Children are taught in year based mixed ability groups throughout the school. There are four classes in year 3, 4, 5 and 6. Children are set according to ability for mathematics throughout the academic year.
All teaching and learning activities are set within the framework of the National Curriculum, the Local Authority Policy and the individual school curriculum. Cross-curricular themes from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) are integral to all lessons.
The subjects taught are Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, Computing and Design Technology, P.E. and Games, Religious Education and Modern Foreign Languages.
Arrangements for Religious Education and Collective Worship
Religious affiliation – none.
Regular assemblies and non-denominational teaching are in keeping with Bexley's Agreed Syllabus. Pupils may be withdrawn from collective worship and RE lessons at their parents’ written request.
Through our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural curriculum, emphasis is also given to moral Education, good manners and Equal Opportunities.
Boys and girls are encouraged to work and play together to develop a healthy awareness of one another. The Scheme of Work for Sex and Relationships education followed by the school is as follows.
Scheme of Work for Sex and Relationships - Curriculum Content
At Bedonwell Junior School Sex & Relationship Education is taught through the National Curriculum for Science and also using supplementary SRE plans and resources for the children in Years 5 and 6. The programme is tailored to the age and physical and emotional maturity of the children.
SRE is taught mainly in whole class groups in a variety of ways including through:
- The National Curriculum for Science
- Links with other subjects, particularly RE & English (speaking & listening)
- Circle time
- Providing opportunities for children to listen to visiting speakers to ask relevant questions (e.g. ChildLine, Junior Citizen, etc)
When additional SRE lessons are planned for Year 5 and 6, we always write to parents/guardians before we start teaching and invite them in to meet with them if they wish.
By the end of Key Stage 2
Pupils will be able to:
- express opinions, for example, about relationships and bullying;
- listen to and support others;
- respect other people’s viewpoints and beliefs;
- recognise their changing emotions with friends and family and be able to express their feelings positively;
- identify adults they can trust and who they can ask for help;
- be self-confident in a wide range of new situations, such as seeking new friends;
- form opinions that they can articulate to a variety of audiences;
- recognise their own worth and identify positive things about themselves;
- balance the stresses of life in order to promote both their own mental health and well-being and that of others;
- see things from other people’s viewpoints, for example their parents and their carers;
- discuss moral issues;
- listen and support their friends and manage friendship problems;
- recognise and challenge stereotypes, for example in relation to gender;
- recognise the pressure of unwanted physical contact, and know ways of resisting it.
Pupils will know and understand:
- that the life processes common to humans and other animals include growth and reproduction*;
- about the main stages of human life;
- about the physical changes that take place at puberty, why they happened and how to manage them;
- the many relationships in which they are involved;
- where individual families and groups can find help;
- about keeping themselves safe when involved in risky activities;
- that their actions have consequences and be able to anticipate the results of them;
- about different forms of bullying people and the feelings of both bullies and victims;
- why being different can provoke bullying and know why this is unacceptable;
- about, and accept, a wide range of different family arrangements, for example, second marriages, fostering, extended families and three or more generations living together.
Pupils will have considered:
- the diversity of lifestyles;
- others’ points of view, including their parents’ or carers’;
- why being different can provoke bullying and why this is unacceptable;
- when it is appropriate to take a risk and when to say no and seek help;
- the diversity of values and customs in the school and in the community;
- the need for trust and love in established relationships.
* Part of the National Curriculum for science.
The school nurse and health visitor make occasional visits to school and are available for discussion with parents. For further information please refer to the school’s Sex and Relationship Education Policy.