South End Junior School

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English at South End Junior is an exciting opportunity for children to explore all genres of writing. Where possible, writing is linked to the topic being studied in Doorways and Pathways (topic based learning) so children can become completely immersed in improving their skills while writing their own versions of texts which are relevant to their learning journey. The teaching and learning of grammar is now thoroughly embedded in our English lessons with some additional discrete back-to-basics lessons being taught to address any misconceptions. We have recently invested in Talk4Writing because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version, building on 3 key stages: Imitation, Innovation and Application. The expectations of the new curriculum are high, with children not only able to read and write well but to also have a secure knowledge and understanding of formal grammar including the technical vocabulary.

Children complete a Cold Write, which is totally independent, at the beginning of a new genre so that teachers can assess what needs to be taught during a unit. Every child has a personal working wall added to their books for that chapter of learning which highlights where they 'magpie' interesting vocabulary and annotate key skills to then later apply to their own writing. At the end of the chapter, the children have the opportunity to complete a Hot Write which enables them to demonstrate what they have learned on their learning journey. They use their working wall to self-assess whether they have included all of the features and met their own learning goals.

The Writing Celebration Assembly occurs each half term and sees one child from each year group celebrated for a piece of writing. Similar to the VIP assembly, the children gather in the Plaza and celebrate the achievements of these four children who are rewarded with a special South End Writing Ambassador badge which they can wear in school. The writing is displayed in the Old Curiosity Shop's window for everyone to see and the children are very proud to see their work being celebrated. The Old Curiosity Shop (our uniquely styled learning base) is also being used as a base for writing and all children have an opportunity to visit and be inspired to write. Artifacts from the Curiosity Shop also visit the classrooms and are displayed in class with writing prompts to enable children to write during early morning activities ensuring that writing is always a priority.

The Avenue is fantastic place to visit and enjoy a read: on the beach; in bed; on the train; in space or even in the potting shed. The children at South End read well and enjoy having the time to really immerse themselves in a good book. If we could encourage all parents to read with their children or listen to them read regularly, that would be great. Remember to complete the reading records too as it helps us know which books the children are enjoying and how they are getting on.

Accelerated Reader Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer-based program that helps teachers to monitor children’s reading comprehension skills and guide reading choices to ensure children are reading books that support gradual progress, rightly recognising that reading is not solely about a child’s ability to decode words using phonic knowledge. Children will take home AR reading books and within their ZPD (zone of proximal development). You will know they are an AR book because they will have a coloured sticker on the spine with a decimal number written on, and a sticker inside the front cover with information such as the book level, interest level and quiz number. Of course, pupils can read books that are not an AR book but they will only be able to quiz on AR books and use the results of these quizzes to work towards a set target. The ZPD range is set for every child based in the result of the STAR reading quiz they sat in the previous term, which is re-sat five times a year. By reading books in this range, for at least 30 minutes every day in school plus extra at home, children should make optimum progress in reading. Childrens’ ZPD ranges and their points target can be found on the front page of their reading record and will be updated after each STAR quiz.

When starting on a new ZPD, children should begin by reading books at the lower end of the ZPD and gradually move through to the top end, being guided by their teacher and the results of the quizzes they complete. Recording the reading children complete at home in their reading record, ideally, at least five times a week, is strongly encouraged to parents/carers. When children feel they have completed a book, and do not need to re-read to fully understand it, they may quiz on the book in school as soon as possible. Quizzes should be taken within 48 hours of completing a book and any completed on a Friday evening, can be quizzed on Monday.

We have introduced new spellings in line with the new curriculum expectations and I am sure you will have noticed how difficult they are. There are statutory word lists for years 3&4 and years 5&6 which need to be learned in addition to non-statutory words which are those commonly misspelt and need to be revised. The children all receive their spellings on a Monday and are tested the following Monday so if you could find some time to help them practise and complete their tasks, that would be most appreciated. Scoring well in spellings and having a really good go at the tasks can be profitable for the children in terms of merits so it is really worth completing them.


Mr.Thorne’s Spellbook
Mr.Thorne’s Grammar
Abby Explorer Grammar


Spellings 2015- 2016

Following changes to spelling expectations in the New National Curriculum, we have made some changes to how we will learn spellings. Children are now required to learn a range of spelling patterns as well as ‘statutory spellings’

Year 3 Spellings
Year 4 Spellings
Year 5 Spellings
Year 6 Spellings

Spelling and Grammar Workshop 29th September

A chance to download material from our successful workshop.

Click here to see the presentation
Click here to download the spelling strategies
Strategy List

Working Wall Examples

Writing Assembly Winners

 Click on the links below to see the winners from our Writing Celebration and they work they have submitted.

Year 3 Winner
Year 4 Winner
Year 6 Winner


Here at South End Junior School we believe that providing all of our children with strong mathematical knowledge is non-negotiable; they are compulsory life skills. To reinforce the need to learn new concepts in maths, we ensure the children understand why they are learning the skill by delivering the teaching through real life contexts. This enables us to consolidate maths concepts across our enriching curriculum – for example, measures in D.T. or angles within shapes in art.

Despite the need for our children to be able to apply their mathematical understanding to problem solving challenges, we believe a focus on basic number skills is of paramount importance. That is why, at the start of each academic year, all children spend the first term refreshing foundation maths skills. This is known to them as ‘B2B’ or ‘Back to Basics’. The intention of this is to bring them up to speed after the summer break and accelerate their progress within the area of number, which underpins everything. In addition to the daily one hour maths lesson, the children continue to have an extra weekly B2B lesson throughout the year. This aims to keep the children up to speed with number facts, in particular the recall of times table facts.

Last year, we were very lucky, as our site managers Mr Huck and Mr Langton installed the Maths Markets in the classroom. These stalls are home to a wealth of resources that children may need in their maths lesson to support their learning. They include newly purchased resources that include times table target boards, 3d shapes, 100 squares unifix cubes and now so much more…

A key element of the National Curriculum in maths is Problem Solving and Reasoning. Children are encouraged to use their knowledge of number skills to solve problems and discuss how they know it is the correct answer, how this relates to other problems and how they worked it out. A problem is something you do not immediately know how to solve. There is a gap between where you are and getting started on a path to a solution. This means that the children require thinking and playing-with-the-problem time. They need to test out ideas, to make conjectures, to go up ‘dead ends’ and adjust their thinking in the light of what they learn from this, discuss ideas with others and be comfortable to take risks. When children are confident to behave in these ways they are then able to step into problems independently rather than immediately turning to us as teachers to ask what to do!

Our approach to teaching maths has meant the transition to teaching the new National Curriculum (September 2014) was smooth; our focus on basic skills mirrors that of the changes to the maths curriculum. Our team of highly skilled teachers do not follow a published scheme; they plan each lesson based on the current achievement of each child to ensure suitably differentiated and personalised learning. Through embedded assessment techniques, we are able to evaluate the success of each child before, during and after each lesson and shape our teaching to match their next steps.
Following the introduction of our calculation policy (see link below) all of the children are very busy putting these streamlined methods into practise. Our parents are very supportive of this approach and now our on-site Infants school (South End Infants School) are working with us so it becomes a whole Primary calculation policy – very exciting! Watch this space for our new fractions policy too.

“It’s fun and exciting and we always learn new skills!”
Ryan M

“I like that we have the choice of which level of learning challenge we do”
Charlie R

“We get to use great equipment in our lessons”
Grace B

“Maths at SEJS has inspired me to be the best that I can be to achieve”
Dylan W

“I love maths at SEJ because we are challenged to help us make progress. Learning is fun and exciting”
Ellie C

“I enjoy maths at SEJ because I feel prepared for SATs as we practise the questions”
Alice L

“Maths is challenging which pushes us to reach our full potential”
Matthew O

“Math is amazing here and I feel I get supported when I get stuck”

“This fantastic school inspires many students to enjoy maths and makes them crack on with hard work”  

“I enjoy maths starter challenges as they get me warmed up”

Whole school Approach to Calculation

The purpose of this guide is to inform adults as to how we teach calculation at South End Junior School.  There is a section on each of the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This guide is taken from the document that teachers follow when teaching calculation to their pupils.  

