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) which covers the school Years 3 to 6 – for children aged 7 to 11 years old.
At the start of September following your child’s 7th birthday, he/she will move into Year 3 and qualifies for entry into our school. Each September, children progress into the next year group, until they leave us to embark upon their Secondary School careers at the end of Year 6.
National Curriculum Subjects
At Lymington Junior we present the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for England and Wales (additional information available via this link) – or the Locally Agreed Syllabus (Living Difference III) in the case of Religious Education – 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)
Living Difference III covers:
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.
For more information about the intent, implementation and/or impact of ‘Curriculum LJS’, please read our Curriculum Policy or speak to your child’s class teacher.
Mathematics and Times Tables at LJS
To support long term progression in Mathematics we have worked closely with Lymington CE Infant School to develop an over arching policy for progression in calculation across our two schools. The resulting documents (below) have been specifically designed to include explanations and diagrams to help you to support your child’s learning at home.
We have also worked hard as a school to develop and embed a coherent approach to the teaching; learning and assessment of times tables at LJS. The policy below outlines what we expect to be achieved in this area within each year group.
Staying Safe Online
We teach all of our children about internet safety routinely throughout each year they are with us. All children take age appropriate lessons on this for at least six weeks during their computing lessons. This learning is re-enforced and built upon through at least termly assemblies and visits from linked external agencies.
If you need any additional support in this area, please speak to a member of staff or see the links below for the latest national advice. PLEASE NOTE that these links take you away from the LJS website.
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