The decisions around what your child will learn are largely based on legal requirements but when we make decisions about which  topics we teach, we choose a curriculum that is exciting, promotes connections to other people around the world and is child focused.

The National Curriculum

Whilst at Lawdale Junior School, pupils study the subjects of the National Curriculum (English, Mathematics, ICT, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music and PE) and Religious Education at Key Stage 2.

Copies of the National Curriculum are available on the internet and copies of our schemes of work are available on the school website. We use  a variety of schemes of work for the different  subjects.

Literacy and Numeracy

The main focus of the school is to raise standards in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, and Science whilst maintaining breadth and balance in the other subjects. To this end,  all staff teach Literacy and Numeracy each day. There is also time to put aside for extra reading and writing activities.

Religious Education

Religious Education is based upon the agreed syllabus as defined by the Tower Hamlets Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education (SACRE). We also use the Discovery Scheme of Work.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of religious education and collective worship provided. Please discuss this with the Head teacher first as alternative provision would need to be made for him/her. 

Physical Education

All pupils take part in various PE activities: Gymnastics, games, dance, outdoor activities, etc.  Children in year 5 also have weekly swimming lessons, locally.  Specialist coaches occasionally support the school in delivering a diverse range of sports.

Please note that as PE and swimming are compulsory subjects, all pupils are expected to take part unless they are suffering from a medical condition.  Children should not miss PE because of minor coughs and headaches.

If children forget their PE kit, parents will be called to ask them to bring the kit in ready for the lesson.

History and Geography

History and geography are taught as part of a topic. For example in the topic “Chocolate” pupils will find out about where cocoa is grown, how it is produced and transported and the history of chocolate production and use and the history of countries in which it is grown. Our topics are chosen to support children becoming global citizens of the future and aware of  the links between ourselves and people around the world.


A wide range of topics are taught ,which cover areas  such as magnets,  materials and evolution, but there is a very strong focus overall on investigative  skills. 

Art & Design and Music

Children learn about a wide range of art techniques in 2D and 3D. Most art and design projects are linked to topics in other subjects. For example, children make Greek pots when studying Ancient Greece.

The school use specialist teachers for music. We aim to perform music and songs to parents at least once a term.

Children learn:

  • A range of songs
  • How to play percussion instruments and some tuned instruments
  • To compose music as a group
  • How to read music notation

Children in  year 6 can choose to learn an instrument. We ask children to commit to taking the instrument home and practising every week.


The school has a great ICT suite which the children can use every week and class sets of iPad. Classes also have interactive whiteboards and a class computer. Children learn ICT skills such as how to access programs and the internet. They also learn to use ICT as a tool to help them with learning about other topics.

Children learn to:

  • Use the internet for research
  • Publish books and newspapers
  • Use the computer to organise large amounts of information
  • Use digital sensors e.g. light and sound
  • Create multimedia publications
  • Make films
  • Coding


Pupils in Y3, 4 and 5  learn Spanish for at least 45 minutes each week, resulting in many of our children being trilingual by the time they leave Lawdale Junior School in Year 6. .

PSHCE and Relationships and Sex Education

Sex Education is taught through the school, with a wide range of issues covered within the teaching of relevant subject lessons e.g. plant and animal life cycles. Teaching is sensitive to the age-range of the children, and pupil’s questions are always answered frankly and accurately allowing for the age of the individual involved.

The teaching of sex education, and the specific content of lessons and any materials used, is decided by the Governing Body in consultation with parents. For more information about the content of lessons, or to discuss relationships and sex education for your child, please contact the Head teacher.  These lessons cover human reproduction,  as part of the statutory science curriculum.

From September 2019 there will be a Local Authority scheme of work that all schools will follow.

Education Visits *

As part of their education,  pupils are sometimes taken on educational visits. All trips are well planned and properly supervised, and all pupils are expected to attend educational visits as part of their National Curriculum studies.

These trips provide excellent first hand experience of topics they are studying and enrich the curriculum e.g. the Science museum, the British museum, art galleries, the Royal festival hall, London Zoo and the Tower of London.

Extended school learning opportunities

Lawdale has a wide range of clubs after school and at lunchtimes on offer. This provides the children with a much richer curriculum. Most of these clubs are  funded by the school and they are run by school staff and coaches.

Clubs may include; basketball, football, Spanish, maths, cooking , ICT,  board games, Bengali, craft, Bollywood dancing, aerobics, Y6 boosters, ice-skating, and English for beginners


Parents are not obliged to pay money for an educational visit during the school day, although we can charge for visits that take place outside of school hours.

Although most day visits are subsidised by the school we usually ask for a voluntary contribution to help with the costs.  All transport is free and is funded by Transport for London, unless a coach is required.

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