Phonics and spellings
Phonics begins in Nursery where children have lots access to musical instruments and rhymes in focus groups and the provision areas, by the Summer term in Nursery children begin to learn Phase 2 Phonics. During Reception children practise their tricky words and on leaving Reception they have a good understanding of Phase 3 and Phase 4 Phonics. Year `1 is spent practising blending and segmenting words and learning how to read alien words. In year 2 children learn all about different spellings and how these are applied to words. Spelling in Key Stage 2 is about learning the different spellings, these are consolidated with weekly spelling tests.
Maths is everywhere and is important in our daily lives. Here at Greenmount, we believe every child is a mathematician. We have a strong focus on promoting children’s depth of understanding and plan our teaching to build on children’s understanding and needs. We have many resources in school that support and help children with maths as it is vitally important that children feel and see numbers in different ways. Each class has a maths working wall that shows the learning journey of the maths topic, as well as being used as a visual prompt for key vocabulary, facts and strategies learnt.
Children at Greenmount enjoy music from a very young age, using songs and rhymes in their daily movement around the classroom alongside learning the first sounds for spelling. We are proud that from reception to year 5, every child receives weekly music lessons from our specialist teacher, Mr Mercer. Young children love to beat rhythms on drums and chime bars, whilst older children are challenged with a range of song styles on recorders, mixed in with singing, chanting and even rapping. After school, children in Key Stage 2 can join choir club, who have performed at Leeds Town Hall, and Ukulele club, who play a variety of songs using skills which could lead to playing the guitar. Both of these groups occasionally perform in Greenmount events, such as celebration assemblies. Every week, a new ‘song of the week’ allows children to listen to many exciting songs from different times and places. Finally, our Big Sing events bring the entire school together to share their voices with a song we have loved learning.
Our whole School Curriculum
Whole School Literacy
In line with the with the Department for Education’s five-part definition, we promote the following British values at Greenmount Primary School;
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs