Curriculum Overviews and Vision
Learn to learn and love learning.
Learn to learn and love learning.
The most important gift we can give our students is to inspire them to have a love of learning and to learn how to learn. Our curriculum is skills and knowledge based and is constantly evloving.
Our Teachers plan and organize the learning for each year group to ensure that there is continuity and progression, using a holistic 8-year progression model.
Our curriculum framework provides a broad, balanced and exciting education meeting the requirements of the new National Curriculum.
Alongside our SMSC learning, English and Maths and Creative Baccalaureate we aim to offer ‘Greenside Focus Days’ each half term designed to give a more intense focus on an area such as Art, Dance, Drama, Science, Design and Technology.
From September 2014 students in Y3, Y4 and Y5 will have Spanish lessons taught by a specialist teacher.
Please see Year Group pages for this Term for a more detailed breakdown of the curriculum overviews. http://www.greensideschool.org/curriculum/class-zones/
The development of children’s language is crucial to their success across the curriculum. We want all children to be excellent communicators, to listen actively and to speak with confidence. Children are helped to develop a love of reading and to become skilful and imaginative writers.
Speaking and listening skills are taught by giving children a wide range of opportunities and purposes. Students engage in Drama, role play and performance throughout the school. They work with ‘talk partners’ and groups creating ‘real life’ scenarios.
Reading is taught through interactive activities and guided groups as well as on an individual basis. We are passionate in our attempt to inspire students in a love of reading for life. Students are taught a wide range of strategies to decode and make sense of texts, including phonics. We depend on parents/ carers to support children in their daily home reading programme.
Students are given daily opportunities to write for varied purposes and audiences. We favour a workshop approach to developing writing skills. The school follows the Jarman handwriting model based on a cursive script. All children are taught to use this from Foundation Stage onwards. Grammar, punctuation and spelling now forms a key part of the Government Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Test and skills are taught explicity. We consolidate and practice writing skills in our Create Baccalaureate programme.
Mathematics is taught in a daily morning lesson meeting the descriptors of the new National Curriculum. Aspects of Number and algebra, shape, space and measures, handling data are covered each half term. There is an emphasis on developing mental calculation strategies and problem-solving activities which require students to apply their knowledge and understanding of concepts. Wherever possible numeracy teaching is related to everyday experiences and taught in a context.
Our teaching of science is designed to foster an interest in and an understanding of the world. We begin with students’ sense of wonder and curiosity. There are four main areas of learning in science comprising scientific enquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Students develop their skills of observation, hypothesis and questioning. We hope to inspire a life-long interest in Science.
In September 2014 our students in Y3, Y4 and Y5 will begin Spanish lessons with a specialist Teacher. This is a really exciting step forward for us towards our vision to teach in Spanish.
COMPUTING & INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
We relish the chance to include the requirements of the new curriculum in to our ICT provision ensuring we prepare students for a fast changing technological world. We also believe Information Technology should be used by students as an integral and innovative part of their learning.
We are proud that our school has a true multi-cultural community. We teach the world’s major religions: Christianity, Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. Our aim is that students develop a respect for other people’s belief and gain a broad understanding of the world’s religions.
RE is taught within our Creative Baccalaureate and as part of our morning SMSC programme. It is a compulsory subject, but parents/ carers have the right to withdraw their child any such discussion should take place with the Executive Head.
HOME SCHOOL LEARNING
For the most part we believe that students work hard during the school day and need leisure time beyond school. We do, however, have a policy that sets home school learning activities to support and develop the learning that is taking place at school.
Activities undertaken y students at home build incrementally as they progresses through the school. By Y6 students are given regular and relevant activities each night week to do at home. Students are also expected to read at home every night and this is the most important aspect of our policy.
DATA, ASSESSMENTS AND TARGETS
Students from Y1 to Y6 are assessed formally each half term in English and Maths and given National Curriculum sub-levels at each point. These are shared with parents/ carers to allow you to monitor progress with us. We work on a 3LP target model. Aspects of this will change in September 2014 when the DfE assessment guidelines change. We will organise workshops in the autumn term to update parents/ carers on the new system.
If you would like any further information about the curriculum we follow at Greenside, please do not hesitate to contact us.