The Fulneck Junior curriculum strives to offer the best of both worlds. It takes the best from the National Curriculum 2014, combining it with an extensive and internationally themed course of study.
Fulneck Junior School encourages students to become independent learners who make connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world. By helping students to see that learning is connected to life, a strong foundation for future learning is established.
The curriculum is structured with an emphasis on the three core subjects of English, Maths and Science, alongside a themed approach that encompasses a range of subjects including global thinking skills. Students are central to the development of the curriculum through the ‘Pupil Voice’ – a student elected council that meets termly.
The curriculum is further enhanced by specialist teaching in Science, PE, Art, Design Technology and Music. Each topic area is enriched by well-planned visits and activities that link to the fundamental concepts being studied. In addition to these visits, we offer optional residential trips outside Leeds and to international locations.
Personalising Learning is a strategy focusing all of the school’s resources to ensure that the potential of each student is realised. Students are assessed formatively throughout the school year by the class teacher and formally at the end of the school year. We also use computer adaptive testing, designed to help teachers identify each individual’s development through a unique pupil assessment, this allows us to challenge them at a level that is suitable for them to progress organically.
We want students to:
• Develop a strong set of problem-solving strategies.
• Think critically.
• Develop knowledge and skills which can be applied to new situations and tasks.
• Develop an open-minded approach to opportunities but ask questions throughout their lives.
• Develop a sense of international mindedness.
• Take action as a result of the learning process.
To achieve this students will:
• Learn through enquiry.
• Build on prior knowledge.
• Work individually, with a partner or in groups.
• Be listened to.
• Be curious, be inquisitive, ask questions, explore and interact with the environment physically, socially and intellectually.
• Be supported in their journey to become independent, autonomous learners.
• Learn through carefully planned experiences which allow for a range of abilities.