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Our Curriculum Statement

Our Curriculum Statement 

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Our Curriculum Design

At Seaton St Paul's CE Junior School we are committed to teaching a broad and balanced curriculum. It is essential that our children are developed as fully rounded individuals and that unique talents are celebrated.Please explore our individual subject areas to see what a wealth of experiences we offer. 

Our Curriculum aims to provide children with rich, varied and deep knowledge, while developing life skills and providing opportunities.

Our Curriculum is delivered through six cross- curricular themed units per year, which cover all aspects and objectives of the National Curriculum. These projects are designed to motivate and inspire children.

 

Each themed unit is delivered in four stages:

 

Stage 1: A ‘WOW’ experience to introduce new learning- this experience is always designed to excite, motivate and engage the children.

 

Stage 2: Engaging and relevant learning new skills and knowledge. During this stage, National Curriculum skills are taught. Lessons at Seaton CE Junior School are varied, interactive, challenging for all learners and memorable.

 

Stage 3: An exciting opportunity to apply their learning to a real life challenge. They become team leaders, organisers and communicators.

 

Stage 4: The important opportunity for the children to present their new knowledge and skills to an audience. We love to invite parents in to school to view our curriculum in action, and every class produces a Curriculum Assembly, where we confidently present our new learning to our family, friends and community.

 

No Subject Left Behind!

It is imperative to us that our children receive a quality, well- rounded education, where every subject is delivered, developed and enjoyed. Despite our relentless strive for excellence in the core subjects, we ensure that we maintain a broad and balanced curriculum in the following ways:

  • Experienced Subject Leaders for every subject.
  • Every subject included in our School Development Plan and Monitoring Schedule- meaning that standards and attainment in every subject are always being checked and improved.
  • Accountability to Governance for every subject- all subjects have a nominated governor, who leaders update regularly. It’s the job of the governors to ask us challenging questions about how to make our school even better!
  • Specialist teachers in art, drama, music, PE and Design and Technology.
  • Teacher Assessment in every subject.
  • Communication with parents about all strands of the curriculum.
  • We have a commitment to teaching a varied, cross- curricular approach to learning.
  • Rich, educational school visits and visitors.
  • WOW events which provide children with memorable life experiences.

 

Local Learning

We are very lucky to live in a wonderful part of the world and make sure we utilise our local area at Seaton St. Paul’s CE Junior School- we regularly use our beautiful local surroundings to enhance our curriculum. For example, every year group conducts a local history, geography and poetry study focussing on the poet William Wordsworth. Adventure packed residential trips in the Lake District build team work, life and survival skills while visits in our local area cover many other aspects of the history curriculum.

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Resilience and Life Skills

Over recent years we have been committed to developing a Growth Mindset Culture in school. This is an intrinsic part of all aspects of school life. 

We also have a Whole School Mental Health Strategy as we think that this has never been more important to children in today's society.

Always Improving

Here at Seaton St, Paul’s, we look very closely at our curriculum and are always striving to improve. Every subject here has a dedicated leader who monitors standards, provides training to colleagues, as well as giving weekly updates on every aspect of the curriculum during dedicated Curriculum Meetings. Leaders keep a close eye on professional organisations so that they are up to date with any changes in their subject.

Leaders regularly meet with our excellent Governing Body, who monitor standards of every subject. They ask challenging questions of Subject Leaders to really get them thinking about next steps improve and enrich our curriculum even further!

 

Parents and Community

The local community is so important to our school, as are the parents of our children. Parents are kept up to date weekly with exciting curriculum news. We hold a Curriculum Meeting every September, where parents are invited into school to see our Topic Overviews and learn about exciting curriculum events coming up during the school year. Parents are invited regularly into school to see our Curriculum Assemblies and our Curriculum in Action.

 

Extra Curricular Learning

We have a comprehensive and education schedule of extra- curricular clubs here at Seaton St. Paul’s. Some examples of our weekly after school clubs include:

  • Visual Literacy Club
  • Computing
  • Art
  • Rota- Kids Club
  • Creative Crew (RE)
  • Multi- Skills Sport Club
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Karate
  • Moky Kids Dance Club

 

Our Christian Values, SMSC and Fundamental British Values

Our children are immersed in an environment where Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural values are at the heart of everything we do. SMSC values are taught discretely once per week, during assemblies with members of our Senior Leadership team, and also indirectly in every lesson and around the school outside of lessons.

At Seaton St. Paul’s Junior School we teach children the importance of identity, safety and what it means to be a responsible citizen of this country. We sensitively raise current subjects with the children in order to keep them protected and safe.

Ultimately, it is our aim to ensure our children become honest, responsible and tolerant members of society.

 

Some examples of the way we develop SMSC in school:

 

  • Invite visitors from different cultures and faiths;
  • Visit places of worship;
  • Theme Days such as ‘What Makes Britain Great?’ and ‘Christmas around the World’;
  • Reading stories from different cultures in English lessons;
  • Linking SMSC issues into all areas of the Curriculum e.g. Fairtrade in maths, celebrating key figures in black and ethnic minority history.