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Curriculum and Assessment


We offer a varied and creative curriculum at Palfrey Junior School.  We use The Learning Challenge ™ approach for our curriculum. It is an imaginative curriculum which successfully builds on pupils’ skills and knowledge as they move through the school. It meets the needs and interests of all pupils because it is effectively linked to national and local events.


The curriculum ensures that all children are inspired, engaged and motivated to achieve the targets that we set for them.  We have the highest expectations for our children and offer a modern, creative approach to teaching that ensures exciting and new experiences.


The curriculum consists of twelve subjects which all children study, plus Religious Education. These are:-

We have three classes per year group.  Children are in mixed classes and within each class there is a mixture of group work and whole class teaching. Pupils may be grouped by ability for some lessons, to individualise learning by enriching and extending the curriculum or providing interventions tailored the needs of each individual.




Assessment, recording and reporting at Palfrey is crucial  part of teaching and learning, which involves the children at all stages.


On a day-to-day basis, the pupils are involved in assessment by discussing work with adults, comparing their work against success criteria, evaluation with peers, and responding to written feedback on their work.


The careful monitoring of all assessment data provides teachers with valuable information that directs their planning and gives early indication of when extra challenge, help or support is needed for children to achieve their full potential.


Many intervention strategies are delivered by our Teaching Assistants, which help build the confidence and achievements of pupils. Able children are quickly identified and undertake more challenging activities.


Opportunities are given to share assessment information with parents during the three termly parent consultations but also at other more informal occasions upon request. A written report is sent to parents annually.


The school uses the terms; emerging, expected and exceeding to measure what the children are learning each term.

  • If a child is described as emerging then they are still developing their understanding of individual concepts.
  • If a child has good knowledge, understanding and application then they are meeting the expected standard.
  • If a child  is performing  beyond the expected standard then we assess them as exceeding.


Click on the links below to find out more about your child’s end of year expectations.

For a curriculum overview, click on the documents below.
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