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Curriculum (based on enquiry)



Through our curriculum we aim to:

  • Inspire a love of learning
  • Ensure good progress and high academic standards
  • Establish good behaviour
  • Provide a wide range of experiences and opportunities
  • Promote physical well-being
  • Promote social, moral, spiritual and cultural development

Excellent teaching and enjoyable learning are at the heart of what we do. The basic skills in English and mathematics are essential. We work hard to combine all of these into a rich, memorable and exciting curriculum.


Basic Skills

English and mathematics are core subjects and are taught daily. English and mathematics are taught separately but every opportunity is taken for children to apply the key skills of speaking, reading, writing and mathematics across the curriculum. Science, also a core subject, is usually taught weekly.



The Learning Challenge Curriculum

The curriculum is theme based with National Curriculum subjects taught through a topic based approach. Linking subjects in this way gives meaning and purpose to children’s learning. Some subjects may be taught separately but links will be made where appropriate. Each theme or topic is arranged into a Learning Challenge. Features of the Learning Challenge curriculum are as follows:

  • Planned around the distinctive needs of the children
  • Takes advantage of the locality of the school
  • Enquiry based learning which promotes curiosity
  • Outcomes driven to raise standards
  • Embeds the application of basic skills
  • Allows writing to be meaningfully embedded
  • Cross curricular (where meaningful)
  • Enjoyable


The Learning Challenge Approach

Each topic is planned and carried out using the following approach -

Step 1


 What do we already know?


This is a pre-learning session carried out with the children to identify what they know and what they would like to know about the topic so that we can adapt the topic to cater for their needs.


Step 2


Where are we going?


This is where we take the pre-learning activity and the National Curriculum objectives for that area and plan out some learning challenge sessions


  Devising the overarching question


This is usually the out come that we want the children to discover at the end - once they have experienced all of the activities that have been planned for them.


Step 3 


 The hook / Scope of the enquiry


We try and plan a memorable start to each topic to really "hook" the children in and engage them. Examples of engaging hook activities could be -

  • a message left by someone
  • A P4C enquiry
  • a quiz
  • a dress up day
  • a visit or visitor
  • an artefact for the children to explore


Step 4


 Questions , questions , questions

Each session that the children explore is in the form of a question linked to the overarching question.


Step 5


Finding out

Giving the children time to explore and find out about the area that they are exploring. This could be a session in class or as part of their learning log. This is teaching through meaningful and rich activities which develop the children's skills, knowledge, passion and deeper understanding. This could be through watching video clips, listening to a speaker, reading information texts, carrying out investigations or tests, following a trail or treasure hunt, examining artefacts, exploring the outside environment or making something.


Step 6


My time


This is time built in for the children to examine and investigate their own line of enquiry that has arisen due to their interest and own train of thought.


Step 7


 Check what we know now



This is where we refer back to the questions - What has been learnt? How has our learning grown? Where has our enquiry taken us? 


Step 8


  Celebrate our learning


Giving the children a chance to showcase what they have found out during their enquiry, this could be -

  • a performance
  • a class museum
  • an art gallery
  • sharing of their own enquiries


Pause Weeks


Sometimes there are special whole school challenges linked to national and international events.

For example -

  • Anti-Bullying week
  • British Values week 
  • STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) week

During these weeks we try and make them as interactive as possible , inviting speakers in and making the activities practical.



Each subject of the national curriculum is carefully planned to ensure coverage, progression and high standards so that children develop subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding. Religious education follows the locally agreed syllabus.


Personal and Social Development

Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on personal and social development. Personal, social, health education and citizenship are taught throughout the school. We aim to encourage a healthy and safe lifestyle and moral and social responsibility. We aim to develop self-awareness, motivation, empathy, social skills and enable pupils to manage their feelings. The curriculum covers the provision of information on what is good, what is harmful, and involves the development of skills which will help children to use their knowledge effectively to make informed decisions. Outside agencies are invited into the school to enhance topics covered within the programme. Governors have agreed a Sex and Relationships Education Policy which is available from the school. Opportunities for personal and social development are further enhanced by opportunities to take on responsibilities, the School Council and work with charities and other organisations.


Extra curricular activities

There is a varied programme of additional activities for children to take part in both before and after school and during the lunch break.

These include -

  • Football 
  • Netball
  • Calm colouring club
  • Scratch coding 
  • Gardening club
  • Choir

See the Club page for times and contact details



P4C- Philosophy For Children

As part of our enquiry based curriculum, we have been using P4C in lessons to encourage the children to challenge their thinking.  The sessions can be a part of a lesson or take up the whole lesson.  A stimulus in the form of a picture, film clip, music or statement triggers the children to think of a concept and a question they would like to discuss,  Children develop listening skills and the confidence to question, support and present their own thoughts in a  safe environment.

Examples of P4C sessions used this year are:

  • What is power?
  • When could drugs be allowed in sport? What is a drug?
  • Technology or the rainforest?

BIG Maths

Big maths is enabling us to systematically and progressively improve children's fluency in mathematics and as a school we are able to already see its impact.  We hope that you will find the presentation notes helpful.  Please do not hesitate to contact our maths leaders - Miss Harfield and Miss Kelly or any member of our teaching team if you have any questions.


Big Maths Presentation

Reading at Court Lane Junior School

Year 4 overview

Year 6 overview 2017-18