The Curriculum at Nook Lane Junior School

Vision / Intent

At Nook Lane Junior School, we will engage and inspire pupils with a relevant, inclusive and memorable curriculum that makes learning irresistible. We will ignite children's curiosity, instilling a passion for lifelong learning.

We strive for all pupils to develop resilience and perseverance, challenging and supporting children to aim high. The curriculum will cover specific key areas of knowledge, skills and understanding within and across different subjects so it is focused and concise. Children will be encouraged to delve deeper into their learning, building on skills progressively each year which will lead to academic success across the curriculum.

At the heart of their learning, children will develop an understanding of the core values that we believe in, core values that are the cornerstones of respectful, global citizens. Our caring culture will underpin the ethos of the school which will be spread widely through our community by promoting our core values. Children will be equipped with a range of strategies that enable them to access their learning in a variety of ways in order to overcome barriers to learning and achieve success.

Children will know how to live a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.

Our document An overview of the curriculum at Nook Lane Junior School 2018 / 2019 is available to download.

Our Home Learning Policy is also available to download.

Core Values

  1. We are friendly, caring and polite.
  2. We are determined, we persevere and we are resilient.
  3. We are always ready to learn.
  4. We embrace difference and diversity.
  5. We have a voice and we listen to others.
  6. We work together co-operatively.



  • Children experience a rich, engaging and well-rounded curriculum that instils a passion for learning and develops the whole child.
  • Children produce high quality, progressive outcomes that are measured against explicit skills in all subjects, leading to academic success.
  • The curriculum responds to findings from pupil feedback and whole-school data so it is bespoke to the children's needs.
  • Children are prepared for the challenges of future learning and life experiences, gaining a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills underpinned by our core values.
  • Children know how to live a healthy life, both physically and mentally.
  • Teachers are focussed on key areas to teach due to a rigorous framework and progressive skills which are mapped out across each year group in all subjects.

Key Skills

At Nook Lane, we value greatly the importance that all subjects play in the development of our children in order to ignite and instil a passion for learning. For each theme key skills are identified in all subjects which offer a progressive pathway to each child's success and development.

Learning journey sheets (see below) for each theme, explain to the children the key areas they will be learning about; they enable pupils to self-evaluate their strengths and areas to develop. In maths, reading and writing, children are made aware of any areas from prior learning that they need to practise to improve even further in their learning journey. These areas are identified by teachers as part of gap analysis.


Pupil Voice - Curriculum Groups

Our pupil curriculum groups ensure that children at Nook Lane are involved in the shaping of the curriculum. Subject and aspect leaders meet regularly with their pupil curriculum group to seek feedback on the subject or area they are leading.

Feedback from the children is used to reshape and modify action plans in order to ensure that each subject is both meeting the needs of its learners and maintaining relevance and interest. This means that pupils feel empowered to share their opinions in order to ensure the curriculum is engaging and relevant.

Our school council meet every half term to raise points that have been generated by each class in order to improve the provision for children at Nook Lane Junior School.

Linking learning to the local community

We have designed the curriculum so that each year group experiences one theme that links to an aspect of the local community because we feel it is important for our pupils to find out more about their community including its history, geography and some of the people that live and work within it.

Curriculum Groups Feedback

Curriculum Groups have met this term and here are the notes from pupils attending:

Maths Curriculum Group 2018

What has gone well

  • Cross curricular maths week - In April 2018 Nook Lane had a whole school Maths week. In the Maths week children learnt Maths in their morning lessons and applied the Maths they were taught into their afternoon lessons e.g. theme, PE and science. For example in Y6 children chose what kind of part they would like in the Summer play and presented their data in a pie chart. Y3 created tally charts and pictograms on stone-age animals.
  • New Maths equipment has been purchased and delivered to classrooms: Numicon, Cuisenaire Rods, silent dice, Base Ten and place value counters are some examples.

Next steps

  • Whole school questionnaire on general Maths e.g. do you use Maths equipment? Do you play games in Maths? How often do you practise your times table? Maths curriculum group to organise.
  • Curriculum group to check teachers and children are using the new equipment - lunchtime club run by the curriculum group to teach children how to use Numicon and Cuisenaire Rods.
  • Another Whole school Maths week - Geometry Week Beginning 18th June 2018
  • Maths workshops run by children to help other children with their homework.
  • Create whole school displays to show the cross-curricular work of different classes.

What is going well

  • Accessing different resources
  • Styles of art and art subjects
  • Multi-media overlap by combining with DT
  • Mixture of 2D and 3D work
  • Experimenting with and changing images
  • Instructions on technique
  • Making clay broaches
  • Foil broach making
  • Aboriginal art


  • Have art lessons more often
  • More freedom for individual expression - conceptual art, recycled art
  • Art club
  • Art related trips and gallery visits
  • Use more materials in painting - oils, acrylics, using charcoal and pastels
  • Keep art cupboard neat to get to resources easily
  • Portraits, monochrome portraits, freestyle painting
  • Art festival
  • Have visiting artists

What is going well

  • Scratch
  • Animation
  • Kodu
  • Flowol
  • E-Safety
  • Sketch
  • PowerPoint


  • More Ipads
  • Movie Maker
  • Scratch from Y3 to Y6
  • More laptops in class
  • Minecraft education edition
  • Raspberry Pies
  • Have IPads for maths lessons
  • More game making
  • Goat simulator
  • Old computers to School Council

What is going well

  • Interested in new religions and the rules of Islam.
  • Like to find out about similarities and differences between religions. Good to stress the similarities.
  • Loved having visitors to assemblies and thought them fair.


