Positivity and fun at the heart of each curriculum lesson

currently has 188 children aged 7 - 11 on enrolment, 48% of those are recipients of FSM (free school meals) entitlement. Our school is located within an area of high deprivation and we are committed to ensuring our students get the best start in life, by supporting our children, their families and the wider community. We place great importance on an active partnership between home and school, truly believing that by working closely with parents and carers, children will be encouraged to meet their full potential. Within our school, we encourage students to

excel not only academically, but in all aspects of their school life. Children are given a sense of belonging and we offer them a wide range of unique and exciting educational opportunities to bolster their development beyond academia, into social, emotional and citizenship skills. As well as this, our teachers and senior


n this month’s ever popular View from the Classroom feature we’re delighted to speak

to Alex Bramley, Assistant Head and Year 6 Teacher at Spire Junior School. Talking about the importance of positivity and innovation within the classroom, Alex demonstrates how Spire Junior School has maintained student engagement over the last year with a focus on technology and wellbeing.

Tell us about your school Situated in Derbyshire, Spire Junior School

leadership team all share a similar vision and work towards the same goal. We are always looking for new ways to improve student outcomes and learning opportunities – ensuring our students are prepared and equipped to handle general life experiences.

What are the curriculum priorities at Spire Junior School and how does this support wider student achievements? Our curriculum is driven by authentic outcomes, meaning that our students are challenged to work creatively, whilst deepening their


knowledge and understanding through engaging and enriching experiences. When aiming for an end-goal, students are immersed within exciting projects that have been designed to expand their horizons and inspire critical thinking. Working towards these authentic outcomes

means that children are often encouraged to deal with complex issues and engage with external critiques and real life feedback – this method helps to instil our students with the desire to produce unique and creative work.

What is your personal education philosophy and how is this encouraged at Spire Junior School? As a teacher, I truly believe that positivity and fun should be a fundamental part of each curriculum lesson. The teacher plays a pivotal role, not only in student understanding, but also in the way a student feels about their learning and how they engage with it. I always try to make learning as interesting and

engaging as possible. Students learn best when they have memorable experiences, fun whilst learning or enjoy taking part in tasks. This method of stimulating curiosity is a core part of my teaching philosophy. At Spire Junior School, we are encouraged to

use our intuition, to take risks and use the tools at our disposal to transform the learning environment. Also, our curriculum is incredibly versatile and lends itself well to this inspiring

June 2021

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