The Curriculum at Greenleaf
At Greenleaf, we believe every child deserves an holistic education. Therefore, the curriculum at Greenleaf is not just about lessons; it encompasses all the learning experiences of a child and is designed to:
- Build on prior learning
- Develop resilience and critical thinking
- Foster aspiration for the future.
We ensure that a Broad and Balanced Curriculum is offered to all our pupils, which comprises a full range of opportunities for learning based around:
- Consistency and high expectations – across every class and year group in the school and every aspect of school life
- Children making outstanding progress – ensuring that children are appropriately challenged, no ceilings are put on what we expect children to achieve and that learning is revisited to ensure it is retained
- Local, national and global learning – rich local resources, british values and global themes such as poverty, migration and plastic pollution
The full range of learning opportunities include:
- A formal programme of lessons in the timetable which are based on the National Curriculum
- A creative, dynamic and interactive teaching environment to stimulate individual learning
- Extra-curricular activities i.e. Sports Clubs, Music Clubs, Art Club, Chess Club, Fun Club, Drama Club, School Shows etc.
- Outside educational visits to enrich subjects being taught e.g. Visits to museums, art galleries, local market, Suntrap etc
- Residential visits which provide children with opportunities to challenge themselves socially and emotionally, develop independence skills, learn about new cultures/different communities and try new experiences (eg. milking a cow).
- Outside speakers e.g. School Nurse, Community Police Officer etc
- Use of outdoor learning as a stimulus, eg. Allotment, EYFS outdoor area
- Response to local context, eg. LifeSkills and keeping safe in the community and online
At Greenleaf, we place Reading, Writing, Numeracy and Science at the core of all the learning. The subjects of Geography, History, Computing, Design Technology, Art, PE, Music, PSHE, Philosophy4Children and RE are not only taught discretely, but are also connected to work through topics which make the most of cross curricular links with other subject areas. The children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC) underpins all learning across the curriculum.
Within our curriculum we allow for different elements of learning:
Attitudes: a positive, engaged, resilient approach to learning
Knowledge: the factual content/concepts of what is being learned;
Skills: develop the ability to communicate, problem solve, think critically, analyse, making links, organise ideas and refine and improve work
Greenleaf’s “Aim High, Work Hard, Be Kind” approach encourages children to have a positive attitude to learning and take responsibility for their own learning and future success.
Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families and visitors to facilitate learning new skills and sharing experiences such as assemblies, workshops, reading mornings, International Evening and Greenleaf Journey Day.
Greenleaf’s broad and engaging curriculum gives our pupils access to the fullest possible understanding of the world in which they live and the skills needed for the next stage of their life and learning. Children leave Greenleaf with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and continue their learning journeys.
Click to see the curriculum map:
Curriculum Map (last updated December 2020)
Further information about the curriculum in each year group is available in the subject tabs to the right of this page, our Teaching and Learning Policy and the Termly Year Group Newsletters. Additionally, Schemes of Work may be obtained, on request, from the school office.