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Jotmans Hall Primary School
High Road, SS7 5RG, UK Benfleet
+44 (0)1268 755456

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Mission Statement

Jotmans Hall will encourage children to strive for excellence in all aspects of their academic, personal and social development, in order to contribute positively to society.


To attain this, the whole school community will work together to achieve and maintain the right to learn in a safe environment with mutual respect for others.


All children should:

·                   Learn from a curriculum that is broad and balanced, as well as stimulating, effective and challenging.

·                   Have their work and contribution to the school recognised and valued.

·                   Have the right to enjoy and learn from a curriculum that fosters equal opportunities.

·                   Be encouraged to develop a sense of citizenship through learning about their own religion and culture, and through learning about those of others.

·                   Be helped to have respect for themselves and their environment and to develop respect for, and responsibility towards others in school and in the wider community.

As a school we also aim to:

Involve parents as partners in their child’s education and to foster links between school, home and the local community.

           Through our teaching we aim to:

·       enable children to become confident, resourceful, enquiring and independent learners;

·       foster children’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with other people;

·       develop children’s self-respect and encourage children to respect the ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others;

·       show respect for all cultures and, in so doing, to promote positive attitudes towards other people;

·       enable children to understand their community and help them feel valued as part of this community;

·       help children grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Dispositions and attitudes – We expect to see children who are keen to learn, developing independence and confidence. Children should be able to concentrate well when their interest is engaged.

Self-confidence and self-esteem – Children to develop the ability to show feelings and to show interested responses to significant events.

Making relationships – To develop good relationships with peers and adults when working in either small or large groups.

Behaviour and self-control – To have a developing sense of right and wrong and to have some understanding of the consequences of their actions.

Self-care – Independence in dressing and undressing. Taking care of personal hygiene. E.g. washing hands after going to the toilet.

Sense of community – The ability to show empathy with and understanding of others. To have a developing respect for their own culture and beliefs as well as those of other people.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Language for communication – Being able to listen well and to respond with relevant questions or comments. To use language to negotiate with others and taking turns. Enjoyment of spoken and written language and enjoyment of stories, songs, rhymes and poems. To have the ability to speak clearly and to show some awareness of the listener.

Language for thinking – For children to use language to clarify and organise thinking and to use language imaginatively in role – play situations.

Linking letters and sounds – Confidence in hearing and saying initial and final sounds in words. Linking sounds to letters and to use their knowledge of sounds to write simple words independently.

Reading – To have a clear understanding that print carries meaning and that it is read from left to right and top to bottom. To have a developing skill in retelling stories and using their imagination to make up stories. To be able to read a range of familiar words and sentences and an understanding of what makes a story.

Writing – Developing writing for different purposes and writing their own name and other words independently. They should have developed a confident approach to write more complex words based on their phonic knowledge.

Handwriting – To hold a pencil effectively to form letters correctly.

Mathematical Development

Numbers as Labels and For Counting – To be confident to use number names and have secure counting skills at least to 10. Many children will be able to count well beyond 10 but need to recognise numbers at least 1 to 9 and have the ability to solve practical problems by using their developing mathematical ideas.

Calculating – To use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting in practical activities and use words like more and less to compare numbers. Children should begin to relate addition to combining 2 or more groups of objects. They should relate subtraction to taking away and should be able to find one more or one less than a number from 1 to 10.

Shape, Space and Measure – Children should use simple mathematical language with confidence when talking about quantities, shape, position etc. They should have the ability to talk about, recognise and recreate simple patterns and use their developing mathematical ideas and methods when trying to solve problems.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Exploration and Investigation – Children should be confident investigators, using their senses to check out their curiosity about living things and events. They should be able to identify some of the features of things they observe. They should be able to look for similarities and differences and to ask questions about why things happen and how things work.

Designing and Making – Children should have independence in selecting appropriate materials and developing techniques and skills to build, construct and join materials together. They should have an ability to adapt their work where necessary.

Information and Communication Technology – Children should be finding out about the uses of every day technology and be using computers and programmable toys to support their learning.

A Sense of Time and Place – Children should have an interest in events past and present, both in their own lives and in the lives of others know n to them. They should be observant about where they live and know some key features of the environment and whether they like them or not.

Cultures and Beliefs - Children should have a developing understanding about their own and other people’s cultures and beliefs.

Physical Development

Movement – Children moving imaginatively, safely and with growing confidence. They should be able to control and co-ordinate their bodies when moving around, balancing and climbing, using a range of small and large equipment.

Sense of Space – Showing awareness of space for themselves and for others.

Health and Bodily Awareness – To have some understanding of the changes that happen to their bodies when they are active and what it means to keep their bodies healthy.

Creative Development

Responding to Experiences - Children responding in different ways to what they hear, see touch, smell and feel. Having knowledge of colour, texture, shape and space in 2 and 3 dimensions. They should have confidence in expressing and communicating their own ideas and feelings by using materials and suitable tools.

Music – To show an understanding of how sounds can be changed and recognition of repeated sounds and sound patterns. To be able to sing songs and rhymes from memory and have a growing skill in matching movements to music. To use imagination in art design, music, dance, imaginative role-play and story making.

As you can see, through these areas we offer a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to inspire and challenge children and we use a variety of methods, which enable children to learn effectively.  

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