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The Key Stage 2 Curriculum


From 1st September 2014 a new primary school curriculum will be implemented. The curriculum is based on yearly programmes of study.The subjects taught include the core subjects of English, Mathematics, and Science, and the foundation subjects of Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Art and Design, Modern Foreign Languages (French in our school) and Physical Education. The school is also required to teach Religious Education.
Our curriculum is delivered through individual subjects and topic work. It is designed to be appropriate for children in the school and to address all of their developing needs. 
From the time each child enters our school their learning will be planned and guided towards a broader and deeper understanding of the world around them and their place within it. 
Children are taught in mixed ability classes. A mixture of whole class, small group and individual teaching is used as appropriate. Teaching Assistants are employed to help support the children and they work alongside the class teacher.
The Primary Curriculum is divided into three areas: Speaking and Listening, Reading, and Writing (which includes grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting). At Bligh Junior School, we use the National Primary Framework to teach all aspects of English on a daily basis with very clear intentions of what children will be taught and be expected to know by the end of each term in school.
During Key Stage 2, children are allowed to use a pen when they are ready. We provide their first Berol black handwriting pen. Subsequently pens may be bought from the office during break times, at a very competitive price, or of course, children may bring their own. 
We use the National Primary Framework which teaches all aspects of Maths with very focused learning objectives. Staff have high expectations of what the children will be able to understand and do, and the children work hard and enjoy the challenge.
Science work is organised into the following areas:
1         Using and Applying Specific Skills
2         The study of living things and life processes
3        Materials
4       Physical Processes
Computing lessons are concerned with teaching children to use computers and other technological equipment and software confidently and appropriately. In addition to timetabled lessons in the computer suite, each class has an Interactive Whiteboard and computers, which are networked to our main ICT suite.   We have a careful funding programme designed to keep our ICT equipment up to date. Children are taught how to use a range of ICT equipment, such as digital cameras, I-Pads and digital movie-makers. The taught curriculum covers specific ICT skills and children are given opportunities to use those skills in other curriculum areas. We also have a ‘Learning Platform’ which is an online learning tool for children.
Music is an important part of the curriculum at Bligh Junior School. We encourage all the children to perform music in some way. The music curriculum provides opportunities for a wide range of performing, composing, listening and appreciating skills as set out in the National Curriculum for Music at Key Stage 2. 
Singing has become a particular strength in our school, and a choir of children attend the annual Carol Service at Rochester Cathedral and Music Festival at the Central Theatre.
A stimulating visual environment has a strong, motivating effect upon children. Children draw and paint from a very early age and at our school these forms of expression will be encouraged and developed. The children in our school will frequently be involved in producing a whole variety of art and craftwork. The art curriculum covers drawing and painting, printing, collage, 3D work and textiles. Technology in the National Curriculum sets out programmes of study, which are concerned with children designing and using a variety of materials and components e.g. paper, card, fabrics, disposable products and construction kits. They are taught to assess their work and make improvements to their designs.
School collective worship and religious education in our school is non-denominational in character and includes a study of other religious beliefs and practices and is taught in accordance with the Medway Agreed Syllabus. School assemblies are held daily in accordance with the 1988 Education Reform Act. Collective Worship is required by law to be predominantly Christian in nature. However, our daily time together will be used to celebrate our oneness as a school family and will reflect the shared spiritual and moral development of us all. 
Under Section 25 of the 1944 Education Act, parents have the right to remove their children from collective worship or any religious lesson if they so wish. Please write to the Headteacher if you would like this to be arranged.
The children progress through a structured programme of experiences set out within the National Curriculum programme of study for Physical Education. 
In addition to the structured PE lessons, during lunchtimes there are a number of planned physical activities for the children to participate in. 
The school has also been awarded the Activemark for PE in recognition of the standard of PE achieved throughout the school.
The children in our school follow a structured PSHE curriculum that aims to help develop their personal and community responsibilities.
Alongside this formal curriculum, we also try to involve the children in general aspects of school life in order to give them a sense of responsibility and citizenship to help them to grow in self-discipline and independence. We hope to reinforce the ethos of our school by taking the children’s views into account and valuing their opinions. 
We have a Bligh Junior School Student Council. This council consists of annually elected pupils who meet regularly with the Deputy Head teacher to give their opinions and advise on new developments or raise any concerns.
History and Geography are taught as both separate and where appropriate integrated subjects as part of a topic-based curriculum that fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Our school currently holds an International Schools Award, presented by the British Council, in recognition of our work with schools in other countries. 

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The Bligh Federation Curriculum Principles

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