Download the guide here.

Calculation and E-safety Workshop 3rd Feb 2016

Download the presentation here 

Times Tables Workshop- 29th September 2016

Download the material from the really successful times tables workshop

Times Tables Workshop Presentation
Times Tables Strategies
Times Table Generator

Parent/Carer comments

Thank you. That was the most informative presentation I have been to in Amelia's schooling.

Very informative meeting- clear explanation of what the children need to do at home and how it is taught in school. Thank you.

Very informative and very well explained.

Some great ideas to implement at home, thank you!!

Very good session. Gave a lot of clarity on what initially appeared un-achievable.

This is a great way to learn & Aaron is really enjoying his maths home learning. He wasn't confident with his division but that has already changed for the better. It is also helping me. Well done and thanks.

Excellent, thank you!

Good information and great to know that verbal practice is acceptable as evidence of learning. Lots of ideas ie Trio triangles.

Brilliant workshop. Delighted at the new approach to times tables and the new ideas for practising.

Nice friendly presentation. My daughter Lizzie is struggling with this subject so thank you for the ideas.

Helpful and informative.


Fractions are around us every day of the week. Do we know about that container of milk in the fridge? It is probably half a gallon. Drinks we buy in the shop might come in a quarter-litre bottles. When we want to buy some food at the deli counter, we might ask for a quarter or half a pound. We need to think about how much petrol we have every day. It's great to have a full tank, but we need to know how much we have left. If a pie has six pieces, we need to know if we have enough food for everyone. What about drinks? If we have a half a litre of water, will it be enough for everyone to get two glasses each? It's all about fractions.

The purpose of this guide is to inform adults as to how we teach fractions at South End Junior School. There is a section for each year group, with helpful hints and images to help support your child. This guide is also used by adults in school to ensure there is a consistent approach to the teaching of fractions.

Download the policy from the informative and practical workshop here

Parent/Carer comments

I found this very useful and informative. Lots to take in!

It was very helpful. Good booklets to help parents. Thank you

Showing us practical examples of how to teach the children was good.

Very informative and useful. It will help me to help my child at home. Thank you.

Very useful workshop – informative and clearly presented. Many Thanks

Helpful pictorial policy to show the objectives clearly and practical examples of what our children experience.

Very useful to have the opportunity to practise what was being said.

Excellent talk, practical advice and ideas given to affirm my understanding.

Well-presented and informative. Good to have the fractions policy explained so I know I am doing the right thing at home. Thank you for your time

Bar Modelling

Bar modelling is a strategy used by children to visualise mathematical concepts and solve problems. The bar model method is pictorial – children draw bars to represent objects or quantities. The particular power of the bar modelling pictorial approach is that it is applicable across a large number of topics. Once children have the basics of the approach secured, they can easily extend it across many areas. It should be noted that children still need to have strategies to add, subtract, multiply and divide for them to be able to use bar models. Bar models don’t give a child an answer – they give them an understanding of what to do to get to the answer.

At South End Junior School, we have developed our own handbook on how we will use bar models to support your children in Maths and all staff follow this.

Thank you to all who attended the Bar Modelling workshop. Please see the PowerPoint that was shared and the comments below: 

Very inforrmative and nice to be able to practise with my child on the tables and see how much he is understanding.

Excellent workshop- made a lot of sense, thank you.

Useful to understand how Bar Modelling works.


The purpose of science in the Primary School is to enable the children to understand the world in which they live by showing them how to investigate it in a systematic fashion. The basic aims of our school in relation to the teaching and learning of science are as follows:

 * To provide an environment where children can predict, investigate, interpret their          results and communicate their findings using a wide range of equipment including ICT      software and hardware.

 *To encourage the asking of questions about their environment and wherever possible      find the solutions to these questions using both first hand and second hand sources.

* To incorporate skills required for scientific investigation into other areas of the                curriculum.

* To provide interaction of different types including whole class work, group and                individual work when and where possible during an investigation.

