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The Curriculum at Phoenix Junior Academy

English

Language is fundamental to all aspects of children’s home and school life. We aim to develop and extend language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of their time at Phoenix, children should be able to express themselves confidently both orally and with the written word. The English Curriculum is taught according to the National Curriculum.

Speaking and Listening

Children are encouraged to develop confidence in speaking and listening skills. They are provided with a framework where they can share ideas, listen attentively, ask questions, give and receive instructions, offer explanations, argue points of view and use play and drama to express themselves.

Reading

The school’s overall objective is for each child to become a fluent and confident reader. Reading is taught as a specific skill and each child’s progress is carefully monitored. Reading skills are taught daily in classes or groups, emphasis is on inference, retrieval and vocabulary. We have invested heavily in a wide variety of new books through Bug Club, which will provide a structured approach to language/reading teaching throughout the school. There is a wide range of reading material within the school and this is supported by well-stocked fiction and non-fiction library areas. Each child is provided with a Home/School reading record, the parents are asked to acknowledge when their child reads at home. These figures are recorded for our celebration assembly where the reading class of the week wins a certificate. These results are built on throughout the term and the children from the winning class each term each win a book of their choosing.

Writing

Writing here at Phoenix is taught daily, the lessons consist of a mix of drama, reading, writing, paired work, group work, drafting, editing and GPS. We use a text (or other media) as an inspiration and immerse ourselves in the characters and plots to produce a range of genres which ensure we cover the National Curriculum. Children build up to final pieces of writing through a range of activities. Time is given for them to edit and proof read their work. Independence in this is strongly encouraged.  Emphasis is placed on taking pride in their writing and focusing on the audience, each piece is published allowing the children to take pride in the work that they produce.

Mathematics

We aim to give the children experience and understanding of all aspects of mathematics at a level appropriate to their age and ability and in accordance with the National Curriculum. We aim to develop the following areas:

  1. Confidence in maths so that children can communicate their ideas fluently.
  2. An understanding of maths through practical experience and enquiry.
  3. The ability to think clearly and logically.
  4. An awareness of the relationship between numbers and an appreciation of pattern.
  5. An ability to develop strategies for use in investigations and problem solving.
  6. An awareness of maths as a tool for use in other areas of work and in adult life.
  7. Mathematical skills and knowledge and ability for quick recall of basic facts.
  8. The ability to use technological tools such as computers and calculators.

We have a daily focus on developing children’s mental arithmetic to enable quick recall and underpin the thinking skills needed for problem solving.

Science

Our science curriculum is aimed at making the learning engaging and interactive for the children. Practical scientific methods, processes and skills are built into units of work to ensure the children experience a breadth of learning. Children are given the opportunity to use fair testing and to make the decision as to when it is appropriate, results are recorded in a range of ways to suit the needs to the children as well as demonstrate different ways of recording the same information. Links to other areas of the curriculum are made where possible in order to grasp the children’s attention and make the learning real.

Year 3
Forces and Magnets
Rocks
Animals including humans
Plants
Light

Year 4
Animals including humans
Sound
Electricity
States of matter
Living things and their Habitats

Year 5
Gravity and Forces
Earth and Space
Changing States
Living things and their Habitats
Animals including humans

Year 6
Animals including humans
Evolution and inheritance
Light
Electricity
Living things and their Habitats

Art and Design Technology

A large emphasis is placed art and design technology at Phoenix Junior Academy. Skills are taught and developed throughout the children’s KS2 journey, these are revisited throughout the years and, as a result of the children’s own evaluation, improvements are made to their own work. Whilst the lessons and teaching is adult led our aim is for the children to become both creative and independent. Links are made to many areas of the curriculum such as history, geography, science, languages and English.

Year 3
Cave Art
Clay modelling – linked with science
Papier Mache – Volcano
Mosaic work
Food Explore the world
Painting – exploring techniques and artists

Year 4
Sketching of landscapes
Dream Catchers
Exploring the work of Gaudi
Making lighthouses – link with circuits
Design, make and evaluate a shield
Self Portraits
Design, make, and evaluate a bag
Dioramas

Year 5
Designing and making their own chocolate bars
Design, make and evaluate a Viking ship
Use different media to preproduce a rainforest
Design, make and evaluate a Greek vase
Focus on the work of William Morris
Reproducing Japanese art

Year 6
Explore architects
Design, make and evaluate their own building
Explore Canadian artists
Design, make and evaluate their own Mayan mask
Silhouette work including scenes from WW2
Planning and making healthy foods

Computing

Computing in today’s world is essential for our children. Here at Phoenix we aim to give our pupils the very best start to their ever-changing future. Online safety is of paramount and this thread runs through all of our teaching, looking after yourself and keeping safe. The course includes using different software and various peripherals to prepare for various professions and decisions on careers.

Year 3
Online safety
Using search engines
Presenting data
Algorithms

Year 4
Ways of communicating and being safe
Exploring music
Processing information
Movie making
Designing toys
Developing software

Year 5
Communicating safely
Developing a game including sound and images
Reviewing and improving a website
Coding

Year 6
Smartphones and apps
Market research
Online safety
Coding
Photography

Geography

A high-quality geography education encourages our children to think about themselves and the world in which they live. We aim to extend their knowledge beyond their local area and compare environments which are more unfamiliar to them. An emphasis is placed on building their knowledge as they progress through KS2 and skills are refined to allow them to become independent thinkers. Links are made to other areas of the curriculum through planning and creative lessons.

