The curriculum is carefully planned to both motivate and challenge all children. The subjects of the National Curriculum are approached in an interesting and stimulating manner and are supplemented by learning which ensures the all round development of the individual child. Teachers maintain high and appropriate expectations of behaviour and achievement from each child at all times and expect parental support in this. Children are currently working in mixed ability groups within the classroom.
Children at Yeading Junior School are encouraged to be independent learners and thinkers. We invite children to select their own task to complete after the input by the class teacher. Children are provided with a selection of tasks with varying difficulty.
These categories are:
Teachers encourage children to demonstrate their learning and depth of understanding through the completion of the chosen challenge. Children at our school enjoy the element of choice and strive to be challenged. Children receive scaffolding and support to achieve success in the tasks set
Teachers plan their work in year groups bearing in mind the children's previous progress and ability. There is a mixture of individual, group and whole class teaching depending on the activities involved. There may be several kinds of activity going on at any one time.
The teachers keep very careful records of their planning and of the children's progress. Parents are invited to discuss their children's progress three times a year but they are welcome to talk with the Head or class teacher at other times during the year. They will also receive an annual written report of their child's progress. Before moving on to secondary school, Year 6 pupils will be assessed in the National End of Key Stage 2 Tests in English and Maths.
At Yeading Junior School, we believe that knowing what each child has achieved and what their next steps are, is vital to helping them to succeed. In order to know this, we assess the children in different ways:
As a result of these measures, teachers are able to adapt their lessons to make sure they are fully meeting the needs of the children.
Staff meeting time is given for staff to work together with colleagues within the school to moderate assessments – writing moderation.
Managers of Teaching and Learning as well as Senior Leaders, check children’s assessments match the work in their books, through book looks.
The main purpose of assessment data is to inform future learning for each child. Teachers and senior leaders use it to ensure that all children and groups (including pupil premium children) receive the education best suited to their needs which will ensure excellent attainment and progress for all. Teachers meet managers of teaching and learning, as well as senior leaders half termly to review the progress of pupils.
Parents are kept informed about their child’s achievement at Parents’ Evenings and through annual reports. If there is a concern about a child’s progress, the parent will be contacted to discuss additional support the school and home can provide for the child.