  • It is good to find out new facts about religions that they have already studied.
  • More lessons on areas of interest.
  • Have weekly lessons.
  • RE books to make it a usual lesson.
  • Food tasting from different religions - Kosher food.
  • Include drama to re-enact stories for different religions.
  • Watch more films about religions.
  • Link all faiths that believe in Jesus - highlight common ideas.
  • More trips and visitors, visit temples, synagogues and mosques.
  • Look at less known religions - Paganism.
  • Have themed faith days.

What is going well

  • Y5 really enjoyed volcanoes, messy science.
  • Hands on investigations great but not always writing them up.
  • Electricity and making circuits.
  • Using different equipment for reversible changes.
  • Prefer blocking science lessons.


  • Trips - Eureka.
  • Working with chemicals/metals to see what happens.
  • More practical work/experiments.
  • Would like new magnets, batteries, and rechargeable batteries.
  • Use iPads in science lessons.
  • Have a science club after school.
  • Science themed assemblies.
  • Science day, week but not restricted by the curriculum.
  • Have a science fair.
  • Bun sale to raise funds for resources.
Humanities - History & Geography

What is going well

  • Trips - Year 4 river visit, sleepover in Year 3 at Western Park Museum.
  • The themes we are studying in our year groups.
  • Geography related to our visit to Thornbridge in Year 5.
  • Finding out about different cultures and how others live.
  • Finding out about different countries.
  • Volcanoes and earthquakes and building them!
  • The History Van was really good.


  • Bring in more artefacts.
  • Too much writing in geography - want more active things to do.
  • More time spent on geography during the year.
  • History quizzes.
  • More DVDs to watch - Horrible Histories.
  • More modern history.
  • Field trip to dig for bones.
  • More trips.
  • Learn about the Titanic, the sea, Picts & Celts, lost cities, early humans.
  • History Club - children choose a theme - Wild West.
  • Big history events in school, more speakers, dress up day, Sheffield history, Kings & Queens

What is going well

  • Spring Into Spelling
  • Reading half hour
  • Good preparation for SATs with morning SPAG
  • SPAG games, warm ups every day in Y3
  • Songs used in literacy
  • Handwriting
  • Writing stories - being creative
  • Book Day
  • Word mats to help spelling
  • Drama - helps all areas of literacy
  • Y6 production


  • Use of films and YouTube
  • Dedicated handwriting time
  • Paired reading
  • Y6 handwriting sheets
  • More drama with play scripts
  • Whole class book sets
  • More SPAG songs
  • More reading aloud and being read to
  • Set reading time for school
  • Use the hall more
  • Access to library
  • Children inventing own literacy games
  • Opportunity to use own stimulus/individual ideas - not always linked to theme
  • Y4 and Y5 production
  • Own theme ideas - freedom to choose
  • Book group
  • More involvement with Sheffield Children's Book Awards
  • Lyrics/poetry day - related to pop groups
  • Story CD club

What is going well

  • Y3 - music lesson with glockenspiel, recorders and cornets
  • Children like whole class music lessons with a music teacher


  • Music more often with more hands on instrument playing
  • More contemporary songs in singing assembly - children choose them
  • Use the iPads and apps for making music
  • Music club for access to instruments in school
  • More live music - not just brass - visiting bands
  • A drum kit in school
  • Music day - different music in each classroom
  • PicNook with live music - like a festival
  • Music talent show
  • Have a showcase for children who have lessons in school

What is going well

  • Y6 - it has been good to talk about e-safety in SEAL especially bullying as it is easier to talk about being bullied online than being bullied in the real world. It has been good to share advice.
  • Y4 - talking about friends in school and the digital world and what happens when you get angry
  • SEAL - speaking about online friends and friends in school
  • Watching videos - Y3 - Hector's World - they liked guessing if the characters were good or bad, Y4 - SMART crew, Y5 - making e-safety posters.


  • E-Safety Day - children would like to plan this - orienteering activity
  • Visit from an E-Safety expert
  • Make sure that all of the computers work
  • Children would like their own usernames and passwords
  • Y6 would like more discrete e-safety sessions
  • More e-safety assemblies and films
  • Children would like to deliver an assembly

What is going well

  • Choice of sports
  • Good warm ups
  • Gymnastics with Mrs Robbins
  • Having good equipment - tennis nets
  • Going to sports events


  • Whole school fitness - aerobics, running, circuits, yoga, tag rugby
  • Gym club/basketball club/running club/Boot camp
  • Cross country in every year
  • 5 a side tournaments at lunchtime
  • More rounders
  • Cricket club after school
  • More hockey equipment/crash mats
  • Longer sports day
  • Fun run with parents
  • Children vs teachers competition
  • Y5/6 run school wide sports event for Y3/4s
Emotional Health & Well-Being Council 2018

What is going well?

  • Mindful minutes are really helping us to feel calm and relaxed
  • Red and green thoughts to help us think positively
  • Friday emotional well-being lessons to give us time to learn and think about our feelings and responses to others/situations
  • Calm Corner is developing well

New ideas

  • Toolkits in every class to help with feeling worried, anxious and upset - things to squeeze or hold.
  • Ideas to develop Calm Corner - a canopy over the area, soft toys and joke books.
  • Calm posters in and around school - council to develop posters to display in the Calm Corner and lead an assembly to share with the whole school.
  • Nook Lane Little Book of Calm to be developed by the council with top tips for other children.