Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Philosophy

At Uplands Junior school we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well-balanced and above all stimulates excites and engages them to learn as well as promotes personal development. We promote the spiritual, social, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and seek to prepare them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Through a positive, inclusive and caring environment with “Respect For All” and the UN convention on the rights of a child at its heart we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential in all areas of the curriculum.

We deliver the programmes of study that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. The National curriculum provides an outline of the core knowledge and skills around which our staff can plan and develop progressive lessons and schemes of work as well as teaching subject specific vocabulary. We use a thematic approach to delivering the curriculum building upon the work of our KS1 feeder school(s). We aim to develop through our curriculum both powerful subject knowledge that gives pupils new ways of thinking and powerful personal knowledge that gives them the character, dispositions, attitudes and habits to succeed in life in whatever career and work path they choose.

Alongside core skills and knowledge we aim to develop learning behaviours which will support our pupils through into their adult life. These include resilience, taking risks, working hard, pushing oneself and trying new things. We use the 7 principles from The Art of Brilliance to support our work in this area.

We provide our pupils with a range of curriculum enhancement activities to strengthen learning and make it even more enjoyable and engaging. This includes trips and visits out of school, workshops and visitors into school as well as a broad range of extra-curricular clubs.

The compulsory subjects under the new National Curriculum are as follows: English, Maths, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design Technology, Language, Geography, History, Music and Physical education. The teaching of Religious Education is statutory and here at Uplands we followed the Wolverhampton Agreed Syllabus.

English and Maths are a fundamental part of each day at Uplands. Learning to read and promoting the Love of Reading are central to our school.  Teachers seek to make as many cross-curricular links as possible so that the skills taught in these subjects can be applied in a range of contexts.

Our Vision


At Uplands Junior School, our vision is to create a safe, positive and stimulating environment in which all members of the school community learn and grow in confidence, knowledge and skills.

Working together, we want to nurture personal talents, discover new ones and encourage everyone to be the best they can be.

We want to build a culture of respect for each other, for our environment and for ourselves.

We want our children to leave with a sense of personal achievement and pride in their school and community, equipped with the emotional, social and practical skills for their next challenge.

Our Values

Our values are reflected in our whole school motto:

Respect For All


‘Respect for All’ underpins everything we do at Uplands Junior School. We hold The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA). This helps pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. Along with this the British Values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs form our school values and are embedded in our culture.

Our Aims


Through our culture, curriculum and practices we aim:

  • To provide a secure, happy, attractive and inclusive environment where all children and staff are given full opportunity to develop the abilities they possess and reach their full potential

  • To help all children become resilient learners, to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.

  • To increase staff and children’s knowledge, skills, experience, understanding and imagination and to provide them the opportunities to challenge themselves, learn from their experiences and grow in confidence

  • To provide engaging and quality teaching that recognises personal needs, effort, achievement and progress

  • To engage parents in school life and their children’s education through active participation and effective communication ensuring a shared understanding and reinforcement of our school values

  • To work in partnership with each other, with parents, with other schools and the wider community to develop support networks and enrichment opportunities that enhance learning for staff and children.

  • To instil respect for religious and moral values, and tolerance for other races, religions and ways of life and to help pupils to understand the world in which they live

  • To put the wellbeing of the children and our staff at the heart of our school

  • To assist children to come to terms with their own physical and emotional developments to ensure, wherever possible, that each child will grow into a mature, creative, tolerant, and independent adult well able to play a full and constructive role in a rapidly changing technological world.


Written collectively by Governors, Staff, Parents and Pupils in 2018

Curriculum Implementation

Uplands’ curriculum meets the statutory requirements of the National curriculum as follows:

Curriculum Intent

Subject range:

Every subject has a continuum of skills and knowledge which must be taught and built upon each year. We teach through a thematic approach with links being made between subjects where possible. The themes in place for each year group are as follows:

Approaches to teaching

At Uplands we:

  • Have high expectations for learning

  • Promote positivity and happiness in learning using the Art of Brilliance principles

  • Promote “Respect For All”

  • Ensure inclusivity and a learning experience that is accessible to all

  • Promote resilience or “bouncebackability”

  • Underpin all aspects of the  and school life with the UNICEF Rights of a child

  • Offer quality first teaching from all staff

  • Take account of individual needs, recognising different starting points and different social experiences

