We truly believe in providing children with a broad and rich curriculum which delivers an engaging and exciting education for all pupils. At the same time as promoting high standards in core subjects we proudly maintain the breadth of our curriculum so that it appeals to all learners. Each class and every child will therefore have lessons across the range of the Primary curriculum, from art to technology.
Our curriculum priorities reflect the interests and abilities of our children and our ethic of equipping all our children with the skills needed to be rights respecting 21st century learners.
As a school we are constantly looking to develop a curriculum that promotes opportunities for independent learning, whilst engaging and developing children’s potential through first-hand learning experiences; we aim to offer a wide range of special events and memorable experiences that bring learning to life.
We review our curriculum annually and additionally if required, perhaps to respond to changes in statutory curriculum requirements.
Curriculum Topics ListsParents can find out more about the curriculum in school by contacting the relevant class teacher.
The teaching of English is structured from the national curriculum and we use a wide range of materials to enhance the delivery of quality teaching: reading and writing is central to what we do.
We adopt a cross curricular approach to English, which means that we take opportunities to make meaningful links with other curriculum areas and purposefully create reasons, motivations and audiences for writing. For example this could be writing a diary entry or letter from a famous scientist in science, creating an instruction scroll on how to embalm an ancient Egyptian mummy in history or collaborating on a play script for their geography based class assembly. We prioritise speaking and listening opportunities and use drama widely to allow children to practically engage and reflect first hand on their learning.
Reading for pleasure is an integral part across our curriculum. We actively seek out quality texts across the curriculum to stimulate creativity and curiosity. We aim to use a variety of reading experiences and opportunities every day including; individual personal reading time (children engrossed in a text of their choice), reading buddies, guided reading sessions where reading strategies are specifically taught, whole class book study and class novel. Our children are enthusiastic readers and we encourage them, during their time at our school and outside, to read widely and adventurously across a variety of genres and authors.
Our English curriculum is driven by our Key Skills Policy which is a progressive set of basic skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar linked to the statutory requirements from the 2014 curriculum.
Across the school we teach spelling using the Support for Spelling framework as well as the age related expected outcomes of the national curriculum. Children who require additional support with phonics are taught in small groups interventions during this whole class spelling time using the Rapid Phonics Programme.
We reflect on the successes in teaching the new curriculum, including analysing assessment data, and build on the engaging opportunities that our children and staff have enjoyed.
‘Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.’ –The National Curriculum, 2014.
Mathematics equips pupils with a powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. It is a way of communicating – a language through which ideas can be explained, explored and developed, relationships expressed, hypotheses made and tested, and pattern identified. It is also a creative activity involving imagination, intuition and discovery. Through mathematics, children can learn to explore, discover, investigate and make sense of the real world. At Lydgate Junior School, we aim to develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about mathematics through problem solving, discussion, practical investigations and making connections between representations of mathematical ideas. We encourage children to reason mathematically and discover solutions, alongside learning the facts that they need in order to become fluent in working with numbers. Our Calculation Progressions for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division set out the steps that the children will follow in order to develop their conceptual understanding of the written calculation procedures that they learn. By the end of Key Stage 2, we aim for our children to be confident mathematicians with the knowledge and skills required in their everyday life and prepared for further study at Key Stage 3.
Since 2017 we have been introducing a ‘mastery curriculum’ in mathematics, using a framework from White Rose Maths Hubs. The intention is to ensure that every child has mastered the core learning in every unit of work before we move on to the next unit of learning. The methods use visual and other representations of calculations as a key feature, helping children to understand calculations rather than simply carry out a successful procedure.
You could support your child at home by helping them to practise quick recall of key facts and simple calculations. Instant recall of these facts helps to free up their working memory when solving more complex problems. We will send home a new set of facts to work on each half term, along with tips on how to practise and an outline of how the facts relate to the work we do in school.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils at Lydgate Junior School are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science is taught across all four year groups, all year. We have enhanced and expanded teaching and learning in science for each of the last two years by running very practical Science Weeks. The use of specific visits and visitors also adds to the engagement in science.
Computing education should equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing at Lydgate Junior School is taught through three key strands: computer science; information technology and digital literacy. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Information technology builds on this knowledge and understanding and equips pupils to create programs, systems and a range of content. The teaching of digital literacy through computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The introduction of the Computing curriculum in England aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills to use information and communication technology creatively and purposefully. A key aspect of this lies in being digitally literate. Online technologies play a huge role and so providing a broad and balanced e-safety education is vital to ensuring that pupils can navigate the online world safely and positively. Pupils will be taught to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content or contact. It is important to educate pupils on how online searches work and how to get the best out of searching online reliably and safely.
