All children in England work within the National Curriculum which was introduce in September 2014. This is divided into key stages. At Lymington Junior, the children work within Key Stage 2 (KS2). At the start of September following your child’s 7th birthday, he/she will move into Year 3. Each September, children then move into the next year group, until they leave at the end of Year 6.
National Curriculum Subjects
At Lymington Junior we present the National Curriculum within the school’s own broad and balanced approach. The subjects within the National Curriculum are:
- Design and technology (DT)
- Art and design
- Physical Education (PE)
- Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
- Personal Development Learning (PDL)
- Religious Education (RE)
Each term the individual year groups publish and share their Curriculum Newsletter. These tell you exactly what your child will be learning this term. In addition, termly curriculum meetings are hosted in school to help you to understand what is being taught and how you can help support this at home. We also publish the curriculum overviews below to keep you informed as to what your child will be learning in their year group.
To find out more about the National Curriculum you can follow this link or for more information about the curriculum at LJS, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
English and Maths
During your child’s time in education it is essential that they learn the key skills within English and maths. These will enable them to access many new opportunities outside school and throughout life. However, the broader curriculum gives children a firm foundation to their learning that will encourage an inquisitiveness and enthusiasm for learning and all that it can offer.
The Key Stage 2 (KS2) curriculum builds upon the skills and experiences gained at Key Stage 1 (KS1) but with greater depth and precision. Throughout KS2 children become increasingly independent in planning their own learning and are expected to take further responsibility for this. Teaching takes place both within the class base and in smaller, focused groups to ensure all children are working at a level that is appropriate to their need
To support progression in Mathematics we have worked closely with Lymington CE Infant School to develop a policy for progression in calculation. The documents here are clearly presented with explanations and diagrams to help you to support your child’s learning.
Staying Safe Online
We teach all of the children about internet safety at the start of every year. All children take age appropriate lessons on this for at least six weeks during their computing lessons. In addition to this we work with pupils in different year groups to teach them about emerging dangers. If you need any support in this area please do get in touch or see the links below for the latest national advice on using the internet safely.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
The Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development of every child at Lymington Junior School is integral to the pupils, staff and governing body, incorporating positive values and ethos. It weaves seamlessly throughout our school and promotes positively to all who engage here and in the wider world.
All areas of teaching and learning provide opportunities to promote a child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. To enhance this, specific opportunities are planned within the school curriculum. Much of this is achieved through religious education, personal, social and health education and citizenship. A significant contribution is also made by the school ethos and effective, positive relationships throughout the school, assemblies and class circle times.
Rich and Varied Experience
The curriculum is organised in a variety of ways to help ensure a rich and varied educational experience. Some subjects within the National Curriculum lend themselves to being taught as discreet subjects while others, such as a historical unit on the Tudors, are better when linked with additional subjects. These ‘Topics’ enable children to draw upon and apply a range of skills within a given context. This helps to generate purpose for learning and inspire creative thinking.
At Lymington Junior we are committed to ensuring that all children experience the full richness of an exciting, varied curriculum that enables them to develop their ability to work co-operatively, communicate clearly and solve problems effectively. We support and guide children in becoming effective and happy global citizens. We aim to support children’s natural enquiry, understanding and tolerance of a rapidly evolving world through a broad range of subjects and contexts.
The school offers regular assemblies, classes and intervention sessions focussing upon the fundamental British values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are promoted though the school code of conduct, The LJ Way:
- Take responsibility for our actions and choices
- Try our best in everything we do
- Are kind and helpful
- Show respect for everyone and everything
- Help others follow the LJ Way