Our curriculum follows all of the programmes of study detailed in the National Curriculum, as well as Religious Education. We provide a knowledge-rich curriculum, which goes beyond facts and figures; it allows children to progressively build knowledge, and to apply this within different contexts, using key skills, behaviours and attitudes.
We enhance the foundation of the National Curriculum, with engaging school trips, visitors, workshops, clubs, musical tuition, sporting events, outdoor learning, cookery and many other opportunities, designed to offer children the chance to find their individual interests, strengths and abilities both in the classroom and beyond.
Alexandra Junior School is committed to helping children to learn to persevere, to have the courage to make mistakes and to recognise setbacks as learning opportunities. Our skilled and experienced staff encourage the children to be curious about the world and to use their creative energies both in the classroom and outside. The learning habits we encourage will serve the children in the years ahead, allowing them to make the most of their opportunities.
We work hard to ensure that our curriculum provides the following:
- Access to learning for all children
- Challenge for all children
- Breadth and balance
- Depth of learning through deep thinking, learning, and application of knowledge and skills
- Depth of learning through enrichment activities
- Progression of knowledge and skills
- Reading rich
- Vocabulary rich
- Relevance to the children, to our community, country, and globally.
The impact of our curriculum is that:
- children are developing a love of learning, and for some a special passion for particular subjects;
- children are articulate and able to communicate their thinking and opinions confidently;
- children make good and excellent progress relative to their starting points;
- children have a strong sense of community, social and personal responsibility, and respect for others who may have different views, religions or lifestyles.
This impact is monitored and evaluated by teachers through:
- assessing what children understand and remember through questioning and learning tasks, day to day;
- assessing the development of children’s behaviours and attitudes that support learning;
- use of more formal tests and assessments, which allow us to identify what children know, and what their learning gaps are.