The curriculum at Greenfields Academy is broad, balanced and meets the requirements of the National Curriculum.
It is thematic in its approach with a focus on purposeful learning. Purposeful learning leads to a clear outcome whereby children can identify the skills they have developed and their success within the project. English and mathematics will thread through the thematic curriculum; however, they will be taught discreetly as these gateway subjects will ensure that children can access other subjects and disciplines in greater depth.
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.
Click Here to download the Primary Curriculum Design 2018 document.