The junior phase of education seeks to build upon the experiences and skills learnt in the infants' school. As children progress through the junior stage they will develop and extend the skills of reading, language and numeracy already begun in their infants' school. They will encounter new areas of learning and will explore other areas in more depth.
The subjects in the National Curriculum for primary children are:-
Design and technology
Every child will learn all subjects and will be encouraged during their four years at Grafton Junior School to take an increasing responsibility for themselves and their own learning.
The National Curriculum provides targets for pupils in each subject which set out what the pupil should know, understand and be able to do. These are called attainment targets.
For each subject the attainment targets are divided into levels 1-6. The levels get steadily harder, so children will still be stretched as they get older and learn more. At age 7 your child will probably be at level 1, 2 or 3 in the two subjects tested (Mathematics, and English). A typical 7 year old will be at level 2. Some pupils will already be higher, others will not yet have gone beyond level 1. A child will normally move up one level every two years, but not every child will move at the same speed, and any one pupil may not be at the same level in each subject.
In class, the teacher will do continuous evaluation in all subjects. You will be told each year how your child is progressing in an annual report, and in regular meetings with staff and the Headteacher, who will make time available throughout the year. Any parent may view any National Curriculum documents by appointment through the headteacher.
What you can do to help your children at school
- Talk with them about what they're doing at school.
- Encourage them to find out things.
- Read books with them and sign the home reading sheet daily. Make sure they do their spelling homework four times a week.
- Introduce them to the local library and help them choose books.
- Encourage and help them to learn their tables.
- Play number games with them where they have to work out answers quickly in their head.
- Let them help you in the kitchen weighing out food or working out shopping lists, etc.
- Encourage them to draw or paint and talk with them about their pictures.
As a parent, the biggest help you can give to your child is to show that you are interested and see the value of what he or she is doing at school. Such support can have a real effect on your child's performance - and on his or her future.
Finally, schools cannot work in isolation, teachers need your support and understanding in their efforts to help your child do the best he or she can.
If children work their hardest during the school day, they should not need to spend hours on homework. We expect and encourage children to do their very best during the school working day. However in all year groups, the learning of tables and spelling, regular home reading and any other task are expected. A teacher may ask a child to take unfinished work home to complete and we would hope for parental support. In Year 6, children may be set specific tasks for homework, to prepare them for their SATs. These may include Maths, English and Science tasks.
The government's guideline is that in the lower school (years 3 and 4) children should spend twenty minutes and in the upper school (years 5 and 6) children should spend thirty minutes each night on homework tasks.
On occasions, if a parent requests extra homework, a teacher may recommend a book or books or suggest things to read or write. In this case, the homework would be under the control of and set by the parent. No teacher can be expected to mark work set by a parent.