On this page you can find lots of information about our curriculum. If you wish to know more detail, please contact the school office who will direct your query appropriately.
Our school aims to provide …
‘a rich, supportive and stimulating environment and an atmosphere of mutual respect, in which each child entrusted to our care, can reach their full potential by developing a love of learning and a desire to succeed’.
We have invested a great deal of time and energy to ensure that our new curriculum is unique to Greatfield Park Primary in that it is specifically tailored towards the needs and interests of the children. Through the curriculum, we aim to prepare pupils for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of adult life and to lay a firm foundation for future learning.
We believe that our curriculum should be relevant to the lives of our children and that their learning outcomes should have an impact, where possible, on the real world. Therefore, from September 2017, much of it will be based on the principles of REAL projects and project based learning. Learning through REAL Projects is a design for learning that connects deep subject content with real world problem solving. REAL Projects enable all children to create extraordinary work that matters.
This type of pedagogy, incorporating the objectives of the National Curriculum, involves several skills and stages to implement. These include asking a big question, focusing on 21st Century skills, inquiry, pupil voice and choice, learning for purpose and authentic audiences. The projects must be rigorous, be engaging, be shared with an authentic audience and the children must be continuously learning.
We seek to provide a broad, balanced differentiated curriculum and offer a wide range of exciting, challenging activities and experiences to all pupils irrespective of ability, background, ethnic origin or gender.
We acknowledge that people learn in many different ways and we recognise the need to develop strategies that allow all children to learn in ways that suit them. Opportunities are planned to cater for a range of different learning styles to ensure that all children can access the curriculum and learn in a way that is best for them.
You can find termly information about what each class is covering by looking at the Curriculum Mapping for 2016-17 and at the Curriculum Overviews from September 2017 onwards.
We also recognise the important of Value Based Learning, we focus on one of the six school values each term. This approach enables the children to learn about both the Global and the fundamental British Values. This helps to support the children's social, spiritual, emotional and cultural development. Our aim is to ensure that children are prepared for, and have an appreciation of life in modern Britain.
Reading has a key role to play in our children’s education. In our school, we recognise that Reading is an integral part of the school day and value highly its contribution to children’s learning.
Children are encouraged to read widely from a combination of reading books from a variety of schemes, alongside other hand selected books, together providing a wide range of reading experiences for our children. Our library offers a varied selection of books and children are invited to attend Library Club to select and borrow their choice of book. We regularly promote reading by taking part in additional activities, for example World Book Day, inviting authors into school, class book reviews and book fairs. Daily reading activities include: guided reading, paired/peer reading, individual reading, shared reading and opportunities to read and listen to stories for pleasure.
Understanding phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. At Greatfield Park we follow Read, Write Inc, a progressive phonics programme. It aims to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. We have daily phonics sessions for all of our children in Foundation and Key Stage 1
Across the school children are encouraged to write for different purposes and we constantly look to develop their vocabulary and sentence structure skills. This year we have started to teach children to join from Reception with a focus on developing marks, building strength in their hands through games and only then developing traditional joins. In KS1 the focus is on writing confidently and at length. In KS2 the focus is on spelling, punctuation and grammar and being able to write in a range of styles and genres. We make use of a variety of approaches including RWI and Talk for Writing to assist with our writing development.
The school aims to give all children a thorough understanding of number work, shape, space and data handling. A strong emphasis is also placed on investigative and problem solving activities. The work is delivered through a balance of individual programmes, group work and whole class lessons. Our mathematics curriculum has the overall aim of meeting the individual needs of children of all abilities, as well as offering challenge and enjoyment.
The Maths No Problem approach to mathematics is used throughout the school. This involves the study of mathematical topics at depth which are thenapplied where possible in all cross curricular work. There is a strong commitment to practical activities leading to mathematical understanding as well as in mental arithmetic as a basis for the children to be able to tackle more complex mathematical operations with confidence.
From the early years, children are provided with the opportunities for discovery and experimentation through first hand experience. They are encouraged to observe, discuss, classify, compare, set up fair tests and record and interpret their findings. Through their investigations children are given the opportunity to learn about life processes and living things,materials and their properties and physical processes.
Our aim is to nurture the enquiring mind and extend children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Children are encouraged to develop an interest in the past, to appreciate past achievements and major events – both national and world wide – and to develop an understanding of their own and their family’s history and how values and attitudes may have changed. Pupils are taught the skills necessary for the interpretation of primary and secondary source material, artefacts, maps, visual and auditory aids, books, the countryside, ancient sites, newspapers, records, and documents. Within the framework of a cross curricular approach, we aim to develop an understanding of the nature of cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarity and difference.
As with History, Geography forms part of the school’s cross-curricular approach. Pupils are encouraged to develop a lively and questioning awareness of their local surroundings. Their interest and knowledge of the variety of physical and human conditions will extend from their local environment to the national and international scene. Within the places studied, children will acquire the skills necessary for the interpretation of geographical information and for geographical enquiry.
The school has its own forest school and activities within this play a vital role in fostering an understanding of the relationship between human activity and the quality of the environment. Walks, guided visits, regular surveys and, at the upper junior level, residential visits all contribute towards a growing awareness and appreciation of the child’s environment.
