Early Years Curriculum
Our pupils start their journey at Greenhill in the Reception class in the Early Years. The Early Years curriculum is based on the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’ and is planned to develop children academically but also creatively, physically, spiritually and morally through the 3 prime areas of Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Once established, the prime areas will help to develop skills in the 4 specific areas. These are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Once children leave our Reception class they move into Year One and for the remainder of their time at Greenhill are taught from the English National Curriculum. The National Curriculum is made up of the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education. To help you understand why and how each subject is taught we have provided a brief synopsis of the National Curriculum.
National Curriculum Subjects
R.E. & Collective Worship
Religious Education forms part of the curriculum for all students. The school teaches the statutory subject of Religious Education in accordance with the agreed syllabus of the Local Authority. The school is not of any particular religious denomination and all faiths are treated with equal respect and importance. We hold regular assemblies; these vary from simple gatherings to more complex occasions that involve the work of the children. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE and Collective Worship. Those who wish to do so should notify the Headteacher in Writing.
Children in EYFS and KS1 follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonic Scheme; there are 6 phases of development and children are taught in groups each day at the appropriate phonic development level.
The school has a range of Reading Schemes to support Reading development in KS1 and KS2. The books are organised throughout the school in structured reading developmental steps; the main scheme is Oxford Reading Tree but this is supplemented with real books to ensure that children are introduced to a wide range of reading material. Guided reading is taught regularly and a Reciprocal Reading Approach is developed throughout KS2.
All pupils have the opportunity to take part in educational visits. The visits are organised to support the work in school and are planned to comply with the highest standards of safety recommendations and regulations.
The school holds a range of theme days throughout the year, such as, French days, Art days, Class topic days and School Open days. These days are very popular with parents and children alike.