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Our Curriculum

At Writtle Junior School, we believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the notion that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone. Through our teaching we equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help children to lead happy and rewarding lives.  All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language. 

If you have any questions regarding our curriculum please speak initially to your child's class teacher, or if you are a visitor to our school Mr Taylor.

British and Global Values

At Writtle Junior School, during each half-term, year groups plan activities around a theme. This always includes part of the learning being focussed on people, places and cultures around the world.  We also remember the importance of looking at our own British culture and values too. This learning can join together more than one curriculum area and can also involve the whole school community together.  Our teachers use a range of themes, to deliver the curriculum, using stimulus from both Britain and the wider world. We use British inventors, innovators, explorers and sporting heroes, to ensure that our children have a range of excellent role models from both genders. We also focus on the roles and achievements of local and community heroes too.

Our children travel from Britain and all around the world in their learning. In Year 3, they travel to the Himalayas to understand the impact of tourism and also complete a study looking at the chronology of British history and how key moments affected the world as a whole.  Year 4 compare the Roman invasion of Britain with life in Roman Italy. What were the similarities and the differences? They learn about healthy foods and create recipes from around the world.  In Year 5, they travel from Pole to Pole and they understand how the natural world can be affected by pollution across the continents. They also look at our local history and how Marconi‚Äôs invention affected everyday life and events across the world.  In Year 6, children look at school life in India and compare it with their own experiences of school. An Indian banquet is prepared and shared together with governors and teaching staff.  

At Writtle Junior School our children follow the Essex RE Scheme of Work and this introduces them to a wide range of religions from across the world.

Children in all year groups learn French.

Our school helps children to value democracy and the right to have a free voice through our school council and prefect system.  Some of our school council have met with Governors and have attended meetings. Our children have also been involved with the recruitment of staff.  We encourage high levels of independence and open-ended learning so children have the right to develop their own thinking.  Year 6 prefects support younger pupils within the playground environment and our MDAs play with the children and encourage a happy and healthy environment.

All of our children are encouraged to make suggestions about how they could improve the school and are involved in decisions about the new technologies that we use in school such as ipads, drones and robots. Children can assess their own ability to recognise life skills in their day-to-day learning and living. They use classroom monitoring systems they have devised to show this.

We believe our life skills support the wellbeing of our children and also their capacity to live in a modern Britain.

SMSC at Writtle Junior School

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