The Primary department has taken a gradual cohort of staff and pupils since April 2019. Since this time Greenfields’ Primary Curriculum and timetable has undergone significant change and development to ensure that we are offering an appropriate, bespoke and nurturing curriculum. Our Primary Curriculum Long Term plans remain live documents as we continue to alter learning to meet the needs of our complex pupils.
The Primary department is split into three classes; ‘Key Stage One’; ‘Key Stage Two’; Year 6. However, pupils access classes dependant on ability, age and social skills. Currently KS1 is made up of predominately Year 2 children, therefore the Year 2 curriculum is taught and differentiated for the pupils. Similarly, KS2 is currently made up of mostly Year 4 and 5 children so the Year 4 curriculum is delivered and differentiated. This forms the first year of our two year cycle. As the Year 6 curriculum focuses heavily on consolidation of previous learning, the Year 6 class is only made up of Year 6 pupils, if we feel a pupil still needs to develop their knowledge before moving into Year 6 they will be supported in the KS2 class.
We use a thematic approach to planning and teaching which allows children to become immersed in a topic. Topics are changed every two terms. In addition to daily English and Maths lessons, all pupils receive one discrete session of Science and PHSE each week. All classes also have 2 lessons of Art and Design Technology every week, which includes some practical cooking lessons. Humanities subjects, Computing, Music and MFL are taught during Topic lessons in 3-week subject blocks, this allows pupils time to develop their knowledge and skills in History, Geography, Music, Computing and Languages separately. At Greenfield’s Academy we also feel it is important that children learn out of the classroom which is why we place an emphasis on physical and outdoor education (see outdoor education rationale).
In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 students receive one 45-minute Literacy and one 45-minute Numeracy lesson every day. We feel that understanding in these subjects form the basis for which to build learning across the rest of the curriculum, therefore they take up a large percentage of our bespoke and enriching curriculum.
All Literacy and Numeracy lessons are linked the term’s Topic work and class reading book where possible. This allows children a greater opportunity to develop their subject specific skills as lessons are designed to build on existing Topic knowledge.
Further to this all pupils read for 20 minutes every day following lunch time, during this time pupils are encouraged to choose a level appropriate book from their classroom library areas and read independently. Staff then listen to each child read at least twice a week and provide additional support/progress children to the next level reading book where necessary. Once children achieve Level 20 of our ‘Project X’ reading scheme, they are considered ‘free-readers’ and can choose any age appropriate books from our selection. All pupils also have a reading record to log all their reading progress, this is designed to encourage children to answer key comprehension questions, give their own opinions of the books they have read and to complete book reviews. Children are encouraged to take their reading books and records home and read at home as well.
In the Primary department at Greenfields Academy Art and Design Technology is focused on a combination of ‘Artist of the Term’ and each classes’ Topic. Every term all 3 classes study the same artist and practise working in different materials to work in their styles. This gives the children the opportunity to develop an awareness of and appreciation for great artists whilst studying their methods. For the rest of the term pupils complete Art and Design Technology work linked to their thematic Topic.
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Phonics at Greenfields
Aims, Principles and Values
• Children should be engaged in interesting, hands-on topics and experiences
• Promote positive attitudes towards learning so children can explore and enjoy learning
• Make meaningful links between subjects
• Make learning relevant to their own lives so they can make connections to abstract themes and concepts
• Develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of themes, subjects and disciplines
• Promote acceptance of culture and heritage, including British Values
• Develop skills and strategies to work independently
• Develop the passion and perseverance towards achieving long-term goals
• Nurture children’s passions and interests
• Prepare children for their future
• Helps children to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally.
• Promotes children to be independent, responsible, articulate, reflective, driven, confident and considerate members of the community.
• Develops children’s confidence in research and exploration.
• Enables children to contribute positively within a culturally diverse society.
• Inspires and ignites creativity and problem solving.
• Delivers a core body of knowledge (that is progressive from 3-11 years) that offers breadth and balance across a diverse curriculum.
• Provides a progression of skills across year groups.
• Provides a progression of knowledge and skills across subjects.
• Enables children to be literate and numerate.
• Develops links with the wider community including visits from and to experts.
• Harnesses and grows children’s interests and passions.
• Inspires awe, wonder and inquisitive minds.
• Helps children to develop the ability to discern information and become digitally literate.
• Provides children with life skills to prepare them for the next phase of their lives and the real world.
The national curriculum (2014) is a progressive curriculum. It provides the outcomes required as a prerequisite for the following year. It is important that the curriculum offer at Greenfields provides the breadth and depth in order for outcomes to be explored in a range of contexts.
To support this the academy will provide a thematic curriculum based on the premise of immersive learning which uses the four cornerstones of learning. These four stages are distinct stages that actively promote learning and thinking.
• Hook learners in with a project launch;
• Set the scene and provide the context;
• Ask questions to provoke thought and interest;
• Use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity.
• Teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding;
• Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation;
• Provide creative opportunities for making and doing;
• Deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum.
• Provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking;
• Enable and assess the application of previously learned skills;
• Encourage enterprise and independent thinking;
• Work in groups and independently to solve problems.
• Encourage reflective talk by asking questions;
• Provide opportunities for shared evaluation;
• Celebrate success;
• Identify next steps for learning.
This curriculum provides a range of themes for the children to explore, moreover, the range is broad enough to enable a two-year rolling programme allowing teachers to tailor to the needs and interests of the children.