* To promote a lively interest and confidence in investigative work

* To develop a logical approach to problem solving

* To emphasise safety factors and the need for careful and correct handling of                  equipment and substances

Our long-term plan for science operates around a two-year cycle). This means that each area is visited twice during Key Stage 2. There are twelve areas shared amongst the four years. This gives each year group six topics to cover in six terms. The topics can be taught through a ‘creative Learning Journey’ unit or through a separate QCA unit.

Useful science links:



At South End Junior School computing is taught in a cross-curricular way, allowing pupils to see the uses and application of computer skills in all areas of their learning. Each Hub has access to a trolley of 30 laptops and 15 Ipads which are shared out amongst the classes during curriculum subject time and available solely for one class during their computing skills lessons. Although we follow the Rising Stars: Switched On computing scheme, we do so in a way which allows pupils to apply new skills in other subjects such as English, maths, science and Doorways and Pathways.

The three areas of computing which children learn about are:

Computer science: Pupils are taught the principles of information processing and computation, how digital systems work and how to input this knowledge to use through programming

Information technology: Pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Digital literacy – Pupils are able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a level suitable for their future in secondary education and as active participants in a digital world. They will become safe and responsible users of digital technology.

Online Learning
At South End Junior, we use Edmodo as our online learning platform. It is a highly effective resource that reaches out to children on an accessible level, to extend and challenge learning continuously. Children are able to participate in discussions, complete challenges set and share learning through their account. Each class will have shared space where they can add information and continue their learning at home. The class pages are regularly updated and monitored by the class teachers.

Online Safety
The internet is such a vital part of children's lives these days; the opportunities that are available online for both educational and social reasons are immense. Through PSHCE and computing, children are taught how to take advantage of these opportunities whilst remaining safe. We use resources such as CEOP - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – to explore the dangers with children and teach them key rules when online to avoid such dangers.

On Tuesday 7th February we launched SAFER INTERNET DAY 2017! Across the school, we explored ways to promote Online-Safety and show our children as active ambassadors of safe internet use. 

Useful websites:

Online Safety Workshop 4th Oct 2016

Download the presentation here 

Feedback from Workshop

Very informative. Useful to have handouts to take away for future use. J.M

Useful-Thank you!

Very useful, thanks.

Very interesting, easy to follow step by step.

Really useful, especially the social media checklist.

Digital Ambassador's Online Safety Video

The Digital Ambassador's at South End have been working on promoting Online Safety by creating this piece of drama that we have got on film and edited. This was launched to the South End Junior Community on Friday 29th April 2016.

The Digital Ambassador's Online Safety Video
Online Safety Leaflet

Doorways and Pathways

Doorways and Pathways (D&P) combine the teaching and learning of history, geography, art, DT, music and dance.

English, Maths and Science are also brought to life through these doorways, as each theme lends itself well to exciting and creative learning opportunities in these subjects. At South End, if you enter into a D&P lesson, you are likely to see children taking on the role of detectives, historians, investigators, professors and many more!

Each term opens with a new and exciting ‘doorway into learning’. This is our opportunity to ‘unlock the learning’ for our children. This is launched in a variety of ways, providing our children with an interesting, and sometimes unexpected, opening to their pathway! Each year group area will be transformed to match each and every pathway, where the theme will scream at you from every wall (and sometimes, the ceiling too!). The children are encouraged to be independent learners at times too, and we encourage them to explore the topic for themselves at times.

Our 'Pathway Pitstops' are wonderful events where the adults responsible for our children are invited into school to share the learning journey with their loved ones at the end of each Doorway. Children are adults are thrown into invigorating activities that show off the learning that has taken place.

Our Learning Logs also provide opportunities to explore the D&P theme at home. We again encourage children to be creative and imaginative with their home learning, but also provide our children with initial ideas to work from. Many of our wonderful examples of home learning are displayed around the school, so keep an eye out for them!


My Space and Beyond

Stepping Back 


A Bright Idea 

Perfect Planet 


Going Green 

Going Green

On the Move 

Pathway Pit Stops

A key element of Doorways and Pathways curriculum is our Pathway Pit Stops.  These events give the children the opportunity to celebrate and showcase their learning with the wider community.  These can consist of workshops where the children and visitors are engaged in collaborative activities, a performance or group challenges and investigations.

