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.
At Greenside we follow the Letters & Sounds scheme to support our phonics leaning as well as utilising other resources to offer a deep and rich learning experience. We use a combination of the Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat reading schemes as part of our Reading Tree experiences, as well as exploring other texts matched to or inspired by our half termly film choices.
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, statistics 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. We take advantage of the LGFL Mathspace online learning platform to provide additional challenges to many of our students and enjoy participating in inter schools and borough maths competitions!