At LGJS, we are passionate about English: we inspire our children and ensure they achieve as highly as possible. We ensure that all the different strands of English (writing, reading, spelling, handwriting and speaking and listening) support one another, and that high quality English learning takes place throughout the day across the curriculum.
At LGJS we follow a mastery approach to ensure that our pupils acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. We believe that all of our children can succeed if they are given the correct tools and support. The teaching focuses on five main principles coherence, representation & structure, mathematical thinking, fluency and variation. Our children and teachers are very motivated by maths and are eager to get onto the 'Deepen It challenges'.
At LGJS the rest of the subjects are taught through our topic lessons there are four stages.
During the Engage stage children will :-
• have memorable first-hand experiences - for example going on a visit outside the classroom or inviting a specialist visitor into the classroom
• have WOW experiences - Investigate and Discover
• be introduced in exciting ways to the new topic or theme
• begin initial research and set enquiry questions
• have lots of opportunity to make observations
• develop spoken language skills
• take part in sensory activities
• have a great deal of fun, allowing them to fully 'engage' with their new topic
During the Develop stage children will :-
• dig much deeper to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a topic across the curriculum
• practice their newfound skills
• compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes, read across the curriculum
• research their own questions and those posed by others
• follow new pathways of enquiry based on their own interests
• complete homework activities that support their learning in school
During the Innovate stage children will :-
• apply previous skills, knowledge and understanding in real life contexts
• be challenged with real or imagined problems and situations to solve using knowledge and skills from the earlier stages
• be inspired with imaginative and creative opportunities
• have time to revisit skills, knowledge and understanding not grasped during the develop stage
• have the opportunity to take on different roles
During the Express stage children will :-
• become the performers, the experts, the informers
• share their achievements with others in many different ways...parents, classmates and the community
• evaluate finished products/processes
• tie learning back to the beginning
RE lessons are taught discretely throughout the year in all year groups. We use Discovery RE as a resource.
The children in year 3 and year 4 learn French. In year 5 and 6 the children are taught Spanish.