Through a topic based approach, we follow the National Curriculum. This enables our learners to make relevant links between subject areas.
All children’s work and progress is assessed regularly and this information is used to set challenging targets and improve both attaiment and achievement.
Children are also encouraged to assess themselves so that they can identify the next steps in their learning.
Reading and Writing supports the acquisition of knowledge. Children are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and are encouraged to read for pleasure.
We believe that it is essential that children develop the stamina and skills to write at length with accurate spelling and punctuation. They should build on what they have been taught to extend the range of their writing and the variety of grammar that they use.
To find out more about the national curriculum please see the attached document. The curriculum overviews will show you the specific skills and knowledge that are taught in each year group.
Maths is a highly creative and inter-connected subject, in which children need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. Children should be able to make rich connections across ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and the ability to solve increasingly sophisticated problems. Our belief is that the children will be able to transfer and apply this mathematical knowledge to other subject areas.
Our principal focus of science teaching is to enable children to broaden their scientific view of the world around them, progressing to a wider range of scientific ideas. The children will do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomenon; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions systematically.
Design and Technology
At Auriol, we believe that our Design and Technology should be inspiring, rigorous and practical. Using creativity and imagination children will design and make products that are real and relevant to solve problems within a variety of context.
We aim for our computing education to be high quality and equip children to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity.
Art and Design
The children undertake a wide range of activities in Art and Design and experience a variety of mediums including paint, pastels, clay and charcoal. They study the work of artists, such as Monet and Warhol, and find out about their lives and what influenced their art. The children also have opportunities to design and make items, including sewing and using 3D modelling skills.
Our high quality music curriculum engages and inspires the children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, which increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Individual private teaching, of a variety of instruments, is available and provided by qualified teachers from the Surrey Arts Music Centre. You can arrange this directly with the Centre. There is a cost for this service.
Auriol Junior School is not affiliated to any religious denomination. We follow the Surrey Syllabus for Religious Education and, although a majority of the teaching is based on the Christian religion, the children also learn about Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons by writing to the Headteacher.
Life Skills sessions provides children with the opportunity to learn about the importance of valuing themselves as individuals and respecting others through a range of “active learning” activities such as role play, group negotiation and Circle Time. By enabling the children to become emotionally literate, they will grow as mature and sensitive young people, ready to move on to the next phase of their learning.
Relationships and Sex Education
Relationships and Sex Education is an integral element of the PSHE curriculum beginning in Year 3. The spiralling programme builds on the knowledge and understanding acquired by the children as they progress through the school focusing at every stage on the key message of staying safe. Parents are informed when the unit of work is to be taught and invited to attend a meeting to view, prior to the RSE lesson where the resources and content will be discussed with you . You may also discuss any issues with the Year Leader which you feel may be relevant. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Relationships and Sex Education lessons.
French – Modern Foreign Language
Learning a modern foreign language provides an opening to other cultures and fosters curiosity and a deepened understanding of the world. It also provides opportunities for children to communicate for practical purposes.
Writing is taught through a purpose driven curriculum over a fortnightly journey. This enables children to learn, apply and embed key skills suited to a particular purpose. This will lead to enhanced outcomes for the children as well as helping them to retain knowledge. Auriol aims to enable pupils to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences whilst developing the powers of imagination and inventiveness. Teachers will promote the development of a growing vocabulary and will provide a rich and stimulating language environment.
Reading comprehension is taught via a range of modern and classic fiction during guided reading sessions where children explicitly learn skills that progress throughout the school. Children are exposed to a range of non-fiction texts and poetry linked to our purpose driven writing curriculum. A love of reading is fostered through the provision of high quality texts in our library, alongside the use of the Accelerated Reading system