Curriculum

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English English  Aims  At Bournville Junior School, we aim for all children to: read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a developing range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct have a love of reading; read with understanding and purpose; read for enjoyment across a range of texts and in a variety of formats, […] English  Aims  At Bournville Junior School, we aim for all children to:
  • read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a developing range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct
  • have a love of reading; read with understanding and purpose; read for enjoyment across a range of texts and in a variety of formats, including use of the latest technology
  • have an interest in words and their meanings; develop a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • use joined, legible writing and confidently spell an increasing range of words
  • develop the ability to use punctuation and syntax appropriately and with confidence
  • write in a variety of styles and forms, organising the content to suit a range of audiences and purposes appropriate to real life situations
  • encourage a love of writing and enable pupils to confidently plan, draft, edit, proof-read and publish their writing through different media
  • value the use of language as a means of communication and to value the language of others
  • develop the skills needed to be a good listener, as well as the ability to express themselves appropriately in a variety of different situations
  • enable children to use and transfer the skills they are learning in order to communicate effectively throughout the range of subjects taught in school.
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN ENGLISH Every lesson has clear learning intentions focused on outcomes. All lessons are well-planned, building on prior learning towards clear outcomes e.g. a narrative, a balanced argument presented as a debate, a persuasive speech. Teaching sequences allow for coverage of spoken language, reading comprehension and writing composition, including grammar and punctuation, the writing process, spelling and handwriting. Lessons are well-paced, engaging and interactive.  Pupils’ contributions and involvement are positively sought after and encouraged. High expectations ensure that each child can realise, and exceed, their own targets. PLANNING  The English curriculum is planned and delivered according to the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. The annual overview for each phase details coverage of English reading and writing opportunities across each year group and term. From this, teachers build detailed units of work (teaching sequences) based on quality children’s literature and the broader curriculum. CLPE’s Power of Reading website provides teachers with support for planning stimulating teaching sequences (www.CLPE.org.uk). Weekly plans give learning intentions for each lesson, details of support and challenge, and how lessons will be taught, drawing on a wide range of teaching strategies, which include:
    • discussion and argument
    • teacher demonstration
    • teacher modelling
    • scaffolding
    • explanation and clarity
    • questioning techniques (in particular the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy)
    • investigation of idea
    • listening and responding.
Grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting are taught regularly and explicitly, guided by the expectations of the National Curriculum, and in context where possible, e.g. direct teaching of relative clauses as part of a teaching sequence with a non-chronological report as an outcome; direct teaching of the use of fronted adverbials in a teaching sequence with newspaper articles as an outcome. Recommended Reads Follow the link to see a selection of 100 recommended reads. 
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British Values The Department of Education has set out that all schools should promote fundamental British values. These values are: democracy the rule of law individual liberty mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At Bournville Junior School we aim to weave British Values throughout our broad and balanced curriculum. The Department of Education has set out that all schools should promote fundamental British values. These values are:
  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
At Bournville Junior School we aim to weave British Values throughout our broad and balanced curriculum.
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PE and Sport At BJS, we believe that high quality P.E and sport inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Providing opportunities for our pupils to compete in sport and other activities builds character and helps to embed values such as fairness and respect.   This year, class teachers will […] At BJS, we believe that high quality P.E and sport inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Providing opportunities for our pupils to compete in sport and other activities builds character and helps to embed values such as fairness and respect.
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Religious Eduction Religious Education at Bournville Junior School is taught in accordance with the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus 2007. Appropriate material from major world faiths is studied. Children are encouraged to learn and reflect by undertaking a variety of activities in lessons, by using artefacts and by making visits (where possible) or having visitors in school. The point […] Religious Education at Bournville Junior School is taught in accordance with the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus 2007. Appropriate material from major world faiths is studied. Children are encouraged to learn and reflect by undertaking a variety of activities in lessons, by using artefacts and by making visits (where possible) or having visitors in school. The point of R.E. is to help children appreciate what it is that inspires ordinary people to ‘love God’ and to avoid ‘being selfish’ and ‘self-centred’. What is it that people live by and live for? What is that makes people happy? In R.E. the deepest values of human life are shared and discussed. At Bournville Junior School, we follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, through which the children learn from and learn about religion. The syllabus does not identify with individual faiths, but focuses on the principles underpinning faith generally. There is a daily act of worship, which takes place as a whole school, as a phase or as a class. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and/or collective worship. If you would like to discuss this further, please make an appointment to see the Head Teacher. Aims and Objectives
  • To promote pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the faiths, practices and values of religious traditions.
