Curriculum Information

What is the Curriculum like at Greenvale?

The Curriculum is a title used to group the different learning that will be taking place in schools.  Whilst schools must ensure that there is coverage of the curriculum objectives, it is for each school to decide on how they will go about meeting these objectives.

On the left, you will see each year group.  This highlights what children will be learning and when in English, Maths and Science in each year group.

The information below provides parents with a little information as to what programmes of study the school uses to ensure that all objectives are met.

Reading

As a school, we use Oxford Reading Tree which is a well-known reading scheme used in many schools.  Pupils are expected to read each night.  In Reception and Year 1, books are changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

For more information about the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, please click here.

As pupils move up through the school, they are encouraged to become more independent and change their books for themselves.  Once children become competent readers, they are able to move onto ‘free choice’ books.

From year 2 upwards, during school, the majority of reading will take place through ‘guided reading’ where groups of children will read a similar text together alongside the teacher, answering questions around a specific focus.  We use a variety of materials to teach guided reading.  The aim of these sessions is to improve reading but also to develop children’s understanding and comprehension skills.

Phonics

During Reception and KS1, pupils are taught synthetic phonics through a programme called ‘letters and sounds’.  This is taught in 6 phases and provides children with a firm foundation for reading.

Phase one activities concentrate on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting. These activities are intended to be used as part of a broad and rich language curriculum that has speaking and listening at its centre, links language with physical and practical experiences, and provides an environment rich in print and abundant in opportunities to engage with books. Phase one activities pave the way for children to make a good start in reading and writing.

Lessons take place on a daily basis and pupils are grouped across the Key stage at a phase appropriate for their development.

As a school, we use the main ‘letters and sounds’ scheme, although do also use ‘Jolly phonics’ to support pupils in learning their basic sounds.  For more information about Jolly phonics, please click here.

Writing

At Greenvale, we use the CLPE (Centre of Literacy in Primary Education) planning which is linked to the new National Curriculum.  Lessons are focussed around a whole text which provides children with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a text as opposed to reading a particular section and then moving on as the particular topic may have changed.   In order to ensure that there is a full coverage, teachers also use the Hamilton Trust which contains literacy plans in all areas of literacy to ensure that all objectives can be met.

Maths

As a school, we have recently purchased Abacus.  This is a differentiated scheme of work which fully meets all aspects of the new maths curriculum.  Children are set a variety of tasks throughout the week.  Some of these may include children participating in a game on a computer, working as part of a group to solve a problem or working independently from a text book.

 

Foundation Subjects

Two years ago, we decided as a school that we needed to make out curriculum a little more creative so that we could also make links across the curriculum more explicit.   In Year 1-6, each class works from the IPC (International Primary Curriculum).  Reception pupils already follow a topic based curriculum so will continue with this.

This is a scheme which covers many Foundation subjects including Science, History, Geography, Music, Art and D.T.  The IPC also contains an ‘International strand’ which encourages pupils to think not just of their local environment, but across the world.

In the last 20 years, changes in technology have completely changed the way in which people work.  At Greenvale, we have no doubt that being internationally minded will serve our pupils well and give them that advantage when considering careers in later life.

For more information about the IPC, please visit the IPC website by clicking here.

R.E

As a school, we use the Croydon scheme of work for Religious Education at Greenvale.  This focusses on the 6 main faiths including Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism, as well as considering some of the main festivals that take place throughout the year.