  • Provide specialist RE, MFL and Sports teaching

  • Differentiate to meet the needs of all learners

  • Teach transferable skills and provide cross curricular opportunities

  • Provide planned and quality interventions to support pupils’ learning

  •  Offer pre-teaching to targeted pupils

  • Use regular monitoring and assessment to check understanding and plan future learning

  • Listen to the voice of pupils in shaping our curriculum

  • Employ a consistent approach to behaviour across school

  • Employ the services of a specialist SEN teacher and Educational psychologist as required/liason with school based SENDCO

  • Seek opportunities to involve parents/carers to reinforce, support and celebrate learning

  • Offer Art therapy services to individual pupils as required

  • Consider the well-being of our school community and teach ways of managing positive mental health

  • Provide a variety of musical and sporting opportunities


Enrichment visits and visitors:

Each theme or Topic is enhanced by visits out of school or visitors/workshops into school;

  • Birmingham Museum (Yr3)

  • Dudley Zoo (Yr3)

  • Sikh temple visit (Yr3)

  • Enginuity museum (Yr4)

  • Local fire station (Yr4)

  • Stratford on Avon Shakespeare experience (Yr4)

  • Christian church visit (Yr4)

  • Space centre (Yr5)

  • Safeside Birmingham (Yr5)

  • Cosford museum (Yr5)

  • Carding Mill Valley (Yr5)

  • Mosque visit (Yr5)

  • Black Country museum (Yr6)

  • Cleobury Mortimer for Year 6 residential visit (Yr6)

  • History off the page-Egyptian day in school (Yr3)

  • Timezone-Roman day in school (Yr4)

  • Wolverhampton Music school workshops (as appropriate)


Enrichment weeks and activities:

The following enrichment activities take place annually:

  • Science week (Spring term)

  • Health and well-being week (Spring term)

  • Fairtrade fortnight  (Spring term)

  • Arts week (Summer term)

  • UNICEF outright campaign (Autumn term)

  • Year 4 charity sale afternoon (Spring term)

  • Year 6 Macmillan coffee afternoon (Autumn term)

  • Year 4 Christmas carol concert (Autumn term)

  • Year 6 end of year production (Summer term)

  • Class assemblies for all classes in Years 3 and 5 (Autumn and Spring terms) to celebrate festivals and events reflective of our school community 9eg Easter, Ramadan, Rembrance, Vaisakhi)

  • Sports days for lower and upper school

  • Musical showcases and concerts for all year groups


There are many opportunities for parents/carers to come into school to share and celebrate the work and successes of their children including parents’ evenings, parent engagement sessions, workshops, performances/assemblies, musical showcases, sports fixtures, art gallery afternoon, sports days, book fair


School awards and recognition:

  • UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award-Silver level

  • Fairtrade “Fairaware” and “Fairactive”

  • Sports Mark “Gold” 5 years running and then “Platinum” for first time in July 2019

  • Science Mark

  • Art of Brilliance “Outstandingly happy school”

  • Carnegie centre of excellence for Mental Health Bronze level (September 2019)


Extra-curricular activities and clubs

(This list is as at 2019 - it changes depending on interest/need/staff expertise.)

  • Soccer 2000 daily football clubs

  • Premier sports weekly clubs (changed at least termly)

  • Premier sports breakfast clubs

  • Orchestra

  • Relax Kids

  • Gymnastics

  • Healthy grub club

  • Netball

  • Tag Rugby

  • Tri-golf

  • Homework lunchtime club

  • Keyboard club

  • Recorders

  • Drama club

  • Digital ambassadors

  • Ipad club (Mathletics/Reading cloud/Spelling shed/Times table rock stars)

  • Rounders

  • School council

  • Science club

  • Yr6 intervention/support

  • Young voices Choir

  • Cool Kids

Curriculum Impact


We are proud of the achievements of our pupils at Uplands and value the opinions of all stakeholders in how we can further develop our school to become even better. We measure our impact in the following ways:

  • End of KS2 outcomes (Attainment and progress)

  • Internal year group data

  • Foundation subject data

  • Attendance data

  • On-going Pupil voice

  • Parent voice through the annual questionnaire

  • Lesson observations and learning walks

  • Book and work trawls

  • Staff well-being annual survey

  • External opinions of our school

If you would like to know more about our curriculum please contact us.