  • To develop the ability to use a range of resources (artefacts, photos, pictures, text, videos, ICT resources, music and buildings) to help their understanding and knowledge.
  • To encourage children to both ask and answer questions in order to develop and deepen their knowledge.
  • To provide broad and varied experiences within the R.E curriculum.
  • To help pupils to learn from and to learn about religion.
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Learning Adventure Learning Adventure consists of a number of subjects: Art, D & T, Geography and History.  These subjects are not taught in isolation, but rather as cross curricular so that the children are able to access absolutely all areas of learning for each topic.  This is achieved by introducing the topic, be it Romans, Vikings, Birmingham […] Learning Adventure consists of a number of subjects: Art, D & T, Geography and History.  These subjects are not taught in isolation, but rather as cross curricular so that the children are able to access absolutely all areas of learning for each topic.  This is achieved by introducing the topic, be it Romans, Vikings, Birmingham or Showtime, and immersing the children in it through independent research and teaching.  As the children take ownership of the direction it goes, their learning becomes more relevant and meaningful, ensuring that everyone is able to reach their full potential.  By making it 'hands-on' and cross curricular, they are able to share their skills and knowledge, allowing every child to achieve, learn and enjoy! read more 4
French French Bienvenue! In French throughout the year, we will be looking at speaking, listening and responding, reading and writing. We will be covering: Pets and animals; numbers; Festivals and celebrations; France, geographically and culturally; and holidays. We aim to use as many different methods to introduce the children to French in order to develop not […] French Bienvenue! In French throughout the year, we will be looking at speaking, listening and responding, reading and writing. We will be covering: Pets and animals; numbers; Festivals and celebrations; France, geographically and culturally; and holidays. We aim to use as many different methods to introduce the children to French in order to develop not just ability, but also confidence. This will be taught using songs, stories and games across all Year groups. read more 8
PSHE PSHE at Bournville Junior School It is our aim at Bournville Junior School to develop our children as individuals in our school, and in the wider community. PSHE is delivered through our curriculum in a variety of ways and though three core themes: Health and Wellbeing Through science topics, The Life Education Bus and PSHE […] PSHE at Bournville Junior School It is our aim at Bournville Junior School to develop our children as individuals in our school, and in the wider community. PSHE is delivered through our curriculum in a variety of ways and though three core themes: Health and Wellbeing Through science topics, The Life Education Bus and PSHE lessons, children learn to build up a healthy and safer lifestyle. Relationships During Circle Time, The Life Education Bus, PSHE and Religious Education lessons, children learn about themselves as individuals, developing confidence and an understanding of their own characters, their strengths and their weaknesses. They also learn to develop respectful and caring relationships with others from a range of cultures and religions whilst respecting people's differences. Living in the Wider World Through the School Council, School House System and PSHE lessons children learn to: make responsible use of their talents, rights and opportunities, begin to develop as and prepare to become responsible citizens, develop an understanding of how to achieve economic well-being, carry out responsibilities as active citizens in school and the community and understand the importance of being responsible for our environment. These three core themes underpin our curriculum and are supported by the opportunities presented in assemblies, by visits and visitors, through appropriate use of resources, links with the local community and the ethos of our school. read more 6
Computing Computing at Bournville Junior School Now that the new computing curriculum has been introduced to all schools across the country, a new and even more exciting approach is being taken in the delivery of computing and ICT. Computing is an essential part of the curriculum and, as a result of this, the resources available to […] Computing at Bournville Junior School Now that the new computing curriculum has been introduced to all schools across the country, a new and even more exciting approach is being taken in the delivery of computing and ICT. Computing is an essential part of the curriculum and, as a result of this, the resources available to the children are of the highest quality. The school has a computer suite and has a set of iPads available for use across the school. The Computing curriculum now focuses on three key strands and encourages children to understand how computers work, how to create and develop software and how to use computers efficiently and safely. These areas are: •Information Technology: Using applications, sending messages, blogging, photography and film making. •Computer Science: Coding, programming and control. •Digital Literacy: Understanding computers, e-safety and cyber bullying. Children's Views: "I first found using code very tricky, but now I can make all sorts of games and animations, just by setting a few instructions in the right order!" Sam, Year 6 "I really like coding because I've never done it before. It is much more exciting than making a PowerPoint." Harry, Year 3 "When the Police came to school to talk about E-safety and Cyber-bullying, I found it really helpful, because I know what to do now if it happens to me."Ella, Year 6 "My favourite part of computing is making instructions for my robot to follow."Daniel, Year 6 read more 9
