At Greenmount we follow the Floppy’s Phonics scheme. We have worked extensively with the JC Hub to improve our phonics delivery and provision.
Phonics begins in Nursery using partner practice books from Floppy’s to deliver pre- phonics skills such as beat, rhythm, rhyme and blending and segmenting activities. There is a focus on learning new vocabulary and songs and nursery rhymes around the theme.
Children make a strong start in phonics in Reception. Phonics is our top priority and starts at 9am every day! Children learn a new sound over two days. Throughout the lesson children revisit and review, are taught a new sound and use our reading routine to read the new sound. We also focus on vocabulary and talk time within these sessions using the scheme resources. Children are given opportunities to practice and apply reading in our Floppy’s phonics activity books and through reading sentences that match the sound they are learning.
Children receive additional ‘keep up’ sessions every afternoon offering targeted support where needed.
In Year 1 and 2 phonics takes 1 hour per day. We cover a new sound per day and revisit and review, teach, practice and apply reading and spelling skills.
After lunch each day children revisit sounds and use their reading routine to read real and pseudo words. Children also receive targeted small group or 1:1 support in the afternoons to allow them to ‘keep up not catch up’.
Children will receive phonics teaching until they can read. We offer catch up groups into KS2 and any new to school children are assessed in phonics and offered phonics teaching where needed.
Children will read matched texts to their phonics ability and these are carefully organised by staff to allow every child to practice pre-taught phonics skills.
Regular staff CPD and weekly Team Practice sessions ensure that phonics lessons are delivered consistently and resources are consistent in every classroom across school.
At Greenmount we aim to ensure every child develops a love of books and reads widely, often and for pleasure. Books give children the opportunity to make links with and further develop their knowledge of themselves and the world around them and exposes them to a wider vocabulary. Books and stories also offer a world of imagination for the children to explore and enjoy.
We create cosy, inviting reading areas in every classroom ensuring there is always a space to sit and read. We promote key texts and authors and we make sure the children experience these texts through our ‘Reading for Pleasure’ sessions each day where all the children in school read with their teacher a carefully chosen text from our Greenmount Book Spine. The text may have been chosen because it links to the topic or an area of the curriculum, British Values or an area of PSHE or because the children have particularly liked the author or theme. This is seen as a very special and important time in school and the children love to be immersed in the chosen text.
Reception and Year 1 are taking a repeated stories approach for the first time this year with talking, writing and physical activities being modelled throughout the children’s day. The aim is to develop our children’s story telling confidence and vocabulary through repeated rehearsal of the story words.
Vocabulary development is at the heart of our practise in reading and children are encouraged to identify words they don’t know YET, keep them and practise them. Teachers carefully plan for this within lessons and give time to discussions and examples and to capturing that word and reusing it again.
Alongside developing our children’s love of reading we aim to develop their comprehension skills through daily guided reading activities. From Year 2- Year 6 children take part in whole class activities and discussions around a text. Teachers carefully select text extracts and some whole texts from a range of authors and text types. Discussions and ERIC activities with clear guidance on how we achieve high quality answers is the focus for teacher support within these lessons.
Working alongside this is our Floppy’s Phonics Scheme which takes place predominately in Nursery, Reception and KS1 which enables children to access reading materials in KS2 and read widely across the curriculum.
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.
Art in Greenmount is taught in every year group, either in 3 half term blocks as a focus or integrated alongside Topics and other subjects. Planning follows a sequence of lessons: observing pieces of art; an artist/context study; experimenting with material and form; making a piece step-by-step; exhibiting and evaluating through pupil voice. Skills are progressive throughout the years and follow the NSEAD progression document (a high quality assessment tool). The progression is broken down into generating ideas, making, evaluating and understanding of art.
At Greenmount, we understand creativity needs to be enriched with our children, therefore our art curriculum is not only topic based, but also allows children to discover and apply creative techniques they have seen in the art world. We use sketchbooks (profiles in EYFS) throughout the pupils time at school to show the journey of their creativity. EYFS set activities to challenge pupils in the ELG of Expressive Arts, alongside others, using a range of materials. Years 1-6 have a yearly art journey which shows the steps they need to follow to become a successful artist in that year group in child friendly terms.
Music is taught by an expert practitioner from Artforms from EYFS through to year 6. Each child has a timetabled lesson every week, with our intention for each child to be able to listen, play and appreciate music to a high ability by the time they leave Greenmount. Lessons are sequential, broken down into skills, listening and composition, building towards a summit point or performance. Artforms has quality progression and assessment tools that we use in Greenmount to evaluate the curriculum taught to children.
Enrichment is a key concept in Greenmount music and we regularly attend or hold performances in school. We have a ‘Song of the week’ which links to various initiatives and subjects throughout the year that is played in assembly and used in classrooms. A key aspect of out Greenmount journey is taking part in regular whole school Big Sings, where every pupil in the school take part in learning and performing a song, giving the children a sense of pride and belonging to the school.
Drama is a highly necessary and effective way for children to explore different areas of the curriculum. As part of the writing sequence of lessons in school, drama activities are used to explore a variety of creative features children can use in quality writing composition. Wellbeing and humanities subjects often use drama concepts to explore the world around us and how we can deal with difficult situations we might experience throughout our education journey, such as bullying and transition.
Much like other areas in the school, we follow an inquiry based curriculum allowing children to answer a question in the lesson which leads them to a summit point of understanding. The key idea is to allow children to explore the wide boundaries of artistic expression and interpretation.
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. To develop these skills we teach Science in a block week so we can immerse ourselves in becoming real scientists! We have a strong focus on promoting children’s depth of understanding. We do this through an inquiry based approach. Children are given an inquiry based question and students are encouraged to explore, ask questions and share ideas to answer the question. Teachers plan lessons 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 their inquiry learning and understanding through well resourced table tops and high quality reading material to help us in our science journey. In each topic, children are exposed to real life jobs within the Science industry and famous Scientists (majority BAME and women!) which have shaped the world today so we can develop the scientists of the future!
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.
At Greenmount, we believe that it is important that our children are aware of lots of different religions throughout the world and in their local area. We are fortunate to be a school which is full of different religions, languages and fascinating cultures and our inquiry based RE lessons allow children to investigate these further. We follow the “Believing and Belonging” syllabus, which provides children with a wealth of knowledge about different faiths. We understand that a fundamental British value is “Tolerance” and believe that by teaching children about different faiths, other than their own, will aid them in developing into understanding, informed and tolerant adults in later life. RE lessons offer a safe space for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate through an inquiry-based approach led by an engaging question. Children use their skills of enquiry, as they do with Geography, History and Science, to investigate different religions and cultures. We enjoy learning about different religious festivals and especially enjoy going on visits to our local places of worship.
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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