All school policies are available to view at the School Office. Paper copies are available on request. If you would like more information about any aspect of our school curriculum please speak to Ms Aslam, the Deputy Head, or Ms Brown, the Head Teacher.
Health and Well-Being
At Godwin Junior School we recognise that pupils’ health and well-being underpins their ability to focus on learning and therefore we have a responsibility as well as a moral duty to support our children in this way. We understand that no child can learn to their best of their ability if they feel unwell, either mentally or physically. Working together, our aim is to help our pupils become resilient; young people who can face their difficulties, understand them and know and use strategies to overcome them. When a pupil is unable to manage this on their own, we have a robust school system in place, devised and lead by our designated safeguarding team, so that we can support where necessary.
As well as being important in its own right, achievement in English is the key which unlocks achievement in all other subjects and is central to our school vision of creating confident, articulate individuals. Our aim is therefore that our children can express themselves fully, fluently and self-assuredly in speech and through the written word. This includes the ability to write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts with varying degrees of formality. Our objective is also to promote a love of poetry and literature and to enable our pupils to read widely and with enjoyment.
Within the daily mathematics lesson children extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of all areas of maths. Central to this is them developing a secure grasp of place value so that they can accurately use efficient written and mental calculation methods. This, coupled with a focus on mathematical reasoning, enables pupils to confidently apply new learning in problem-solving contexts. Our Calculation Policy ensures progression in methods and we host Parent/Carer Workshops to ensure that families feel able to support their children with the strategies which we teach.
Our pupils are given a range of scientific experiences, which enable them to explore ideas and raise different questions about the world around them. Using scientific vocabulary, children classify and describe materials and living things as well as identify processes that occur in the natural environment. They plan enquiries recognising how to set up fair tests and explain which variables need to be controlled. They are also encouraged to make their own practical decisions about equipment, measurements and observations made and then identifying evidence that refutes or supports their ideas. This will then inform conclusions and further tests.
Art and Design
In Art and Design, we aim to engage and inspire pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We provide opportunities for the children to explore and develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of different cultures through art as well as to discover the works of great artists and designers. We seek to provide rich experiences in order to stimulate the children’s creativity and imagination and encourage them to express themselves using a variety of media.
The teaching of Computing in the new National Curriculum involves pupils learning about Programming, Online Safety and Digital Literacy. Our cross-curricular approach ensures that there is a context for children’s learning and a clear purpose for the skills they are developing. The ever-changing nature of technology means that one of our core aims must be to develop children’s confidence in the use of computers and new technology so that they feel empowered to take advantage of future hardware and software.
In Design Technology children are set a problem which they need to investigate and use their creativity and imagination to resolve. They engage in the process of designing, making, evaluating and adjusting their creation to meet the design brief. Through this process we aim to develop the children's intellectual skills through the medium of problem solving and also encourage independent learning, such as the pupils learning how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising.
Our History curriculum helps pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our intention is to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, equip them to ask perceptive questions, think critically and understand the methods of historical enquiry so that they can weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We recognise that learning outside the classroom is invaluable and so endeavour to plan relevant educational visits to support learning whenever possible.
Foreign Language - French
Children at Godwin enjoy weekly French lessons with a native speaker. Lessons focus on developing children's confidence in listening, speaking and responding to conversational French through songs, games and activities. During their time at our school, pupils acquire vocabulary that is used in everyday life in French-speaking countries, are able to conduct simple conversations - asking and answering questions with increasing fluency, whilst continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
In Geography we aim to equip our children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Through stimulating lessons we hope to instil a fascination about the world and its people that will inspire our pupils to want to find out more. Children will also develop the geographical skills needed to interpret sources of geographical information (such as maps and globes), communicate geographical information (including through maps and writing) and collect, analyse and communicate data gathered through fieldwork.
Helping young people to become active Global Citizens is at the core of Godwin's ethos. Our recent Unicef Silver Award, as a Rights Aware School, is recognition of the links we make between global issues, rights and our curriculum. Further, the discussions in our Philosophy for Children (P4C) sessions and assemblies allow for opportunities for our pupils to explore themes such as poverty or the right to an education in greater depth. We believe that our focus on global citizenship themes will help our students to develop their moral compass, become more confident in standing up for their beliefs and more skilled in evaluating the ethics and impact of their decisions. Every child at Godwin learns about themselves as members of a community, with rights to uphold and promote as well as notions such as democracy, equality, equity, fairness and dignity; thus we provide an education that fosters respect for others and the environment.
In Music, we encourage the children to develop an appreciation of all types of music by creating an awareness of rhythm and melody and by enjoying making music. Children in Years 5 and 6 benefit from instrument tuition in school from the ‘Every Child a Musician’ initiative. Those in Year 3 and 4 learn to play the ukulele during weekly sessions delivered by specialist tutors. We are proud to have a successful school choir who are asked to perform at a range of events.
As part of our commitment to encouraging our children to adopt healthy lifestyles, we believe that it is our responsibility to introduce them to a wide range of sports and activities. We ensure that our pupils acquire and develop skills which allow them to enjoy participating in both individual exercise and team games. We aim to improve children’s ability to work collaboratively as team members and foster a good sporting attitude, including values such as fairness and respect. We enter teams across a range of sports in a number of local competitions
Religious Education follows the Newham agreed syllabus and, through learning the core values of the main world religions and drawing parallels between them, our pupils gain respect and understanding of different faiths. We believe that this appreciation is key to promoting harmonious community relationships. However, Parents/Carers have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. lessons. If you would like to do so, please discuss this with the Head Teacher.