At Branston Junior academy, we have three goals:
- INSPIRE: we inspire your child to enjoy and succeed throughout their learning journey.
- EXPLORE: we enable your child to meet exciting experiences, be part of the shared adventure and have the confidence to try something new.
- NURTURE: we generate an environment where emotional support is essential, allowing your child to achieve their full potential.
Termly topics - we have a four-year cycle of exciting topics - each one includes a 'Wow Day' whereby the children either make a visit, have a visitor into school or we hold a spcial event of our own. This exciting day enables everyone to have a shared experience and helps to put the whole topic into some sort of context.
Learning - our curriculum is devised to not only help your child to learn new skills, knowledge and understanding; but also to help your child to develop their 'learning skills' overall.
Costs - although we endeavour to keep any costs to a minimum and use fundraising money where possible; sometimes we ask for a voluntary contribution from parents, to help pay for an exciting activity.
We use a six stage approach to assessment. This enables to track if children are making expected progress or above expected progress and if they are in line with the age expected standard. We will make parents aware through parents sessions and reports whereabout their child is working and what they need to do in order to improve.
We hold a session based on our assessment approach to support parents every year at the beginning of the Autumn term. Below is the support documentation which you may find useful to gain an understanding of what is expected of a child throughout their 4 years at Branston Junior Academy.
2012 - 2013
2013 - 2014
2014 - 2015
2015 - 2016
|Under the sea||To infinity and beyond!||Branston at War||Historic Lincoln|
|Chocolate||Extinction!||The Romans are coming!||Walk like an Egyptian|
|Around the world in 80 days||Pirates!||Rainforests||The Olympics|
How are the children at Branston Junior Academy assessed?
We directly track children's progress in Numeracy, Reading, Writing, SPaG and Science. For these subjects, children will be given a stage number which directly coincides with the expected attainment for a year group. E.g a child working at stage 3 is working at the expected standard of a year 3. This stage will then be further broken down into B (beginning), P (progressing) and E (embedded.) For non-core subjects we use skills bookletts which allows children and teachers alike to track their progress and keep a written record of strengths and areas for development.
All children are taught the full range of National Curriculum subjects, through specific Key Skills. These include the core subjects of English, Maths and Science; and the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Drama, Design and Technology, Art, PE and Games, together with RE and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). Information Technology (IT) is taught across the curriculum in the core and foundation subjects.
All children also learn French, using a variety of exciting activities using the http://www.tout-le-monde.co.uk website as a basis.
The children are grouped according to ability for Maths (Y5/6), Phonics (Y3/4) and SPAG (Spelling, Puncutation and Grammar - Y5/6) and they work in these ‘sets’ every morning. The children work back in their usual classes for English and all other subjects. To interest the children, many subjects are grouped together in exciting and stimulating ‘topics’.
Below is a link to an overview of the year 3/4 and year 5/6 maths curriculum:
We focus throughout year 3 to year 6 on a progressive system of introducing both written and mental methods for the 4 operations. Have a look at our calculation policy to see how the teaching of the 4 operations progress' throughout your child's time at the school.
Below is a link to an overview of the year 3/4 and year 5/6 literacy curriculum:
- Beautiful World Wonderful God
- Buddhist Beliefs and Lifestyle
- Christian Beliefs and Lifestyle
- Christian Journeys
- Christmas and Divali
- Hindu Beliefs and Lifestyle
- Jewish Belies and Lifestyle
- Minority Communities: Rastafarians
- Muslim Beliefs and Lifestyle
- Religion in the Neighbourhood
- Sikh Beliefs and Lifestyle
- Symbols in Religion