The Intent of our Greenhill Curriculum
At Greenhill Primary School, we strive to build and provide a curriculum that will enable our children to leave us both well prepared and confident for the next stage of their educational journey and lives. We want them to be able to succeed both academically and as active, responsible British citizens.
Our ambition is that through all we do, including curriculum provision, we continually enable all our children to be kind, be confident and be resilient.
We have designed and organised our curriculum around the needs of our unique learners.
We know that children are entitled to a broad and balanced education, and we aim to provide curriculum provision that is just right for all groups of our learners. From all starting points, we want our children to be confident and competent writers, readers and mathematicians as we know these core skills will be the foundation for all their wider learning.
We believe that every child should be equipped with a depth of language and breadth of vocabulary that will enable them to articulate their knowledge, skills and understanding, and be confident and effective communicators. We use Talk Matters as a basis for all our learning.
We want them to see that the mathematics skills they are developing are essential in many areas of learning and life - for instance to estimate and measure accurately in design technology or to record and interpret results in Science. We want them to be enthused and excited by the knowledge they have learnt in Art, or History, to write about this with understanding, to present and articulate their opinions and thoughts. We want them to be immersed in the texts they read, to write for different audiences and purposes, and to aspire to become authors themselves. We want them to utilise computing technology to explore the possibilities of the modern world - to develop their understanding, and to share their skills.
Our curriculum provides a progressive development of knowledge and skills, and aims to build on the prior knowledge and learning of the children at our school. We feel that our curriculum model then promotes a depth of learning - that we ensure we 'teach, practice, repeat' so that our children feel increasingly confident, competent and fluent in their understanding. We feel this approach ensures that all our learners acquire the necessary skills, concepts, knowledge and understanding they need to make excellent progress within school and in the wider world.
We want curriculum provision to be both balanced and meaningful. We will give the children opportunities to make links between all areas of learning; to see the purpose of the skills and knowledge they are acquiring, and give them opportunities to further explore and apply these competencies.
We seek to develop opportunities for pupils to become independent and confident, be resilient, have a positive outlook, and be curious about the world they live in so that they will all become happy, successful and lifelong learners.
As with all state funded schools, our School Curriculum follows the requirements of the National Curriculum, a copy of which can be found here.
This academic year, we are committed to reviewing and improving our Greenhill curriculum, to better suit the children in our community.
We are working through the subjects each term. During the Autumn term of 2019, staff teams worked through PSHE, Maths, English and Physical Education/ Physical Activity. Our intentions for these subjects can be found below.
The next block of subjects will be: Science, Geography, History, RE and Spanish, and the final block to be reviewed will be: Music, Art and Design, Design Technology and Computing. Details of these to follow.