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Faringdon Junior School Curriculum Intent
We believe that if learners are to be successful they need to follow an ambitious and tailored
curriculum that allows all pupils to embrace challenge and take risks as they strive for
excellence.


Secure development and achievement
We are relentless in our drive for high expectations and quality outcomes across the broad and balanced curriculum. We instil
pride, celebrate achievements and nurture aspirations through our focus on the following:
Developing our head and body: What we learn
Developing our hearts and character: Who we are
Developing our actions and attitudes: How we live and learn
Developing our moral compass: Where we fit in the world.


Prepare pupils for “life beyond FJS”
We all demonstrate in our actions how to be the best that we can be and make Faringdon Junior School a happy place to
learn that challenges, motivates, inspires and leads to a lifelong interest in learning.


Promote active community involvement and citizenship
We ensure our pupils feel part of our local community and wider society through having many varied learning opportunities to
experience life beyond the classroom including global awareness.

                                                                       Implementation of our curriculum
• Our carefully crafted curriculum balances the national expectations and an all-encompassing range of experiences allowing our children to flourish.
• Clear strategic planning allows the curriculum to be dynamic and adapt to the context of the school and children’s needs. Our planning is responsive to children’s needs; incorporating holistic approaches to teaching and learning.
• Our curriculum consists of many planned experiences both in and out of school to excite and ignite learning.
• Age related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child.
• The curriculum has high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary and develop strong cross curricular links.
• Inviting classroom environments and exciting resources to stimulate and engage quality thinking and reasoning.
• Peer coaching supports all staff to further develop curriculum pedagogy and a consistent approach across the school.

                                                                                Impact of our curriculum
We measure the curriculum impact through the successful delivery of our four intentions:
1. Developing our head and body: What we learn
We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding their age related expectations when we consider the varied starting points of children. We measure this carefully using a range of materials, but always considering where they should be for how old they are. We intend that the impact is that children will be academically and physically prepared for the next phase of their education, in Britain and the world.


2. Developing our hearts and character: Who we are
The impact will be that our learners will have fully rounded characters with a clear understanding of our school values and others such
as: equality, friendship and trust. Only by really learning what these mean will our learners be able to develop a character that
prepares them for living in the community demonstrating tolerance and equality. 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, around the school and in the daily
interaction of all members of our school community.


3. Developing our actions and attitudes: How we live and learn
We develop behaviours and habits to ensure our pupils become effective learners which can be seen in how the children approach
challenges every day both in and out of the classroom. The impact should be that children are determined, resilient and highly motivated to achieve by equipping them with all the personal skills to succeed.


4. Developing our moral compass: Where we fit in the world
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.
They will go out into the world and make a difference in their own life and to others. Our learners will be the owners of their own
destinies.

National Curriculum - A Guide for Parents

The Primary National Curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. We aim for our curriculum to be exciting and to inspire children to nurture a passion for learning, encouraging inquisitiveness and confidence in our pupils.

Alongside the introduction of the new curriculum in September 2014, the government removed previous levels of attainment and have allowed schools to develop their own approach to assessment. At FJS, the assessment of pupils' attainment and progress is linked closely to the curriculum so that pupils achieve a secure and deep understanding of the whole curriculum content. We place a high value on day-to-day formative assessment to inform the next steps for all pupils.

Opportunities to promote literacy and numeracy throughout the curriculum are exploited, as well as cross-curricular links.

During the year we have themed days and weeks, which allow children to develop their skills in a more focused way. Furthermore, we offer a variety of educational visits to reinforce the learning which takes place in the classroom. We also have lots of opportunities to welcome visitors to our school, such as musicians and authors. We always welcome input from any parents who would like to offer their expertise in any curriculum area.

If you have any questions about what your child is learning at school do not hesitate to arrange a time to discuss it further with your child’s teacher.

Please read: A Guide for Parents and our Curriculum Maps for the 2019-2020.

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