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
At Lydgate Junior School we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about their surroundings, the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes, while at the same time, encouraging pupils to ask questions and propose solutions. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes. Our pupils are increasingly aware about their position in the wider world and how the decisions they take can have an impact.
The Rights Respecting School curriculum and PSHCE is taught through our Global Citizenship lessons which help children learn respect for self, others, critical thinking skills and informed decision-making. We include a global dimension to this work so that our children are gaining an understanding of the wider world and the issues faced by children in countries which are quite different from our own. We base our planning on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This means that we empower children to relate to each other and to share responsibility for making the big decisions about their learning and their school. Children learn to associate rights with needs and distinguish between their rights and ‘wants’. They learn that if they have rights, they need to respect the rights of others.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
In our school, we work on a skills based curriculum which progresses over the key stage. Key skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles are taught every year through art and design work which is closely linked to other subject areas. Children are encouraged to develop their visual literacy and knowledge of the world of art throughout these carefully planned units of work.
Our whole school displays are a real celebration of the creative souls we have here at School!
D & T
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils at Lydgate Junior School design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Languages - Spanish
A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Lydgate Junior School is well known in the local community and beyond for its excellence in music teaching and learning; music might be considered our 'USP'.
We provide a high-quality music education through lessons within class, singing assemblies, group performances and a range of high calibre extra-curricular activities. We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. In a world where emphasis is placed ever more heavily on children's success in literacy and mathematics, we believe our music teaching compliments and enhances the learning of core academic skills, whilst also helping to produce well-rounded individuals. Curriculum music lessons are taught in our purpose-built music room and children have access to a range of quality percussion instruments, including djembe drums, a full drum kit, keyboards and piano.
Not many junior schools support a 70-piece orchestra but Lydgate Junior School has just that. All our children progress to join the orchestra after they have reached a basic standard on one of the orchestral instruments taught by our peripatetic teachers. These currently include violin, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, cornet, tenor horn and euphonium. We highly value this activity and so run it during lesson times, releasing staff to lead. Many children also enjoy our windband and handbells groups and a large number of children participate in our choir.
Many of our pupils build on their progress by becoming dedicated members of secondary school music ensembles and even of eminent groups across Yorkshire such as the Grimethorpe Colliery Youth Band.
Extra Curricular Music Activities
Our choir is open to all children from Y4-Y6. No audition is needed. Some Y3 children may be invited to join on occasion when there is space and staff feel they are ready. Choir takes place after school. It performs regularly in the community, at school music events and at wider events across Sheffield. The singing is to a high standard with children being taught to sing harmonies in several parts.
Windband is open to children in Y4-Y6 who have been learning a wind or brass instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, cornet, tenor horn, euphonium) for at least 6 months. Windband takes place after school on a different day to choir. It performs regularly in school music events.
School owns a set of quality brass handbells. The weekly handbells group is currently open to all children in Y5 and it takes place on Wednesday lunchtime. In the lead up to Christmas a group of Y6 children takes place. Group numbers are limited to approximately 12 children so a waiting list is in operation.
We have an excellent team of Sheffield Music Hub staff and private teachers who offer instrument lessons. These lessons do incur a cost to parents but bursaries are available from school and the Music Hub on application. Instrument lessons take place during school hours. Children in any year group can learn an instrument and they are first invited to do so in the autumn term of Y3. School Reception can provide further information about pricing and lessons arrangements, and teaching staff can discuss which instrument might be suitable for your child.
Children also have the opportunity to learn to play the drums at Beat Club which runs after school. This activity does also incur a cost. Contact Toni Canelli via http://www.tonicannelli.com/ for further information.
We aim to provide a high-quality Physical Education curriculum which inspires all our pupils to reach their individual potential in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We provide opportunities for all our children to engage in athletics, a wide range of competitive games, dance and gymnastics, encouraging them to be physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Physical Education at Lydgate Junior School also aims to build character and embed values of fairness, respect and team work.
Opportunities to compete in sports are provided within our broad curriculum and as part of our extra - curricular provision. We use the Sports and PE Premium to support these activities and to develop the quality of our PE teaching provision.
We want children to leave Lydgate Junior School with a positive enjoyment of physical and sporting activity which stays with them throughout their lives.
At Lydgate Junior School, we follow the Sheffield ‘Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’. For more information on the Agreed Syllabus, please click here.
As a school, we have subscribed to Education City. Currently all children have access to this excellent resource during the school day however many parents and carers have opted to purchase home access logins which provide children with access away from school. If you would like to sign up for home access then please contact Mrs Cooke in the school office who will be able to add you to our waiting list.
You can visit the Education City site by clicking here.