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
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
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
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's ICT Room had a whole set of new computers installed at the end of 2013 and has a set of 32 iPads available for use across the school. The school runs a 'Code Club' for any children who are eager to advance their understanding of coding, debugging and programming computers. In addition, children have the opportunity to become 'Digital Leaders' where they are able to train, learn new skills and able to support other children with the use of computers. 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
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
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
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. 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 http://www.mymaths.co.uk/ Offers a wide range of lessons, games and homework activities. The pupils will have their own login, so please see your class teacher if you are unsure. If you’re using an iPad, you can access MyMaths through the Puffin Academy app at  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/puffin-academy/id716707933?mt=8   http://www.sumdog.com/ Brilliant games to improve recall of number facts. Compete against others around the world, if you wish!   http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage Wonderful problem solving activities.   https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic Instructional videos on all areas of maths. Like having a teacher you can rewind!   http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z826n39 Lots of videos and activities from BBC Bitesize.     http://resources.woodl.ands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/ Interactive maths games and activities, broken down by areas.   http://www.math-aids.com/ Create and print your own worksheets.   http://chilcoteprimary.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/year-2-mathematics-inspire-workshop.html A video with some ideas to help you master those tricky tables.   Link to Bournville Junior School’s Calculation policy.   https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/238967/Mathematics_Appendix_1.pdf A link to the DfE’s examples of SOME of the formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division children should be aiming to master by the end of Year 6. read more
English English English is a subject which consists of speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and grammar. We have high expectations when teaching these aspects and enforce it throughout all areas of learning. Speaking and listening This is a vital element of every lesson. We encourage the children to voice their opinions and share their ideas […] English English is a subject which consists of speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and grammar. We have high expectations when teaching these aspects and enforce it throughout all areas of learning. Speaking and listening This is a vital element of every lesson. We encourage the children to voice their opinions and share their ideas in both small and larger groups. Speaking and listening is also enhanced through a variety of other activities, such as role play. Reading At Bournville Junior School, we promote a 'love of reading' and encourage the children to read as many books of different genres as possible. We have an 'author of the moment' in each classroom. This enables the children to experience quality texts by that author, as well as find out information about their life. All classrooms also have a reading corner full of a variety of texts, encouraging the children to read more widely. Reading is evident throughout the whole curriculum. However, it is specifically taught during 'Guided Reading' sessions. The children are placed in ability groups named after well-known authors. Each week the children are given a text and teaching staff will question the children and discuss the text with them to gauge their understanding of what they have read. There is an assessment focus (AF) for each aspect of comprehension. These AF's are: •AF1 - to use a range of strategies including accurate decoding of text, to read for meaning. •AF2 - to understand, describe, select or retrieve information, events or ideas from texts and use quotation and reference to text •AF3 - to deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts •AF4 - to identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts, including grammatical and presentational features at text level •AF5 - to explain and comment on writers' use of language, including grammatical and literary features at word and sentence level •AF6 - to identify and comment on writers' purposes and viewpoints, and the overall effect of the text on the reader •AF7 - to relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts and literary traditions. In addition to Guided Reading in class, the children are also given a home reading book which they are encouraged to read either with an adult or independently. Adults and children are encouraged to comment in the reading section of their planner. Furthermore, children have the opportunity to visit the school's library to choose two books at a time to take home to read, share and enjoy. Bug Club is an additional resource that we encourage the children to use at home. It is an online reading resource which provides the children with electronic reading books suitable to the level at which they are reading. The children can complete quizzes which ask questions related to the different AFs mentioned above. Writing Children are taught to write in many forms when exploring a variety of genres. These include forms of fiction, non fiction and poetry. As well as studying text types, they also have a grammar focus which is linked to their writing. We expect each child will eventually use a cursive script for handwriting. SPAG As a school, we recognise the importance of accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar and have therefore identified spelling as a whole school priority. Unless your child is in Year 6, it will obviously be some time before they will take SATs.. However, with the inclusion of a spelling test, it will be important that children are confident and familiar with the exception words outlined in each pupils planners. It will be beneficial for you and your child to look at the specific spelling target their class teacher has set for them, and set aside a few minutes to practise these regularly. Rather than learning spellings by rote, a little, often and fun approach is recommended. Happily, there is a wide range of engaging resources for children to practise their spellings:       http://www.howtospell.co.uk/spellingstrategies.php   read more