(We are currently reviewing our whole school curiculum for Science and the Foundation Subjects. Watch this space for details about our exciting new Challenge Curiculum from September 2017)
The curriculum is taught through a topic based approach where possible, with themes designed to appeal to the childrens’ interests as well as covering the Core subjects (English, Maths and Science) & Foundation subjects, e.g. Geography, History, Music, Art, etc. Parents are encouraged to become active participants in their children’s learning and we draw upon the wealth of opportunity offered by the local and global community and environment.
Children from the age of five follow the new National Curriculum, which entitles pupils to a broad and balanced education.
Children are taught in the following Key Stages:-
Foundation Stage 3 – 5 yrs
Key Stage 1 from 5 - 7 yrs
Key Stage 2 from 7 - 11 yrs
Key Stage 3 from 11 - 14 yrs
Key Stage 4 from 14 - 16 yrs
The new National Curriculum became statutory from September 2014 for all year groups except Years 1 and 6. Please follow the links for each year group for a summary of learning objectives:
At Greenhaugh we aim to develop a range of English Skills and competencies across all subjects and try to ensure that: -
- Pupils can express themselves with increasing confidence in a variety of speaking and listening situations and respond appropriately.
- Pupils learn to read fluently and with understanding therefore being able to read for enjoyment, interest and information and appreciate the need for reading throughout their lives. The children are introduced to a wide variety of literature, poetry and prose.
- Pupils write for a variety of purposes using grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax with increasing confidence and skill.
- Pupils will develop well-formed and legible handwriting.
We promote reading through a variety of schemes and approaches. We use a wide range of graded schemes covering fiction, non fiction and poetry. Children are taught to read through the use of phonics, beginning with the individual letter sounds and progressing according to ability through all the relevant letter combinations and word recognition. We ask parents to help by reading with their child at home each day. We provide your child with a school planner which accompanies their reading book. In it you will find the current book recorded and any comments the teacher wishes to communicate to you. Please feel free to write anything you wish the teacher to know in this record book. We hold a Literacy evening in the autumn term for parents / carers of Reception children when we explain how reading is taught and how children can be helped at home. A school book bag is available to purchase from school for carrying library and reading books to and from school.
At Greenhaugh we aim to ensure that each child is given a thorough grounding in basic mathematical skills. Much of the work, particularly in the early years, is practical. There is an emphasis on basic mathematical principles, mental calculations and problem solving. The children work individually or in groups according to need and ability and games are used to consolidate learning. The new National Curriculum is used as a basis for planning.
Class 1 Science Units
Over the year we will be studying plants, animals including humans, seasonal changes and everyday materials.
We will work scientifically to ask and answer simple questions; develop our skills of observation; perform simple tests and experiments; identify and classify information and gather and record data to support our findings.
Class 2 Science Units
Over a two year cycle, we will be studying light, rocks and soils, forces and magnets, plants, animals including humans, living things and their habitat, solids, liquids and gases, electricity, sound and scientists and inventors.
We will extend our scientific knowledge through the use of practical scientific methods, processes and skills. We will begin to choose appropriate lines of enquiry and consider the best way in which to test for these. We will also think more carefully about how to make tests fair, ensuring accuracy in our results. We will learn to classify and sort using a range of strategies and use careful measuring to know we have proved or disproved our findings.
History and Geography
History and Geography are planned through topics inline with the new National Curriculum, and include local history and geography.
French (Modern Foreign Languages)
Spoken French is part of the curriculum for Class 1 and Class 2, with emphasis on enjoyment. A modern foreign language is now stautory for all children in KS2.
At Greenhaugh we aim to develop physical competence and confidence through P.E. and Games.We emphasise the acquisition of skills and try to use them in intra and inter-school competitions. Weekly swimming lessons are held in the spring/summer term at Hexham swimming pool. These lead to the award of recognised badges as proficiency increases.
Coaching, such as football, rugby, etc., is taken up by the school when the opportunities arise. These may be in the form of after-school activities.
Music and Drama
All children participate in music, dance and drama lessons. They are given the opportunity to sing, use a variety of percussion instruments, compose their own music and listen to works by various composers. Keyboard tuition is available to Years 2, 3,& 4. Drama is used across the curriculum in addition to the annual school production and various concerts put on by the children. We feel these are important in developing self-confidence and self esteem and are therefore an important aspect of school life.
Art, Design and Technology
At Greenhaugh we aim to encourage pupils to develop their creative and technical skills in Art, Design and Technology so that they can express themselves through these media using a variety of tools, materials and techniques, and also begin to develop an aesthetic appreciation of the world they live. An after-school Art Club is available.
All the children at Greenhaugh have the opportunity to become familiar with the use of computers and become involved in word processing for story writing and for retrieving information. We have completely updated our IT hardware. Each class now has an Interactive Whiteboard and 16 laptops which can be used to support all areas of the curriculum. In addition to the laptops, we now have iPads for use by all children, either individually or in small groups.
At the start of each school year your child will be given a yearly planner. Amongst the first few explanatory pages is a declaration of safe internet use which both parents and pupils are asked to read.
A copy of our Computer Acceptable Use Policy is available to view on the website and at the beginning of the Autumn term the permission page from this policy is circulated for parents and pupils to read, sign and return to school.
RE is taught using material suggested by Northumberland LA. Our collective worship consists of hymns, prayer and a short reading, story or talking point and is of a broadly Christian nature. Parents have a right to withdraw children from RE and assemblies should they not wish their children to take part. Children who are withdrawn from assembly will work with the member of staff who is not responsible for assembly that day.
Pupils are taught how to develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities, how to develop healthy, safer lifestyles and how to develop good relationships and respect the differences between people.
Sex & Relationship Education
Sex Education is not taught as a separate subject. It is taught to the children through the study of the natural world where they encounter ideas of human and animal development. It is designed to be appropriate to the age and experience of the child and questions are answered as they arise.
Extra Curricular Activities
Children have the opportunity, at various times, to visit the theatre, museums and a variety of locations of historical interest. They work with local artists both in school and at their studios. Opportunities to work with other schools with visiting authors, performers and musicians, are welcomed. Throughout the year we provide various ‘after-school clubs’ which include Art, Gardening, Cookery and Fun-Fit. In Year 4, pupils join with other Year 4 children from our partnership of schools on a residential visit to Ford Castle.
There is also an after school club on the first Friday of each month run by members of the local church. This is called St Aidan’s Club and welcomes all ages.
When children first enter school they are assessed against the development bands and then Early Learning Goals . The children are regularly assessed from then on so that progress can be evaluated. Progress of younger children is monitored and assessed through observation and records kept in learning journals and workbooks.
2014 - 2015 will be the first academic year in which teachers do not assess children using the old "levels" system. Instead, schools will be required to assess children using their own systems which relate to the expected outcomes for each year group in the new National Curriculum. Parents can expect to be kept informed of how well their child is achieving in line with these expected levels.