Curriculum Rationale

At Greenacres Primary Academy, our children have access to a broad, balanced, creative and coherent curriculum which prepares them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century and raises aspirations. They are equipped with the skills, attitudes and dispositions they need to become well rounded individuals and life-long learners whilst instilling the love of learning in our diverse world.

To encourage our children to learn to think for themselves, our curriculum is stimulating and enquiry-based. Our children are responsible for their own learning, enabling them to plan and show initiative, persevere and have a commitment for self-improvement.

First hand experiences in our curriculum are absolutely essential; trips out of school are vital to our children’s understanding of the world. Each class has a big trip, local visit, visitor or special experience in school at the beginning of each half term to kick-start their new topic. We understand the value of having these experiences appropriately-placed throughout the year to maximise learning opportunities and began lines of enquiry as a result of learning fro the experience. 

Our topics have recently been revised, with our children’s interests and heritage at the heart of the design. Our themes are engaging, stimulating and challenging for all pupils. We have created a broad and balanced opportunity for creative thinking and learning for both boys and girls.

Through our curriculum provision, we aim to:

  1. Promote and sustain a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.
  2. Create a sense of wonder in our pupils.
  3. Promote inclusion, diversity and community cohesion.
  4. Keep up with technology.
  5. Encourage children to work independently and cooperatively.
  6. Ensure that children are taught to become enterprising.
  7. Develop emotional intelligence and raise aspirations.
  8. Help to make children socially responsible.
  9. Contribute very well to pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
  10. Ensure that all pupils realise their potential.
  11. Ensure that children achieve high standards across a variety of subjects.
  12. Ensure that all children are taught the essential knowledge in the subject disciplines.

 

 

 

Autumn 1

 

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Nursery

 

Marvellous Me!

 

 

Let's Celebrate!

 

 

Fantasy World

 

 

Once Upon a Time...

 

 

Our Wonderful World

 

 

Up, Up and Away!

 

 

 

Reception

 

Marvellous Me!

Let's Celebrate!

Fantasy World

Once Upon a Time...

Our Wonderful World

Up, Up and Away!

Year 1

 

 Bright Lights, Big City

 

Splendid Skies

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Enchanted Woodland

Superheroes

Rio de Vida

Year 2

 

Land Ahoy!

 

 

Street Detectives

 

 

The Great Fire of London

 

 

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

 

 

Wriggle and Crawl

 

 

Beachcombers 

 

Year 3

Tribal Tales

Tremors

Gods and Mortals

Mighty Metals

Predator

Scrumdiddly

-umptious

Year 4

I am Warrior

 Potions

 

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

 

Road Trip USA

Traders and Raiders

Misty Mountain Sierra

Year 5

 

Alchemy Island

 

Pharaohs

Star-gazers

Off with her Head!

 Beast Creator

  Scream Machine

Year 6

Hola Mexico!

Fallen Fields / Revolution

Frozen Kingdom

Blitzkreig

Darwin's Delights

 

Tomorrow's World

 

English Rationale

At Greenacres , we are concerned with the development of the whole child; the ability to communicate effectively leads to self-confidence and a healthy self-esteem and it is in this context that this policy is set. Our aim is that all pupils leave us with an ability to express themselves correctly and appropriately, in spoken and written language, and to read accurately, with understanding and with enjoyment. In order to develop in these areas, pupils are taught to:

-Learn to use spoken and written language confidently, allowing a variety of interpretations and outcomes without fear of destructive
criticism.

-Use a range of activities and contexts for spoken and written language to entertain, reason, persuade, argue, explain, instruct and describe, including opportunities for interactive learning and for the use of language in relevant, real life contexts.

-Develop language skills in and through ALL curriculum subjects.

-Become keen readers across a wide range of texts .

-Make articulate, perceptive and informed comments about a variety of texts, including media and moving image texts. 

-Recognise that writers manipulate language and form according to purpose and audience. 

-Use materials which reflect cultural and social diversity and which provide positive images of race, gender and disability, free from discrimination and stereotyping.

A variety of teaching and learning styles are adopted to ensure that all children are included and valued and in accordance with requirements of the 2014 curriculum. Please refer to our English Policy 2017. 

 

Maths Rationale

Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.

At Greenacres Primary School we aim to:

-Develop a positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and attractive subject in which all children gain some success and pleasure; 

-Develop mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives; 

-Encourage the effective use of mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities within school and, subsequently, adult life;

-Develop an ability in the children to: express themselves fluently,talk about the subject with assurance, use correct mathematical language and vocabulary when reasoning; 

-Develop an appreciation of relationships within mathematics;

-Develop the ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind; 

-Develop an appreciation of the creative aspects of mathematics and awareness of its aesthetic appeal; 

-Develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of basic facts.

