Our Curriculum Principles
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 rooted in our eight values: Pride, Aspiration, Responsibility, Creativity, Confidence, Enjoyment, Perseverance and Kindness and our ethos of ‘together we grow’.
Our curriculum is based on the following principles:
At The Green our curriculum challenges our children to strive for excellence and to be successful in all that they do.
We want our children to gain the best possible knowledge and experiences so that they have many doors open to them and opportunities to choose their future careers.
Children will engage with opportunities to be aspirational through taking risks, asking questions, solving problems and evaluating their own learning and that of their peers.
The Green’s ethos is underpinned by eight key values. These, alongside the British Values, shape the way we expect all the members of our school family to conduct themselves.
Children with good awareness and understanding of diversity, have better social skills, increased understanding and are more accepting of people who are different from themselves. Our curriculum is designed to develop a deep understanding of the wider world so that children are respectful, knowledgeable and understand the importance of treating each other equally.
Children develop knowledge beyond their lived experiences, which equips them to make positive contributions for life in the modern world.
At The Green, we prepare our children for life in the modern world by helping them take individual ownership of their future and develop their cultural capital.
We teach our children the resilience, integrity and independence that they will need. These skills will transfer into greater life choices for children to achieve their goals.
Our ambitious curriculum has been carefully sequenced by subject leaders with clearly identified sticky knowledge and key concepts that are revisited continuously so that pupils know, remember and understand more. With this knowledge embedded in their long-term memory our children will be ready for the challenges and opportunities of the future.
At The Green, reading and vocabulary are the heart of our curriculum.
We recognise reading is a key skill for all our children. We plan our curriculum in order that all children develop an extended vocabulary and a true love of words and reading.
Our children will have the opportunities to develop their oral skills in speaking and articulate their thoughts and opinions.
To access the wider curriculum and acquire important knowledge our children are taught a wealth of vocabulary throughout all subjects.
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 Fischer 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 a term, 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 discrete 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.
Lesson Design at The Green
As previously mentioned, our enquiries plan for progression across the school. Please see our progression documents to see how knowledge is built over time.