Curriculum

2019 – 2020

At Greenfields Primary School our intention is that our curriculum extends opportunity, raises aspiration, opens children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment, enables our children to live happy, healthy and productive lives and inspires children to learn more.

We use our school Vision, which has been developed by pupils, staff and governors, as a model to live out both within school and out of school

Our Vision & Ethos

At Greenfields we aim to “Impart knowledge, cultivate virtue and nurture the individual aspirations of our future generation”.

We aim to provide a safe and secure environment in which our pupils develop spiritually, morally and academically. Proud of Islamic values, respectful of others but ultimately confident in the ability of Islām to equip them for all aspects this life and the Hereafter. We aspire to inspire our pupils to reach their full potential.

Our trust is in Allāh, our best example is the Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ .

Our motto is ‘Together we Learn, Enjoy, Achieve and Excel’. At our core is commitment to promote shared values; helping us to be responsible, respectful, kind and caring members of our and the wider community.

Knowledge, Aspiration, Virtue, Resilience and Caring

Our curriculum encourages our children to: Be Curious, Be Knowledgeable, Be Adventurous, Be Creative, Be Collaborative, Be Reflective, Be Positive. We aim to build resilience and encourage a positive mind-set amongst our children as it is often through mistakes we learn the most.

Everyone at Greenfields follows the Eight Steps to Success: Imagine, Improve, Understand others, don’t give up, Try new things, Work hard, Concentrate, Push Yourself.

Our curriculum is focused on the development of children’s knowledge and skills across all primary subjects with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning. Our families are key partners in developing their children’s knowledge and we are grateful to all our families who support their child’s learning. We are a reflective school and continually strive to improve our teaching and learning in light of the latest research and this has included a focus on how to improve children’s long-term memory of the knowledge provided in school.

In Maths we follow a mastery approach where all pupils are taught to their year group expectation with challenge for the more able and support for those who need it.

Reading is given a high priority in our curriculum as it the ability to read and understand which opens up learning for children. We run a weekly reading challenge which requires children to read at least three times a week outside of school. We strive to make reading as much fun as possible through visiting authors and initiatives such as “Mystery Readers”. We believe the development of children’s vocabulary is a vital tool in learning and understanding the full curriculum. Pupils learn to share, work independently and play with others.

At Greenfields Primary school we are keen to promote the diversity of life and celebrate difference and promote respect for all. Through our teaching, learning and behaviour expectations, we give pupils the knowledge and understanding of how discrimination and prejudiced behaviour is dealt with, including the prevention of bullying.

Pupils with special needs are well-supported in school with extra support and/or resources deployed where necessary to help close individual learning gaps.

Assessment is used to identify children’s progress and find out areas where they are less confident. These assessments inform teacher’s lesson planning. Assessment is carried out across the curriculum through questioning and low risk quizzes. Children complete summative assessments termly to show progress in reading, writing and maths.

We believe our curriculum prepares our children well for their secondary education and has inspired them to find out more about the world around them. We aim to provide our children with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life. This capital is introduced through school trips locally and further afield, visits to museums, galleries and heritage sites. Further enrichment is achieved through foreign languages, poetry, classic and modern literature, guest speakers and visitors.

At Greenfields Primary School we follow the National Curriculum and strive to enrich the curriculum wherever possible. Our children are taught in classes, small groups or individually, according to their needs, within the framework of the National Curriculum. A variety of teaching styles are used in school, based on good practice and teachers continually reflect on their teaching. We are always seeking to innovate where appropriate, to maintain high standards and provide the best in primary school practice.

We have four intentions when it comes to measuring the impact of our curriculum.

Intention 1: to develop our pupil’s knowledge (Our head and body: what we learn)

We strive to ensure that our children’s aspirations in core and foundation subjects are in line with or exceeding their age related expectations when we consider the varied starting points of children. We measure this carefully using a range of materials, but always considering where they should be for how old they are. We intend that the impact is that children will be academically and physically prepared for the next phase of their education, in Britain and the wider world. 

