Curriculum and Learning
The Greenfield Curriculum
Curriculum leader: Mrs K Moleele
Our curriculum is designed to ensure children are successful learners. It develops children’s independence; respect for themselves, others and the environment; and their sense of responsibility as future citizens. At Kippax Greenfield, we offer a rich and vibrant curriculum which is broad and balanced to ensure our children are well-rounded individuals. Through our curriculum, we develop the essential knowledge, skills and vocabulary which are the building blocks for later life. Our curriculum encompasses not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but goes beyond the experiences of the classroom to ensure that our children are exposed to the richest and most varied opportunities that we can provide. Our aim is to enrich every child's school experience by creating an environment where they are encouraged to succeed and be the best they can be. The curriculum is further enhanced by our commitment to a rights-respecting education (including British Values), ensuring they respect their own rights and those of others locally and worldwide.
Our Curriculum Aims
Through our curriculum, we aim to:
- Encourage aspirational and curious, life-long learners through exposure to new ideas.
- Create ‘experts’ in knowledge, skills and vocabulary.
- Empower our children as global citizens for the future: knowing their own rights and upholding those of others, having a moral responsibility for our planet and a sense of place.
- Develop independent learners who own their learning, embrace challenge and take risks; who reflect on their own learning and can solve problems.
- Fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
Our curriculum meets and goes beyond the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum maps have been carefully planned to ensure each child studies each subject in depth. Each unit of work is planned carefully, starting with children’s current knowledge, skills and vocabulary so that real progress is made. Subjects are taught discretely, following a theme with links made between the subjects when appropriate. The “blocking” of some subjects within a unit of work enables children to immerse themselves in the subject and leads to deep understanding. Not all subjects naturally fit within a theme and so these subjects are taught separately: PE, RE, PHSE and Modern Foreign Language (French). English, Maths and Computing are also taught during discrete lessons but revisited in the curriculum so children can apply and embed the skills they have learnt in a purposeful context.
Knowledge, skills and vocabulary in each subject build cumulatively starting in Foundation Stage so that by Year 5 and 6, children are able to refer back to their learning from previous years and apply it to build new understanding. Key knowledge for each unit is identified and knowledge organisers support the learning of facts. A clear progression of subject-specific skills enables teachers to guide children to become confident in each subject. Subject-specific language is identified for each year group and builds year on year.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils is woven throughout the curriculum. We actively promote the fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The planning of the curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that as children progress through mixed classes, it always builds on their previous learning and that improvements are continually made. Our curriculum is inclusive for all and children are challenged according to their strengths. Children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they are enabled to achieve success.
Our curriculum is further enriched through extra-curricular clubs, local community visits and projects, school trips, visiting speakers and residential trips. We firmly believe that real life experiences like these create lasting memories and strengthen the learning happening in school.
At Kippax Greenfield, our curriculum makes use of our extensive outdoor environment including a garden and wildlife areas. Our school grounds are used for active learning for all of our pupils.
Parents promote learning outside school and ensure children make the best possible progress. Kippax Greenfield is renowned for being an open, friendly and approachable school that encourages parents to be actively involved in children’s learning. As well as learning conferences, we host regular events to inform parents how they can support their child or to come and work alongside their child and support parents with suggestions online.
The quality of teaching and learning across the curriculum is monitored rigorously both within the school and with external consultants. Staff continuously improve the quality of the curriculum through regular training, review and planning.
Children are able to share their learning with each other and their parents and carers through school based exhibitions, online publishing, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. They are encouraged to take action when encountering issues in the wider curriculum. The international aspect to our curriculum supports children in embracing diversity and understanding the opportunities available to them around the world.
Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and reflect on the progress they have made. They are taught to assess their work and identify next steps. In Key Stage 2 they are encouraged to lead learning conferences with teachers and parents, identifying the successes and challenges they have had.
Additional information on our curriculum can be obtained by contacting our curriculum leaders through the school office: Tel 0113 2876195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our Curriculum Themes and Maps below.