Eton Park Junior; a de Ferrers Trust Academy
The curriculum is rich with knowledge based facts that are progressively taught. We place an emphasis on developing the skills our pupils need for future learning, including resilience, growth mindset and perseverance. The strengths of our curriculum are that we identify and promote subject specific vocabulary, equip our pupils to build links and enhance their learning across other subjects. We empower children with skills and knowledge that are not practised within the home environment.
We see learning as an ascending spiral with sufficient repetition to ensure that learning becomes embedded and secure. We know that children learn best when they are supported to make connections between the different areas of their learning building on prior knowledge. This approach makes the subjects more relevant and interesting for our pupils who have little experience of the world outside their immediate location. Our understanding of cognitive science is being developed in 2019-20 through the school’s participation in the Ambition Institute ‘Transforming Teaching’ programme. This is reviewing and implementing a range of strategies that are designed to optimise teaching and learning.
Eton Park underpins all its work with the values ; work hard, be kind, choose wisely, we include valuable first-hand experiences to enrich the curriculum, with a wide range of activities taking place during lunchtime and after school to enhance pupil provision. We work hard to motivate and inspire our learners to prepare children for the world they live in today and for the future.
We recognise the importance of making links between home and school and encourage parental involvement with the learning of homework. Termly homework activities are set and displayed on the website. This homework allows children to:
- Practise and consolidate their skills and knowledge
- Develop and extend their techniques
- Share their work with their family
Each class teaches a dedicated whole class reading session 5 times a week. Our curriculum is delivered through the use of a quality text to ensure high expectations are in place, it drives the objectives that need to be taught alongside the promotion of reading for pleasure and enjoyment.
A daily maths lesson is timetabled using our Power Maths scheme; this promotes the skills of discovery and mastery of learning. We place great emphasis on teaching using apparatus to move the learning from concrete to abstract and thus embedding the knowledge acquired.
All subjects are explicitly timetabled throughout the week, topic themes are used to deliver cross curricular knowledge and skills. Religious Education and PSHE are highly valued at Eton Park as we recognise the importance of developing the moral and social skills of our children with particular regard to their emotional health and wellbeing.
We want our learners to become rounded characters with a clear understanding of complex values like equality, friendship, trust and many others. From this they will develop a character that prepares them for living in the community demonstrating tolerance and equality. Our learners will be motivated by a strong personal sense of morality. They will make decisions for the right reasons and in the best interests of their community. They will be able to decide what is right and what is wrong, and will be resilient to the influence of others.We measure this not just by the work our children produce, but in the behaviours we see each and every day in all learners on the playground, in corridors, and in the many roles we give them.
Our Long Term Curriculum Overview can be viewed by clicking on the attachment at the bottom of this page. To view the timetable, curriculum map and homework map for your child's year group, please click on the correct tab on the green panel to the right hand side of this page.
For further information regarding the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, please visit the following website page: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
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