Calmore Junior School’s Vision for a Good Curriculum

At Calmore Junior School, we believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced, creative and relevant and meet the needs of all children, whatever their ability, race or ethnic origin, gender, religious beliefs or, where practicable, disability. Whilst focussing on high standards in English and Mathematics, our curriculum has been designed to reflect the needs of our children – to be fun, interesting, creative and thought provoking – thus combining excellence with enjoyment.

We are continuing to develop our creative curriculum which is based on units of work which are meaningful for the children. Each unit begins with a hook activity which inspires and motivates the children. The children work towards an exit point such as producing a book, an exhibition, display of work or an assembly that parents are invited to. We ensure the children have a range of learning experiences that challenge, stimulate and actively promote thinking and learning. The curriculum meets statutory national requirements, is planned effectively and provides continuity and progression across the primary age range. It promotes enjoyment of learning and a commitment to learning and achieving.

Through the provision of rich and varied activities we aim to:

  • encourage the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils
  • enable pupils to make links across different areas of the curriculum
  • help pupils to think creatively and solve problems
  • develop pupils’ capacity to learn to work independently and collaboratively
  • enable pupils to respond positively to opportunities, challenge and responsibilities
  • enable pupils to acquire and develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding
  • foster Calmore’s learning behaviours- collaboration, making links, perseverance, communicate, show initiative, take pride, be reflective, be confident, question and be flexible

    We want to keep the following at the forefront:

  • Memorable learning experiences
  • Hands on practical experiences
  • Purposeful links made between subjects
  • Real life experiences
  • Creativity and fun
  • Hook days to engage children from day 1 of a topic
  • Exit days that include parents eg assemblies, tea parties
  • Purposeful learning & a context
  • Strong links to writing & maths
  • Develop our learning behaviours
  • Drama & speaking and listening
  • Visits, trips & visitors
  • Use of experts
  • Theme days across the school
  • Use of the grounds and outdoor learning
  • ICT learning within other subjects
  • Children as leaders
  • Learning with children from other schools

What does a good Calmore Learner look like? A child that:

  • Questions
  • Takes pride
  • Is reflective
  • Perseveres
  • Collaborates
  • Is confident
  • Makes links
  • Communicates
  • Is flexible
  • Shows initiative
  • Is self-motivated
  • Aspires to achieve their best
  • Inspires others
  • Is organised
  • Is polite and kind
  • Is enthusiastic
  • Manages distractions
  • Can show empathy
  • Uses imagination