At Cheam Common Junior Academy we aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our curriculum aims to deliver a twenty first century education that will equip our children with the skills required to be an independent and responsible citizen.
We aim to deliver the curriculum through:
- embedding life skills through teaching units on hygiene, community, finance, citizenship and outdoor education
- developing a sense of community and belonging; making contributions to our community through direct interaction – including links with local organisations
- equipping children with skills for life, through practical work
- providing opportunities for children to broaden their outlook on life
- making learning more meaningful through putting it into context
- holding a flexible timetabling approach to make space for true depth of study
- establishing cross-curricular links to encourage a broader understanding
outstanding use of ICT
- a supportive and caring ethos underpinned by our Rights Respecting Schools charters
- introducing modern foreign languages through providing contexts for learning
curriculum activities that are both local and global
At Cheam Common Junior Academy we have designed an integrated curriculum that equips our children with the skills and personal qualities necessary to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life. We want our children to shape their own lives and have the skills to be the person they want to be.
- develop a sense of belonging to, and play an active role in their community
- develop financial responsibility
- understand how to look after themselves, and their needs
- broaden their outlook on life
- become independent lifelong learners
- have deep regard and strong values for themselves and each other
Our integrated curriculum is very practical, engaging all ability levels and allowing access by children at different stages of English language understanding. Our learning involves many school and class visits and opportunities to learn in different environments. Children learn through studying different themes; these are carefully structured to give a balance of learning opportunities and draw children’s ability to make links and find meaning in their learning.
At every opportunity, we look to make our children’s learning experiences as authentic as possible. Where visits are not possible, ICT is used to access high quality images and digital video that help bring each topic to life and make learning as relevant and as real as possible; we even use video conferencing to link up with speakers and audiences from around the UK and the wider world.
We employ specialist teachers for music lessons, whole class instrumental tuition in cello and violin for Year 4 pupils and individual brass lessons.
The school has received the following awards:
- NAACE ICT Mark
- Basic Skills Quality Mark 3
- Healthy Schools
- School Games Silver Award 2012 and 2013
- Active Mark
- London 2012 Get Set Network Award
- Sustainable Travel 2012 Award
- Rights Respecting Schools Award – Level 1
- Eco Schools Green Flag Award (twice) in recognition of the high quality work it achieves across these curriculum areas