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The Curriculum at Greenwood Primary School

The school offers a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum, which is designed to allow children access to learning opportunities that interest and motivate them, and which develops their skills in order to succeed in later life. While prioritising the basic skills of Mathematics and English, the school promotes creativity and cross-curricular knowledge through the foundation subjects. Arts and creative weeks are planned regularly and music is taught by specialist staff. Spanish is the adopted Modern Foreign Language in KS2.

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The school informs parents about the curriculum through termly newsletters, year group planning on the school website (hard copies available from the school office), class assemblies and regular parent workshops.

English

The teaching of reading is prioritised throughout the school but particularly in the Infant department. The primary strategy taught is synthetic phonics. The Infant classes are taught phonics daily and much of this is through sets (groups made according to each child’s stage of learning). The school uses the scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’ throughout the Infants but the commercially produced ‘Jolly Phonics scheme’ is used in early Years to assist children through actions and songs.

The children in the Infants are heard to read by an adult twice a week. One occasion is individually, using ‘The Oxford Reading Tree’ and other schemes, used to give variety, including phonetically decodable books. These are arranged into coloured book bands and are sent home weekly with a record book for the parents’ information. The second occasion is guided reading in which small groups of similar ability children read a book together. Separate schemes are used for this, including ‘All Aboard’, ‘Rigby Star’, and Pearson’s ‘Phonic Bug Scheme’ and some non-scheme books which have been colour banded. These books are not sent home but can be seen by parents on request.

The school recognises that good speaking and listening skills are essential for a child to become a proficient reader and in early years communication is given great emphasis. Greenwood Primary is a hub school for ‘Ealing’s Speech and Language Project in the Foundation stage. The school is visited regularly by experts and the staff trained in techniques and approaches to foster good communication. In addition the school finances additional staff to work on communication issues in the early Years.

ReadingReading in KS2 is mainly taught through guided reading but children who require one to one support are given extra reading opportunities. Phonics continues to be taught to children for whom it is a priority through small intervention groups.

Writing is taught weekly over two sessions from Year 1 to 6. One day is a planning session and the other a writing session. The school uses an adapted version of Ross Wilson’s Big Write method of teaching.

Mathematics

The school plans using the National Curriculum without using a commercially produced Mathematics scheme. Teachers plan activities using a variety of resources to match the needs of groups and individual children. Number and computation are given priority and are taught every week. The school has a calculation policy which explains the order concepts are taught and the methods used. (Copies of this may be requested from the school office) All activities are differentiated (planned at different levels) within classes and in Years 5 and 6 the children are taught in maths sets for 5 days in year 5 and 3 days in year 6.

Further information on all the above subjects can be obtained from the school.


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