At Greenfields, the curriculum is the entire experience in our school. This includes the formal programme of educational provision, extra curricular activities and those aspects of school life, which contribute to the development of the whole child and the whole school ethos.
Our curriculum has been carefully designed, planned and organised to ensure breadth, balance and depth for every learner in our school.
CURRICULUM BREADTH: Careful analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with three key priorities underpinning every subject area. We believe that by focusing on the following key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.
Our curriculum priorities are:
- Aspiration – we aim to provide experiences that show children the wide range of possibilities available for their future, including further education and the World of Work.
- Initiative – we aim to offer enquiry based experiences that help children to become curious, independent and resourceful learners.
- Environment – we aim to provide real, meaningful experiences that help children to value their environment and understand their responsibilities towards sustaining their local and global environment.
We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support our school culture and ensure that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community, making them proud of our British values and the diverse society to which we belong. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals in life.
CURRICULUM BALANCE: At Greenfields, we believe that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on how children feel about themselves, so that they become resilient, feel confident and are ready to tackle any challenge they may face.
We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects. This balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas.
We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported. Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, is designed to ensure that every pupil at Greenfields can make excellent progress both academically and personally.
CURRICULUM DEPTH: At Greenfields, our definition of progress is: the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
This careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Our curriculum is designed to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.
To make learning as interesting and meaningful as possible for the children, our curriculum is enquiry based, featuring local people, local places and interesting local facts.
You can see our enquiry thematic plan here: GCPS Enquiry Long Term Plan 2018-2020 .
Throughout the school children follow programmes of study directly related to the National Curriculum. Children in Pre-School, Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, children in Year 1 and Year 2 work on Key Stage 1 programmes of study, and children in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 work on Key Stage 2 programmes of study. Children throughout school are taught French as our chosen modern foreign language.
All pupils are also given the opportunity to take part in our very own Forest School, which is run by fully trained members of school staff. At Forest School, children are encouraged to work co-operatively and learn to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather!
Please click on any of the blue links below for details about the curriculum in each year group:
If you would like to know more about the curriculum that we follow, please contact the Headteacher – details are on our ‘Contact Us’ page.