Our Curriculum Statement
At Seaton St Paul’s C of E Junior School, we teach a broad and balanced curriculum which immerses our young learners in their learning. Our curriculum aims to provide all children with rich, varied and deep knowledge while developing life-long skills and providing a variety of enriching opportunities.
We aim to offer our children opportunities for creativity, problem solving, challenge and enjoyment, while developing their independence, confidence and respectful relationships.
Our curriculum is split in to 6 half-termly chunks which covers all aspects of the National Curriculum and offers skill progression from Year 3 – Year 6. These topics are designed to build on prior learning whilst motivating, inspiring and challenging all learners.
We take pride in offering our children a curriculum that is relevant to their lives while broadening their horizons and understanding the wider world around them.
As a Church of England school, it is important to us that our Christian Values, specially selected by the children, are thoroughly embedded in all aspects of school life.
It is important that every topic within our curriculum offers the following:
Engaging and relevant new skills and knowledge.
All curriculum objectives are taught and the skills and objectives have clear progression across sequences.
Varied, interactive, memorable and challenging lessons for all learners.
The opportunity to share their new knowledge and skills to a wider audience. We love inviting our parents in to view our Curriculum in action and every class produces a Class Assembly where we confidently present our new learning to our family, friends and community.
It is imperative to us that our children achieve excellence not only in the core subjects, but in every curriculum subject.
We have lots of ways of measuring and celebrating success across the curriculum, as well as ensuring that children know what they need to do to progress.
We ensure that we maintain a broad and balanced curriculum in the following ways:
It is hugely important to us that we meet the needs of children in order for them to become independent and confident young people, who are equipped to succeed in the world around them. We therefore offer a wide spectrum of opportunities to build on and enhance pupils’ learning. Examples of children enjoying these enrichment opportunities can be seen on our website and include:
Visits/ Residential Trips
Specialist Curriculum Theme Days
Annual theatre performance
Learning in Local Secondary Schools
Celebration of Achievements
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. For example, some year groups conduct local geography studies, others focus on local poets and authors in English. 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 our history curriculum.
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.
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 on our website and Facebook page. Topic Overviews are always available to parents on our website, in addition to a detailed Curriculum Newsletter that we send home once every half term. Parents are invited regularly into school to see our Curriculum Assemblies and we love to share our work books with our parents whenever we can!
Extra- Curricular Learning
We have a comprehensive schedule of extra- curricular clubs here at Seaton St. Paul’s. Some examples of our weekly after school clubs include:
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:
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!