At Greenfield Primary School the children really matter and are at the heart of everything that we do. Every child’s ability is recognised, developed and rewarded. Our curriculum is tailored to meet individual needs and aspirations, which ensure that our children are interested and motivated to learn. We have high expectations and a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. We promote enjoyment for learning and encourage children to be independent, reflective learners through the development of thinking skills.
Knowledge of how each individual learns best is important. Clear procedures are in place to identify and meet children’s individual needs and to understand their preferred learning styles which in turn enables us to provide extra support and new challenges where appropriate to help every child fulfil their potential.
For further information about the curriculum being covered in a specific class, please speak to the class teacher.
At Greenfield Primary School we have fully embedded the new National Curriculum for English throughout the school. In each year group there is a strong emphasis on reading, writing, spelling and grammar. Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One are taught using Read Write Inc. Phonics. Through this programme children are taught sounds which they then apply for reading and writing. Once children have completed the Read Write Inc. Phonics they are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills by their class teacher through studying a range of genre and writing for different purposes.
Spellings are taught from the National Curriculum using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme and once completed they use the Read Write Inc Spelling programme. Children are taught the spellings specific for their year group in a whole class session. Any gaps from previous spellings are addressed through focused interventions.
Teachers endeavour to choose stimulating hooks for the children's writing so that they are engaged and motivated to write through high quality visits, genuine reasons to write (a letter to Mr Ralph to ask for something or an argument about whether our school field should be sold to build houses on) and high quality modelled writing by the adults in class. Where possible, we seek cross-curricular writing through our day (writing a newspaper report about an incident that occurred in WW2 in English which allows pupils to use their historical subject knowledge in an English lesson).
Children take part in daily Whole Class Reading sessions which are led by the class teacher. During the week, the children focus on a text or an extract of text and answer questions focused around vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summary (also known as Vipers). At the end of the week, the children do an extended comprehension activity that has been planned by the teacher to cover all of these elements of comprehension.
Accelerated Reader is used for independent reading. Children read a text and then complete a quiz. The scores from these quizzes determine what 'level' book they are on. The scores are saved online on a secure server which enables staff to see what books have been read, scores from quizzes and improvements over time.
What does reading look like at Greenfield? Click this link to view a reading booklet which includes key information.
The national curriculum for mathematics covers skills in the areas of number, calculating, measurement, geometry and statistics. It’s overarching aims are to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Structure of our Mathematics Lessons in KS1 and KS2
All of our maths lessons begin with a toolkit time. This is a short session which is focused on previous learning. It enables children to revisit prior objectives and apply them quickly - a little like revision.
Following the toolkit, the children are taught a new objective (or the same objective from a previous day is developed further).
Children start their independent work by doing a 'Do It' task. This checks that they can actually 'do' the skill or understand the key concepts.
They then move on to do a 'Secure It' task which involves application of the skill to a problem.
Finally, children do a 'Prove It' task which requires them to think carefully and reason with facts to explain an answer.
We believe that science and technology are crucial for the future development of our children – so many jobs are now science or technology based and it’s important that we foster a love of science and encourage curiosity in our children from a young age.
Science is a core subject and begins to be taught in our foundation stage as part of knowledge and understanding of the world. It continues throughout the school and is taught through a range of exciting contexts and topics.
The New Curriculum for Science
There have been a few changes in science as part of the new curriculum.
In KS1 children will be taught In KS2 children will be taught
- Plants > Plants
- Animals, Including humans > Animals including Humans
- Everyday Materials and their uses > Rocks
- Seasonal Changes > Light
- Living things and their habitats > Forces and Magnets
> Living things and their habitats
> States of Matter
> Properties and changes of materials
> Earth and Space
> Evolution and Inheritance
Some of these topics will be taught more than once but the progression of knowledge will increase as children move up the school.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We encourage children to explore and evaluate a range of programs and technology. We are lucky to have a dedicated computing suite, 40 laptops on a trolley to be shared between classes and 40 iPads. Our curriculum encourages children to use a range of devices and software, and to write and debug simple programs for specific purposes.
eSafety is a crucial part of our curriculum that runs throughout each Computing topic. Children are taught how to ensure they distribute information and media safely, as well as comply with copyright and licensing laws.
In Key Stage 1, children are expected to:
- understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
In Key Stage 2, children are expected to:
- design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
- understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
In physical education, children take part in a wide variety of activities. They learn that being active is fun and that it is important to lead an active lifestyle. We use a skills based approach as the basis of our PE curriculum using the Real PE programme. All staff received Inset on Real PE in March and June 2019. Pupils develop these skills throughout their time at Greenfield and leave with the skills which are fundamental to so many games and sports.
Specific sports are offered to children as extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes and after school. These include: football, gymnastics, cricket, handball and netball.
In KS2, in addition to the fundamental skills, pupils also have lessons in swimming and residential trips that provide children with the opportunity to participate in outdoor/adventurous activities.
RE is part of the basic curriculum which means that the local authority provides a syllabus for religious education and is therefore not part of the national curriculum. As a school we follow the Barnsley syllabus for RE.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It gives an opportunity for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of an individual. Music reflects our culture and society and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can be a highly academic and demanding subject. It is also important in helping children feel part of a community.
We also offer small group lessons in drums, guitar, brass and woodwind. These are payable termly and are taught by Barnsley Music Services teachers.
Children in KS2 learn Spanish as part of our curriculum.