Like other state schools in England, we follow the national curriculum which was made mandatory from September 2014. As well as specific content, we ensure our curriculum is tailored to our community as well as providing opportunities for our children to thrive in their learning.
Greenwood Primary school offers a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum, which is designed to allow children access to learning opportunities that interest and motivate them, and which develops their skills in order to succeed in later life. While prioritising the basic skills of Mathematics and English, the school promotes creativity and cross-curricular knowledge through the foundation subjects. This is achieved through a topic based approach to learning in the Foundation subjects. Spanish is the adopted Modern Foreign Language in KS2.
The school informs parents about the curriculum through newsletters, year group planning on the school website (hard copies available from the school office), class assemblies and regular parent workshops.
The teaching of reading is prioritised throughout the school but particularly in the Infant department. The primary strategy taught is synthetic phonics. The Infant classes are taught phonics daily and much of this is through sets (groups made according to each child’s stage of learning). The school uses the scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’ throughout the Infants but the commercially produced ‘Jolly Phonics scheme’ is used in early Years to assist children through actions and songs.
The children in the Infants are heard to read by an adult twice a week. One occasion is individually, using ‘The Oxford Reading Tree’ and other schemes, used to give variety, including phonetically decodable books. These are arranged into coloured book bands and are sent home weekly with a record book for the parents’ information. The second occasion is guided reading in which small groups of similar ability children read a book together. Separate schemes are used for this, including ‘All Aboard’, ‘Rigby Star’, and Pearson’s ‘Phonic Bug Scheme’ and some non-scheme books which have been colour banded. These books are not sent home but can be seen by parents on request.
The school recognises that good speaking and listening skills are essential for a child to become a proficient reader and in early years communication is given great emphasis.
Reading in KS2 is mainly taught through guided reading but children who require one to one support are given extra reading opportunities. Phonics continues to be taught to children for whom it is a priority through small intervention groups.
Writing is taught weekly over two sessions from Year 1 to 6. One day is a planning session and the other a writing session.
The school plans using the National Curriculum without using a commercially produced Mathematics scheme. Teachers plan activities using a variety of resources to match the needs of groups and individual children. Number and computation are given priority and are taught every week. The school has a calculation policy which explains the order concepts are taught and the methods used. (Copies of this may be requested from the school office) All activities are differentiated (planned at different levels) within classes and in Years 5 and 6 the children are taught in maths sets for 5 days in year 5 and 3 days in year 6.
Please see what each year group will be covering this half term.