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Curriculum Intent Statement

At St. Laurence in Thanet Junior Academy we offer a creative curriculum which is broad and balanced. The aim of our curriculum is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society.

The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. We choose relevant, inspiring themes that develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of all subjects across the school.

Our enquiry-based curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure sequenced coverage and progression with frequent opportunities to embed prior learning. It provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.

The focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, create a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning in a nurture-based, inclusive environment. As we serve a community where there is a high percentage of disadvantaged pupils, we actively seek to provide activities that children may not otherwise experience.

We recognise that the children need to learn and develop strong characteristics to enable them to flourish not only now, but into their futures. Through building strong character interwoven through an inspiring and ‘delicious’ curriculum we aim to develop children who will go on to tackle life with all its joys and challenges with resilience.

We have developed an inspiring enquiry-based curriculum which uses rich texts linked to themes and which engages children in planning for their own learning. Themes are woven through planning for history, geography and English in order to achieve depth of learning

following enquiry questions whilst ensuring a solid grounding in disciplinary and substantive knowledge.

We promote positive emotional, physical, mental health and wellbeing, to help children develop strong social and emotional skills and resilience through all subjects, particularly PSHE. As a Church school we support children’s spiritual development in our nurture-focused, Christian environment which promotes our school ethos and values of love, hope, joy, forgiveness and resilience. In our school we live out these values and British Values to enable our pupils to go on to make ‘good choices’ and be respectful, successful members of society.

A range of extra-curricular clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a variety of clubs after school hours. Our curriculum empowers our children to become positive citizens of society by offering our children the chance to raise questions, discuss important issues, learn to listen to others’ views and share their own thoughts. Our diversity work helps children to realise that everyone is special and unique and we should celebrate and embrace differences.


At least 50 things a pupil will experience from the curriculum at St Laurence

  • See a show at a theatre
  • Visit Canterbury Cathedral
  • Make a volcano
  • Learn about different careers
  • Take part in a carol service
  • Go on local visits in our mini-bus
  • Dress up as a book character
  • Take part in a magic and mystery week
  • Visit Ramsgate Tunnels
  • Take the school dog for a walk
  • Have artwork displayed in the local community
  • Sample a variety of different foods from around the world
  • Have opportunities for cooking and designing menus
  • Learn how to be a scientist
  • Take part in kayaking and abseiling
  • Make their own raft to carry people across a lake
  • Learn how to code using a range of technology
  • Take part in a production
  • Go on a residential trip
  • Visit a fire- station
  • Lead a church service
  • Learn to play at least four musical instruments
  • Fund raise for charities
  • Create a museum exhibition
  • Learn about Japan and to speak some Japanese
  • Take part in the British Film festival
  • Make a film
  • Plan, design and make an Anglo- Saxon house
  • Visit different places of worship
  • Opportunities to try new sports
  • Learn about different religions and their beliefs
  • Learn from the outside environment
  • Sample life during World War II
  • Take part in a democratic election
  • Take part in an archaeological dig
  • Take part in science/art activities at a secondary school
  • Learn to swim four different strokes of at least 25m
  • Dress up as a WWII evacuee
  • Take part in the Bike-ability challenge
  • Meet a real author
  • Learn to speak French
  • Create a computer game
  • Learn historical facts about their local area
  • Take part in QR code hunts
  • Take part in a science challenge between local schools
  • Experience a maths challenge with pupils from other schools
  • Take part in local art competitions
  • Take part in an Enterprise Day
  • Visit an Art Gallery