Intention 2: Develop the character of our learners (Our heart and character: Who we are when we learn) 

The impact will be that our learners will have fully rounded characters with a clear understanding of complex values like equality, friendship, trust and many others. Only by really learning what these mean will our learners be able to develop a character that prepares them for living in the community demonstrating tolerance and equality. We measure this not just by the work our children produce, but in the behaviours we see each and every day in all learners on the playground, in the corridor, and in the many roles we give them. The impact of this intention is seen in the daily interaction and virtues of all members of our school community.

Intention 3: Develop behaviours and habits to become effective learners (Our actions and attitudes: How we act when we learn)

The impact we intend to achieve by developing this intention is seen by how the children approach challenges every day. This could be on the playground, in a game or disagreement, or in class in a complex learning challenge. The impact should be that children are resilient, they don’t give up, are highly motivated to succeed and achieve and are equipped with all the personal skills to do this. 

Intention 4: Develop the moral compass of our learners (Our place in the community and wider world: Who we are)

Our learners will be motivated by a strong personal sense of morality. They will make decisions for the right reasons and in the best interests of their community. They will be able to decide what is right and what is wrong and will be resilient to the influence of others. They will go out into the world and make a difference in their own life and to others. 

At Greenfields’s Primary School we uphold British values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the whole child. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

Our learners will be the owners of their own destinies, contributing and caring members of their own and the wider community.  

Curriculum Implementation

Skills and knowledge are taught discretely in subject areas, so that our children gain a broad understanding of each subject and know when they are learning about science or history 

Curriculum Impact

At Greenfields Primary School we strive for all pupils to achieve their maximum potential, by having high expectations and excellent standards. We achieve excellent results in terms of academic success. Our children make rapid progress from Foundation Stage and, by the end of Key Stage Two, do extremely well when compared with national and local results. Our stimulating curriculum teaches core skills in English, maths and science whilst actively promoting all other curriculum areas. It is reassuring for parents to know that we have a proven track record of supporting children successfully to meet their full potential across the curriculum.

Our children enjoy lessons and we believe this early love of learning stimulates children to become life-long learners.

Our work on promoting social skills including good manners, resilience, self-awareness, consideration and cooperation throughout the curriculum enables most children to become fantastic role models and the very best version of themselves.

English

At Greenfields Primary School, we place great emphasis on our pupils learning to speak and write fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others confidently and effectively and through their reading and listening and through their reading and listening others can communicate with them. Through reading pupils have the chance to develop socially, morally, spiritually, culturally, emotionally and academically. Access to a broad and diverse range of literature is crucial to such development. Reading allows pupils to acquire new ideas and knowledge and build upon what they already know. All the skills of language are essential for our pupils to be fully participating and productive members of society; reaching their full potential and avoiding becoming disenfranchised. 

 

 

The National Curriculum states that:

The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. 

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely, often, for pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate 

At Greenfields Primary School, we implement a daily teacher lead reading session. We have increased independent reading time to allow children to develop a love for reading.  Each classroom has a reading corner with access to high quality texts in line with the recommended reading lists for all year groups and are encouraged to use the public library. All classes have an introductory visit to the library at some point during the year.

Maths

At Greenfields Primary school knowledge of Numeracy as a life skill. Aspiring to proficiency a fundamental that encouraged and developed not just in Mathematics but also across the whole curriculum. The learning of Mathematics involves learners having the confidence and competence to use numbers and measures, to grasp shape and space, to contend with real life problems in real life situations. Skills that enrich lives and society with the ability to be secure and provide security. It requires knowledge and understanding of number systems, recalling mathematical concepts and an ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts. A practical understanding of graphs, charts, tables, diagrams and handling data is an important part of numeracy.

At Greenfields Primary School, we understand that Maths is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time. 