Music If you do have any music queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office or on c.vaughan@bnvillej.bham.sch.uk. If you do have any music queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office or on c.vaughan@bnvillej.bham.sch.uk. read more 7
Science Science at Bournville Junior School ‘To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in Science.’ Albert Einstein Science at Bournville Junior School is based on practical, experimental enquiry. At its heart are investigations: planning and carrying out experiments as well as analysing […] Science at Bournville Junior School 'To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in Science.' Albert Einstein Science at Bournville Junior School is based on practical, experimental enquiry. At its heart are investigations: planning and carrying out experiments as well as analysing the outcomes. The children are able to find out for themselves, through exploration, key concepts. Investigations provide opportunities for the children to use their imagination; we encourage our children to be curious, creative and confident. As Science is one of the core subjects, it is taught every week as a separate lesson. Scientific Enquiry is a key aspect of the learning that takes place; the children are given regular opportunities to discover ideas through enquiry. Through the evaluation of their findings and discoveries, the children are able to experience real world experiments. Skills for the future are developed through their achievements in Science. This attainment and progress is tracked carefully by the teachers. It is also used as a context in Literacy and Numeracy as it enables the children's enthusiasm for this subject to be applied and the strong links between the subjects developed further. During our annual science week, a whole school project is put in place. This is used to inspire the children and enhance their curiosity as well as raise the profile of Science. 'Experiments are fun and they show what happens, for example, when you mix substances together such as oil, citric acid and denture tables. When we added the tablets, the mix effervesced. This was because carbon dioxide bubbles formed just like lemonade. Bicarbonate of soda in the tablets reacted with the citric acid to form the carbon dioxide. Without the tablets, oil floats on the water. Oil bubbles reached the surface. When we added the tablets, the bubbles of oil also moved vigorously. Science is practical and you learn new things.' Poppy and Arvind Year 6 'I really like the way we link Science with other subjects such as our murder mystery links with Literacy.' Poppy Year 6 'I like Science because you do lots of experiments and because I want to be an archaeologist and they have to do experiments. It's my favourite subject. At the moment, we are finding out about fossils and dinosaurs. I have learnt there are different periods: Jurassic, Cretaceous and Triassic. I would like to find out how many fossils are in samples from different beaches' Arthur L Year 3 'I like doing the experiments. For example, when we had sandpaper and tested the rocks to see the amount of particles that rubbed off. If lots of particles rub off, they are weaker such as chalk -this was the weakest. Granite was stronger.' Poppy Year 3 'I liked the ice pop experiments: we put them in tinfoil, bubble wrap, a face cloth and we wanted to find out which one melted the quickest. I thought it was going to be the bubble wrap but it was the flannel. The control was going to be the last one, the one which wasn't wrapped in anything.' read more 2
Maths Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. (DfE, 2014) Mathematics at Bournville Junior School reflects the […] Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. (DfE, 2014) Mathematics at Bournville Junior School reflects the recent major shift in primary mathematics away from a curriculum of breadth (children being accelerated through to new content too early) to one of depth. This means all children will aim to build a deep understanding of concepts so they can apply their skills fluently and flexibly by being challenged to solve increasingly complex problems before tacking new content. They achieve this by using mathematical equipment and pictorial representations. Also, there is more focus on mathematical reasoning where children follow a line of enquiry, find proof and use mathematical language to explain their thinking. This way, children will be more secure and more confident with mathematics as they move to KS3. More than this, we aim to give our children the best platform as lifelong users of mathematics. Bournville Junior School Mathematics Curriculum Overview Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6   Useful links
Link to BJS calculation videos page Video lessons that cover calculation for every operation and fractions from years 3 to 6.
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This is the document details how calculation is learned at BJS.
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Sumdog Brilliant games to improve recall of number facts. Compete against others around the world, if you wish!
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nRICH Wonderful problem-solving and reasoning activities.|
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Khan Academy Instructional videos on all areas of maths. Like having a teacher you can rewind!|
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BBC KS2 Bitesize Maths Lots of videos and activities from BBC Bitesize.
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