Greatfield Park Primary School Curriculum Intent Statement
At Greatfield Park Primary School, we want our pupils to develop as learners as they gain new knowledge, skills and understanding. We encourage children to have a positive attitude to their learning and to take pride in their achievements.
Our DREAMS values are at the heart of everything we do and our Vision of every member of our community ‘Learning and thriving, to achieve our DREAMS’ underpins our ‘Greatfield Park Primary School curriculum’.
determined -Having the resilience to ‘stick at it’ and persevere through challenges
respectful - Show consideration for everyone and everything, appreciating all differences.
excellent - Being the best that we can be.
aspirational - Setting goals to follow and aiming to achieve our ambitions.
mindful - Being thoughtful and reflective in our choices.
This is to ensure they are ready for the next stage in their education and for life in 21st Century Britain.
Throughout our Greatfield Park Primary School curriculum, we follow the National Curriculum (2014) and Early Years Framework (2021). We ensure that learning is carefully sequenced across the whole school so that children are able to build on what they already know, understand and can do.
We are an inclusive school and provide support and challenge for all learners, including children with additional needs, children in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant, those who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) and the more able.
From the moment children join the school in the early years, they experience our commitment to experiential learning: visits and visiting experts are utilised to provide experiences and ‘hook’ our learners in and engage them. Children develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and vocabulary and then apply and innovate their learning in a real life context. We aim to express our learning experiences and outcomes with our families and our community.
We are an outward-facing school. Global awareness and cultural understanding underpins our approach. We aim to teach our children about the world in which they live, learn from it and its issues and their place in contributing towards it, as British citizens.
We aspire for all of our pupils to achieve and attain the best outcomes they can in reading, writing and maths, at least in line with the national average expectations.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We recognise that reading is vital for children to become lifelong learners. Children enjoy carefully selected high-quality texts within a vocabulary-rich environment. Oracy is at the centre of being able to communicate successfully; we want our pupils to be able to express their learning experiences, as an inquisitive and deep-thinking learner. The value we put on spoken language is reflected in our approach to the teaching of writing. Our provision of high-quality texts supports their development as writers, enabling them to write for a range of purposes and audiences.
We want our children to have a secure knowledge and understanding of all aspects of mathematics as an essential life skill. From the early years, we place an emphasis on fluency and recall of basic number facts. Children are then taught to apply these facts in order to solve mathematical problems. Developing oracy skills supports children in expressing their mathematical thinking and reasoning.
We provide a full range of subjects to engage and enthuse our learners. We make links between subjects and prior learning to enhance understanding. Opportunities are provided for children to apply their reading, writing and mathematics skills though other subjects, such as through discussion and research.
We aim to provide breadth within our curriculum and a range of opportunities. Children’s understanding is enhanced through welcoming skilled visitors to school and the provision of carefully selected experiences, including both educational and residential visits. We offer a range of extra-curricular after-school clubs.