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Creative Curriculum

Art & Design at Redbourn Junior School

Art, craft and design embody some of the greatest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.  As the children in our school 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.  At RJS we aim to encourage children to produce creative work that enables them to explore their ideas and record their experiences.  We support them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques and ensure that the progression of these skills is taught effectively.  The children are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Children are encouraged to evaluate and analyse creative works and learn about great artists, craft makers and designers.

French

French is taught by a specialist teacher, a languages graduate, across the whole junior school. Each year group is taught specific topics which ensure accumulation of French vocabulary and graduated application of French grammar. A wide range of resources is used, including games, board games, songs and role play. Years 3 and 4 work mostly in an oral capacity while Years 5 and 6 complete oral and written tasks. Each class receives half an hour’s teaching of French a week which, this year, has been successfully supplemented by the daily use of French in real life situations, such as: answering registers; ordering lunches and updating the French date displayed in each classroom. Next term each class will have, in addition, a daily weather chart to update in French. Our children have enjoyed displaying their French language skills at the tuck shops run by Year 4 this year, as the accompanying photograph shows! We have developed links with local secondary schools so that some children in Year 5 have the opportunity to attend modern language fairs put on by Roundwood Park School. In the summer term Year 5 are also visited by Year 8 language students from Sir John Lawes’ school who give our pupils further opportunities to practice their French. The children really enjoy these occasions when they can use their developing skills in differing contexts and with confidence. 

Topics to be covered in French 2017-18

 

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

Year 3

Numbers to 31

Age & Birthdays

Colours

Months

Days of the week

Weather

Pets

Brothers & sisters

Verbs

Likes/dislikes

Sports

Playing sports

Pronouns

Basic opinions

Summary/revision

Year 4

Presenting yourself

Where I live

Rooms in house

Places in town

Prepositions

Directions

Food

At the café

Describing people

Describing personality

 

Family members

Verbs

Parts of the body

At the doctor’s

Healthy eating

Summary/revision

Year 5

French alphabet

Clothes

Clothes & colours

Clothes & opinions

Numbers to 60

Time

Daily routine

Helping at home

Free time sports/activities

Frequency phrases

Negatives

Solving crimes

Healthy lifestyle

Bastille Day

Summary/revision

Year 6

French schools

School subjects

Giving opinions

Time revision

My timetable

 

Places in school

Adjectives

Describing my school

Bilingual dictionary work

Animals in the wild

Comparing animals

Matching feelings to actions

French play scripts

Summary/revision

 

In addition the children will learn about French Christmas and Easter traditions.

They will also listen to stories read in French and learn some French songs.

History

At RJS History is taught through a thematic, topic based approach enabling the possibility for very good cross curricular links. History can be linked with literacy, science, computing, art, geography and design technology. There are opportunities to respond to artefacts, pictures, written sources, graphical representations and to present the results of enquiries including written narratives. The children learn about Ancient Civilisations to the present day and the history of Britain and the wider world, developing their chronological understanding.

Our objectives in the teaching of history are to:

  • foster in children an interest in the past, and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
  • enable children to know about significant events in British history, and to appreciate how things have changed over time;
  • develop a sense of chronology;
  • understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture, and to study some aspects of European history;
  • have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
  • help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
  • develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.

History Curriculum Map

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 3

Pre-Roman Britain

Stone Age to the Iron Age

Pre-Roman Britain

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

No History Focus

Year 4

No History Focus

Ancient Civilizations

           Ancient Egypt

Anglo Saxon and Scots

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

Year 5

Ancient Greece

A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

No History Focus

Extended chronological study

Tudors

Year 6

Local Study

World War 2

 Non-European Study

Mayans

No History Focus

 

Religious Education

Here at Redbourn, we provide Religious Education which follows the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus.

Our lessons aim to guide children to gain shared human understanding, develop personal identity and search for meaning, while studying the rituals and practises of the six main world religions (Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism).

Being the main religious tradition in Britain, Christianity is covered in greater depth in each phase (Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two) – we have close links to our local church, including regular assemblies from the vicar from St Mary’s. In school, we take a reflective approach where the children enquire and make critical responses to the vast range of cultural beliefs, values and traditions. Our children are always encouraged to express their thoughts and opinions in a considered and respectful manner.

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