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Curriculum

Here is a brief overview about the curriculum at our school. To find out more about what each year group is doing by subject, please click on the curriculum maps on the left-hand side of this page.

Our teachers bring lessons alive, ensuring children go on an adventure whilst travelling along their learning journey. Topics are exciting and child-led. Themes have included Strictly Come Greenfields, Walking with Dinosaurs, Carnival of the Animals and Rise of the Robots

Specialist tuition

At Greenfields we offer a range of musical activities within the curriculum. We currently have music teachers from the County come into school on a weekly basis to teach Samba and Rock Voice Choir.  The David Ross Education Trust believes in 'broadening horizons'; ensuring that children across the school experience high-quality arts and sports tuition.  Greenfields Primary School is a 'Singing School': all teachers have been taught how to develop their children as singers by specialist singing tutors from The Voices Foundation, with whom the Trust have a partnership.  We are delighted that in 2018-19, colleagues from the Foundation will be supporting the development of an elite choir.

Music classes are always fun and help the children to develop in their musical ideas through composing and learning to appreciate a range of forms of music through choir, instrumental or percussion.

For individuals with a keen interest in pursuing their musical ambitions, we subsidise music lessons: for a small cost we also offer tuition in guitar, drumming and violin. If you would like your child to participate in either of these sessions then please see the school office for further information.

Specialist sports tutors support our After School Enrichment Clubs.  As well as seasonal sports like tennis and cricket, Greenfields Primary School offers Karate year-round for budding martial artists.

Books

Children have a Learning Journey book to complete all subjects, a

separate Big Write book, a numeracy book and two busy books in place of

small whiteboards so jottings are not whipped away and forgotten.

 

Phonics

The percentage of children at Greenfields achieving the expected level of development at the end of Year 1 in Phonics has improved sharply since 2012.  We have worked hard to narrow the gap between Greenfields’ children’s attainment in Phonics and the attainment in Phonics nationally.

All children at Greenfields are involved in a daily half-hour session that teaches either Phonics or higher-level and more complex spelling strategies.  All children are fully assessed once a term and placed into groups across the school (KS1 and 2) appropriate to their level.  Phonics lessons are fun, highly engaging and most importantly move the children’s phonic learning on rapidly and effectively.  All members of staff have been trained to use the Read, Write Inc scheme and all classes have teaching assistant during Phonics time.

In order to make sure that children use their phonic skills in their reading immediately, the school also uses Read, Write Inc scheme books for guided, group and individual reading practice.

Additional support for children in phonics is provided during the week, particularly for children who are new to English and those who experience specific difficulties with reading and writing.

Effective Maths and Big Maths

At Greenfields, we believe in a Mastery approach to the teaching of Maths: a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.  To achieve this, we have reduced the amount of mathematical topics taught discretely, in favour of taking longer over each topic and making explicit links with other mathematical skills and areas of the curriculum.

To deliver Mastery, the Maths teaching sequence comprises three clear strands:

FLUENCY – rapid and accurate recall and application of facts and concepts from the age-related section of the Maths Curriculum;

APPLICATION – the ability to use learnt concepts and skills to solve puzzles and real life situations, to respond to conjecture and test hypotheses;

REASONING – the ability to explain mathematical thinking.  This is integral to the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.

At Greenfields Primary School, Effective Maths is our mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. It is a comprehensive framework for ensuring high quality maths teaching. Children develop mastery of age-related concepts and skills through:

  • procedural and conceptual understanding
  • variation
  • mathematical patterns, relationships and connections

To reach Greater Depth in Mathematics, all age-related tasks have a built-in challenge activity: SHOW HOW YOU KNOW.  As children complete each task, it is expected that they explain their thinking, deepening their understanding at their own level.  This could take the form of annotations, sentences, diagrams, taught strategies or written calculations.

 

 

Foundation Subjects

All foundation topics are planned using the DRET Primary Core Knowledge Curriculum resources.  This is a knowledge-based curriculum that provides children

with the all knowledge, skills and understanding to give them a flying start in right from Nursery to the time when they are 'secondary ready' and leave Greenfields to continue their journey in education.  Teachers are provided with the planning and resources that help them to deliver the essentials of the CKC curriculum, adding thier own unique twists to inspire and engage all learners.

Greenfields Greatest Writer

Children take part in “Greenfields Greatest Writer” each half term.

Children are all involved in an exciting stimulus e.g. Headteacher getting stuck in the roof and refusing to get down, riot police arrive and still can not convince her.

Children are challenged to write a persuasive piece of writing to persuade HT to get down!

Best piece is selected and put in the greatest writer book.

Teachers complete whole school moderation of the same genre to support teacher assessment judgements.

Single Sex Writing

Children take part in single sex writing session.

Children initiate the theme that they would like to complete.

Sessions take part over half a day.

Children investigate; plan then write e.g. visit a skate park to research the variety of jumps.

Plan a letter to the local council.

Write their letter to ask for additional jumps.

Teachers complete cross moderation of individual sexes to identify gaps across the boys and girls.

ACTIVE READING

Children learn to read each and every day at Greenfields, continuously through the curriculum, and directly taught during specific reading sessions.  The approach we use is called Active Reading and takes place daily throughout the school.

At Greenfields we teach reading through Active Reading. Active reading is an approach to reading which is based on reciprocal reading. Teachers have access to a range or class novels which have been carefully selected tor each year group.

Reciprocal reading is a well-researched method used to develop learners’ reading skills, promote higher order thinking, develop listening and talking, and ensure access to the curriculum for all learners.

Its aims are to:

  • improve reading comprehension through the use of four reading strategies: predicting (Work It Out), questioning (Question It), clarifying (Clear It Up) and summarising (Sum it Up)
  • scaffold the four strategies by modelling, guiding and applying the strategies while reading
  • enable pupils to reflect on their reading and develop higher order thinking skills
  • use the social nature of learning to improve reading comprehension
  • be one strategy in promoting literacy across learning in all areas

 

HOME READING

The children have access to:

  • Oxford reading tree
  • Usborne
  • Collins
  • Project X
  • A wide range of chapter books by various authors

If you would like further information about the curriculum followed at Greenfields Primary School please contact us.

David Ross Educational Trust and British Values:

The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain. A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.