The School caters for children aged between 7 and 11 years who follow the Key Stage 2 curriculum. Underpinning our curriculum is our statement:
'We seek to provide a Christian ethos and education which promotes the all round development of
each child and enables them to achieve success and gain a sense of self worth’.
St Laurence Church Junior School offers a broad and balanced curriculum which:
Topics are chosen to inspire and engage the children, making learning interesting, creative and challenging. Inspiration activites, trips, visitors and practical elements offer real experiences for children to engage in the topic theme. This theme is then applied across a range of subjects, so that children, across the key stage will cover objectives in all subjects of the national curriculum. Children will have opportunities to develop and broaden their understanding and are encouraged to excel, whatever their ability.
Our aim is to motivate children to become confident, independent learners with an enthusiasm and love of learning. We also hope to inspire each and every child to become a respectable, caring, socially competent member of society, equipping them with the skills to adapt to an ever changing world.
General information about our curriculum can be found on this page of our website, within our school prospectus or from Year Group pages and Year Group Newsletters. If parents, carers or other members of the public would like any more information about our curriculum, please use the school's email address which can be found on our 'Contact Us' page.
English is the cornerstone of all learning. At St Laurence, we plan and teach our lessons following the guidance of the Primary Framework for Literacy and from the new
National Curriculum. The new curriculum gives further guidance for handwriting, spelling, vocabulary and grammar.
We also use the Read, Write Inc. scheme to assist with reading and phonics.
During our daily English lessons, children are encouraged to develop and express their thoughts and ideas, through drama, role play and discussion in a range of whole class, group and paired opportunities. Children also read and write for a range of purposes, in order to develop their language expertise and communication.
Reading takes place during guided reading sessions, during these sessions children will read with the teacher or develop their independent reading skills. Children also have the opportunity to have stories read to them during the school day to develop their understanding of a range of texts.
Handwriting is also modelled to the children so they can develop accurate joins and formation of letters. The new word lists for spellings are used throughout the school.
We encourage English skills to be developed and reinforced throughout the curriculum, such as in their topic or RE work. This allows children to make natural and meaningful links in other subject areas, using aspects of literacy confidently and with enjoyment.
Maths is a real and relevant subject that is required throughout life. We base our Maths work on the National Curriculum for Mathematics where we aim for all of our children to become fluent, reason mathematically and solve problems with increasing sophistication.
Children are taught in ability groupings across their year groups. They have a daily maths lesson. In addition we aim to look for other areas of the curriculum where we can apply our maths learning.
Children are taught mental strategies to develop their speed with number; formal written methods to complement these and a range of problem solving strategies to increase their confidence and handling of mathematics.
Homework is key to supporting children's learning and for the majority of the year pupils are given, and expected to complete, a weekly piece of homework.
Our programme of study in Science aims to develop enquiring minds and to gain knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas and skills.
Children are encouraged through a variety of situations to develop the skill of questioning. Investigations and experiments help children to understand how ideas develop and allow them to develop their natural curiosity.
Through practical activities children can develop the ability to formulate and test ideas and gain an understanding of scientific knowledge. We ask children to make connections between scientific ideas and develop them beyond the classroom.
Experiences outside the classroom have included Year 5 completing a river study at Woodgate Valley.
The skills of scientific enquiry developed throughout the subject are easily transferrable into other subject areas.
A whole school approach to science is celebrated through events such as Science Roadshows, the Health Bus and the participation in National Science Week.
The school currently follows the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus. This consists of 24 spiritual and moral dispositions which bring many religions together in a common purpose.
The syllabus recognises children and young people as learners who are seeking understanding about their world. The syllabus recognises that pupils are also part of a community, the syllabus aims to encourage them to contribute to schools, our society and our world and thus also to help them acquire the requisite skills to do so.
Visits to places of worship take place and this ensures children can see for themselves the similarities and differences between religions.
The Art units at St Laurence are covered within the Integrated Curriculum topics. Therefore each year group covers and has experiences in learning a range of different Art work. Each topic changes every 6-7 weeks therefore the Art units change accordingly.
All Art lessons take place within class with differentiation being offered through visual, practical and creative activities as well as peer and teacher support.
The aim is to allow all our children to experience lots of different aspects of Art on a visual, practical and creative level. We encourage our children to learn new art skills and cover own exploration. In doing this we aim to offer children a degree of confidence in this subject area as they progress through their academic and social life.
At St Laurence Church Junior School we believe that the learning of an additional language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children an additional perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
The government changes mean that the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages is now compulsory at Key Stage Two. The school’s Scheme of Work is planned to reflect this new curriculum, encouraging the children to learn not only about the culture of France, but also allowing them to become familiar with some useful aspects of the language.
