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Curriculum

Head, Heart and Hands

Curriculum Statement

Intent

Our curriculum at The Green Infant School has been specifically developed to address the needs of our children and community. It is underpinned by current research, which ensures our children will be well-rounded individuals who are prepared for the next stage of their journey. Our enquiry-based approach takes children on a journey of memorable learning through rich and purposeful experiences, culminating in authentic outcomes. We provide a broad and balanced enquiry curriculum underpinned by key knowledge of English and Mathematics to give all of our children a doorway to a wider world and to fulfil their potential.

Our curriculum is designed for the Head, the Heart and the Hands. It is rooted in our eight values: PrideAspiration, Responsibility, Respect, Creativity, Confidence, Enjoyment and Perseverance and our ethos of ‘together we grow’.
 

  • Head- To think; to develop knowledge and become
     independent and articulate learners.
  • Heart- To feel; to develop positive attitudes towards
    themselves, others and the world around us.
  • Hands- To do; to develop skills and put these into
    action which prepare model citizens ready to make
    a difference.

 

In order to achieve this our curriculum is underpinned by our Trust principles:

A curriculum that…

  • is Relevant and current
  • Empowers children
  • Promotes character and heart
  • Memorable
  • Provides Opportunities

Implementation

 

Fluency in the core subjects enables access to the full curriculum and is therefore integral to our approach. We follow Read Write Inc, which is a proven programme that ensures early success in reading, writing and spelling. We teach our English through this programme across school each morning and once our children have completed this programme they begin transitioning to the Fisher Family Trust framework for reading and learning to write for different purposes linking to their enquiry. Please see our English policy for further detail.

 

We also follow Power Maths, a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in Maths. It is built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to Maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of Maths concepts.

 

 The other curriculum areas are carefully designed through a termly enquiry. This is a thematic approach, initiated by an enquiry question, for example: What does it mean to belong? Each enquiry follows a journey over approximately ten weeks, with three enquiries planned per year. Each enquiry builds towards an authentic outcome to provide the children with an opportunity to showcase their learning. These drivers are: Explore (Geography), Uncover (History) and Imagine (The Arts). Objectives uncovered and seasonal work are then planned in during the weeks before Christmas, Easter and Summer to ensure complete coverage through discreet teaching. Each enquiry is designed to help children retain knowledge and for knowledge progression across each year group (please see our knowledge progression documents). Therefore, new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught previously. Explicit steps are taken over time to revisit this knowledge to ensure that assessment is not too close to the point of teaching.

For more information about our enquiries this year, please visit our class pages.

Knowledge Progression

As previously mentioned, our enquiries plan for progression across the school. Please see our progression documents to see how knowledge is built over time.

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