At Greenfields:

  • teaching is underpinned by a belief in the importance of mathematics and that most children can succeed in learning mathematics in line with national expectations for the end of each key stage.
  • recognising and acknowledging the importance of Maths in many subjects across the curriculum.
  • encouraging staff to take responsibility for the development of maths in each subject area (such as science…)

 encouraging learners to transfer Mathematical skills and apply them in everyday and unknown contexts.

Geography

Geography is a valued part of the curriculum at Greenfields Primary School. It provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has changed. We place great emphasis on exploring the Earth and increasing our knowledge of its people and their impact. Geography stimulates curiosity, imagination, awe and wonder. We aim to build upon each of our children’s “personal geography” by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through our curriculum. We encourage children to learn by experience and we value fieldwork as an integral part of the geography experience at Greenfields.
At Greenfields we believe:
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should broaden and develop pupil’s knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, alongside a sound grasp of the Earth’s physical and human processes. Geography at Greenfields is about outdoors, exploring and understanding our immediate natural and manmade environment as well as inspiring visits further afield.

Geography

Geography is a valued part of the curriculum at Greenfields Primary School. It provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has changed. We place great emphasis on exploring the Earth and increasing our knowledge of its people and their impact. Geography stimulates curiosity, imagination, awe and wonder. We aim to build upon each of our children’s “personal geography” by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through our curriculum. We encourage children to learn by experience and we value fieldwork as an integral part of the geography experience at Greenfields.
At Greenfields we believe:
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should broaden and develop pupil’s knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, alongside a sound grasp of the Earth’s physical and human processes. Geography at Greenfields is about outdoors, exploring and understanding our immediate natural and manmade environment as well as inspiring visits further afield.

History

Here at Greenfields Primary school we take the children on an exciting and inspirational journey through the ages. We visit the different eras right up to the present day. We base the history curriculum on national curriculum objectives; embedding grounded historical knowledge in addition to key skills such as evaluation, questioning and aspiring to becoming real historians. 

History is a hands on at Greenfields. We provide experiential learning which will engage the children and secure those key facts; this could include exciting activities such as making mud bricks, model buildings and settings to role playing the many dramatic and wondrous events across the years. We ensure our topics lend themselves well to our promotion and learning of virtues and common values, with talks of democracy and other systems throughout the ages. Discussions about the rule of law, tolerance and the rights of people and humanities struggle. Topics also always include extended writing and presentation.

Science

At Greenfields Primary school, we aim that all our pupils develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude to Science; to cultivate pupils’ enjoyment and interest in Science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life. Each child will become more aware of and be able to use scientific approaches and methods. Children will be given opportunities to develop their scientific understanding of the world and their skills of investigation, including, observation, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, fair testing, communicating and interpreting.

At the core of Science at Greenfields is a hands-on approach, so children can develop their understanding of nature, processes and methods of science through a range of scientific enquiries that can help them gain Knowledge and insight into the world around them.

We will actively encourage children to take an active lead in their learning by articulating their own lines of inquiry. A range of varied opportunities will be provided to promote and develop scientific ways of thinking, perseverance, objectivity and recognition of the virtues of teamwork. Children will gain an awareness of crucial issues encouraging them to become rounded responsible citizens who can make informed life choices. 

At Greenfields we wish to inspire awe and wonder of the world we live in, to bring the national curriculum objectives for science to life. The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and understanding of concepts in the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge and skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

We furthermore aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Recognise the impact science has on individuals, on society and on the environment.
  • Are equipped with the confidence and capability to use science skills throughout their lives. 
  • Develop an understanding of the Earth’s resources and the need to make responsible and sustainable use of them.
  • Express opinions and make decisions on social, moral, ethical, economic and environmental issues in line with our school ethos.

Computing

At Greenfields Primary School we imbed an exciting computing program for all pupils with specialist days and themes spread throughout the academic year.

