At John Ray Juniors our curriculum is based on activity and experience, and is sufficiently flexible to allow for each child to develop at a level and pace appropriate to their ability.
The National Curriculum provides the basis for the content of our curriculum and we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all childrem. The National Curriculum subjects are: English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Design & Technology, History, Geography, Art & Design, Music, Modern Foreign Languages and Physical Education. We also teach Religious Education as well as Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship. Where possible subjects are linked together and taught through a theme, rather than as discrete subjects.
ICT is taught in its own right as well as across all the other subjects.
There are two main reading schemes at John Ray Junior School (Oxford Reading Tree and Story Street) each scheme is then supplemented by a range of guided reading sets that are both fiction and non-fiction. The reading schemes are augmented by phonic readers at the lowest levels to support Year 3 children who arrive at John Ray Juniors below Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds.
The reading schemes are book banded and this allows children to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction within a band before they progress to the next band. The guided reading sets are also book banded allowing teachers to choose appropriate texts at the correct levels to both support and challenge children.
Approach to phonics at John Ray Junior School
Children in Year 3 arriving from John Ray Infant School have already participated in phonics sessions and are grouped according to the phases of Letters and Sounds. Children who have not reached Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds by the time they reach Year 3 receive a phonic session at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes. For these sessions the children are organised into appropriate letters and sounds phases.
A phonic screening tool may also be used to identify the Letters and Sound phase that a child requires in order to make progress in reading.