At Greenhill, we are committed to providing every child with a broad and balanced curriculum experience. One that supports and develops the natural curiosity of children whilst providing them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to be successful members of the local, British and global society.
As with all state funded schools, our School Curriculum follows the requirements of the National Curriculum a copy of which can be found here. Each subject is adapted to meet the needs of our pupils and to support our school ethos and values. For example, we actively encourage perseverance, resilience, tolerance, respect and community in lessons, assemblies and in the way people treat each other.
Below is an outline of the aims of each of the subjects our pupils are taught followed by the coverage by year group. If you have any questions, please ask your child's teacher who will be able to elaborate on each subject or contact us via our contact page.
The Aims of Each Subject
Our English curriculum is designed to develop children's love of reading, language and communication. The essential skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing are not just integrated within English lessons, but also with other subjects to ensure all children leave Greenhill achieving the greatest success they can.
In teaching English, a key priority is to ensure all pupils read fluently with good understanding. We want to help them become enthusiastic about a range of reading materials in reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. We also recognise the importance of developing careful listeners and confident speakers so that pupils are able to make formal presentations and participate in a debate. We aim to help them acquire a wide vocabulary and an understanding of grammar to enable them to write clearly and accurately for a range of purposes and for different audiences.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we have devised our own phonics and reading teaching material based on the Letters and Sounds programme which develops their learning through a range of carefully tailored individual, group and whole class activities. We also use Oxford Reading Tree phonics decodable books to support children's phonics as well as working with the Sound Check Project to support select children in small groups.
Maths appears everywhere in modern life and our curriculum aims to show children how maths helps in understanding the world around us. In order to achieve fluency, reasoning, curiosity, enjoyment and understanding of this essential subject, an appreciation of how the learning in maths lessons connects to other subjects is an important part of our curriculum. Our curriculum aims to ensure all children enjoy their maths and leave Greenhill with a healthy enthusiasm for further learning.
Science helps to answer questions of curious people. Children are naturally curious and science at Greenhill, our curriculum aims to take their curiosity and add a scientific approach to answering it. Questioning, discovering and experimenting lie at its core.
Our curriculum develops open-mindedness, perseverance and responsibility through a caring attitude and appreciation of all aspects of the natural world. We progress understanding of scientific ideas and processes through practical skills, teamwork, safe use of scientific resources as well as encouraging independence and fostering confidence.
We aim for all children to leave Greenhill with a respect for the world around them and an understanding of their responsibilities towards it as well as a deep and lasting interest of science through experiences that are interesting, enjoyable and fun.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an essential part of children's ability to be successful members of school, the community and wider society. At Greenhill our curriculum aims to build on the overall school curriculum by anticipating and responding to individual, group, class, and school needs. The scheme of work is developed from the successful Islington primary programme, with common school-wide themes developed through the relevant topics appropriate to the children's development. This is further adapted to each class's needs and related to the wider classroom and school experiences.
Design Technology (DT) draws from many parts of the school curriculum. It aims to integrate the learning in many subjects into a practical form while fostering innovative design decisions to produce functional, authentic products with a clear purpose and user.
Our curriculum aims to develop the iterative process of design-make-evaluate with progressively more challenging technical skills and user needs. It seeks to ensure a wide-ranging experience of different users through the use of local knowledge and selecting projects from key themes: Mechanisms, Structures, Food, Textiles, Electrical Systems or Mechanical Systems.
Modern Foreign Languages
At Greenhill we have begun to teach Spanish as our modern foreign language. Our curriculum aims to make learning Spanish an enjoyable and successful experience. One that fosters pupils' curiosity and deepens their understanding of the Spanish speaking countries of the world. The curriculum is organised to enable pupils to progressively express their ideas and thoughts and to understand and respond to Spanish, in both speech and writing. Additionally, it provides a foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Creativity is at the heart of our Art and Design curriculum. We aim to ensure that all children produce creative work which explores their individual experiences, perception and ideas. Through progressive teaching of key skills, they become proficient in the drawing, painting, sculpture, craft and design techniques. By evaluating and analysing other's creative works and discovering great artists, craft makers and designers they develop a deeper appreciation of Art and Design from modern day and throughout history and will know how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to our culture.
The universal language of music drives our Music curriculum. We aim to give every child an inspiring and engaging experience that sets them on a lifelong love of music. Our curriculum gives children opportunities to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music from around the world, from different periods of history and in different styles and genres.
The process of how music is created, produced, and communicated through their voices, instruments and technology is developed as each year progresses. Children are given the opportunity to express their own creativity using their developing skills in a variety of different scenarios and allowing them to move on to the next level of musical excellence.
Our aim in teaching history here at Greenhill is to stimulate the children's interest and understanding about the lives of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. We want our children to learn to value their own and other people's cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, support them in making their own life choices today. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
At Greenhill we aim to teach Religious Education in a way that breaks down barriers, tackles misunderstanding and misrepresentation of other religions and provides opportunities for children to learn about and listen to people from a variety of faiths. By developing children's learning about and from different religions, we aim to provide children with a tolerant, broad and balanced perspective of world faiths.
PE at Greenhill aims to offer children a wide range of activities and sports which are taught in a fun and enjoyable way. To achieve this, we will offer a wide range of sports and physical activities that encourage children to enjoy exercise now and throughout their whole life. Our PE supports high self-esteem and confidence which helps children face challenges in all areas of life at school, home and in the community. Alongside our PE lessons, we also aim to educate children to develop a greater understanding of the benefits of healthy living. By regularly practising skills, children show commitment to keeping their bodies healthy and playing various sports. This supports long term healthy, active lifestyle choices.
In addition, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who strive to achieve their potential through competitive experiences. We encourage a positive attitude towards winning and an accepting approach towards losing within a wide range of sports. This way everyone can celebrate varying sports, skills and success in themselves and others in school.
Our curriculum coverage
Below are key documents showing the progression and coverage of each subject within each year group.