to the new look website of Chellaston Junior School. The site has been designed with pupils and parents in mind. It is hoped that you find the information both useful and easy to navigate. As a school we try to provide a safe, secure and challenging work place in which all pupils are able to develop themselves and gain confidence in their ability to succeed. We have high expectations in terms of effort, attainment, behaviour, attendance and dress and we are committed to continually improving these standards. The school places strong emphasis on developing pupils' skills in literacy, numeracy, science and information and communication technology. At the same time, we aim to provide a broad, balanced and rich curriculum which provides opportunities for pupils to develop as independent learners and creative thinkers.
Mrs Jacqueline Drake
Our Mission Statement"At Chellaston Junior School we work as a team to provide creative and stimulating thinking and learning opportunities within a happy, safe and caring environment. We strive to achieve high quality teaching and learning and the development of each child's potential to the full."
Chellaston Junior School serves the area of Chellaston, an expanding suburb, four miles south of the centre of the City of Derby.
The school, which first opened in 1967, was originally designed to cater for 200 children aged between 7 and 11. Since then it has been extended a number of times (1984, 1987, 1989 and 1999). It currently has capacity for 480 pupils.
The original building has been rewired and the toilet blocks have been refurbished. A programme of window replacement is underway.
All classrooms in the school are well equipped. They are carpeted, have window blinds, storage and display areas and give easy access to art and craft facilities. There is a pottery area which includes an electric kiln. The school has a well-equipped ICT Suite, its own kitchen and multi-purpose hall.
Outside, there is a hard play area with surrounding seating, a shaded grassed area and pathways leading to further games and rest areas. There are football and games pitches, a grass track, a pond, wildlife and garden areas. There is an outdoor teaching area for use in the warmer weather.
Class organisation is generally based on mixed ability, single age groups but may be varied to meet the needs of specific groups of pupils, where the assessment process suggests a different approach would be more beneficial to their teaching and learning needs.
The school is organised into 16 class groups, each one of which has its own full time teacher. Each class teacher is responsible for teaching all the subjects in the curriculum although there are occasions when the children are taught by a member of staff who has specialist knowledge of a particular subject.
Each child is a member of a class group and spends the majority of time with his or her class teacher. The pastoral care of each child in the group is the major responsibility of the class teacher and it is important that the Headteacher or class teacher is kept fully informed of all matters which may affect the well being and performance of the children in their care.
A balance between individual, group work and class teaching is aimed for throughout the four years that the children spend at school. The development of each child's basic skills and progress through the National Curriculum is carefully monitored and recorded.
This school believes that it is important to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
To create a happy and secure environment.
To further confidence, self-reliance, caring, understanding, respect and helpfulness.
To increase self-awareness, the ability to make reasonable choices and take on greater personal responsibility.
To help realise maximum potential.
To develop good study habits, self-discipline, perseverance and self-motivation.
To acquire a reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs, including a respect for and an understanding of other people’s religious, social and moral ways of life.
To ensure a command of basic English and the ability to communicate effectively and confidently through reading, writing, drama, speaking and listening.
To teach the ‘basics’, such as appropriate spellings and tables, and beyond.
To encourage children to be positively self-critical, to try and improve upon their efforts and correct their own errors.
To develop an understanding of basic mathematical facts, concepts and processes for use in a variety of situations.
To know how to choose and use mathematical and scientific instruments.
To encourage ‘scientific’ curiosity, design, experimentation and testing, including ‘hands on’ experience of computing.
To enjoy making music and singing, solo and ensemble.
To become aware of geographical, historical and social aspects of our local environment, particularly Chellaston.
To become concerned about the care of our environment, our planet and ‘green issues’.
To teach skills in art and handicrafts.
To enjoy and improve upon personal and team involvement in games, swimming and a wide variety of physical activities.
To use speech, movement and drama for different purposes and with different audiences.
To teach the National Curriculum requirements and Religious Education to every child at the right level and pace for that child.
To ensure pupils are excited about coming to our school and enjoy being here.
To meet the aims of the school, we need and encourage the support and co-operation of all parents so a close partnership develops with staff and governors for the development of each child’s potential.
Please use the links to explore all the subjects taught. You will find many interesting links and activities.
Some subjects are yet to be uploaded - so please bear with us.
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Use the links below to find out what's being taught. Please check your child's Home-School Diary regulary for more information.