Please refer to our Maths Policy 2016.

  

How is our curriculum delivered?

Every half term begins with the fundamental principles of the learning cycle. The engage week’ generates excitement and engagement for something new. The children share what they know already and decide what it is they want to discover. Children have a first-hand experience related to their topic: something exciting they will always remember. This process takes a week.

For 3-4 weeks after this, the children acquire new knowledge. They are trained to be resilient, open minded and to persevere when mistakes are made. The research is done to answer their own questions and new skills are developed. This is our ‘develop’ section of the topic.

The following week after this is known as our 'innovate' week. Now skills have been practised, our children know they are to think about things in different ways. Thinkers keys are used, problem solving becomes more challenging and children are taught that even though mistakes aren’t as frequent, they are learning through higher order thinking skills.

Finally, we have an express week. Our children know that teaching their new skills and knowledge to someone else allows them to embed their learning. Work is evaluated and successes are celebrated. And so the cycle continues.

 

Learning Behaviours

To help our children understand how they learn in the best way they can, we teach them a set of key learning behaviours. In foundation stage these are broken down into: risk taking, cooperation, imagination, independence, concentration, taking care, pride, don’t give up, explore, fun, check it and ideas.

In KS1 and KS2 the behaviours the children focus on are: cooperation, concentration, courage, curiosity, enthusiasm, direction, empathy, flexibility, humility, imagination, independence, humour, open mindedness, perseverance, precision, reflectiveness, resilience, responsibility, risk taking and self-discipline. These are displayed in every teaching area and having a word of the week allows children to practice these behaviours, building up an understanding of good learning skills.

At the beginning of a new topic, usually every half term, our classes will consider what they know already about that topic and discuss what they want to find out. Every child and every class is unique, which is why our planning has to be flexible to change with the needs of the individuals. A wonder wall is created in each class, with a knowledge harvest, questions and work in progress throughout the theme. Our wonder walls are transferred to the corridors for all to see at the end of every half term and renamed as a wow wall. This means our stunning displays are constantly changing.

We also use the four key areas of 'Building Learning Power' (Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflection and Reciprocity) to teach our children how to be effective learners. 

 

Cooperative Learning

Our children are encouraged to work together and use coaching skills to help each other achieve an outcome. They are always accountable to each other in a team. When they share ideas, their talking time is equal to avoid children taking over the conversation or being left behind. All children discuss simultaneously rather than the teacher asking one child to answer a question. Our teachers are learning facilitators, creating a challenging yet safe environment for children to want to take risks and learn from mistakes. This is the way our cooperative learning works. The children in Nursery begin with very basic structures, which are gradually built upon in each year group. With a shoulder partner, face partner and team of 4/5, every child has the security of never being alone in learning. Teams change every half term to avoid the children becoming too comfortable with their shoulder partners.

Themed Events

Once per term we have a week dedicated to a specific theme. During the week, we explore our learning behaviours and teach very practical and thematic lessons. Everything during that week ties into the theme across the school.

 

Summer 2015- Down on the Farm

Autumn 2015- Science Investigation Week

Spring 2016- Worms!

Summer 2016- Olympic Week

Autumn 2016- 1st Annual Poetry Slam

Spring 2017- Art Gallery Greenacres

Summer 2017- Be Healthy, Be Safe

Autumn 2017- 2nd Annual Poetry Slam

Spring 2018- Dream Big!

Summer 2018- A Blast from the Past!

Autumn 2018- 3rd Annual Poetry Slam

 Reflection Opportunities

We understand that for learning to take place, we need regular time to reflect on our thinking. At Greenacres reflection doesn’t just happen at the end of a lesson, but continuously throughout the day. Our teachers use regular ‘stop structures’ to allow thinking time for children to reflect on the learning process and embed new thoughts with their peers

Use of ICT

We strive to engage all learners in our curriculum in as many ways as we can. With that in mind, we use a variety of innovative equipment to enhance learning opportunities. Over half of our children are learning English as an additional language. They need visual aids to support their learning which is why we use smart boards, visualisers, iPads and touch screen TVs.

Further Information

If you have any queries regarding the curriculum, please contact your child's class teacher or Mrs Thornton(Deputy Head).

Dunkerley Street , Greenacres , Oldham

info@greenacres.oldham.sch.uk

0161 770 5350