Pupils are given regular opportunities where they can use laptops to fully engage in the lesson and practice their skills. During these computing lessons we cover topics such as codes and code breaking, Scratch programming, sound editing, website authoring, blog writing; as well as the more traditional ICT topics such as E-Safety and Microsoft Office.

As a school, we have a strong commitment to Internet Safety and regularly celebrate Internet Safety Day with a host of activities across the school – ensuring that children know exactly what to do if they have concerns about any content or contact on the internet.

Art & Design

At Greenfields Primary School we believe that art should be an integral part of a child’s learning in order to stimulate and cater for a child’s creativity. Art should not be seen as merely producing a picture but a subject where children learn new and exciting skills using a wide array of materials and produce artwork on varying scales. 

At Greenfields we aim to involve all children within a creative process, experimenting with a range of materials and mediums in order to inspire their imagination and widen their understanding of how art is created. They will produce art in different forms, including sculpture and reflect on their own and others artwork. They will also become aware of not only British artists but an array of artists from different countries and cultures who will inspire their own artwork. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and build an appreciation and enjoyment of visual art. 

Aims: 

  • To enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, selecting their own ideas to use in their work
  •  To develop creativity and imagination through a range of differing activities; To improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques
  • To increase the critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures
  • To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers. 

We provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity. Children experience a wide range of activities that they respond to, using the various senses. We give them the opportunity to work alongside artists and other adults as well as visits to experience the work of professional artists. The activities that they take part in are imaginative and enjoyable.

PSHE & Citizenship

PSHE and Citizenship at Greenfields Primary School enables children to become healthy, confident, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community; in so doing we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed and about rights and responsibilities. Our pupils learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society. PSHE & Citizenship helps children to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding, attitudes and values, which are necessary to make sense of their life experiences and to feel confident and informed. We aim to prepare our children for their future through the delivery of a comprehensive PSHE & Citizenship programme. 

 

Aims:

  • develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally
  • know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • be aware of safety issues, including the dangers of drugs and alcohol
  • understand what makes for good relationships with others
  • understand and manage their emotions
  • value themselves and respect others
  • acknowledge and appreciate difference and diversity
  • be independent and responsible members of the school and the local community
  • be positive and active members of a society
  • develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • safeguard the environment
  • develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.

P.E

At Greenfields Primary School we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment is an essential and vital contributor to the wellbeing and physical development of our pupils. Our broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for children’s increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations, to collaborate with others and build resilience. At Greenfields Primary School we believe Physical Education should be an area of learning where self-esteem, physical progression and positive attitudes are fostered and nurtured. Physical Education provides all children with the opportunity to succeed, both as individuals and as valid members of a team. At the core of Physical Education at Greenfields is the promotion of healthy lifestyles, inspiring our children to pursue and develop throughout their adult life. 

Some of our aims:

  Foster a love for and enjoyment of being active. 

Lead healthy and active lives. 

  • Develop ‘fitness for life’ through promoting the health benefits of regular exercise. 
  • Identify talents. 
  • Develop self-esteem, resilience, confidence and social skills. 
  • Give children a way of expressing themselves and an opportunity to be creative. 
  • Develop a range of transferable skills that can be applied in other contexts. 
  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.

Islamic Studies & RE

At Greenfields Primary School we believe that our children need to be inspired with a sense of virtue. Our children need to know and believe that sincerity, for the sake of Allah, honesty, respect, responsibility and courage is the only way for a good Muslim to be. The way to achieve this is by following the example of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), his companions, and the righteous of the generations that followed. Religious education makes a distinctive contribution to a balanced and broadly-based school curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and of society. At Greenfields Primary School we believe strongly in the benefit of this and have therefore implemented the teaching of Religious Studies for all our pupils. 

Religious education contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It encourages them to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community. RE has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

  • successful learners who aspire to, make personal progress, achieve and who aspire to be the best versions of themselves
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to their own community and society as a whole and the wider world.

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