Science and foundation subjects

Science

We  nurture children’s natural, scientific curiosity and foster a passion for Science.  Rich and varied exploration and investigations enable our pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them.   Through exploration, discussion, posing questions, systematically analysing and drawing conclusions, pupils are able to develop a deep understanding of a range of scientific ideas.  During their time at Hampton Juniors, pupils will develop their understanding of ‘working scientifically’ whilst learning key conceptual information relating to the scientific strands

Geography

At Hampton Junior School, we believe that Geography is a wonderful way to spark children’s curiosity about the world they live in. Through our Geography curriculum, we develop their knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of problem- solving and investigative skills both inside and outside the classroom. Exploring the link between the physical and human world encourages our children to understand how we are connected to a global community. Through stimulating discussions, our children are able to evaluate and reflect on the way we interact with the world and most crucially what we can do to sustain the environment around us

History

History, at Hampton Junior School, fires children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Children consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised themselves and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.Furthermore, children will develop skills through researching, examining sources and artefacts, sifting through evidence and debating their point of view – skills that will prepare them for adult life.

Art

The high-quality art and design education at Hampton Junior School engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress through the school, they are encouraged to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.  Children are taught to develop their art techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture, using a wide range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay).   They are shown how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation (linking to the topics studied in each year group). Observations and ideas are recorded in sketchbooks, allowing for future refinement and evaluation of work.  Children are given the opportunity to study the work of great artists, architects and designers, allowing them to develop skills and techniques to suit and apply to their own art work.

Computing

At HJS, pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Using software such as Scratch, Microsoft Office and a variety of research tools, we aim to give children the skills to: evaluate information sources responsibly, analyse problems in computing terms, create and evaluate programs, analyse and present data in a variety of ways and understand the core computing vocabulary. We strive to create competent, responsible and creative users of information and communication technology.

Religious Education

Religious Education at HJS recognises the diversity of beliefs and cultures within the school as well as those who have no particular faith. It builds on the belief that the children should share in and respect each other’s views and understand the importance that faith holds for many. Pupils learn about religious and non-religious belief systems. They consider the beliefs, teachings and practices and ways of life central to different religions. They learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings. They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and beliefs.

Design Technology

Design and technology helps to prepare children for the developing world. At HJS we encourage our children to become creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Design and Technology helps our children to become discriminating and informed consumers as well as potential innovators. Through the careful design and reflective evaluations, we help children develop a greater awareness and understanding of how products are designed and made.

At HJS, we are very fortunate to have an entire room dedicated to cookery. Our children have several opportunities to cook throughout the year. Food technology goes above and beyond learning about food itself. From understanding the importance of healthy eating to the opportunity to learn through 'hands on' activities.We apply concepts from mathematics in relation to weighing, measuring, sorting and estimating. As a result of this, we are able to teach our pupils how to enjoy food whilst maintaining a balanced diet. 

Foreign Language

At HJS, we aim for pupils to become interested in languages and build strong foundations for future learning. French is taught by a specialist teacher, ensuring children develop a good accent, understand basic grammatical concepts and explore a range of topics. To keep all learners engaged and motivated, we make sure lessons are fun and active by learning songs and playing games when suitable.

Music

The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate, to give them a broad understanding of the core elements of music. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the joining of one of our many musical ensembles. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom, students learn how to play a range of suitable instruments, including glockenspiels, recorders & untuned percussion. We have private instrumental lessons available for a range of different instruments & in year 4 children all children are provided with whole class brass lessons, taught by the local music trust. They also work on composition skills, focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music

Personal, Social, Health Education

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education at HJS is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. Our curriculum for PSHE education aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education)

Physical Education

At Hampton Junior School, we provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to participate and engage in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. This supports our whole school vision: 'Be the best you can be.' The objective of our PE curriculum is to provide opportunities for all pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Furthermore, children are encouraged to take part in competitive sport through inter-house competitions as well as external fixtures. We believe that opportunities to compete regularly in sport facilitates character building and reflects upon our school values such as resilience and respect.

Our KS2 curriculum covers:

  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Invasion Games
  • Striking and Fielding
  • Net and Wall/ Divided Court
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

PE and Games lessons are provided by class teachers on a twice weekly basis throughout the school, with one indoor and one outdoor lesson. Please see each year group’s curriculum map to see when each aspect of the curriculum is covered. Our facilities for the teaching of PE at Hampton Junior School range from our Rose Hall to our Oldfield Road playing fields. .At Hampton Junior School, we have worked hard and are extremely proud to have been awarded the Gold standard school games mark for the past 3 years. A reflection of our commitment to providing high-quality physical education.

Each term, we run an extensive range of clubs that cater for all interests and abilities. We work closely with a range of outdoor providers to ensure we are delivering high quality extra-curricular activities to support our children’s learning. We are proud of our many highly successful teams, such as our football teams,that represent our school at a range of matches and tournaments.