At Auriol, we believe in developing a breadth of skills and knowledge that nourish a strong sense of self-belief so that all our staff and pupils can achieve their own greatness.
Challenge - Inspire - Prepare
The purpose of Art and Design at Auriol is to give our children the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.
Once we arm them with the skills, knowledge of materials and appreciation of different artists we can then give them the freedom to explore their own ideas. Children can produce art confidently in the knowledge that there is no right or wrong and that making mistakes is an important part of the creative process.
By learning this way, they will have their own unique creative handwriting, a resilient attitude and a confidence in and love of art which they can carry through to secondary school and beyond.
We hope that by the time our children reach Year 6 we will be able to recognise their art just as we might recognise their other school work.
Our Computing curriculum equips pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need in order to succeed in a constantly changing digital world. They learn to use a wide range of software for various purposes and build their experiences of computational thinking as they progress through the school, using problem solving, logical thinking and creativity. Online Safety is taught to ensure that all children have a thorough and secure understanding of how to use technology safely, responsibly and effectively in a rapidly changing, technology dominant world.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Auriol enables children to develop the skills and confidence to consider themselves as ‘World Citizens’ who belong in a multicultural, mutually respectful world. We aim to support pupils to understand other countries and cultures so that they can be more open and adaptable to new experiences. The priority is that children are keen to participate and make progress in being able to converse using useful sentences to communicate in other languages. Ultimately, we wish for our children to have a love of languages and to become curious and respectful of the world around them.
Geography at Auriol will inspire children to want to find out more about the world and its people whilst developing the skills and knowledge around human and physical Geography. Children will develop their knowledge of different continents and countries, exploring the similarities and differences between them to help them understand that the world is a varied and ever-changing place. Fieldwork opportunities and computer mapping will enable children to develop skills for them to utilise in the outside world. ‘Geography in the News’ will be discussed regularly to ensure that children have an ongoing and up-to-date awareness of the world around them.
History at Auriol helps pupils to understand how the past can be divided up into different times, the complexity of people’s lives, and to recognise and understand that there are similarities, differences and connections between eras. It will develop children’s knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past; how and why some things change and some remain the same, why events take place and the outcomes that follow. Children will have the opportunity to learn new skills and learn about the impact that events from the past have had on the modern day with British values threaded through. It will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement and ultimately inspire pupils’ passion and curiosity to know more about the past.
Children at Auriol will have the freedom to explore their own ideas and methods in the safety of a supportive learning environment. Our teachers are facilitators of learning and our children are able to experiment visually, pictorially and abstractly in a supportive yet challenging classroom. Children should be able to make rich connections across ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and the ability to solve increasingly sophisticated problems. Their fluency and accuracy in arithmetic will equip them for mental calculations in the real world. Our belief is that Auriol children will be able to transfer and apply their mathematical knowledge to other subject areas and real life contexts, preparing them for life in the real world so they can achieve greatness.
At Auriol, we provide a high quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. Our aim is to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Through the Musical School programme, ‘Charanga’ the children develop their musical appreciation and aural memory. They are able to express themselves physically and emotionally whilst composing their own musical ideas. The resources have been designed specifically to motivate and encompass all learning styles. The children not only learn about music; they become musicians who are able to share and perform using their new skills. Auriol prides themselves on their performing arts and all children have the opportunity to perform on stage to an audience, which aims to develop their confidence and resilience, showcase their talents and open up new avenues and aspirations.
Physical Education enables pupils to learn and develop a range of physical, social and cognitive skills across a range of sports. At Auriol, we strongly believe in developing the whole child and feel that their understanding of an active and healthy lifestyle will support them on their journey to greatness. Both competitive and non-competitive opportunities are offered to all children within a range of settings (in class, across year groups, across the school and within the community). The curriculum consists of six key areas: adventurous activity, athletics, dance, games, gymnastics and swimming. Within these six areas, the following objectives are taught: skill development; health, fitness and wellbeing; performance, including personal best and evaluation; and tactical and compositional ideas.
At Auriol Junior School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society who value themselves and others. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues whilst respecting themselves and others. We provide our children with active opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop a sense of self-belief to become emotionally literate so that they are mature, sensitive young people who play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
At Auriol we teach explicit comprehension skills using a mixture of texts, films and visuals that inspire and scaffold our readers. Through challenging class texts and carefully selected individual books, we ensure that all our learners acquire reading skills that prepare them for life.
Auriol Junior School is not affiliated with any religious organisation; we follow the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which aims to ‘give children and young people in our schools a unique opportunity to reflect on and learn from the faiths and beliefs of those around them.’ We offer a broad curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development so that our pupils demonstrate British values including tolerance, mutual respect and an understanding of each other.
Science is taught to develop a sense of understanding and curiosity about the world around us, today and in the future. It encourages the use of critical thinking and problem solving skills through exploration and scientific investigation. Cross-curricular links with Mathematics and English help to enhance pupil outcomes by providing a real life context to learning.
Here at Auriol we believe in developing the whole child and that this plays a critical role in how well they can learn and achieve. As such, we aim to provide opportunities that enable children to explore and develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC). We offer these opportunities within all lessons, particularly PSHE and RE, as well as assemblies, trips, visitors and themed days and weeks. We intend for our pupils to leave with a secure belief in what is right or wrong, tolerance and respect for other people’s feelings, values, cultures and beliefs as well as an understanding of their own, and an awareness of their role in society.
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, which equips them with the knowledge and skills to go on to achieve greatness.