Year 3
Volcanoes and earthquakes
The Mediterranean

Year 4
Rivers – link to ancient Egypt
European map work
British maps

Year 5
Rainforests
Mountains
Japan

Year 6
Rivers
Compass work
Country comparison

History

Where possible our history curriculum is experienced and enjoyed by the children in chronological order. Visits to appropriate locations and visits from external experts occurs in all year groups and this strengthens classroom teaching and inspires the pupils curiosity. Children are encouraged to make links to between different periods of time and raise questions of their own. Links to other areas of the curriculum are encouraged enabling the children to deepen their own understanding and knowledge.

Year 3
Stone Age
Roman Empire

Year 4
Ancient Egypt
Scots and Anglo Saxons invasion
Anglo Saxon art and culture

Year 5
Vikings
Ancient Greece
Victorians

Year 6
Mayan Culture
World War 2
People who changed the world

Modern Foreign Languages

In an ever-changing global market, here at Phoenix we believe it is vital to encourage a child’s love of modern foreign languages. We are passionate about deepening the children’s understanding of the world and nurture their natural curiosity. This is carried out through listening, speaking and embracing different languages. To ensure strength in our teaching, Spanish is delivered via a secondary qualified languages teacher.

Year 3
Count to 12
Greet someone
Ask others their name and how they feel.
Talk about their age
Understand class room instructions
Talk about and describe pets using colours and the verb tenses

Year 4
Revise greetings
Count up to 31.
Months of the year and be able to say when their birthday is.
Describe hair, eyes and the parts of the body.

Year 5
Tell the time
Discuss what they have for breakfast.
Comment on sports activities they like/ dislike using verbs jugar and practicar
Say how often and when they do the activity (days of the week)

Music

Our Music curriculum is designed to engage and inspire all of our pupils. We aim build their self-confidence and allow them to develop a love of all genres of music. Performance is key, whether it be at the end of lessons to their peers, during our school concerts, regional experiences at Rochester Cathedral or at larger venues such as the O2 all children are given the opportunity to reflect on their own work. Links to other areas of the curriculum are made where possible; this allows the children to piece together all of their learning and remain engaged and enthused. In year 4 we are able to allow the children through the Medway Music Hub Ukulele lessons, which can then be performed in concerts and in assemblies.

Year 3
Singing in unison
Graphic score
Impressionism

Year 4
Singing with intonation and in unison
Pentatonic ostinatos

Year 5
Singing with intonation and simple parts (ostinatos and rounds)
Rhythm grids
Japanese music

Year 6
Singing in parts – harmony, ostinatos and duets
Rhythm grids
Graphic score
Composition

Personal Values Education

Personal Values Education (PVE) is a blending of PSHCE and VBE to give a bespoke curriculum based upon values and relationship issues, most of which are entwined.

From our core 22 values that have been selected by the children, parents, governors, staff and the community they have been matched with issues such as; Relationships (family, friends), Safety, Healthy eating and exercise, Drugs and tobacco, Health and Prevention, First Aid, and Body Changes

Our selected Values are:

Trust
Teamwork
Respect
Kindness
Friendship
Caring
Honesty
Pride
Loyalty
Tolerance
Determination
Self-Belief
Responsiblity
Politeness
Perserverance
Patience
Equality
Compassion
Dedication
Unity

Physical Education & Sport

Physical Education at Phoenix is taught by a team of PE specialists. All lessons are planned and delivered to suit the needs of the year group and the individuals. Emphasis is placed not only on skills and assessing their own work but on team spirit and our school values. We regularly use the skills taught during our teaching to take part in local competitions, Children are selected from a range of abilities and year groups. Swimming is a focus in year 4 with the aim of all children swimming by the end of the academic year.

We have also introduced this year Forest Schools and using another amenities we are able to run a  light curriculum throughout the year groups allowing the children to experiment and explore the local environment.

Year 3
Basketball
Gymnastics
Hockey
Tag Rugby
Athletics
Rounders
Cricket
Dance

Year 4
Basketball
Gymnastics
Hockey
Tag Rugby
Athletics
Rounders
Swimming

Year 5
Basketball
Gymnastics
Hockey
Tag Rugby
Athletics
Rounders
Cricket
Dance

Year 6
Basketball
Gymnastics
Hockey
Tag Rugby
Athletics
Rounders
Cricket
Dance

Religious Education

Our teaching of RE ensures our children are exposed to a breadth of different faiths. This will enable them to become tolerant and accepting members of the local and wider community. We focus on not only learning about different faiths but also how we can learn from them. Comparisons are made and children are encouraged to raise their own questions and look at ways to answer them.

Year 3
Hinduism
Christianity

Year 4
Buddhism
Judaism
Islam
Christianity

Year 5
Sikhism
Christianity
Hinduism

Year 6
Christianity
Islam
Judaism

Equal Opportunities

Phoenix Juniors aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which gives equality of access to each and every pupil, regardless of gender, race, social class, ability, or special needs to view the full curriculum, please follow the Curriculum Link here.

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