Greenacres Primary School endeavours to provide each child with a broad and balanced curriculum centred on the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum, including Religious Education, and the curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
When children start full – time education and up to the end of their Reception year they are within the EYFS. After leaving EYFS they join Key Stage One (KS1) starting in Year 1 and moving into Year 2. Key Stage 2 (KS2) is the final stage of primary education and is often referred to as Lower Key Stage 2 - Years 3 and 4 – and Upper Key Stage 2 – Years 5 and 6.
The English curriculum comprises four inter – related aspects: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The importance of reading is recognised by the school. Reading is taught using a range reading schemes combined with a selection of narrative and non- narrative colour banded books aimed to suit and interest the individual requirements of every child.
In Key Stage 1 the reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree Floppy Phonics which is supported by the teaching of phonics. Guided reading materials include Big Cat Phonics, Phonics Bug and Rigby Star. The Letters and Sounds programme is used to teach phonics to all pupils in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. The programme is also used with pupils in Key Stage 2 who are not yet making age related progress.
The school encourages children to read with understanding for both pleasure and information. Children may take home reading books and we would appreciate your support in reading to/ with your child, listening to your child read and praising your child’s efforts when he/ she brings books home.
Children are introduced to a variety of approaches to spelling, including instruction in word structure, phonics, visual clues and routines to build confidence and competence. Dictionaries and thesauri are available in every classroom.
The English curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop the ability to listen with understanding and to appreciate the contribution of others to discussions and to express themselves orally. Their speaking and listening skills, and their ability to write for a range of purposes, is developed throughout their primary education.
Our Mathematics curriculum follows the expectations of the National Curriculum. The children learn mathematical facts, skills and concepts of number, shape, measures and data handling through investigations and problem solving. A great deal of emphasis is placed upon the need for understanding and enjoyment. We use a variety of resources to support our Maths teaching and there is an emphasis on using equipment and images to support learning.
For the most part, science is taught as a discrete area. On occasions, the teaching of science will be linked to a class theme. During the year we endeavour to ensure a balance of scientific investigation, including both physical and natural science. Each child will be involved in planning, predicting, carrying out fair tests, evaluating results and drawing conclusions.
Teaching of this area follows the requirements of the National Curriculum. The school is well equipped with a suite of 24 networked computers which all pupils can use in order to develop their skills in word processing, graphics, data handling and the use of the internet. EYFS and Key Stage 1 also have access to computers in their classrooms. Two sets of tablets have recently been purchased to provide further opportunities for use of ICT within and outside the classroom.
The teaching of history follows the requirements of the National Curriculum and can be taught through a theme where this complements the learning. We believe that it is important for our children to recognise the influence of the past on the present. We place a great deal of emphasis on visits and visitors to support our teaching and the children’s experiences. Children are also taught to use a variety of secondary sources of information including books, the internet and artefacts.
The teaching of Geography follows the requirements of the National Curriculum and can be taught through a theme when this will enhance the learning. We aim to foster an interest in the local environment, including the people living and working in it, and an understanding of the people from different communities and other areas of the world. We place a great deal of emphasis on visits and visitors to support our teaching and the children’s experiences. Work in this area will also be supported by secondary sources including maps, atlases, globes, reference books, the internet, photographs and objects.
DT comprises a combination of focused practical tasks and “design and make” activities and follows the requirements of the National Curriculum. DT projects are usually linked to other subject areas but can be taught discreetly.
The schemes of work for the creative arts ie art, music, drama, dance are based on the requirements of the National Curriculum. Activities are planned to stimulate the children’s imagination and develop new skills. We offer extra music tuition in Key Stage 2 and encourage pupils to participate in a variety of music and dance experiences both within and outside school when possible. We also arrange for performances in school from both musical and theatrical groups for all our pupils.
Physical Education and Sport
The school hall, playground and field are all used for physical education. Lessons in physical education are devised from a scheme of work and cover gymnastics, games, dance, athletics, and ball skills development. We employ a specialist PE teacher for one day per week.
The school aims to introduce children to a range of sporting activities and competitive sports events take place between school house teams.
During the Autumn Term swimming is undertaken by the Year5/6 children on a weekly basis.
Personal, Social. Health Education and Citizenship
Programmes of work in this area of the curriculum include health, hygiene and safety, the development of personality, positive attitudes and physical, social and emotional development (including independence, collaboration, co-operation and self-confidence). We believe that the development of these qualities is essential if children are to develop as members of society.
Planning includes opportunities for enhancing children’s self-esteem, giving them responsibility and encouraging them to respect others for their beliefs and ideas.
We aim tocreate an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, safe and happy.
Relationships and Sex Education is taught throughout the school, following the “Shropshire Respect Yourself” scheme of work. We provide parents with opportunities to discuss the school’s policy and practice, informing them about the timing of the delivery and offering an opportunity to view resources.
The school follows the “Shropshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education”.
French is taught throughout Key Stage 2, following the scheme Niveau Bleu.
If you need any further detail regarding any aspect of the curriculum please contact the school.