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Rednal Hill Junior School

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Rednal Hill Junior School Curriculum Intent Statement

RHJS Curriculum Redesign

Intent Statement


At Rednal Hill Junior School our curriculum is driven by our key values, these are drawn from the fundamental British values of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without a faith. We aim to provide our learners with the appropriate support, experiences, skills and knowledge to develop as independent, confident, successful learners, able to play a full and active role in modern society.

We have shaped our curriculum into four key priority areas to achieve our goal, whilst responding to the particular needs of our learners and the community we serve. We prioritise learners being secondary ready in our approach to curriculum delivery. Alongside the key priority areas is an overarching desire for our curriculum to be enjoyable and to foster a lifelong love of learning. The development of effective communication skills is interwoven though each of our key priority areas.

Personal Characteristics-Self

Awareness of self:

  • Resilience and a can do attitude
  • Determination to be the best they can be
  • Confident in who they are
  • Self-reliance/Independence

Are able to:

  • Learn and cope independently
  • Be an effective team player
  • Be an effective communicator
  • Understand bias and opinion
  • Take ownership of their learning
  • Actively listen
  • Turn take
  • Use positive body language
  • Talk about their feelings
  • Keep safe and take informed decisions
  • Think critically
  • Solve problems
  • Reflect on their successes and areas for improvement

Successful Learners


  • Enthusiasm and motivation for learning
  • Openness to new ideas and thinking

Are able to:

  • Use literacy, communication and numeracy skills effectively
  • Use technology for learning effectively
  • Be creative
  • Make links in their learning

At RHJS we believe in providing our pupils with opportunities to embed basic skills across the curriculum. Pupils will frequently be encouraged to:

  • Research effectively and know how to “find things out”
  • Improve memory skills/develop working memory
  • Improve fine and gross motor skills
  • Have a secure understanding of their times tables
  • Practice number bonds and develop number sense
  • Measure and understand time
  • Practice basic grammar
  • Speak clearly and share ideas using sentence stems
  • Read with fluency
  • Spell key words Secure phonic knowledge
  • Develop knowledge of root words
  • Use and understand tier 2 and 3 vocabulary

Personal Characteristics-Others

Awareness of other


  • Respect for others
  • A desire to participate responsibly in society

Are able to:

  • Have an understanding of the world and their place in it
  • Have empathy and consideration for others
  • Keep others safe
  • Show gratitude towards others
  • Understand different beliefs and cultures
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Make informed decisions and choices
  • Understand the importance of community and their role within it
  • Understand the rules and systems in school and the wider world
  • Understand the need to look after the environment


Breadth of curriculum/experiences

In addition to our statutory requirements regarding the national curriculum we want our children to have experienced the following:

  1. Trip to the coast
  2. Ride on train
  3. Learn about the world of work
  4. Working as a team
  5. Managing competition, taking part in a competitive way
  6. Taking part in an enterprise scheme
  7. Learning in the outdoors
  8. Experiencing a wood or forest
  9. Trips to places of worship:
    1. Church/Cathedral, Mosque, Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple, Gurdwara, Synagogue
  10. Perform a play to an audience
  11. Opportunity to play an instrument
  12. Trip to the Capital City (London)
  13. Trip to see a historic building
  14. Growing food
  15. Opportunities to cook
  16. Visit to a theatre or auditorium to see a: play, live musical performance or pantomime
  17. A residential experience
  18. Visit a museum and art gallery
  19. Work with a
    1. professional artist
    2. professional musician
    3. poet
    4. professional historian
    5. Professional theatre group

Curriculum Implementation

RHJS engages all learning styles using a variety of resources: National Curriculum Statutory Guidance, Values Based Learning, Outdoor Learning and enhancement opportunities, which support the teaching of our curriculum.

The implementation of this curriculum is in its infancy. We have woven together: science, the humanities, the arts and English and used a thematic approach to deliver these. They are taught in 5 units over the course of the academic year. We have looked to find links with the following discrete subjects: mathematics, music, PE, PSHE, RE, MFL, computing and music and will continue this work over the course of 2020-21.

To support committing knowledge to long term memory we have introduced "Knowledge Prompt Cards" for the humanities and science, we intend to push this out to other subjects. The approach uses multiple testing moments for smaller pieces of learning. 


RHJS recognises the benefits of utilising evidence based research to support our practice. 

Values at RHJS

Our values are at the core of all we do. We use a rolling programme of values’ assemblies to promote these and look to further promote them through actions and activities in school.

Subject Leaders

At RHJS we have subject leaders who oversee, develop, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their subject within school. Staff are committed to delivering high quality learning experiences throughout the curriculum. Support staff have developed their strengths in order to further enhance the quality of learning.

Birmingham's Curriculum Statement

Our curriculum is based around and supports Birmingham's curriculum pledge. Please see details below.