• The curriculum provides pupils with a rich blend of experiences. It promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development successfully and prepares them well for the next stage of their education.

    Ofsted

    February 2014

     
  • "I feel happy about learning here, its exciting what we get to learn"

    Child

    Year 3

     
  • "We have a lot of after school activities to choose from."

    Child

    Year 4

     
  • "I really love my year group teacher who inspired me and helped me through tough times."

    Child

    Year 6

     
  • "We are very pleased with the progress that our daughter has made at Joy Lane and feel that this has put her in good stead for the rest of her learning life - thank you."

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  • "My child’s class teachers are available for me to speak with them at the end of every day if l so wish – this is very reassuring."

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  • "There are a lot of opportunities to learn different things"

    Child

     

     
  • "We have tons of fun things here like a swimming pool, nice lunches and I think the teachers are really special"

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  • "We have the best playtimes with lots of areas to play in."

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  • "If we ever have a problem, the teachers always deal with it and help us."

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  • "There are a lot of opportunities to learn different things"

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Curriculum Statement

Vision

 

At Joy Lane Primary School (JLPS) we believe that all children have talents and positive qualities which can be nurtured and built upon. We recognise that our curriculum does not solely rely upon the content of specific lessons, but also encompasses many wider learning opportunities during and after the school day. We aim for each child to have a unique experience during their learning journey through the school; it is how they are supported in making sense of this that is crucial.

Rationale

 

 

At JLPS we embrace the fact that our curriculum is constantly evolving. We do not subscribe to any ‘scheme’ or narrow focus, but are endeavouring to evaluate and utilise current pedagogical research, our own experiences and creative flair to develop a distinctive curriculum which reflects our community’s needs.

The ‘overt’ JLPS curriculum is currently based on the National Curriculum (NC 2014) and EYFS Early Learning Goals. Its organisation is shown in outline through the Long Term Planning (LTP) documents for each year group and each subject.

The ‘hidden’ JLPS curriculum is evident within the ethos of the school and the many enrichment opportunities offered to all pupils such as clubs, home challenges, experiences out of school and links to our local community. This has been recognised by Ofsted on their last three Inspections as being one of the strengths of the school.

Another strength the school is that teachers have become increasingly confident in curriculum-making themselves, within the legal parameters, and have developed lively themes which take into consideration the needs and interests of the children within their care. Where appropriate, meaningful links are made between different areas of understanding to create a coherent experience for the children. Sometimes, the varied subject-specific Learning Intentions do not link well and so are kept as discrete units. Subject Specialists are arranged in ‘Theme Teams’ and are responsible for the strategic overview across the school to ensure continuity, progression and relevant rigour within a subject.

Teaching and learning focuses on these strands:

  • Increasing knowledge
  • Improving skills
  • Broadening and linking conceptual understanding
  • Developing attitudes and values

A flavour of how the school develops and promotes fundamental values can also be found in SMSC development at JLPS document and British Values webpage.

 

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