We are proud of our curriculum which is exciting and engaging for all pupils. Each project starts with a ‘hook’ which captures the children’s attention and imagination and has an outcome which the children are clear about from the beginning of the project. All staff are part of the planning of the projects in ensuring that all subjects are covered and all activities are child-based, allowing them to be child-led where possible. Each year group’s project builds on previous knowledge and understanding learnt in the previous year. Please take a look at our displays on our home page or, if you are a parent/carer of a child here at Merton Junior School, join us for our outcome at the end of the project!
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At Merton Junior School we feel passionate about encouraging our children to develop a Growth Mindset. Research on the Growth Mindset shows that students who believe that they can grow their basic abilities, have greater motivation and therefore achieve more than students whose mindset is fixed.
At Merton Junior School, PSHE education is taught both discretely and through our integrated curriculum. Our PDL curriculum is designed to enhance our rights respecting ethos and promote both British values and our own school values. We teach these skills to develop future healthy citizens who have their own opinions, who respect those of others and who can work alongside other members of a community. Through our curriculum, the children learn about how to keep themselves safe from physical and emotional harm. Within this, issues such as bullying (and cyber bullying), internet safety, healthy eating and living and sex and relationship education are tackled. We often discuss these issues using P4C (philosophy for children) style sessions, where the children are encouraged to think critically and share their beliefs on a particular issue or concept. This also allows them to ‘be heard’ and to share their thoughts and feelings comfortably with others, which is hugely important to us at Merton. We believe all children should feel able to do this. To support this, we use ELSA and our nurture group (The Copse) to develop these skills and to meet emotional needs of particular children. We also hold whole school MSSC days, where we focus on particular events and we encourage children to work together to do this. Additionally, we promote SMSC widely throughout our creative curriculum, for example, we often include visitors and trips, both residential and day. Our after school clubs are inclusive and are highly promoted by staff and children. Rock challenge in particular has an extremely high profile in the school.
Music at Merton Junior School
Music at Merton is an important part of our pupil’s development. We regularly listen to music in classes to help us stay relaxed and focussed. Across the School we take part in Singing Assembly. This promotes the learning of choral and contemporary pieces of music. This also encourages team work through listening to each other and responding using musicality.
Pupils are also afforded the opportunity to learn new instruments every term. All of whom enjoy this chance and many have been able to learn these instruments to learn outside of school.
Pupil's Opinions of Music at Merton Junior
“Listen to me is fun because we learn new instruments and we get to impress our parents when we have learned how to play them.”
“I like the fact that I can play instruments and I know that my relatives also play so we can play together when I am ready.”
At Merton Junior School, we pride ourselves on our clear vision and values which are at the heart of everything that we do. Our school’s vision has been designed and written by our staff, underpinning our school ethos and values. See our visions and values page to find out more.