Teaching & Learning at Woolton Hill Junior School

Developing inquisitive minds

At Woolton Hill Junior School, we are committed to providing an inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum by developing inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning.

We do this by providing an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips our children to be global citizens for today and tomorrow. 

 

Through our inclusive curriculum we want to develop and build on our children’s prior learning allowing them to build resilience and become compassionate, creative and critical thinkers. 

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Teaching & Learning

At Woolton Hill Junior School we deliver a creative curriculum underpinned by a rigorous approach to the teaching and learning of the core skills of reading, writing and mathematics. We ensure that these skills are taught progressively throughout the school with clear, whole school expectations and approaches, allowing the children plenty of opportunities to apply these skills within real-life contexts. 

 

Alongside our daily English and Maths lessons, and weekly Science lessons, we deliver an exciting and creative curriculum of the foundation subjects, such as history, art and PE. Where possible, we aim to deliver these subjects through carefully chosen topic themes that help the children develop a life-long love of learning. 

Alongside the main topic areas that are delivered in school we also deliver some subject specific topics that exist outside the main topic are being studied, allowing us to develop children’s passions of learning through specialist music teachers and PE specialist teachers.

Results we are proud of

Due to the COVID pandemic formal testing of pupils has been limited. Since there are no formal results for the year 2019/20 those shown are for the previous year, 2018/19

You can find further information on the Government website

OFSTED: GOOD

The school was last inspected in November 2017

Age Related

Reading

83%

73%

Greater Depth

33%

27%

Writing

86%

78%

29%

20%

Maths

79%

79%

26%

27%

Numbers in grey are the National results

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CHALLENGE FOR ALL

Some children work above the expectations for their age.

 

Teachers plan for these pupils so their knowledge and understanding of concepts is routinely broadened and deepened and they achieve a greater depth to their learning

Challenge for all

We believe that all children attending Woolton Hill Junior School should have access to an engaging and challenging curriculum where they are encouraged to achieve their very best whatever their starting points. Children will develop as resilient and confident learners.

 

We have high expectations for all our children; we aspire to achieve better than expected progress and for a high proportion of our learners to achieve a greater depth to their learning including those pupils who are disadvantaged.

 

To ensure this happens, teachers regularly assess and use a flexible approach to teaching and learning.  They plan for challenging, stimulating and enriching opportunities for all pupils regardless of their cultural, socio-economic backgrounds or disabilities.

 

We recognise that there will be some children, in every year group, that are working above the expectations for their age. Teachers will specifically plan for these pupils so their knowledge and understanding of concepts is routinely broadened and deepened and they achieve a greater depth to their learning. They will learn to expect challenge, develop resilience and be in the ‘pit of uncertainty’ for some periods in their learning journey. 

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Maths

We strive to develop children as young mathematicians through an inclusive curriculum and challenge for all. 

 

Our aim is to develop children’s understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics. We also want to develop children’s broad range of skills in using and applying maths alongside a fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system. 

 

Within out broad curriculum, we want to develop children’s ability to show initiative in solving problems, become independent thinkers and to build their perseverance and resilience towards problem solving. 

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Writing

Our aim is to excite and encourage creativity within our children’s writing. 

 

We want to develop children’s ability to write fluently in a range of genres and empower their imagination, therefore making their writing engaging and enjoyable to read.

 

Though high quality texts and discussion we want to develop children’s vocabulary and knowledge of writing techniques to support the structure of their writing. 

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Reading

We are working to develop children’s passion for reading and excite them through new recommendations of books. 

We develop children’s reading skills through decoding and phonic knowledge and build on their fluency and accuracy when reading a wide variety of texts.

 

Through our reading lessons, we aim to develop children’s vocabulary and comprehension of different texts, therefore motivating children to read to both extend their learning but also for pleasure. 

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

Here at Woolton Hill Junior School, we are committed to meeting the special educational needs of all our children.  We strive to encourage and support children  to  succeed in all aspects of school life.  We provide a supportive, respectful and inclusive environment to enable children to thrive in learning and grow in confidence.

 

Our aim is to identify and provide support across the wide range of needs a child may have; communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and sensory/physical needs.  

 

For more information on how we support children with special educational needs at Woolton Hill Junior School, please read our policy and information report (including accessibility).

Pupil Premium

Introduced in 2011, pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of children who are or have been in receipt of free school meals. 

 

Here at Woolton Hill Junior School, we are proud of the nurturing and academic opportunities we are able to provide our Pupil premium children with.  We aim to provide an educational experience that is inclusive for all. Staff support Pupil Premium students with High Quality Teaching and by  ensuring that they are provided with the same opportunities and experiences as their non-PP peers in every aspect of school life.

 

Pupil Premium provision is led by our Inclusion Lead, Mrs Callow.  Mrs Callow regularly meets with class teachers to ensure every Pupil Premium student's needs are met in school.

For more information on how we support our children, please see the following documents.

Sports Premium

The Department for Education website states:

  • The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school Headteachers

  • This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools

  • Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.