Our unique Gretton Primary School curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of our pupils, fulfil the expecatations of our parents and to utilise the specific skills and expertise of our staff. Outdoor learning is very important to us and we utilise the local environment as much as possible, such as through visits to Gretton Tower, the village field and our stunning Forest School site.
Our Curriculum – A Guide for Parents and Carers
Our school curriculum is based on the subjects included in the National Curriculum 2014; English (Reading and Writing) Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. We also teach Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education (PSHCE) including Relationship Education and our Religious Education lessons are based on the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus. Please refer to the attached documents for the Primary National Curriculum and the Gloucestershire RE Syllabus; as well as the two year curriculum plans for each class, which give detailed information about the learning objectives covered in each class and in every subject. You will also find our “Intent, Implementation and Impact” statements for each subject. For more detailed information about Reading, Writing and Mathematics, please refer to the Primary National Curriculum document. Because we have two year groups in most classes, in order for all the children to cover all aspects of the National Curriculum our school curriculum is planned on a two year cycle. Our Key Stage One classes usually cover six topics per year but to allow our older children more time to explore their themes in more detail, they cover three different topics.
Key Skills and Memorable Experiences!
Whilst achieving high standards in the key skills of Reading, Writing and Maths are very important to us, we take great pride in the fact that we provide a genuinely broad and balanced curriculum for all year groups. In order to support this approach, when planning our school curriculum we use a thematic approach to link as many subjects together in a topic, as we believe it helps children to make connections within their learning, thus aiding curiosity and understanding. For example, when our Y3 and 4 children in Owls undertake their “Fight and Flight” topic they will learn about the historical and geographical aspects of the 1940s, the popular music of the time and they will produce wonderful art work based on WWII posters, as well as writing diary entries and newspaper articles based on significant events of the time. They will also dress up in appropriate 1940s clothing and visit Toddington Railway Station to find out what it would have been like to have been an evacuee. Visits to museums and other venues, as well inviting visitors into school with specialist knowledge, also brings our curriculum to life and provides a range of highly memorable experiences.
Forest School, Sport and the Arts
We love the outdoors and all classes regularly participate in structured Forest School lessons, in an actual forest location just a short walk from the school building! The children really enjoy being out in the countryside and we are convinced that whilst learning about nature and the environment is vital, their experiences also have a very positive impact on other aspects of their learning.
We also place a high emphasis on competitive sport and we have achieved some very notable successes, often against much larger schools – such as winning the Tewkesbury Schools’ Cricket and Athletics Championships, as well as in recent years, reaching the School National Finals for Football and Tag- American Football.
We offer a fantastic range of music lessons with expert peripatetic teachers and the standard of art work produced by our pupils, often created during our end of term “Friendship Fridays” is frequently stunning. We offer a great range of extra-curricular clubs and many parents find our “Early Birds” before school club very helpful in providing additional child care.
There really is something for everyone at Gretton but if you would like to find out more about our school curriculum then please contact our Headteacher, Mr Woolston.