Although we follow the Literacy Framework that has been developed to provide whole school progression for the development of skills, knowledge and understanding, teachers are further given the autonomy to modify and adapt elements in order to best suit the emergent needs of your children.The predominant belief at Howard is that all lessons should inspire, engage and motivate young minds through a range of differentiated activities to suit all abilities of learners and cater for different learning styles.
Skills and techniques are demonstrated and shared by the teacher through teacher modelling, shared class work, group and individual activities.
Guided Reading, individual reading and paired reading is undertaken on a daily basis and seeks to improve the children's independence, understanding and passion for literature of all genres. Intensive synthetic phonics courses are delivered to carefully selected groups of children. Each classroom has a library which caters for a range of reading abilities. Howard’s love for reading further extends to the school’s library which not only has state-of-the-art lighting features, bookshelves and architecture, but an equally as impressive range of brand-new fiction and non-fiction books.
Writing is an integral part of our wider curriculum and therefore is actively encouraged in every school day. Imaginations are fueled through the vehicle of drama; school trips; engaging texts and visual, musical and kinesthetic stimuli in order for young writers to flourish at an accelerated level.
Speaking and Listening skills are modeled and encouraged through lively classroom debates, circle time and ‘show and tells’ to name but a few. This inherent practice is further championed throughout the wider curriculum- and on a daily basis.
In essence, Howard’s ethos for literacy encompasses elements of fun, wherever possible, amongst children, teachers, and teaching assistants alike. We feel, it is only when these practices are sustained that our children will ultimately develop a lifelong love for literacy and the benefits it can bring.
Albert Einstein –“Do not worry about maths problems; I can assure you mine are much greater!”
Maths is taught on a daily basis following the New Framework for Mathematics; seven strands of learning are taught systematically through teaching blocks over the course of the year:
- Using and applying maths
- Counting and understanding number
- Knowing and using number facts
- Understanding shape
- Handling data
We aim to ensure that every child is a confident learner who enjoys maths lessons! In order to achieve this, a variety of opportunities are created to accommodate different learning styles.
ICT plays a crucial role in our ever-changing world of technology to provide an important learning vehicle for all subjects. For maths, accessing interactive learning at the appropriate level through ICT is an excellent means of assessing skills, exploring new concepts and consolidating learning.
We also believe in the use of ‘hands on’ apparatus as a strategy to encourage children to investigate new concepts. Importance is placed on developing the ability to use skills and apply maths knowledge in every day situations.
Children are taught to use mental and practical strategies to solve problems that they will face in day-to-day life.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Allowing the children to become e-confident is a priority at Howard Junior School. Children are encouraged to be daring and imaginative with their ICT, not to fear it.
ICT is taught throughout the curriculum in a cross-curricular approach. We are a technology rich environment, utilising Apple iPad in order to bring ICT to every subject on our broad curriculum. In order to deliver the more targeted skills of the computing curriculum, we utilise our award winning STEM classroom, the Spark Lab.
At Howard Junior School, our mission is to continue to improve and increase the quality and quantity of high quality PE for pupils, to show how PE can enhance pupils' attainment and achievement, and provide them with the knowledge and understanding of how they can continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle throughout their life.
Physical Education is an essential part of a child’s educational development, we pride ourselves on offering a broad and balanced curriculum, where they can enhance precious skills, as well as trying out new and emerging sports. We encourage positive participation in physical education and encourage our children to build self-esteem, team work and positive attitudes towards thier P.E. lessons.
We aim to:
- Develop confidence, skills and knowledge
- Be Proud of our achievements.
- Encourage our children to be active everyday.
- Promote fair play and respect.
-. Challenge ourselves competitively.
- Educate children to improve health and wellbeing.
- Provide quality opportunities for children outside of school time.
We do this through:
Offering a broad and balanced curriculum and extra curricular clubs - delivered by qualified and skilled coaches from with our local community.
Taking part in cluster competitions.
Promoting local and national events such as Parkrun.
Celebrating sporting achievements in assemblies.
Providing opportunities to try new sports.
Arranging resilience and motivated sports. professionals to deliver workshops to our pupils.
Allowing children to access a fun and engaging science curriculum is the main priority at Howard Junior School. We believe that children learn better through ‘Working scientifically’, so we plan to ensure that a heavy proportion of science lessons are of an investigative or experimental nature.
Cross-curricular links are tied in to lessons wherever possible. We feel by incorporating links with such subjects as maths and computing, learning is a more enriching and relevant experience.
The new 2014 curriculum states that all children are expected to meet the standards associated with, ‘Working scientifically’ alongside acquiring the knowledge associated with different areas of science. We cover both of these aspects of the curriculum in the following order:
Year 3: Forces and Magnets, Rocks, Light, Earth and Space, Animals including Humans and Plants.
Year 4: Living things and their habitats, Animals including Humans, State of Matter, Sound and Electricity
Year 5: Living Things and Their Habitats, Properties and Changes of Materials, Plants, Animals including Humans and Electricity
Year 6: Living Things and Their Habitats, Animals including Humans, Evolution and Inheritance, Light and Electricity
On a music teacher's door: "Out Chopin - Bach in a min-u-et!"
It is our responsibility as teachers to offer each child the opportunity to participate in active music-making both through playing and singing, in groups and individually, and to establish foundations whereby music may become a recreation for later life.
Music contributes to many subjects within the primary curriculum and opportunities will be sought to cross reference a wide range of activities, within such areas as literacy, art and design, R.E., P.E., dance and drama, and P.S.H.E.
Outside performers and musicians are brought in whenever possible to work with children and give them experience of living music.
The Art curriculum followed in school aims to develop children’s creativity and imagination through a variety of mediums.
We aim to use a range of starting points that are relevant to the children, to teach them new processes and allow them to develop their own thoughts and ideas.
Children are encouraged to develop these thoughts individually or collaboratively.
Design and Technology
The Design and Technology curriculum followed in school aims to develop the practical skills of the children.
They are taught the skills to evaluate current products, plan and adapt their own designs and the techniques that can be used to make their own product.
The place of Religious Education at Howard Junior School is to develop the students’ understanding of faith and the importance it plays in people’s lives. The children live in a multi-faith world and they need an understanding of the great world religions in order to appreciate cultures and life styles.
The aims of RE in our school are:
- Develop their knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity and the other principal religions represented in the surrounding Norfolk area.
- Explore issues within and between faiths to help them understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions and understand the influence of these on individuals, societies, communities and cultures.
- Develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a diverse society.
- To broaden children’s views of the world through provision of a wide range of encounters that children can apply their own life experiences to.
- To respond to the changing curriculum by including opportunities for R.E to be experienced through a cross-curricular creative approach.
At Howard Junior School, we believe that all of our pupils should have secure knowledge of where we are located on a geographical scale, as well as being confident in recalling the key events and dates throughout our past.
We strive to ensure that History and Geography is taught in a variety of exciting, yet meaningful ways. We encourage the children to ask questions, discuss, investigate and explore their curiosities throughout both subject areas.
We are currently working to ensure that ICT is incorporated a lot more within humanities. What with the recent developments in online maps and satellites; we feel the power of ICT will really bring our lessons to life.
We are strong believers in ensuring learning is consolidated through providing opportunities for the children to experience many enriching and relevant school trips; to ultimately inspire and stimulate.
At Howard, we teach Modern Foreign Languages via termly collapsed timetable days. During these days, pupils experience a range of languages and cultures, including French, Lithuanian, German, Spanish and Portuguese. We also deliver a range of extra-curricular clubs.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, click here to see the curriculum breakdown of each year group.
A Parent's Guide to English Primary School Curriculum is available here.