At Glenaire Primary School we teach the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and The National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2. We plan and deliver the curriculum in such a way as to meet the needs of our pupils and our community and to prepare pupils for the next stage of their education and their lives beyond. The following information is a broad guide. More detailed information is added to each of the class pages (under the Learning Zone tab) and updated periodically.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In our Foundation Stage we follow a child-centred approach to learning and follow each individual child’s unique learning journey by targeting our planning and adult interaction towards supporting their interests and guiding their development. We are aware that the most effective practitioners are fascinated by the child and their agenda, observation, active learning and creative thinking (characteristics of learning) and this is why we allow for spontaneous planning and activities in order to develop and support the individual child’s needs.
The Foundation Stage team at Glenaire effectively tune in to the children in our care. This is done by knowing the child well. We regularly review the development of the children with regards to the EYFS curriculum and highlight strengths in the characteristics of learning. We also encourage parents to support their child’s learning. We believe that this approach to learning enables our children to be ‘school ready’ at the end of their time in Foundation Stage.
Key Stages One and Two
In Key Stages One and Two our curriculum covers all of the National Curriculum subjects and emphasis is placed on the key skills of Communication, Reading, Writing and Mathematics along with PSHE. We believe this is essential, given the community we serve, if children are to become responsible members of society and life-long learners who have high aspirations, choice and opportunities. We aim for all of our pupils to become literate, reading and writing for pleasure and purpose; confident and fluent mathematicians and effective communicators.
At Glenaire, our mathematics teaching aims to:
- reflect the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically;
- promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
- promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
- ensure children know by heart and develop rapid recall of number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves;
- judge whether answers are reasonable and give children strategies to check their working;
- develop children’s ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
- ensure children can explain and make predictions from the data in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables;
- lead children to understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life;
- raise the standards of basic skills across all cohorts.
From Nursery onwards, children learn phonics following the Rocket Phonics SSP programme. Once their phonics is secure they progress to the spelling and grammar outcomes set out in the National Curriculum.
At Glenaire, children learn English through a mixture of discrete lessons and wider themes. High quality texts are explored across a range of genres and comprehension, grammar and composition skills are taught as pupils work towards the National Curriculum outcomes at each key stage. Our approach to the wider curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop their skills in communication, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting in relevant learning contexts.
Across the school, rigorous teaching of reading ensures that targeted reading skills can be developed. Pupils take home graded reading books linked to their development level in phonics and later, in comprehension and library books to share with parents and read for pleasure.
Whole School Overview
We have recently reviewed our curriculum and adopted a new resource called curriculum maestro to help us move towards a more knowledge-rich curriculum. This includes exciting projects for each term, with smaller companion projects for the children to learn alongside the main focus. The emphasis is on making sure children increase the information they know and understand and can retain this to build upon in future learning.
Our overview for this year can be found here.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
Underpinning the whole curriculum are ongoing aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development – creating an inclusive, supportive and open-minded school culture. We make extra curriculum time for Personal, Social and Health Education, recognising the above average level of social and emotional SEN of pupils here and the need for our school to be a nurturing environment in which all pupils feel valued.
Further Information can be accessed in the Yeargroup Overviews, class pages or by talking to the class teacher. For specific subject information, the office can refer your enquiry to the relevant subject leader.