We aim to offer a stimulating, creative and challenging curriculum that promotes the development of the whole child and offers a wide range of learning opportunities. We offer children a curriculum that caters for a variety of interests; that will Inspire, Motivate, Challenge and provide opportunities for children to Succeed in all aspects of their personal development. Through curriculum subjects, educational visits and residential trips, as well as numerous extra-curricular activities, we aim to give children every opportunity to meet personal goals and to be the best that they can be. Keep an eye on this page to see just some the unbelievable talents we have at Sholing Junior School across all curriculum areas.
How do we do we cater for the 'more able' child?
In every school there will be more able pupils; these are children who show a particular skill or aptitude in one or more curriculum subject. At Sholing Junior School we ensure our more able, gifted & talented children are extended and stretched to reach their full potential. We expect all of our teachers to have high expectations for pupils in their class and offer challenging work in lessons. Our class structures allow children to sometimes work in ability groups, and in mixed ability groups in other lessons.
We define a more able child as any child who is attaining above their 'Age Related Expectations' for their year group. Higher attaining pupils will be predominately supported by their class teachers, however we have listed below additional enrichment activities to ensure that all of our more able children are suitably challenged.
Additional Enrichment Provision for more able pupils at Sholing.
- Dance specialist teacher
- Years three, four, five and six: Individual and group instrumental tuition from specialist music teachers.
- Year 6: Magic Maths Club (1 hour per week)
- Years four, five & six - School Newspaper weekly sessions for writers and readers.
- Multi Skills Coaching by PE specialist teacher (former Royal Navy PTI) Lower School.
- Girls and boys football Teams: Years Five and Six.
- Summer Arts club
- Netball Club.
- Summer sports clubs
- Chocolate Muffin Writing club
- Drama – autumn and summer Children in class are differentiated for by the class teacher. This takes the form of planned learning opportunities which enable children to develop independence, and demonstrate deeper learning in all subjects. Children are given the opportunity to apply their learning to written work through carefully chosen text types. During these opportunities they are able to use deeper level questioning (‘what if’… ‘how might you improve….What is the effect…’ etc.) to determine the depth of understanding children have, enabling them to evaluate clear next steps. These next steps are generated by staff, themselves or peers. Maths planning has changed to ensure there is a focus on developing their reasoning, justifying and problem solving skills through applying knowledge and understanding in investigative contexts. In summary, we encourage children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, conceptual understanding (being able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems), and reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, solving problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication.