At Brimington Junior School,  we offer a positive climate where children are encouraged to develop their learning, practise their skills and become confident learners through cross-curricular themes. We have developed a thematic curriculum rich with innovative and exciting learning opportunities, the curriculum has been organised under topic headings for each year group, each topic having a primary and secondary subject focus (See topic map below). Central to this years Teaching and learning approach is developping strategies to promote long term memory. We will be using a variety of strategies to develop long term memory which include:

  1. The use of Knowledge Organisers in lessons - each topic will have a knowledge organsier which contains the key factual learning that children need to remember. Parents are asked to use the Knowledge organsiers as a way of testing children's memory.
  2. Weekly quizes based on current Knowledge organsiers as well as previous knowledge organisers.
  3. Teaching styles that promote both factual and experitntial learning.
  4. 'Inspiration Stations' to 'hook' children into their learning.
  5. Use of story mapping to develop writing ideas and creativity.
  6. Use of Seesaw to motivate lerniers and provide immediate feedback.

Creative planning ensures that cross-curricular links are made and National Curriculum 2014 programmes of study for KS2 are allocated to the topics, ensuring breadth and balance in core and foundation subjects. Hooks for learning engage the children from the beginning , while working towards authentic outcomes for each topic provides real purpose which motivates children to produce high quality work. Literacy skills are taught within the context of the topic and the focus on written work is central to every topic. We aim to provide opportunities for children to be creative, flexible and innovative in their approach to learning and developing new skills, knowledge an understanding necessary for future success.

At Brimington Junior School, we actively promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. We uphold and teach children about the fundamental ‘British Values’ which are defined as: democracy; rule of law; individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. These values are taught explicitly through Jigsaw PSHE and Religious Education (R.E), assemblies and special presentations while our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for children to explore these values.

For further details about the JigsawPSHE curriculum please see below..

Please approach your child’s teacher if you need more information on how to support your child at home.

It is important to us that you are fully involved in your child’s learning.

What makes the curriculum unique at Brimington Junior School?

The children are at the heart of our curriculum. We ensure that our children are listened to and put great emphasis on pupil voice across the school. We believe that it is fundamental that the children are involved in decision making and are at the heart of everything we do. We encourage our children to have high aspirations and strive for the best.  We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their self-esteem and self-confidence. We have been developing the curriculum that we provide for our children, taking into our account children’s views about what and how they want to learn.  Our main aim is to provide exciting, stimulating, connected learning which the children become fully absorbed in using a cross-curricular approach.  

We strive to encompass as many curriculum subjects into each topic, making them relevant and meaningful for our children. We use a number of different approaches to explore and deliver the topics to ensure we enable our children to develop all the skills they need to be confident and successful learners.  All our children are involved in the planning and evaluation stages of new topics as we value their ideas and contributions; we believe that children learn best when they are able to steer and direct their own learning.  We want our children to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for life-long learning.

Helpful Links: 

Curriculum Overview: 

Autumn Term 1 - Knowledge Organiser Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Curriculum Map

RE at BJS

Like all schools, we have a statutory requirement to deliver Religious Education to all pupils, except those that have been withdrawn from these lessons by parents. Below you will see a brief outline of what this looks like in our school, together with the statement of intent.

We have adopted the Derbyshire and Derby City Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education within our setting to ensure continuity for pupils when transitioning from our feeder schools and progressing onto local Secondary schools. As set out in the agreed syllabus, all pupils will study Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. In addition, they will also learn about non-religious worldviews, in particular Humanism. To enable pupils to better connect with the subject, lessons are taught from the perspective of believers wherever possible. They are focused around a series of key learning questions which provide a ‘hook’ for learning to interest and engage pupils.

The Intent of RE, within our school, has been captured in the principle aim of RE, as set out in the Derbyshire and Derby City Agreed Syllabus: -

“The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.”

Or a pupil friendly version of this would be: -

“RE explores big questions about life and the world. We investigate believer’s viewpoints to find out what they believe and what difference this makes to how they live their lives. We can be respectfully critical and compare this to our own ideas and life experiences. Studying R.E. will help us to become global citizens, who are confident yet tolerant of the viewpoints of others.