The Yearly overviews are accessible below - they give an outline of the content of our school curriculum in each academic year for every subject.
The termly overviews are accessible below - they give a more detailed look at the curriculum coverage; within each academic year; for every subject taught in the current term. These can also be found on your child's class page.
At Ghyllgrove Primary School we follow the National curriculum for English. This is achieved through a daily lesson involving whole class, group and individual work as well as other lessons covering phonics, reading and handwriting.
A wide variety of literature is studied and the children are encouraged to develop their creativity through a range of writing styles. Punctuation and grammar teaching form an integral part of the English teaching.
We follow the Penpals Handwriting Scheme which encourages the development of a clear handwriting style.
The teaching of reading takes place through the structured teaching of phonics. Phonics lessons are taught using the Letters and Sounds Programme of study as well as Jolly Phonics in EYFS and KS1.
Bug Club is used to support the teaching of phonics and promotes reading comprehension at school and home. Children are allocated e-books and are encouraged to read and answer the questions.
In Key stage one guided reading forms one lesson in the Literacy lesson . It gives children the opportunity to learn the mechanics and understanding of reading. Children also complete comprehension questions based on the text read.
We use a range of reading schemes which have been levelled to provide continuity and progression in reading skills and challenge. In the Foundation Stage we follow the Early Learning Goals and work for all children is appropriately challenging.Banded book colours books are sent home and are changed weekly. Children receive a certificate once they move colour bands and this is recorded in the home school diary.
As a School we encourage Parents to read 3 times a week and record this in the home school diary. In School the number of times children read that week is totalled up and then certificates are given out for every 25 times the children read. This is then displayed in the individual classes.
Children practise spellings through a range of activities in class throughout the week as well as taking weekly spellings home to practise each week.
At Ghyllgrove Primary School every child in our school is recognised as individual and unique. The ability to learn is underpinned in curriculum subject areas by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and vocabulary. There are clear, identified end points in each phase of learning which build upon what has been taught before and gives pupils the required knowledge and skills for their next stage of learning. Our curriculum at Ghyllgrove Primary is not solely focused on academic subjects and achievement. We provide pupils with rich learning experiences, educational visits, residentials, extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities. We want children to have fun at school and talk about their primary school years as being full of great memories.
Our vision is to provide an overall education which prepares each pupil with the tools and strategies needed to cope with the challenges currently posed in modern day Britain e.g social media, health and relationships and finance. We also aim to ensure that our pupils know how to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society.
Alongside the teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary, here at Ghyllgrove Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community including, staff, pupils and families. We pursue this aim using both universal and whole school approaches as well as specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. A bespoke emotional health, well-being and resilience programme is embedded in our curriculum alongside the teaching of knowledge, skills and understanding in all other curriculum subjects. Pupils are encouraged to talk openly about their mental well-being and access support as and when required. We aim to provide pupils will the tools and strategies needed to cope when faced with challenges within school or home life.
We value the role that outdoor education has in a child’s development and aim to incorporate as much outdoor learning as possible into our broad and balanced curriculum. We find that increasingly more pupils are spending a lot of time in the ‘electronic’ world. We intend to give pupils a love and excitement for being outdoors and playing in their outdoor environment.
More information is available about English, Maths and Topic coverage in the curriculum letter that is sent home at the start of every term. Alternatively, this can be found on your child's class pages or a copy can be obtained via the school website or school office.
If you require any further information about your child's curriculum, our class teachers are happy to help you, or please contact the school office.