The National Curriculum
A new National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014. This new, more challenging, but slimmed down curriculum focuses on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.
Schools are free to choose how they organise their school day, as long as the content of the National Curriculum programmes of study is taught to all pupils. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study. The new National Curriculum identifies what to teach but not how to teach.
At Greenland we aim to excite our children about learning and to give them an appreciation that learning is a life-long process that can make a difference to their lives as children and in the future. We endeavour to provide a broad, balanced, rich and vivid curriculum which promotes a love of learning and high standards especially in reading, writing and mathematics.
We seek to equip children with the necessary knowledge and understanding to prepare them for the future by focusing on the development of thinking skills such as reflection, reasoning, resilience, responsibility and resourcefulness. Our curriculum seeks to be creative and allows children’s individual talents and skills to shine. We present our learning to the children through a series of questions and look to enrich their learning with trips to relevant sites in our local area and beyond and through having visitors come in to school.
Central to our curriculum is an understanding that to be successful children need to learn skills such as; cooperation, friendship, integrity, caring, courage, curiosity, perseverance, flexibility, effort, risk taking problem solving and organisation. We try to ensure that every moment is used and encouraged as a learning opportunity whether it is learning a new aspect of mathematics, learning how to perform in front of others, learning how to resolve a friendship difficulty or learning to contribute to a whole school project.
To find out more about the Curriculum we follow please do not hesitate to contact you child’s class teacher or our Main Office on 01207 232147.
In Key Stage One the curriculum follows a yearly cycle. In Key Stage Two, however, because of mixed age classes we follow a two year rolling programme. Click on the links below to view the long term plan for each year group.
- Curriculum Overview Year 1
- Curriculum Overview Year 2
- Curriculum Overview Year 3
- Curriculum Overview Year 4
- Curriculum Overview Year 5
- Curriculum Overview Year 6
In order to view what your child will be leaning about each term please view the classes section of our website.
Progress and Achievements
Careful records of each child’s work, progress and achievements are kept and reviewed in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum. The teaching staff are always willing to discuss children’s work and progress with parents. In addition Parents’ Evenings are arranged for the Autumn and Spring terms. An end of year written report is prepared for parents in July of each year and information about progress and attainment is sent out each term.
Additional Curriculum and Extra-Curricular Activities
All children in Year 4 have the opportunity to play an instrument (currently this is Ukulele). In KS2, opportunities exist for a small number of children to learn to play a variety of instruments such as the violin or trumpet. These are taught by teachers from the Peripatetic Music Service.
The children are encouraged to take part in extra curricular activities. These activities include school choir, football and cycling proficiency. During the year we also try to arrange coaching in other sports such as tennis, dance, cricket and multisports. All these activities are an important part in the life of the school. Whenever possible the children are given the opportunity of taking part in educational visits and practical experiences related to their work. In Year 5 or Year 6 the children are given the opportunity to take part in a residential visit.
Charges for School Activities
In order to meet the requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act, schools must ensure that parental contributions to any activity which takes place during the school day, are ‘voluntary’. Our practice is to try to subsidise educational visits when we can. Parents will appreciate however that without their voluntary contributions the proposed activities may not take place.
Children are expected to read at home on a regular basis and from Year 1, they are usually given literacy and numeracy homework weekly. This should take up to 15-20 minutes to complete (depending on the age of the child). We may, on occasions, request children to follow up work done in school. This may be to complete a particular task given at school, find something out at home, read more about a particular topic, or have extra practice in perhaps spelling or times tables. As well as reinforcing classroom learning, this homework is intended to develop the children’s organisational skills in preparation for secondary school. Junior children have a planner to record homework and other events. Parents are welcome to make comments or send messages through their child’s diary.
If your child would like more work to do at home, they are always welcome to carry out their own independent research on their current topic.
We expect you to give your child every encouragement and support their efforts. A cheerful, positive attitude on your part will ensure that homework does not cause undue stress and anxiety for you or your child. Parental interest in children’s work is greatly appreciated, and the willingness to give time and effort at home is valued highly in school.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Greenland Community Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEND Information Report.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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