At Pickering Community Junior School all children will follow a course of study, which is designed to comply with the requirements of the National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum is comprised of English (often called “Literacy” in school), Mathematics (often called “Numeracy”), Science, History, Geography, Design & Technology, Music, Art & Design, Physical Education, Modern Foreign Language (from Year 3) and Information & Communication Technology (ICT). Religious Education (R.E.) and Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education/SEAL are not part of the National Curriculum, but are also taught in school.
Similar to other schools throughout the country, our children are assessed on their performance in the National Curriculum during their final year (Year 6), but their attainment and achievement is monitored and reported on annually during the intermediate stages.
Whilst the national curriculum lays down a number of attainment targets for pupils, it accepts that all children have individual needs, abilities and skills and it is the school’s responsibility to try to meet those needs and educate each child to the limit of their potential. Individual pupil progress and attainment is tracked using our own Pupil Tracking System.
A New National Curriculum:
September 2014 saw a new National Curriculum introduced to see the document please click here.
At Pickering Junior School we have adopted and adapted the NAHT Key Performance Indicator model of assessment. This system enables us to capture the children's performance at three points in the year and measure their progress against milestone descriptors. From this information we are able to draw conclusions around the child's progress and attainment.
Our Assessment Policy (Policies Section) sets out in more detail how this works in practice. The assessment of children in Year 6 follows the criteria set our nationally in the form of Interim Assessment Standards. The 'Child Friendly' statements are used as part of our target setting processes and these can be found in the front of every child's book.
Roman catapult testing
After building and learning about the science behind their Roman catapults our children were able to test their destructive powers by attacking a Celtic hill top fort.
Children from PCJS have been involved in an after school ukulele club.