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Our Curriculum

 

Teaching and learning are at the heart of what we do at Buxton Junior School. We are committed to ensuring the children in our schools receive high quality, inclusive learning experiences in every sense be they academic, social, spiritual or physical.

As a result we hope our children leave our school with:

  • An ability to reflect, discuss, evaluate and think critically
  • An ability to be an engaged and effective life-long learner
  • Respect and tolerance for themselves and others
  • Enhanced understanding and knowledge of the world, both locally and globally
  • An understanding of how one’s own character and social, cultural, spiritual and moral development are key to becoming active and useful members of society.

We are passionate advocates of outdoor learning, which has been built into our lesson planning to ensure we take every opportunity to get the children learning outside. 

We have created a four year rolling programme to ensure the curriculum is fully covered but we also have an annual planning calendar to ensure we can respond to special events, anniversaries and the children's and teachers' interests and passions.

We also believe that rigour in skills leads to freedom in content so every subject has a detailed skills progression which is built into our planning tool and which also takes account of the work they have done in Y2. Please click on each subject to see their skills progressions. 

If you would like any more information about our curriculum, please call or come into school. 

What drives our curriculum at Buxton Junior School?

What drives our curriculum at Buxton Junior School? 1 How we use our Curriculum Drivers
What drives our curriculum at Buxton Junior School? 2 Ourselves, Our Environment and the Wider World
What drives our curriculum at Buxton Junior School? 3 How Our Values fit into Character Education
What drives our curriculum at Buxton Junior School? 4 The Journey to Our Curriculum in a Picture

Universal Themes

We believe that there are seven universal cross-curricular themes, which we aim to re-visit in order to enhance our children's understanding of, and relationship with, the wider world. Revisiting learning through these themes also allows the children to make connections to their previous learning. We believe this is vital as it helps them to really embed the content and skills they have already covered. We also work closely with the infant school to ensure we reflect on what they have covered in their curriculum. 

Our seven themes are:

  • Invention
  • Journeys
  • Love
  • Power
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Conflict
  • Separation

For example, "Journeys" is relevant when finding out about the Romans or Vikings invading Britain, when learning about evacuees leaving their homes during World War II or when reading about the adventures of Varjak Paw, a cat who leaves his home to live in the city. We talk about these themes with the children to help them to understand them. For example, when talking about "Conflict", teachers might link the power struggle in Macbeth to the battles for control of Britain during Anglo-Saxon and Viking times, or to the relationships between the giants in The BFG. 

In this way, we hope the children make connections with their previous learning and that they deepen their understanding of themes which they will meet all through their lives, in themselves, their environment and the wider world. 

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