At Springfield Juniors, we are aiming for communication to lie at the heart of classroom practice where pupils learn through, and are taught to talk. Believing that literacy and communication are life skills, we aspire to develop these and equip pupils with the ability to become life-long learners. We are striving to enable all pupils to use speech to express their thoughts and communicate articulately with others.
Across the years, the love of reading is nurtured and pupils develop as confident, competent readers who are encouraged to use the school library - open on selected dates in the school holidays and after school - and access a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Using the Accelerated Reader Programme, it allows us to monitor and support all pupils' independent reading. Class, year group and whole school competitions engage pupils in reading. All pupils participate in a range of Guided Reading activities within their class, as well as experiencing a range of literature through class shared texts.
Writing is an integral part of the whole school curriculum. A wide range of cross-curricular stimuli, purposes and audiences are explored across the school to support children's writing. Grammar and spelling are taught both independently as well as embedded in all literacy lessons.
At our school, children learn Mathematics through a Mastery approach. This means that they are given the opportunity to explore and discover Mathematics for themselves and build solidly on their prior learning. They use manipulatives and draw problems to embed their understanding of concepts, prior to linking this learning to formal methods. We call this Build It, Draw it, Write it. The children communicate their clear understanding of Mathematics within class through maths partners, group work and within their maths journals.
Weekly homework includes developing children’s times table knowledge using Times Table Rockstars (https://ttrockstars.com/) as well as practising skills from the topic currently being taught in class.
Science is centred around children’s curiosity about the world around them. It offers them the opportunity to discover, prove and disprove the answers to their scientific questions. We encourage the children to lead their own learning which in turn builds their confidence in this subject. Science at Springfield Junior School is fun and practical, and encourages children to be reflective upon their learning.
Creative Curriculum - History and Geography
The aim of our creative curriculum is to enable children to become confident Historians and Geographers by gaining knowledge and understanding through the use of a wide range of skills. Alongside important knowledge of people, places and events, children are encouraged to develop transferable skills they can use across the curriculum and in later life, such as asking perceptive questions, thinking critically and weighing evidence through enquiry based activities.
Each year group’s themes cover a number of skills and objectives outlined in the National Curriculum. This provides an engaging and inspiring backdrop for the children in which history and geography can be fully integrated with their learning of reading, writing and mathematics. Also, by stimulating their interest of other times and places, children develop an awareness of themselves in relation to their community and the part they can play in it.
The Arts - Art/Dt and Music
We believe that art engages our pupils and provides exciting opportunities for children to develop not only their art skills but also their social and cultural understanding. Each child receives explicit art sessions and evidence of their learning is evident in the fantastic displays around our school. Art is also promoted through extra-curricular clubs as we are very fortunate to offer both an art club and a card-making club-both of which are open to all pupils.
Pupils also take part in meaningful and purposeful design sessions, which help children to understand how a product comes to be. The sessions also provides children with experience of using different tools and equipment so they can learn practical skills and these are built on and developed through the year groups.
Information Communication Technology
The computing curriculum allows the children to use a simple program to write code for a variety of purposes. It also teaches the importance to connect with others safely and respectfully. The children use a number of applications to communicate their ideas as well as collect, organize and manipulate data effectively.
Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils participate in a range of physical activities to develop their competence, activity levels, engagement in competitive sport and to encourage leading healthy, active lives. The school PE curriculum includes a wide variety of physical activities: team games, individual games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, problem solving and swimming. Through these we aim to develop pupils’ enjoyment of physical activity and recognition of their success as they develop their physical skills alongside the skills of communication, collaboration and competition.
We offer further opportunities through an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs before school, during lunchtime and after school, to suit the needs of all our pupils.
Modern Foreign Languages
By teaching French, we hope to develop a positive attitude towards the learning of foreign languages and to promote an early development of linguistic competence. The children are given the opportunity to read, write, speak and listen in French, as well as build their knowledge of language and intercultural understanding. This is done through the use of a variety of techniques including: games, roleplay, stories and songs.
RE and PSHE
At Springfield Junior School our personal, social and health education (PSHE) program aims to develop children's personal and social skills as well as their health and wellbeing. We provide students with the skills required in order to be active, healthy, confident members of society. We encourage students to share their ideas, opinions and beliefs on current world events through our Picture News scheme, as well as exploring a range of other objects through specialised activity afternoons. At Springfield Juniors, PSHE is engaging, interesting, hands on and fun!
The staff at Springfield Junior School feel that ‘RE opens the children’s eyes to the world around them and the people and cultures too’. At Springfield, we teach Religious Education through specially planned RE days that follow the Suffolk SACRE’s Agreed Syllabus. Throughout their time with us, the children are given the opportunity to learn about the six main religions in the UK: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Through a mixture of fun, interactive and research based lessons, children learn about different beliefs and teachings, practices and ways of life and how religions express themselves in different ways. They learn to reflect on and consider important questions that arise in each area.
Wherever possible, visitors are welcomed into school to share their experiences and stories with the children. Visits to places of worship are organized to help enhance the children’s learning and to help put their learning into context.
At Springfield, pupils are encouraged to share their religious beliefs and customs to celebrate the school’s cultural diversity. A group called Faith in Action (FIA) meet regularly with the RE leader and share their own beliefs and practices with each other. Throughout the year, the group help to plan and share details of important religious events with the rest of the school via special assemblies that they lead.