At Saltersgate Junior School, the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior and future learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the pupils to develop skills through scaffolded learning and become creative, analytical thinkers using real-life and purposeful activities that will prepare children for their future lives and careers.
Children’s attainment of knowledge and skills, through the use of the National and Cornerstones Curriculum, embraces the community in which it is situated, recognising local history, heritage, geographical and business links and, most importantly, the aspirations of all our children. We place strong emphasis on the spiritual, moral, social, health and cultural development, through the JIGSAW schemes, of all our pupils. Our school community has identified a clear set of values that underpin expectations for behaviour for all members of our school family. Every child is recognised as a unique individual.
The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities, through our ‘Going for 5ive’ projects, to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
We use a Growth Mindset approach to promote positive and collaborative attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.
Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year. Children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
The school fully promotes all of the above through the RESPECT values (Resilience, Enterprise, Strive, Positivity, Expectation, Care and Tolerance).
RESILIENCE: Craft your own personal resilience – we all fail at times and make mistakes: resolve these, dust yourself off and start again!
ENTERPRISE: To participate in different activities and projects that requires boldness, innovative thinking and energy!
STRIVE: To be the best you can be and take responsibility through being curious about everything – take risks and try something new regularly!
POSITIVITY – Being optimistic, feeling hopeful and having a confident outlook on life
EXPECTATION – The minimum, non-negotiable standards we set and maintain as being part of SJS
CARE – It’s mutual, it’s reciprocal. If we give it then we should receive it.
TOLERANCE - We must understand the views of other groups or individuals.