Curriculum

We follow the national curriculum for England as taught in all local authority-maintained schools. Click the links below for further information.

National Primary Curriculum

Other Curriculum Subjects: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

 

Click the links below to find out more about the curriculum at John F. Kennedy Primary School.

Curriculum Meetings

Phonics

Early Years Foundation Stage

Sex Education

Effective Teaching and Learning

Homework

 

Curriculum Meetings

Parents and carers can find out further information regarding the curriculum for each year at Curriculum Meetings which are held in the first week of term. If you are unable to attend the meetings, please feel free to arrange a meeting with the class teacher by contacting the school office to arrange a convenient appointment.


Phonics

Our phonics scheme is Phonics Bug which is followed from EYFS, KS1 and into KS2 as necessary. We support phonics we other schemes and interventions (e.g. LEXIA and Phonics Play) where appropriate. We use a range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree with supplementary resources and real books.

Everyone who works in this school aims to create an ethos which will encourage confident, articulate and happy children and enable every child to fulfil his or her potential.

We intend to inspire every pupil to be a highly motivated, independent learner, who actively participates in a balanced, relevant and well-matched curriculum which is inclusive and affords equal opportunities for all.

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Early Years Foundation Stage

At John F Kennedy Primary School we believe that early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their life and learning. We aim therefore to adhere to the principles for early years education and to deliver a curriculum which:

  • builds on what children already know and can do
  • provides for different starting point from which children can develop their learning
  • is relevant and has appropriate content that matches the different levels of young children’s needs
  • has planned and purposeful activity that provides opportunities for teaching and learning, both indoors and outdoors
  • includes a balance of adult planned activities and activities that children plan or initiate themselves
  • is well-planned and well-resourced to give children rich and stimulating experiences with appropriate adult intervention to help them make progress in their learning
  • helps children to overcome any disadvantage and which makes children feel included, secure and valued
  • enables children to explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves

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Sex Education

The Governing Body has determined that sex education should form part of the school curriculum.

The school policy is available on request from the school office. This policy states that teachers will deal effectively and honestly with children’s questions whenever they arise, stressing the loving and caring aspect of family life and human relationships. At appropriate times, the school nurse is invited to talk to Upper Key Stage 2 pupils about puberty and growing up. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons if they wish.


Effective Teaching and Learning     

At John F Kennedy Primary school we believe that effective learning will take place when pupils:

  • enjoy learning
  • participate in activities matched to their learning needs
  • are encouraged by positive constructive feedback
  • engage in their own learning
  • understand the purpose of activities and discover their own motivation to learn
  • are given opportunities to develop their own interests

Pupils will demonstrate this learning by:

  • showing that they can do something which they could not do before
  • apply previously acquired  knowledge and skills in a new context

At our school we aim for high quality teaching where every teacher is able to develop:

  • well-organised resources relevant to needs
  • effective planning
  • appropriate questioning
  • teaching matched to pupils’ needs
  • constructive feedback and positive teaching style
  • opportunities to consolidate previous knowledge and skills
  • high quality relationships and sound knowledge of the pupils
  • good subject knowledge
  • well-timed, well-paced lessons with clear structure
  • clear and high expectations for behaviour, learning and presentation
  • collegiate partnerships  with other teachers and professionals
  • effective partnerships with parents and carers

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Homework

It is hoped that parents will support the school and encourage the children to appreciate the value of homework. Homework provides the opportunity for children to develop as independent learners and to extend and reflect upon their ‘in school’ experiences. It also enables children to practice and apply the skills they have been taught in class.

All children will be given set homework and asked to return it on a particular date. All homework will be marked, however if  it is returned back to the class teacher on the set date. We are aware of the many outside activities which take up much of the children’s time e.g. dancing, Beavers etc. and it is therefore our philosophy not to give out a lot of homework unnecessarily. Homework is an extension activity which compliments and reinforces what is taught in school.

Pupils are under no legal obligation to complete homework but if a parent does not wish a child to be given homework, a written communication to that effect will be sought.

Homework will not usually be given when a pupil is absent due to holidays.

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