The curriculum at Pear Tree Community Junior School will provide our learners with the knowledge, vocabulary, skills and character traits that they will need to succeed in education and beyond. At the heart of our curriculum are the children themselves, ensuring they become confident learners, who are ready, respectful and responsible members of society. We are passionate about closing the knowledge gap and offering our children engaging opportunities that they will remember for many years to come.
Every day in every lesson, children at Pear Tree are immersed in vocabulary and discussion, which gives them the academic and social language that they need to be successful, literate and numerate. The well-sequenced and inclusive curriculum, enriched by high-quality literature, key knowledge and skills, will encourage children to achieve their best at every opportunity. We value the individuality of every child and support them to access the curriculum, through evidence-based teaching and learning practice. This provides them with the tools to succeed in later life
Opportunities to reflect and retrieve are key parts of our curriculum, allowing our children the time and space to digest their learning and make links to what they have previously learnt. Enrichment activities and new experiences are regularly provided for our children, which will further support their knowledge and understanding as well as their personal development. Children are encouraged to take pride in who they are and where they come from, while being respectful of other people’s opinions, faiths, cultures and beliefs.
Our curriculum does not put a lid on our learners: it is vocabulary-rich, engaging, relevant, inclusive and allows all of our children to grow and flourish in ways that they never knew they could.
As part of the school's improvement journey we are undertaking a full and rigorous curriculum review to ensure that we have a broad and balanced curriculum that matches the needs of our pupils as well as covering the statutory requirements.
During this development phase, a full and comprehensive curriculum will be posted on this site throughout the 2019/20 academic year. Please visit our Year Group Pages for details of what pupils are studying this term.
The English curriculum at Pear Tree will promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The school will follow the National Curriculum which will ensure all our pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
The Maths Curriculum at Pear Tree will provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. The school will follow the National Curriculum requirements, supported by Maths No Problem, to ensure our pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
The school follows the National Curriculum. Moreover, the wider school curriculum in 2019-20 will reflect and celebrate our diverse community. A core theme, of either Science, History or Geography, will lead the learning across the school each term. The curriculum will be knowledge based, whilst also allowing pupils to develop key learning skills including enquiry, problem solving and evaluating. In addition, a key emphasis will be based on developing a rich and varied vocabulary.
A variety of planned activities and visits throughout the year will bring the learning alive and ensure pupils are engaged in their learning.