These occasions are always well received by our visitors and we always welcome any feedback so we can improve any future events.

Useful websites for D and P Home learning

My Space and Beyond
History of Rushden:
Mission to Mars:

Stepping Back
The Stone Age:
The Bronze Age:
The Romans:
The Tudors:

A Bright idea
Inventions and Machines:
The history of Automobiles:
The Shoe Industry:

Perfect Planet
The Rainforest:
Volcanoes and Earthquakes:

Going Green
Where does our food come from?

On the Move
Mayan Civilization:


This is an exciting time for South End Junior School as we respond to local and national changes involving Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion. This year sees the Government producing a new SEN Code of Practice and changes to the Statementing process which is transferring to a new Education and Health Care plan system (EHC).

The Government has recognised that in the past, students may have been over identified as having SEN, when more probably they were simply underachieving in certain areas related to the curriculum and required intervention to enable them to make progress and catch up. The new system focuses on schools meeting the wide variety of individual needs of its pupils, by ensuring access to appropriate provision. This will not necessarily mean that pupils will be identified as having a specific SEN. 

SEJS is committed to ensuring provision for all of its pupils including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of all learners either academically, socially or emotionally. We ensure the delivery of varied provision to cater for the needs of pupils whatever their barriers to learning.

Pupils accessing extra provision in school, will be added to the school’s provision mapping system but may not necessarily be identified as having SEN or added to the SEN register. Provision is closely monitored and targeted specifically to the needs of the group or individual. Progress is reviewed by the staff leading the provision and the class teacher. Any concerns will always be discussed with parents and carers and they will be kept informed of their child’s progress.

Progress for some pupils may not be in line with the expected national average however, this is progress, none the less and will be celebrated.

Pupils with SEND will be added to the SEND register when they have outside agencies involved and working with them. These pupils will have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with targets focused around the advice of the external agency involved.  These targets will be reviewed three times a year and parents will be invited to each review.

The Government and the Local Authority are keen to ensure that all pupils’ needs are met within a mainstream setting without the need for an EHC plan. Sometimes as a school, we may be unsure if we can meet the specific needs of an individual pupil. We may feel that a pupil requires a more specialist provision. If we are unsure what the need of an individual pupil is or if we feel we are unable to provide the necessary provision required, we may consider applying for Statutory Assessment towards an Education and Health Care plan. The Local Education Authority will then decide what the appropriate support for the pupils’ needs are. This will be in a minority of cases.

We look forward to working with parents under the new systems and continuing to work creatively to develop focused and effective provision.

The Inclusion and Provision team
We are very lucky in school to have a team of experienced teaching assistants who support the school, our learners and their families in different ways. Teaching assistants support in class, on a 1:1 basis or within small groups. They are a valued and hugely beneficial part of our school and a key part to ensuring that our learners make good social, emotional and academic progress.

Class teachers differentiate activities for all ability groups within their class and all children receive support from classroom teaching assistants who are part of the Inclusion and Provision team. If the Inclusion and Provision Manager and class teacher feel that any child is not making expected progress they may consider whether to offer him or her suitable intervention in order for that child to receive additional help and support for their learning within small group sessions or sometimes on a one to one basis. These are run by various members of the team and also the class teacher.  Children, who receive any form of intervention, will be added to the schools’ provision mapping system. Intervention will be targeted in order to support them to make progress.

The Allotment
The Allotment is a room designed to be used by all groups of children, irrespective of their ability, to help accelerate progress and ultimately improve attainment. Every child working in the Allotment is able to track their own progress on the target wall. The Allotment is a themed room which builds upon the idea of growth. The central point of the design is the garden where the children get to plant their targets and pick them once they are achieved.

The team really enjoys sharing a wide range of resources with the children and assessments show that our learners make good progress.

Future Plans
There are future plans to open up a nurture provision at South End Junior School. Some children need a different approach to learning and the curriculum. Within a nurture provision, children’s learning needs are to be understood developmentally. Children remain part of their own class but spend time within a ‘nurturing environment’ on a daily basis. Nurture provision set-up, is conducive to the replication of early childhood experiences and allows the opportunity to develop through play. Staff, work in a team. It is important to have a staff team of two at all times. The room set-up has different areas and acts as a bridge between home and school. Snack time is an essential part of this experience. Sharing round the table builds social skills and competencies. Building emotional literacy is an essential focus within the group. Skills are built formally and informally. It is essential to provide stimulating opportunities for play as a basis for the development of social skills as well as the usual curriculum.

Planning for this provision is in it’s infancy but will develop as the year goes on.

Recommended links and apps for parents

Local Offer

Parent Partnership

ipad apps

Learning support

Parent Information for SEN Regulations



The Physical Education curriculum at South End Junior aims to develop the children’s knowledge, fundamental skills and understanding so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physically demanding activities as well as competitive sports.

Pupils have two hours of PE timetabled per week. Throughout the academic year, we develop pupil’s running, jumping, throwing and catching skills, play a variety of competitive games where fundamental skills are put in to a context, develop control, balance and technique and perform dances using a range of movement patterns, which are often linked to our Doorways and Pathways topics. We also provide all children with the opportunity to swim and we aim for all pupils leaving the school to be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. All year groups participate in swimming lessons every year.

We are very fortunate to have an enthusiastic and very motivated sports coach from Northamptonshire Sport who works alongside our teachers, using the Real PE and FUNS resources, to help with the teaching and learning of PE in one of our weekly sessions. She promotes the physical, as well as social, skills involved in all areas of PE which is then adapted to other sessions throughout the week.

Competitive sport is a key area for us at South End Junior and we try to promote and encourage it to all of our children. We want as many of our pupils to engage in competitive sports and activities therefore we take part in a number of cluster and regional festivals throughout the academic year including: girls and boys indoor and outdoor football, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, netball, cricket, cross country and athletics (sportshall and outdoor).

In addition to this, we have recently started The Golden Mile initiative at South End Junior. This challenges children to engage in physical activity by walking, jogging or running around our Golden Mile track. The overall goal of the challenge is to complete 50 miles in a school year!


At South End Junior we assess rigorously to ensure we can identify any gaps in children’s learning which enables us to accurately plan engaging lessons to close these gaps. At the end of each assessment point (November, February, April & June) we formally assess the children and use this in conjunction with our knowledge of the children to record a decision that will either be Developing, Secure or Exceeding their year group's expectations.

We use OTrack to record and analyse the data which we then use as a planning tool. We use a package called Symphony that is used to track children's current understanding and areas of development, and these records are kept in children's books. Every child has personal targets which may be lower than or higher than the national age related expectations and during our regular pupil progress meetings we will discuss what actions to take to ensure all children can meet their end of year targets.

We report to parents termly; twice at Parents’ Evening (in the autumn and spring terms) and then again at the end of the year. These reports advise whether the children are on track to achieve their end of year targets as well as reporting where they are in terms of age related expectations.

SATs Information Evening 28th March 2018

 Download the presentation of SATs evening here

The Yellow Brick Road of Progress

At South End Junior School we are proud of the progress the children make, and we are proud to know that they know what progress looks like in our South End Way.

The Progress Corridor, known as ‘The Yellow Brick Road’ is our unique way of sharing what progress looks and feels like, here at South End. As you take a stroll down the yellow brick road, Dorothy will not only introduce you to her friends that she met on her progress journey (where they all discovered their unique talents) but she will show you how our children show their progress too.

The Yellow Brick Road shows how we progress in all of our key areas of learning including maths, English and science. Take a stop with the Tin Man and discover maths; here you will see the way that our children make their learning journey through not only the calculation methods but also within their fraction learning.
Stop by the Scarecrow’s field and discover the world of the writing progress that includes the journey from Cold Write to Hot Write, not forgetting the use of our very own South End Working Wall. And no Yellow brick road is complete without meeting the Lion; he will demonstrate the progress our children make in science – both in their knowledge and in the application of their skills.

Come and visit our Yellow Brick Road where we are ‘Inspiring the Learning Journey’ in our very own South End way.