Greenfield ACADEMY CURRICULUM Statement
- To provide the children of Greenfield E–ACT Academy with a broad, balanced and rich curriculum that inspires learning and challenges children to reach their full potential.
- Our curriculum inspires learning both inside and outside of the classroom and promotes our belief that all children are lifelong learners.
- To ensure that our curriculum offer provides our children with a wealth of experiences and opportunities to develop knowledge and skills for their future life choices.
- To ensure the E-ACT values of ‘thinking big’, ‘doing the right thing’ and ‘team spirit’ underpin all that we do in developing our curriculum.
- To remove significant barriers to learning to enable all pupils to reach their potential, regardless of their starting point.
- To ensure a cross curricular approach both inspires and engages children to write well whilst learning key knowledge and skills about the topic.
- To ensure that all children, in all subject areas make at least good progress.
- Significant regional changes within Bristol E-ACT academies have ensured that developments in Talk for Writing, mastery mathematics and bespoke teaching of reading are consistent across the whole school (from YN – Y6) and throughout the region.
- Significant changes have been made to the curriculum, curriculum leads have worked together with class teachers to ensure that there is coverage and development of knowledge, skills and vocabulary for each foundation subject. These have ensured that developments in all foundation subjects are consistent across the school and that cross curricular learning is woven in where appropriate.
- Local community links with Bristol City Football Club, Bristol 600 residential home allow children to have broad and varied learning opportunities. We have had visits from Natwest, Marital Arts demonstrations, Shelter homeless charity, Alzheimer’s charity, which has engaged and inspired our children.
- The Senior Leadership Team and Local Leadership Team have ensured that developments are reviewed on a regular basis and that next steps are identified and implemented quickly. For example: the implementation of teaching mathematics through bar modelling to help support the children’s understanding, moving the talk for writing approach on by enhancing lessons with ‘The Write Stuff’ approach, focussing on the coverage and development of knowledge, skills and vocabulary in foundation subjects, improvements to how we assess foundation subject so we can identify specific gaps.
- Ensuring children have regular access to specialist provision, e.g. music, art, design technology, RE and sport, shows the importance placed on the wider curriculum in our curriculum offer.
- Ensuring children have regular opportunities to take part in learning beyond the classroom, shows the importance placed on the wider curriculum in our curriculum offer e.g. subject specialist visitors such as: The explorer dome, STEM scientists, drama with the Young Shakespeare company, career fayres, sports coaching, local inter and intra sporting events, choir performances and the Greenfield’s got talent show.
- Maths mastery is embedded through the curriculum, providing pupils with daily challenge and opportunities to reason, by using and applying maths concepts.
- Bar modelling training to all staff which is now being embedded into Maths teaching across the school.
- Curriculum letters and knowledge organisers are used to ensure that children have access to relevant information and lessons can then focus on skills and understanding.
- The E-ACT passport runs alongside our curriculum model and passport activities are identified through topic planning to be achieved. All children are given the opportunity to achieve all year group E-ACT passport targets during an academic year.
- Engaging parents/ carers in our Greenfield curriculum through events such as: open days, parents and carers are invited to termly WOW sessions, subject specific parent workshops (phonics, reading, maths, writing, e-safety), celebrations of learning assemblies, learning within the community (EYFS stay and plays, Associate Governor involvement in Raising Achievement Board meetings (RABs), acquiring parent volunteers, etc.
- Promoting special wow days off timetable focusing on different curriculum areas and ensuring children have regular access to specialist provision, E.g. music, drama, art and sport, both inspire and deepen learning and shows the value placed on the wider curriculum.
- The Thrive provision is essential to the mental wellbeing of our children. We are leaders in the Thrive approach and are incredibly proud of the work that happens. Our children are happy and able to learn.
- Our pupils love coming to school and enjoy learning.
- A high percentage of our pupils achieve well at our academy.
- Pupils at Greenfield Academy are engaged in their learning, like to talk about what they are learning and continue their learning beyond the classroom.
- Behaviour for learning is positive at our academy
- Through our broad, balanced and rich curriculum we ensure that Fundamental British Values and SMSC are becoming embedded. This takes place during our Jigsaw PSHE sessions, workshops and weekly assemblies as well as being linked into other subjects through cross curricular learning.
- Our children are developing their knowledge and understanding of the rich, cultural heritage of modern Britain.