Gomer is Great – 10 Reasons Why…

Listed below are 10 reasons why Team Gomer and our community think we are great. These areas of success are underpinned by strong and dynamic whole school leadership and a team committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for its community. Go Gomer!

  1. SEND – Including Inclusion and Pastoral Support  At Gomer Junior School we value and implement a broad and varied curriculum. We recognise that there are a number of pupils who need a degree of support to make the most of the learning opportunities offered to them. Facilitation of learning is expected to always be inclusive and all children are supported within the classroom through Quality First Teaching (QFT). In order to achieve this, Gomer sees the benefit from having nine, well-targeted Teaching Assistants. 
  2. Safeguarding and Pastoral Support The Learning and Pastoral Support Team (L.A.P.S) consists of four Learning Mentors, who have had specialised training in supporting SEMH needs e.g. FEIPS,  ELSA, family Links and bereavement. Each mentor is assigned to a particular year group for 4 years, to ensure consistency of approach and support. Individual and group pastoral work delivered by the Learning Mentors, enables pupils to develop a more positive approach to education, and alongside the TA team helps to ensure that an inclusive environment is very well supported. In addition to TAs, The LAPS Team are used in classes to help enable all children to have access to high quality education. They also supplement and reinforce learning through intensive structured interventions in addition to QFT.  
  3. Engineering Habits of Mind Alongside the Royal Academy of Engineering, Gomer Junior have developed an ethos, which supports integration of the learning of the habits of mind inherent with successful engineers, within primary education. Gomer Junior have developed their pedagogy, initially introduced through weekly STEM sessions, to ensure children have the opportunity to develop core skills, integral to developing learners for the future. This engineering ethos is now better integrated and can be seen enhancing learning throughout the curriculum. The school’s Learning Powers & Foundations of Learning, celebrated weekly, are explicitly linked with the EHoM skills, ensuring that recognition of success when applying them, can be motivate all to apply them. Both the EHoM and FoL are now becoming integrated into the linked KS3 and 4 curriculums within our MAT, ensuring skills can be transferred and developed throughout our pupils’ education.   
  4. The Curriculum The Gomer Junior School curriculum is carefully structured to ensure that is an enjoyable and fully inclusive learning experience for all pupils. The core subjects are planned and delivered in a way which gives excellent coverage to National Curriculum requirements and aims to develop mastery within the subjects. Opportunities for greater depth learning opportunities are an integral part of the planning and delivery. Foundation subjects are planned meticulously by subject leaders and sequenced in a way which allows learning to be built upon and pupils to see relevance in what they are learning. There is a conscious effort to link learning across subject areas and to use the outdoor learning environment as an invaluable resource. The school has accredited beach school status and uses the local beach to enhance many areas of the curriculum. We are in the process of developing our curriculum in line with the Forest Schools initiative.  Gomer Junior School promotes STEM subjects through an innovative gSTEM curriculum. The school is pioneering the subject at the primary phase. In 2018 we were awarded the prestigious TES STEM Team of the Year Award. Engineering skills are developed through the RAEng’s ‘Engineering habits of mind’, to design solutions to relevant and current world-wide problems. gSTEM has attracted national interest, with high-profile visitors/educational advisers and leaders commending its delivery and impact across the curriculum to improve learning in core subjects. The STEM curriculum has been shared at the National BETT show and is considered by the National STEM Centre (NSC) to have an exemplary STEM curriculum. Gomer’s Curriculum Leaders are supporting others through National STEM Centre CPD courses, and the gSTEM curriculum has been shared in articles in the National STEM Primary magazine and local press. Now Leading 2 NSC ENTHUSE Partnerships across the region, Gomer Junior is beginning to be able to develop and share their curriculum  from KS1-4. The Gosport STEM centre, designed and created by our Executive Head and inspired by gSTEM, has recently been opened by The Secretary of State for Education, providing a community resource in which local STEM-based curriculums can be facilitated.
  5. Foundations of Learning (FoL) Gomer Junior School played a significant part in formulating the Foundations of Learning (FOL), working closely with our cluster schools – Foundations of Learning embeds the fundamental stepping stones of effective learning, through a cross-curricular approach. Pupils are provided with opportunities to develop skills in: self-awareness, thinking, collaboration, relationships, independence and resilience. This enables pupils to foster the skills needed to be ‘lifelong learners’. The foundations are used and taught to  pupils across the age phases within the MAT, and are monitored to ensure progression. FoL link explicitly with the school’s use of EHoM, and together they provide a foundation and ethos suited to a purposeful, broad and relevant curriculum
  6. Parent/Carer Partnerships Gomer Junior School has fostered and maintained excellent links with parents/carers. The school has a range of accessible communication media including: a comprehensive web site, social media profiles (FaceBook and Twitter), online & paper newsletters, a ‘Gomer App’ and teacher to parent text/email services. ‘Gomer Learning Community’ (GLC) meetings are used to keep parents/carers up-to-date with current initiatives or educational thinking. A ‘coffee morning’ operates every two weeks in which parents can take part in an informal chat with the L.A.P.S team and meet –as timetabled- with the school nurse. The school is keen to develop further links with parents and carers through an active and committed PTA – FROGJS.
  7. Sporting Prowess The school is renowned for participation in and successes at various sporting festivals and events. Many trophies have been won – most recently the Y5/6 football league.  This school is proud to have entered teams into the Hampshire mini-games for the past two years and is the proud holder of the Silver School Games Mark accreditation. 
  8. Music Provision Music is a high-profile area of the curriculum at Gomer Junior School. All year groups benefit from a carefully planned and delivered music curriculum which ensures all pupils receive a balanced diet of practical work – ukulele, recorders and African drums – theory work – notation and time signatures and creativity – and  composition, using a range of percussion instruments. Year 4 is part of the Hampshire Music Service ‘Listen to Me’ initiative; in this year group pupils are taught strings (violin and cello), brass and voice, over an academic year (instruments may vary from one year to the next). The school has a choir and an orchestra which is led by the choir-master of the local church. The choir performs at various community events across the year. 40% of our pupils participate in peripatetic music lessons.
  9. Smartness and Attendance Gomer Junior School is proud of its standard of uniform and attendance of pupils. The wearing of smart uniform is reinforced by all staff and pupils take pride in looking the best that they can. As an extra incentive, a ‘week’s smartest class’ award is presented in celebration assembly. The school also sets a target of 96.5% weekly attendance (it is common for classes to achieve 100%). As with the smartest class award, there is a presentation to the class with the best weekly attendance, in recognition of their commitment to school.
  10. Computing Gomer Junior School is working towards renewing its ICT mark. We provide excellent learning opportunities through a carefully planned computing curriculum which covers coding, word processing, programing,  desktop publishing, APP design, CAD and multimedia editing. The learning is resourced through an up-to-date ICT suite (Gomer Gateway) which provides stand-alone computers, touch-screen laptops and new iPads. To enhance the gSTEM curriculum, blue-tooth enabled floor robots (Ollies and Spheros) are available to support and motivate learning. Other programmable stock, used in clubs and in class includes BBC Micro Bits and class sets of  ‘Crumbles’. We also now have a 3D printer to support Computer Aided Design (CAD), funded by the National STEM Centre’s CERN Bursary.