Our curriculum is designed to cover the breadth and depth of the National Curriculum, to be accessible and engaging to all learners and to be relevant to Chaucer Junior School's context. It is knowledge-based, with carefully-designed skill progression to ensure progress through more practical subjects; it has been designed to broaden and connect knowledge, deepen thinking and increase cultural capital for all children.
Head, Heart & Hands
We use a ‘Head, Heart and Hands’ approach to our planning to ensure that our curriculum challenges attitudes and has real-life relevance.
Traditional methods of teaching rely heavily on children being able to retain information that they have been given but not everyone can learn effectively this way. Although it is important to specify key pieces of knowledge or skills that need to be learned, we use a multi-faceted approach to help children remember these.
This is where academic learning and personal development come together. It is much easier to relate to something if it has real context – this is why learning about people (real or fictional) and how their lives have been impacted improves learning. We want our children to grow into good people who are tolerant of difference and diversity. If we make it matter to them, they will remember it.
Above all else, we want to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to all and that means finding creative ways to present learning. Instead of always relying on writing ability, we challenge our children to present their learning in a variety of different way – this removes barriers for less able children to access foundation subjects and ensures everyones understanding.
Overview of Topics
At Chaucer Junior School, most of our learning, particularly in foundation subjects, links to a topic - this makes the information more relevant and engaging or our learners. However, we appreciate that this is not always possible and we ensure that the purpose of the curriculum is always protected and is not diluted by forcing something to fit with a topic.
Please use the link below to see an overview of topics for each year group:
During the design of the curriculum, we wrote a a statement which clarifies our intent for each subject. Please use the link below to view these:
Please see a more detailed break-down of the content covered by each year group during each term using the document links below: