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Junior Curriculum

Junior Curriculum

At Shoreham College, we believe that every child is important, unique, and talented, and deserves an enriched and rounded education. Our largely non-selective policy enables us to fulfil our commitment to providing an education to children of varied ability so that they can achieve their potential. Our children follow a broad curriculum, which is challenging and supportive in equal measure and shows them that, with hard work, they are able to achieve almost anything.

Our excellent academic education mainly follows the national curriculum and current literacy and numeracy frameworks. We place great emphasis on strong foundation skills in numeracy, including problem-solving and mental arithmetic and their application in the wider world, and in literacy where pupils follow a structured phonics programme. Cared for principally by their class teacher, children enjoy specialist teaching in French and Spanish, Design Technology, Music, and Physical Education. Our expansive curriculum includes Art, Religious Studies, Drama, and Food Technology, offering much to engage and inspire our pupils. Small teaching groups and differentiated work provide perfect balance between support and challenge, ensuring every child reaches their potential. Our teachers work closely with each child and their families to provide a tailored, motivating, and positive learning experience. We are always available to discuss pupil progress and development.

We adopt a creative approach to enhance and deepen our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our vibrant curriculum. Combining literature with a thematic approach, Junior Challenges allow children to explore, discover, and challenge themselves whilst making connections and developing higher level thinking. From ‘Our Amazing World’ and Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom in Year 6 to Vikings, invaders, and dragon training in Year 3, we offer abundant awe and wonder.

We seek to extend our children’s personal skills and experiences, supporting them to work collaboratively and respect different viewpoints. Forest school and mindfulness encourage pupils to become resilient and reflective learners. A stimulating co-curricular programme, including the John Muir Award Scheme, enriches our children’s learning and provides opportunities for them to develop as compassionate, confident individuals.

Our all-through, fully integrated school allows our junior pupils to interact with children of all ages, learning from older children and developing leadership qualities as role models to younger pupils. As our pupils are already known and valued members of our community, the transition to our Senior School is smooth, and their strong progress is maintained.