Modern Foreign Languages
At our school we teach French through a fun, multi-sensory approach and offers many valuable learning opportunities. These include the development of language skills and language-learning skills and the ability to understand and communicate in a new language. The children have a weekly lesson based on the scheme ‘Jolie Ronde’ delivered by their teachers. Staff have received support from language specialists in the school.
Art is taught as a crucial part of the school’s cross curricular approach to different topics and as a subject in its own right. All children are encouraged to be creative, to develop an active interest in a range of media and to express themselves fully using this range. Artwork is used and displayed widely throughout the whole school in order to foster an appreciation of different forms, traditions and cultures.
Music is planned and taught as part of the cross curricular approach within classroom activities to compliment the termly theme.. The school also offers tuition in many instruments using peripatetic teachers. These include tutors in, violin, guitar, trumpet, ukulele and drums. We have a popular School Choir, open to Year 1-6 and a strong sense of performance. There are also many opportunities for the children to perform in assemblies, school concerts and in the community.
Children are encouraged to participate fully in a wide range of sporting activities from the very beginning of their school life. Pupils receive at least two hours of physical activity per week within the curriculum time, taking full advantage of our school’s excellent indoor and outdoor facilities. Teachers and coaches deliver lessons that encourage respect, tolerance and appreciation of each other’s achievements and abilities. Pupils develop their skills in agility, physical coordination, fitness, confidence as well as an understanding of what it means to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.
In Years 2 and 3, children have weekly swimming lessons, delivered by qualified swimming instructors. Priority is given to increasing water confidence and ensuring that all children learn to swim.
There are a range of sporting activities for pupils to participate in as part of their extra-curricular education, with opportunities available in football, hockey, netball, tennis and cricket. These are provided by the staff as well as by qualified coaches who are brought in to provide expert tuition. Team games are played in season, both within school and against teams from neighbouring schools.
According to the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus, adopted by the school Governing Body, the principal aim for RE is:
‘to engage pupils with key questions arising from the study of religion so as to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’
We embrace this aim and take every opportunity – across the curriculum – to put it into practice. Additionally, our provision in RE aims to enable pupils to:
- Develop their understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity, other principal world religions, other religious traditions and world views;
- Explore issues within and across faiths, to learn about, to understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, and how they influence individuals, societies, communities and cultures;
- Consider challenging questions of the meaning and purpose of life and beliefs about God;
- Learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring questions of meaning and their own beliefs;
- Develop their sense of identity and belonging and to prepare them for life as citizens in a plural, global society;
- Develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own;
- Understand how belief can be expressed in a variety of ways.
PSHCE includes everything our school does to promote pupils’ good health and well-being and is backed by the National Healthy Schools Programme.
Overall our PSHCE curriculum exemplifies how we help children to be healthy, happy, economically secure and successful citizens. We follow the Jigsaw scheme to support this area of the curriculum.
However, much of this is also influenced and developed through day to day teaching, keeping children safe and our overall ethos including collective worship.
Our PSHCE curriculum is divided into core themes which are:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Relationships (which includes SRE)
- Economic Development
- Social and Emotional Development
- Citizenship and Living in the Wider World
Any issues that arise for specific children, year groups or due to external influences may also be built into PSHCE and classroom discussions. This is part of being responsive to our children’s needs. Our citizenship strand also demonstrates how we promote fundamental British values (democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and respect and tolerance of / for others).
The school is well equipped to provide the children with the access they require to a range of technologies in this core area of the curriculum. All of the computer hardware is networked to a main server allowing all children access to their files from any computer in the school. The main hall is also equipped with a screen, data projector, laptop and PA system for assemblies, presentations and performances. The computing curriculum is divided into three specific areas which cover differing aspects of computing and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
This area focuses on programming, coding, algorithms and debugging. Children are taught the basics of computer programming and code. They learn about sequences and lines of script. They learn how computers work and enjoy making interactive games. The children learn how to code using ‘Scratch’ and other coding platforms. The children are taught to support one another and to help one another find solutions when their programs fail to work (debugging).
The children learn how to use the computers to organise work and complete tasks. They learn about the Internet and the World Wide Web. They learn to use the computers for a purpose.
Children have the opportunity to use digital cameras and multimedia to enhance their presentation of work.We also believe it is important to create confidence in the use of computers / IT across the curriculum. This is done not only through word processing, but in the general handling of information, be it in simple story form or more sophisticated desk-top publishing, graphing, creating a piece of music or collecting data from our various items of sensor equipment.The children learn about how technology is used beyond school. They are taught how to be safe whilst using computers and how to evaluate content on the web.
Design and Technology
Children are encouraged to develop their skills across four broad areas: designing, making, evaluating and technical knowledge. They are given the opportunity to develop their skills in these areas through a range of practical tasks which encourage the development of more specific skills, such as selecting and using a wide range of materials and tools, selecting appropriate materials, drawing and making improvements. Practical tasks also encourage the development of technical, creative and practical skills which children will require in order to perform everyday tasks, with increasing efficiency and confidence. In addition, practical tasks will take place in a range of contexts, and also include cooking across both Key Stage One and Two. Children will have the opportunity to handle and evaluate existing products.