- leave the school happy, confident and prepared to continue their education in a variety of secondary schools.
- are equipped for an ever-changing world with the skills to become independent thoughtful learners who can also work well with others.
- are mutually respectful, accepting appropriate responsibility for themselves and others in the school community and the local community.
- are prepared to live active and purposeful lives, contributing to their family, to the school and the community.
- are able to find, evaluate and apply information for themselves as confident users of modern communication and technology.
- are inspired to explore and respect their own roots, faiths and cultures and those of others.
- have an added spiritual dimension because children are given opportunities to share their family traditions and those of others.
- appreciate the need to protect the environment and actively take responsibility for the world around them.
- are confident communicators able to express their views and ideas and able to listen and respect those of others.
- are well-informed about healthy eating, the benefits of exercise and the value of a healthy life-style.
- belong to a popular school, with high expectations, which is judged as successful by both the community and Ofsted Distinctiveness.
Our curriculum vision
English/Literacy – the expressive arts including drama are part of the literacy curriculum, giving children opportunities to express themselves through play and music, actions and stories experiencing the similarities and differences between languages and cultures.
We teach within a caring and nurturing environment that develops the potential of all children, building their self-esteem and confidence to enable them to develop the skills to think and learn effectively.
Teaching approaches vary according to the needs of the pupils and what they are learning. Talk, play and project-based learning and research enable children to acquire skills and knowledge.
As the Chinese proverb says:
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
We want children’s time in school to be exciting, absorbing and rewarding leading to high academic attainment. This is a priority for us and is achieved through a well taught and inspiring curriculum.
Increasing choice and diversity
By promoting Jewish values of community and learning we respect the school’s diverse population and create a sense of community and a commitment to helping children to grow and realise their potential.
We work with other schools and organisations so that the school is seen as an asset – which contributes to the locality.
We recognise there are many different interpretations of practice and tradition not only within Judaism, but also all faiths and beliefs. We celebrate this diversity.
Including all Children
The ethos of the school is underpinned by outstanding teaching and a curriculum that meets the educational and social needs of all children.
Our special needs and disability provision (SEND) ensures that children with learning, behaviour, or emotional difficulties and those who are gifted and talented have access to appropriate resources within school to help them learn well. Where necessary, outside support is be called upon. This includes links to specialist institutes to extend the learning for gifted and talented pupils.
Planning for pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) is guided by specialist input to ensure access to the curriculum from their point of entry and involvement of speakers of the mother tongue.
There are high expectations and appreciation of excellent behaviour and effort in the school. Children are encouraged to aim for full attendance so they can enjoy learning and achieve well.
Our ethos recognises the importance of building confidence and respect by valuing every individual’s unique abilities and needs, creating an environment in which children have a voice and can become confident and creative.
“If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns”
Dr. Rita Dunn St. John’s University
Teachers use a variety of teaching methods to suit the way the children learn best and make regular assessments of each child’s progress.
Strong literacy and mathematics teaching
There is cross-curricular teaching and learning, as well as discrete subjects, such as science. These are underpinned by an emphasis on basic skills drawn from strong literacy and numeracy teaching.
Early Years/Reception curriculum
From Reception (4-5 Years) the children with their families start on a journey of learning to be confident, capable and independent in a safe, nurturing, considerate indoor and outdoor environment.
The school takes into account guidance for the new Foundation Stage (2012) of the National Curriculum including the three prime areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal Social and Emotional Development
There are fours specific areas of learning which build on the three prime areas:
- Expressive Arts
- Understanding of the World
Developing social, emotional, communication and language and physical competence are key aspects of a child’s work in Reception and Key Stage 1 (KS1).
We assess how successful we are in developing these non-academic aspects through encouraging the children to give examples of how they feel and how they know they are progressing and we invite parents to use our on-line surveys and welcome events to judge these aspects of their children’s development.
We value the skills specialist teachers bring in subjects such as music and P.E and as the school continues to grow in size this will become a stronger feature of the staffing.
MJPS encourages curiosity in the magic and mystery of numbers.
At MJPS we value excellent teaching to promote excellent learning.
Through developing an early understanding of the patterns that numbers make and the excitement which comes from the practical manipulation of concrete apparatus, the children develop positive attitudes to mathematics. Parents have the opportunity to join practical workshops to encourage them to support and question their children to consolidate their understanding.
- MJPS values Science because children are naturally curious about their environment. Science makes a valuable contribution to pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world and is integrated in the children’s learning, for example with geography, mathematics and enriched with ICT.
Information and Communications Technology
- As the school grows we are investing in ICT as an important and distinctive element of what we offer to pupils, including an interactive website and virtual learning platform for out of school learning. Parents are able to share their children’s progress and feedback to teachers on the home learning activities.
The Creative and Expressive Arts
The arts are well known to develop children’s confidence and self esteem and, when used as part of an integrated curriculum, participation in arts subjects enables them to make progress and achieve across all areas of learning. Through engaging in and through visual arts, music, performance and dramatic arts children learn key life skills and knowledge about the world.
