicit and ‘hidden’ school curriculum and are planned for throughout the year whenever possible through lessons and enrichment opportunities. (See also our termly Enrichment Maps)

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be a Hero, by taking a risk, trying new challenges, gaining certificates for achievements…

 Picture1Spelling certificates, awarded at
our weekly Celebration Assembly 

   Picture2Year 5 daredevil at Grosvenor Hall
during their Residential Trip

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be a Decision-maker and confident citizen, by contributing to debates, being a School Eco-Rep or School Councillor, developing an enterprising idea…

Picture3Year 4 children presenting their idea for
supporting refugee children to the Mayor

  Picture4School Eco-Reps planting tree saplings

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be a Culture-buff, by visiting the Theatre, Museum, Art Gallery, Religious building…

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Dover Castle for an English Heritage film
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Year 3 ‘minting’ a coin at the
Canterbury Roman Museum

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be a Creator, by cooking, making art, dancing, playing an instrument, singing, writing…

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A whole School Art Gallery project
on the theme of ‘Coasts’

 

 

 

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Having fun with ‘junk’ drums

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be a Show off!
By being part of a Production, Musical Show, Sporting Event…

Picture9Sports Day Success!   Picture10 Lounge on the Field –
musical entertainment

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be a Joiner-inner,
by being part of a school club, representing the school, helping out…

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During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be Aware,
by understanding & responding to current events, being a reporter, celebrating important occasions…

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Watching Tim Peake’s live link to Schools from Space
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Remembrance Day

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be an Explorer,
by investigating outside, visiting places near and far (& maybe staying there)…

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Year 5 Residential Trip to the Isle of Wight
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Year 2 exploring the local area

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be Nature-smart,
by gardening, weather-watching, learning in & about different environments, learning about animals…

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Year 2 on a winter welly walk to Prospect Field
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Year 6 exploring our adopted local beach

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be inspired,
by meeting different people…

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Dana Asher-Smith, Britain’s fastest woman
sharing her sporting achievements with us
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Year 1 learning calligraphy from visiting
Japanese Students

During your time at JLPS you will have the chance to…
Be a Child!
By playing, making friends, co-operating, having good manners, making a mess, being uninhibited…

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Feedback
What our Children, of all ages, say about our school opportunities

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What our Parents and Carers say about the opportunities offered

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What Ofsted said about the curriculum and opportunities offered (Feb 2014)

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