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Dronfield Junior School motto: acheiving whilst making learning fun

Curriculum Overview



At Dronfield Junior School we are teaching from the programmes of study of the national curriculum (September 2014).

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

§ read easily, fluently and with good understanding

§ develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

§ acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

§ appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

§ write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

§ use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

§ are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to

     others and participating in debate.

National Curriculum 2014.


Grammar: Click here for a glossary of grammatical terms used in school.



Reading is taught using a systematic phonic approach through 'Read, Write, Inc'.

Upon arrival at the school, all year 3 pupils are tested on their phonic knowledge and allocated a group. These groups aim to embed the sounds and graphemes so children can eventually come off the programme, concentrating more on comprehension and vocabulary. For most children, by the end of year 3 they have completed 'Read, Write, Inc'. However, if any children are not secure, they continue the programme in year 4. 

Children with reading difficulties in year 5 and year 6 have access to 'Fresh Start', a reading programme designed by 'Read,Write,Inc' for this age group. Also, we have comprehension booklets produced by 'Read,Write,Inc' to support the understanding of reading. Comprehension skills are taught to all children each week.

Guided Reading:

Teachers organise their classes into groups of about 6 children. These groups read a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts and answer questions. This is the main strategy used by teachers to assess reading.

In addition, pupils who are still struggling to read will be heard regularly on a 1:1 basis. 



We are currently implementing the new Mathematics Curriculum.  Mathematics is a very important part of everyday life.  It is concerned with the discovery of relationships and with the expression of these in a symbolic or abstract form.  Children need to discover and understand these relationships in the spheres of number, shape and measurement.  They should also develop the ability to use the skills and concepts they acquire to solve everyday problems speedily, accurately and intelligently in other problem solving situations.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

·        become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems

·        reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

·        can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

The National Curriculum 2014


In addition, please click here to view the school Mathematics policy.

Click here to view the presentation from our maths curriculum evening.

Click here to see the calculations from the flip chart from our curriculum evening.

Click here to see a selection of possible maths websites and apps you might like to use with your child.



Personal, social and health and citizenship education (PSHCE) helps our children to lead confident, healthy and responsible lives as individuals and members of society. Through work in lesson time and a wide range of activities across and beyond the curriculum, children gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthily and deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they potentially could face in their life. In PSHCE and RE lessons our children will learn about the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and celebration of those with different faiths, beliefs and cultures. Our lessons will give children opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing. It helps them to understand and manage responsibly a wider range of relationships as they mature, and to show respect for the diversity of, and differences between, people. It also develops children's well-being and self-esteem, encouraging belief in their ability to succeed and enabling them to take responsibility for their own learning.

Our PSHCE schemes of work comprise of all aspects of the school's planned provision to promote our children’s personal and social development, including health and well-being. Within this context the school's PSHCE curriculum is underpinned by the general aims of the new National Curriculum and also the guidelines set out by the PSHE Association


To see the units covered in PSHCE throughout the school, click here.



If you would like to find out even more about the curriculum please see under the 'Children' tab on our website. You can also contact or visit the school - please ring Mrs Myers or Mrs Cooper in the school office to make an appointment. 

Dronfield Junior School Awards and Accreditations

page last updated: 01/10/2018