Children practise concentration skills and can achieve high levels of focused discipline when they are deeply involved in projects which are meaningful and exciting for them. Participation in a range of expressive arts can provide opportunities for children to collaborate, cooperate and persevere on their tasks.
All aspects of our curriculum are designed to respect and value our children who come from diverse backgrounds. Wherever possible we use examples from our communities so that children can make connections as well as enquiring new knowledge
- Our commitment to Jewish Education is to ensure that all children and their families benefit from universal Jewish values and ethics whatever strand of Judaism they adhere to and whatever faith they follow. Our aim is to educate children of all faiths, beliefs and none, about Judaism so that they leave as responsible and communally active individuals. We hope they will develop a sense of identity that includes the best of Jewish and British values and tradition. They will be growing up in a diverse local and global community and should know their place in that community. Jewish values are strongly connected to all faiths so support children’s burgeoning spiritual development.
The Jewish Education programme is designed to ensure that:
- Children learn together with pleasure and interest about the Jewish calendar, traditions, bible, prayer, holidays, practices and values, Israel and life events in England and around the world.
- The cycle of the festivals is integrated into the curriculum.
- The journey through the weekly Torah (Jewish Bible) portion connects the children to a chain of tradition that can connect them to the past, ground them in the present and inform their hopes for the future.
- Children are encouraged to accept responsibility for themselves and their community inside and out of the classroom. For example, one element of the festivals is the mitzvah (good deed) of tzedakah (charity) which has a different focus for each holiday e.g. collecting food and clothing for the homeless at Sukkot, promoting religious freedom and human rights at Hanukkah, visiting and giving gifts to the elderly at Purim.
- Judaism is examined within the widest possible context of varied denominations, other faiths, backgrounds and traditions.
- MJPS’s educational programme reflects the diversity of the Jewish community and appreciates the responsibility of each child and family to seek out their own understanding of a commitment to Judaism so they can make informed choices about the lives they wish to lead.
- Our approach to Jewish practice and custom is non-didactic but fully rounded.
Underpinning our approach is a view that in our school, when discussing faith, traditions and practice, our teachers ask
‘What does your family do?’ and not say, ‘This is what you must do.’
(adapted from Eden Primary School – Haringey).
The teaching of other major world faiths is part of the R.E. curriculum and leads our children to having a clearer understanding of and respect for different faiths and cultures which is a key component of the ethos of MJPS.
Collective worship is when pupils of all faiths and beliefs come together to reflect. At MJPS such occasions often include celebrations of achievements big and small and acknowledgements of the diversity within our school. The daily procedure may be in the classroom with visitors, including parents sometimes attending for example for the special Sabbath Kiddush on Fridays. When Jewish prayers are recited on Fridays, all children have the opportunity to either reflect (sit and think about things important to them) or participate in the prayers as appropriate for them.
History and Geography are part of our humanities curriculum. As a faith based school, an important part of this area of the curriculum is learning about what is distinctive about the people and places of our community and linking this to the past, present and future of our world. Looking at our city, region, and country and beyond, allows each of us to put ‘our story’ into context.
Geography is enhanced by us taking part in a programme such as Eco Schools. This is focused around nine key environmental topics:
- global perspectives
- healthy living
- school grounds
PSHE (Personal and Social Health Education) and Citizenship
Meeting the social and emotional needs of all children is integral to successful education. There are opportunities for children to express their concerns and deal with them, throughout their schooling. Respected strategies are used and awareness of aspects of emotional intelligence are introduced to promote calm, positive methods of dealing with difficult situations and conflict. We work with the PSHE curriculum in the most appropriate way for our pupils.
At MJPS physical education is taught creatively and innovatively to ensure that all children aspire to, and reach, their own physical as well as social and emotional potential.
During these key formative years children need to learn the physical skills required for an active lifestyle as well as the attitudes and social competencies needed in order to learn effectively.
Initial work in Reception focuses on providing children with daily access to appropriate physical activity learning within their local and immediate environment.
Extra-curricular activities and after school clubs complement and enrich the curriculum and by so doing contribute to achieving the MJPS pupil and school outcomes.
They include sports, music, home-learning support and also projects that are initiated by the families of the children reflecting the diversity of our school community.
We want to ensure that all children have opportunities to participate and to shine. Clubs and after-school activities are expanding as the school grows.
Home learning is an extension of the school curriculum and sometimes give opportunities for parents/carers to have some active involvement in the children’s learning.
Throughout their time at school children are encouraged to spend some time at home following up work or completing tasks set by their teacher, to consolidate and extend work they have covered in class. The amount and type of work varies with age, and although much of this work can be completed independently by children, we encourage from an early age the active participation and support of parents.
Behaviour and Attendance
A well taught engaging curriculum makes an important contribution to good pupil behaviour and attendance in a school. The MJPS is a caring community with respect and appreciation at the heart of our ethos. The curriculum and our varied methods of teaching aim to embed these values and encourage children to behave well and attend regularly.