Greenhill Primary School Curriculum Policy (September 2016)
At Greenhill Primary School we believe in learning within a curriculum that has been specifically designed for our children and their world. Our curriculum takes into account the local, regional, national and global context within which our children live. We aim to engage and inspire our young people, developing the skills and attitudes to make them effective lifelong learners.
The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children as set out in the school’s aims and vision. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential and ‘be the best they can be’.
Aims and objectives
The aims of our school curriculum are:
- to enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability;
- to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and
acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
- to teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information communication
- to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
- to teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society
have changed over time;
- to help children understand Britain’s cultural heritage;
- to enable children to be positive citizens in society;
- to fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for
- to teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand
right from wrong;
- to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up
committed to equal opportunities for all;
- to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live
and work co-operatively with others.
Organisation and planning
We plan our curriculum in three phases. We agree a long-term plan for each key stage before the academic year starts. This indicates what topics are to be taught in each term, and to which groups of children. All of our topics contain an exciting hook which may take the form of a visit out of school, a visitor into school or another exciting experience. We review our long-term plan on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all of the subjects are given a focus on a regular basis.
Our medium term planning contains the specific objectives that are planned to be covered each half term and term.
Our short-term plans are those that our teachers write on a weekly or daily basis. We use these to set out the learning objectives for each session, and to identify what resources and activities we are going to use in the lesson.
In the Foundation Stage and at Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 we adopt a topic approach to curriculum planning. We plan the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum and early learning goals, and there is planned progression in all curriculum areas.
At Key Stage 2 the curriculum at our school places a greater emphasis on the core and foundation subjects than it does at Key Stage 1, and we teach these subjects separately although as part of a cohesive topic. This means that, for example, a child may concentrate in one term on a history topic, then switch to a greater emphasis on geography in the next term. Over the three terms of the academic year, each child has the opportunity to experience the full range of National Curriculum subjects.
The Foundation Stage
The curriculum that we teach in F2 meets the requirements set out in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Our curriculum planning focuses on the Early Learning Goals and on developing children’s skills and experiences, as set out in this document.
Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play, and by engaging in well-planned structured activities. Teaching in the F2 class builds on the experiences of the children in their pre-school learning. We do all we can to build positive partnerships with the variety of F1 and other pre-school providers in the area.
During the children’s first term in the reception class, their teacher makes a baseline assessment to record the skills of each child on entry to the school. This assessment forms an important part of the future curriculum planning for each child.
We are well aware that all children need the support of parents and teachers to make good progress in school. We strive to build positive links with the parents of each child by keeping them informed about the way in which the children are being taught and how well each child is progressing.
For further details on how we support children who require additional support with their learning please click here to see our SEND Policy.