French lessons take place within class with differentiation being offered through visual and practical activities as well as peer and teacher support.
The curriculum encourages the children's engagement with the subject through practical activities including interactive songs, repetition of vocabulary, role play and much more. The aim is to allow the children to experience the culture and language on a visual and functional level in order to offer a degree of confidence as they progress through their academic and social life.
ICT is a rapidly changing and developing part of our lives. We aim to use this powerful tool to provide the children at St Laurence Junior School with active learning experiences across the whole curriculum.
At St Laurence children are given opportunities to apply and develop their ICT capability through the use of ICT tools to support their learning throughout the day. We follow the 'Switched on Computing' scheme which enables us to complete coverage of the Programme of Study for computing.
With a wide range of electronic equipment, we are able to develop our children's skills, knowledge and independence in ICT.
St Laurence Junior School provides all pupils with two lessons of quality and active PE each week.
Every class is timetabled for one session in the hall and one outdoor session every week. Some lessons are delivered by outside providers and these are shared equally between year groups and classes.
Each year 3 class goes swimming every day for a 2 week block to fulfil the requirements of this particular curriculum strand. Also, Year 4 and 6 go on residential trips, with Year 6 visiting the Lickey Hills each year for orienteering as well. Our site is mapped for orienteering too, allowing opportunities to develop suitable skills on site. This gives the children unique and enjoyable experiences and it covers the OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) area of PE.
The key areas of PE, delivered at least once each every academic year are: Games (including invasion, striking and fielding, and net/wall), Gymnastics, Dance and Athletics.
All children at our school are offered the same opportunities, including the option to participate in out-of-hours PE activities. We have a range of clubs running before school, at lunch times and after school including football, cross country, athletics, dance, gymnastics and karate, to name a sample of clubs!
In addition to this, physical activity is encouraged during break and lunch with a wide range of equipment available. Young Leaders are deployed throughout the year, delivering simple PE activities to children lower down the school at lunch times.
As well as lesson time, there are several house competitions throughout the year. This encourages intra-school competition. The events are active, enjoyable and carried out in the right sporting manner. Finally, many of the children who participate in out-of-hours clubs in school go on to represent the school in inter-school fixtures and events. This includes a range of sports and our fixtures and results can be found in the sports section of the website.
Across the school children engage with a variety of PSHE/Circle Time and SEAL activities. These are coordinated programmes of discreet, cross curricular and extra curricular opportunities for children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills and develop their knowledge of health education.
There are five broad social and emotional aspects of learning which we address throughout the curriculum. These are:
Within each of these there are a number of individual skills the children will develop.
At St Laurence Church Junior School, to ensure broad and balanced learning, we teach an integrated curriculum - along with discrete subject teaching.
We have developed our integrated curriculum to reflect the needs of St Laurence, and to further our understanding of the world in which we live. The topics in each year group have either a geographical or historical focus, with at least one extended topic in each year group. To ensure the children are fully engaged in the work to come, the unit begins with an inspiration day. This day includes exciting, fun activities to enthuse the children!
As children learn in many different ways, the units provide a wide range of experiences, delivered in a variety of teaching styles, to give your child the best opportunity to learn. Our pupils experience whole class teaching, along with differentiated individual, paired and group work, which promotes a deeper understanding. There are opportunities for experimenting and investigating, exploring and problem solving, as well as researching and applying knowledge and skills that have been learnt.
Over the four years at St Laurence, our integrated curriculum provides a broad and balanced coverage for our pupils, ensuring that the subjects and objectives in the National Curriculum are covered.
The children experience creative activities in art and craft, drama, music and dance. They experiment with a wide range of media, and its application, to develop their capacity for innovative thought. We aim to make our humanities work relevant. History encourages the use of first hand evidence from artefacts and documents, where possible.
We promote an awareness of past events and help pupils to understand how we can be influenced by and learn from the past. Our geography helps children to understand the world in which they live, encouraging investigation and exploration: locally, nationally and globally. We aim to establish a sense of responsibility for actions on the environment and the world. Opportunities to explore personal, social and health education and citizenship are also linked closely to our humanities work.
Design and technology aspects provide opportunities for our children to engage in imaginative and creative work, including the ability to: investigate, design, plan, construct and evaluate. The children can learn by their mistakes, as well as their successes and this helps them to learn how to tackle new problems and tasks with confidence.
Throughout the school, the integrated curriculum is supported by a range of trips and visitors to school, to help inspire and enthuse your child in their learning. In lessons, your child will be given clear expectations of what they will learn, guided by an integrated curriculum which aims to be inclusive, engaging, relevant, creative and progressive.