The curriculum at Giggleswick Junior School is broad and varied offering our pupils the opportunities to gain a wide range of skills. We use the new National Curriculum as our foundation to core subjects, but are not restricted by this, allowing us to teach beyond these expectations and standards.
We dedicate 45 minutes per day to further enrichment for our pupils. We identify pupils with a variety of gifts and talents, and work them in small groups to provide further challenge. The school uses a ‘More Able’ register to record and monitor these children.
Academic groups focus on stretching selected pupils in Maths and English – using NRICH materials in Maths to develop problem-solving skills, and exploring extended reading opportunities, such as Shakespeare in English. The school is a member of NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education).
The school is also a member of SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education) and weekly sessions of Philosophy for Children (P4C) are taught from Reception to Year 6 to develop critical and reflective thinking skills amongst our pupils.
Talented musicians participate in our many ensemble groups – ‘Big Jam’ is our guitar and piano improvisation group, ‘Orchestra’ features wind (such as saxophone, trumpet and oboe) and string players (cello, viola and violin), World Drumming, and Choir; occur throughout the week, taught by peripatetic staff.
Ballet is also an addition to our enrichment programme. Following on from the skills developed in Key Stage 1, talented dancers practice each week under the guidance of a fully qualified ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) instructor who instructs from pre-primary to Grade 1 levels.