Here is a brief overview about the curriculum at our school.
To find out more about what each year group is doing by subject each, please click on the curriculum overviews at the bottom of this page.
Our teachers bring lessons alive, ensuring children go on an adventure whilst travelling along their learning journey. All children at Greenfields Primary School and Nursery follow a broad, knowledge-rich curriculum in the foundation subjects: geography, history, science, art, design and technology. The curriculum has been designed by curriculum specialists from across the Trust. The schools follows local SACRE guidance for religious education (RE) and the Jigsaw programme for PSHCE, that fully complies with DfE requirements for September 2020.
The David Ross Education Trust believes in 'broadening horizons'; ensuring that children across the school experience high-quality arts and sports tuition. Greenfields Primary School and Nursery is proud to be a Singing School. Alongside this, we offer a range of musical activities within the curriculum and specialist instrument teaching.
We work closely with NMPAT, the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust and welcome teachers in to instruct whole classes to play Samba drums, stringed and wind instruments. Greenfields Primary School is a 'Singing School': all teachers have been taught how to develop their children as singers by specialist singing tutors from The Voices Foundation, with whom the Trust have a partnership. We are delighted that in 2018-19, colleagues from the Foundation will be supporting the development of an elite choir.
For individuals with a keen interest in pursuing their musical ambitions, we subsidise music lessons: for a small cost we also offer tuition in guitar, drumming and violin. If you would like your child to participate in either of these sessions then please see the school office for further information.
Specialist sports tutors support our After School Enrichment Clubs. As well as seasonal sports like tennis and cricket, Greenfields Primary School offers Karate year-round training for budding martial artists.
The percentage of children at Greenfields achieving the expected level of development at the end of Year 1 in Phonics has improved sharply since 2012.
We have worked hard to narrow the gap between Greenfields’ children’s attainment in Phonics and the attainment in Phonics nationally.
All children at Greenfields are involved in a daily half-hour session that teaches either Phonics or higher-level and more complex spelling strategies. All children are fully assessed once a term and placed into groups across the school (KS1 and 2) appropriate to their level. Phonics lessons are fun, highly engaging and most importantly move the children’s phonic learning on rapidly and effectively. All members of staff have been trained to use the Read, Write Inc scheme and receive weekly training and updates to ensure that they are teaching ‘at the top of their game’.
In order to make sure that children use their phonic skills in their reading immediately, the school uses Read, Write Inc scheme books for guided, group and individual reading practice.
Additional support for children in phonics is provided during the week, particularly for children who are new to English and those who experience specific difficulties with reading and writing.
Effective Maths and Big Maths
At Greenfields, we believe in a Mastery approach to the teaching of Maths: a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.
To achieve this, we have reduced the amount of mathematical topics taught discretely, in favour of taking longer over each topic and making explicit links with other mathematical skills and areas of the curriculum.
To deliver Mastery, the Maths teaching sequence comprises three clear strands:
FLUENCY – rapid and accurate recall and application of facts and concepts from the age-related section of the Maths Curriculum;
APPLICATION – the ability to use learnt concepts and skills to solve puzzles and real life situations, to respond to conjecture and test hypotheses;
REASONING – the ability to explain mathematical thinking. This is integral to the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.
At Greenfields Primary School, Effective Maths is our mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. It is a comprehensive framework for ensuring high quality maths teaching.
Children develop mastery of age-related concepts and skills through:
- procedural and conceptual understanding
- mathematical patterns, relationships and connections
To reach Greater Depth in Mathematics, all age-related tasks are linked to a built-in challenge activity .As children complete each task, it is expected that they explain their thinking, deepening their understanding at their own level. This could take the form of annotations, sentences, diagrams, taught strategies or written calculations.
All foundation topics are planned using the DRET Primary Core Knowledge Curriculum resources.
This is a knowledge-based curriculum that provides children with the all knowledge, skills and understanding to give them a flying start in right from Nursery to the time when they are 'secondary ready' and leave Greenfields to continue their journey in education. Teachers are provided with the planning and resources that help them to deliver the essentials of the CKC curriculum, adding their own unique twists to inspire and engage all learners.
Talk 4 Reading
Children learn to read each and every day at Greenfields, continuously through the curriculum, and directly taught during specific reading sessions.
The approach we use is called Talk 4 Reading and takes place daily throughout the school.
At Greenfields we teach reading through Talk 4 Reading, that is an approach to reading which is based on whole class reading and in-depth questioning and investigation so children develop the skills to read ever more complex and challenging texts. Teachers have access to a range or class novels which have been carefully selected tor each year group, and Talk 4 Reading is delivered using whole books and extracts from a carefully designed spine of texts that run from Nursery to Year 6 so that every child develops a love of a wide-range of familiar, and not-so-familiar books.
Talk 4 Reading is a well-researched method used to develop learners’ reading skills, promote higher order thinking, develop listening and talking, and ensure access to the curriculum for all learners.
The children have access to:
- Oxford reading tree
- Project X
A wide range of chapter books by various authors
David Ross Education Trust and British Values
The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain.
A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self-esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE