“Enjoyment and Excellence in all that we are and all that we do” is our school motto and underpins the exciting curriculum at EPJS. We want the children to enjoy what they are doing and to do the best that they can (aiming for excellence). We believe that children learn most effectively when experiences are memorable, enjoyable, purposeful and related to real life. We aim to offer a broad and balanced curriculum accompanied by effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development which prepares children for life in modern Britain. The curriculum actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths, beliefs, cultures and lifestyles.
There are regular opportunities for pupils to study units of work in cross-curricular topics (see table below) based upon the National Curriculum Programmes of study: English (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar: SPAG), Maths,
Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical
Education, Foreign Language (Spanish) and Religious Education (RE). A balanced approach to RE is taken which is broadly Christian, but where required, takes account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Britain. Time is allocated to PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship & Health Education) and Swimming (years 4 and 5). Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is taught in year 5.
We allocate time each day to develop pupils’ skills in reading, writing and mathematics. To monitor progress, and ensure all pupils make excellent progress, all children are assessed in these areas by the teachers every half term.
To enhance learning, we provide opportunities for educational visits and welcome visitors to the school. Under the terms of the Education Reform Act (1988), schools may not charge for these activities, but can invite voluntary contributions from parents. However, if there are not enough voluntary contributions offered for any specific trip, then the visit may not be a viable proposition and may have to be cancelled. We encourage the children to take part in residential trips in years 4 and 6.
Any parent in receipt of certain benefits may be entitled to a remission of charges and any family who has difficulty in meeting the cost of any proposed visit should contact the Head teacher in confidence. Please contact the school if you feel this may apply to you.
An overview of topics at EPJS is found below. For more information on the curriculum, including topic webs, please see each year groups individual pages on the website, our prospectus or come into school to talk to the class teacher.