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Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

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. 

 

English

 

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.

 

 

Mathematics

 

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.

 

 

Science

 

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.

 

 

Computing

 

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.

 

History

 

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.

 

 

Geography

 

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.

 

 

 

Design Technology

 

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.

 

Creative Arts

 

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.

 

Religious Education

 

The school follows the “Shropshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education”.

 

Modern Foreign

 

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.

Greenacres Primary School

 

R.E.                     Key Stage 1       Year 2019-2020         

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

 

How do different religions teach people to behave towards others?

 

RQ 1, 3, 4, 6, 14

 

 

 

 

 

How do Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali ?

 

How do Christians celebrate Christmas?

 

RQ 2, 9, 10, 13

 

 

 

Why is the Bible a special book for Christians?

 

Why is the Guru Granth Sahib a special book for Sikhs?

 

RQ 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14

 

 

 

 

 

Why is our world special and how might we look after it?

 

How do Sikhs and Christians treat the world through care and respect for living things?

 

What is awe and wonder?

 

RQ 1, 3, 4, 6,

 

 

 

 

Why is God important to Christians and Sikhs?

 

RQ 9

 

What are my special times?

e.g. Christening/Marriage

 

RQ 2,

 

 

 

 

What special things do Sikhs use, wear and do in their homes and their special buildings?

 

What special things do Christians use, wear and do in their homes and their special buildings?

 

Beliefs Practices

Worships

Signs and symbols

(Enrichment Sikhs)

 

RQ 2, 4, 10, 14

 

 

Harvest

 

Diwali

Christmas

Chinese New Year

Easter

Ramadan

Special Places

 

 

R.E.                     Key Stage 1       Year 2020-2021         

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

 

How do I, Christians and Jews show how they belong?

Belonging to a group – family, community,

Signs & symbols

 

 

RQ 1, 4, 5

 

 

 

 

Why do Jews celebrate Hanukkah?

 

Why do Christians Celebrate Christmas?

 

Signs & symbols

Worship, food, clothing

 

RQ 2, 10, 13, 14

 

 

 

What stories do Christians and Jews tell about how the world began?

Creation stories

 

RQ 6, 8, 12, 13

 

 

What makes us sad?

How do Christians and Jews deal with sadness? (Loss)

 

Relate to Easter

What happens when I lose someone or something special

 

RQ 2, 7, 9, 10, 12.

 

 

Who am I important to and what is important to me?

 

What is important to Christians and Jews?

 

RQ 1, 3, 5, 10

 

 

What places are special to Christians and Jews and why?

 

RQ 2, 10, 14

Rosh Hashanah

 

Harvest

 

Diwali

Christmas

Chinese New Year

Easter

Ramadan

Special Journeys

 

R.E.                     Key Stage 2       Year 2019-2020         

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

 

What do religious traditions say about how we should treat one another? Focus on Hinduism

 

RQ 1, 3, 4, 6, 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do Hindus celebrate Diwali?

 

Why do Christians celebrate Christmas?

 

 

 

RQ 2, 9, 1O, 13, 14

 

 

How does Hinduism   mark special times in life?

 

How do Christians mark special times in life?

 

RQ 2, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14

 

Buildings for Worship

 

 

What does religion teach about the natural world and our relationship with it? Focus on Hinduism.

 

RQ 4, 5, 6

 

Why do Christians celebrate Easter?

 

RQ 2, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

 

 

 

What does a Christian mean by loving your neighbours?

How do other religions view neighbours?

Focus on charity.

 

RQ 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10

 

 

In what ways does a religious belief influence how someone lives their life?

 

Focus on Christianity and Hinduism but compare and contrast with learning so far about religions studied.

 

 

RQ Opportunities for all for assessment opportunities at end of the year.

 

Harvest

 

Diwali

Christmas

Chinese New Year

Easter

Ramadan

Special Journeys

 

 

R.E.                     Key Stage 2       Year 2020-2021         

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

 

What do faith communities do to show new members they belong?

Focus on Christianity and Islam.

 

RQ 2, 4, 5, 9, 1O, 11, 14

 

 

 

 

 

What festivals to Muslims celebrate?

Why do Christians celebrate Christmas?

 

 

 

RQ 2, 10, 14

 

 

 

 

How do religions deal and help with suffering?

Focus on Christianity and Islam

 

 

 

RQ 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13

 

 

In what ways does a religious belief influence how Muslims live their lives?

 

RQ 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 14

 

 

 

 

 

How does Islam mark special times in life?

Compare with Christian practice.

 

 

RQ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 14

 

 

How do believers regard God?

 

Compare And contrast religions studied so far and focus on Islam and Christianity.

 

RQ Opportunities for all for assessment opportunities at end of the year.

 

Harvest

 

Diwali

Christmas

 

Chinese New Year

Easter

Ramadan

Special Journeys

 

 

R.E.                     Key Stage 2       Year 2021-2022

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

 

What sort of book is the bible?

 

Do Hindus have a holy book?

 

 

RQ 8, 9, 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What and how do Hindus celebrate?

 

What is Christmas?

 

 

 

RQ 2, 9, 10, 14

 

 

How do Hindus deal and help with suffering?

 

How do Christians deal and help with suffering?

 

RQ 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12

 

 

 

 

What do Hindus believe about God?

 

 

Why do Christians celebrate Easter?

 

 

RQ 9, 11, 12, 14

 

 

 

 

 

In what ways does a religious belief influence how someone lives their life?

 Focus on Hinduism .

 

RQ  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14

 

 

 

 

In what ways does a religious belief influence how someone lives their life?

 

Compare and contrast at least two of the previous religions studied

 

RQ Opportunity for all for assessment at end of the year.

 

Harvest

 

Diwali

Christmas

Chinese New Year

Easter

Ramadan

Special Journeys

 

 

R.E.                     Key Stage 2       Year  2022-2023

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

 

How do people celebrate and mark special times in their life. Focus on Islam and Christianity.

 

 

RQ 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do Muslims celebrate?

 

Who celebrates Christmas?

 

 

 

 

 

RQ 2, 4, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14

 

 

 

 

What do people do when someone dies and why do they do this? Focus on Christianity and Islam

 

 

 

RQ 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12,

 

 

What is the Koran and why is it important?

 

Who celebrates Easter and why?

 

 

 

RQ 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14

 

 

What different views describe or explain how the world began? Focus on Islam and Christianity.

 

 

RQ 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 13

 

 

In what ways does religious belief influence how Muslims live their lives?

 

Compare and contrast with previous learning about other religions.

 

 

RQ Opportunities for all for assessment opportunies at end of the year.

Harvest

 

Diwali

Christmas

Chinese New Year

Easter

Ramadan

Special Journeys

 

 

 

RE Agreed Syllabus 2019

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