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.
Science is everywhere and is important in our daily lives. Here at Greenmount, we believe every child is using our CLIMBing skills to become an excellent Scientist. We have a strong focus on promoting children’s depth of understanding and plan our teaching to build on children’s understanding and needs through our 100% homework fact sheets, finding out what we already know at the beginning of a topic and key scientific vocabulary displayed in each classroom. We have many resources in school that support and help children with science understanding through well resourced table tops with high quality reading material to help us in our science journey. In KS1 Science is taught in a 1-2 week block and in KS2 we teach Science weekly.
At Greenmount our aim is to develop children who are global learners. We encourage children to be passionate about the world and to have self-awareness of their place within it. They gain an understanding of the Goals of Sustainability and to understand that their actions can affect the wider world. Global learning aims to encourage children to feel connected with the wider world, gain experience of debating and communicating with others from different communities and cultures and to be open minded and globally aware. Every half term we work towards a ‘Sustainable Development goal,’ where we discuss what we can do to work together to work towards achieving the goals as a global community.
This year at Greenmount we have begun our journey in global learning. Through the British Council we have our partner school- Rwanyange Primary School in Meru, Kenya. Miss Hubbard and Mrs Redshaw were lucky enough to visit and teach in this school. Throughout the partnership we will be working together to gain awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and how when working together we can have a positive impact upon the environment and the world.
Throughout the Connecting Classrooms project we aim to show children that the world really is a small place, children in other countries may live differently but we also have many similarities. No one is greater than one another, we are different and that is something to be celebrated. We look forward to continuing our global learning journey in the next school year.
At Greenmount, our curriculum aim is to improve the well-being and fitness of all pupils at Greenmount not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes
The curriculum we offer incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and has been designed to meet the needs of all our learners by developing independence, consolidating skills. Also, through the delivery of high-quality teaching, learning, enrichment and progression, regardless of disadvantage. Pupils will leave Greenmount with the necessary life skills that will positively impact on their future.
Geography is the study of everything around us. It is an important subject that teaches children about the planet on which they live. Greenmount children are always working hard to climb the mountain of learning in order to become competent, skilled Geographers. We have a strong focus on promoting children’s depth of understanding and plan our teaching to build on children’s understanding and needs through our 100% homework fact sheets, finding out what we already know at the beginning of a topic and key Geographical vocabulary displayed in each classroom. Geography lessons, in Greenmount, are fun and interactive and you can often see Greenmount children out and about learning about the environment in which they live. Our children begin their Geography journey in Nursery where they look at who lives in their house. By the time they get to year 6, they have a wealth of knowledge about their local environment and surrounding areas. They learn much more about other countries and the physical and human features of the world. It is our aim that the Geography curriculum develops children into amazing Geographers who have a deep knowledge, comprehensive set of skills and a genuine compassion for the Earth and all its wonders.
History is more than simple facts and dates, at Greenmount, we are all Historians! In our History lessons, we are detectives and use our enquiry skills to investigate the past in a meaningful way. It is important to know what events happened in the past that helped to shape the Britain and the world we know today. Our children, as Historians, investigate how to compare and contrast between “then” and “now“ and between different periods in History. Children are often encouraged ask questions about artefacts from different eras and use their own knowledge to help them develop their enquiry skills. Our children learn and examine how and why things have changed over time and investigate significant historical figures and expand their research skills. At Greenmount, we place more importance on developing children into critical, open minded thinkers who understand what happened and how it affects our world today.
Whole School Literacy
100% Topic Sheets
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