Curriculum Intent Statement
At St. Laurence in Thanet Junior Academy we offer a creative curriculum which is broad and balanced. The aim of our curriculum is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society.
The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. We choose relevant, inspiring themes that develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of all subjects across the school.
Our enquiry-based curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure sequenced coverage and progression with frequent opportunities to embed prior learning. It provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.
The focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, create a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning in a nurture-based, inclusive environment. As we serve a community where there is a high percentage of disadvantaged pupils, we actively seek to provide activities that children may not otherwise experience.
We recognise that the children need to learn and develop strong characteristics to enable them to flourish not only now, but into their futures. Through building strong character interwoven through an inspiring and ‘delicious’ curriculum we aim to develop children who will go on to tackle life with all its joys and challenges with resilience.
We have developed an inspiring enquiry-based curriculum which uses rich texts linked to themes and which engages children in planning for their own learning. Themes are woven through planning for history, geography and English in order to achieve depth of learning following enquiry questions whilst ensuring a solid grounding in disciplinary and substantive knowledge.
We promote positive emotional, physical, mental health and wellbeing, to help children develop strong social and emotional skills and resilience through all subjects, particularly PSHE. As a Church school we support children’s spiritual development in our nurture-focused, Christian environment which promotes our school ethos and values of love, hope, joy, forgiveness and resilience. In our school we live out these values and British Values to enable our pupils to go on to make ‘good choices’ and be respectful, successful members of society.
A range of extra-curricular clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a variety of clubs after school hours. Our curriculum empowers our children to become positive citizens of society by offering our children the chance to raise questions, discuss important issues, learn to listen to others’ views and share their own thoughts. Our diversity work helps children to realise that everyone is special and unique and we should celebrate and embrace differences.