Grangetown Primary School

Grangetown Primary School

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our Curriculum viking visitors

"The curriculum promotes pupils’ achievement & spiritual, moral, social & cultural development extremely well. It provides exciting opportunities for pupils that capture their interest. Teaching is consistently good across the school. Achievement is good in all subjects and for all groups of pupils. Pupils are extremely happy in school and are excited by their learning. The curriculum...adds interest to pupils’ learning and pupils say they enjoy the topics, the way that subjects are linked, and the visits to places of interest."     (From our Ofsted Inspection Report - February 2013)

Grangetown Long-Term Planning (EYFS-KS1-KS2)

Grangetown Medium-Term Planning (i.e. Topics - Contexts for Learning)

Click here to read an extract from our Prospectus, providing an overview of our Curriculum. Note that this is currently being redrafted, & the updated version will be uploaded in January 2016.

Our approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education & British Values.

Our year by year expectations ('Non-Negotiables') for English & Maths are here.

The GPS Curriculum inspires amazing learning - click here to see how!

Click here for a Parents Guide to the National Curriculum (2014), produced by Rising Stars.

The GPS Curriculum - Key Points

  • In Summer Term 2014 we held 2 training days for our staff, so that we could review our Curriculum and get ready for the new national curriculum from September 2014. The training days also served to renew and develop our understanding of what we call the 'Grangetown Curriculum' - the way we tailor learning to the needs of our children, and the ways we imbue our curriculum with our aims and values.
  • The new curriculum was implemented in September 2014, alongside a move to half-termly 'topics' (instead of termly). We evaluate our progress regularly, through staff discussion and through a range of monitoring activities, and this enables us to continue to strengthen and develop our curriculum.
  • Over the past 3-4 years we have transformed our curriculum, to make it more engaging and meaningful. We use a range of methods to gain regular feedback from the children, including video.
  • Teachers plan half-termly 'contexts for learning' (i.e. themes or topics) which bring elements of more than one curriculum area together, in a meaningful, creative way.
  • The topics provide many learning opportunities - the children can be scientists, geographers, historians, authors, poets, cooks, artists, mathematicians, actors, singers, musicians, astronomers, builders, investigators, designers, film-makers, dancers, gardeners, photographers, detectives...the list is endless! The topics act as a great inspiration for literacy, including reading, writing, speaking and listening and drama.
  • Not all subjects are fitted into the topics, of course. Each half-term, a number of curriculum areas are 'stand alone', taught separately from the main topic. Sometimes a 'mini-topic' may be created to address other curriculum areas, or one particular aspect of a subject.
  • We have special 'themed weeks' and 'themed days', including Chinese New Year, Health WeekBook Week, Science & Technology Week, Art Week and Spanish Day.
  • Underpinning our curriculum we have a solid and carefully planned programme in Mathematics and Literacy. This is appropriately challenging and rigorous, but still exciting and motivational.
  • In 2012-13 our teachers collaborated to draw-up a set of 'yeargroup expectations' (non-negotiables) in maths & literacy - basically a list of academic expectations for what pupils should know and understand, year by year. We use these in planning our teaching and learning activities. 
  • We believe in the value of visits, and visitors (e.g. authors, poets, writers, musicianstheatre groups,...even Vikings!), to enrich our curriculum, create hands-on experiences and add to pupil motivation. The local area is a great resource, and we draw upon it often.
  • We value creativity - this manifests itself in many different ways and isn't just about 'the arts'. Creativity can be about planning unique learning experiences for pupils, getting children to think for themselves and solve problems, and encouraging hands-on learning and collaborative learning. We'd like our children - and staff - to be inspired!
  • The Performing Arts are a vital part of our provision. As well as offering instrumental tuition (violin, cello, cornet, trumpet), we also run a thriving choir and we stage regular shows. In addition, dance is taught across the school, and year 6 perform annually at the Sunderland Empire. Every week, our children work with professional actors from a local theatre company.
  • In September 2012 we introduced Spanish across the school - this has been a great success.
  • In 2012 we gained Arts Mark Gold - a testimony to the creativity, vibrancy and rigour of our Curriculum. 
  • We place great value upon the contribution that sport makes to the development and well-being of our children, and it has an important part in our curriculum. We offer a range of sporty after-school and lunchtime clubs, and our membership of the local 'Farringdon Cluster' of schools gives us access to a range of sporting activities and competitions for the children (and training for teachers too). Every week, our children work with a dance teacher and an experienced football coach.
  • The International Dimension is a valued part of our Curriculum. In Summer 2012, 2 staff visited Nepal, spending a week in a small rural school 80km from Kathmandu! The Headteacher of that school visited Grangetown in Autumn 2012, again in September 2014 and most recently in December 2015. Mr McAnaney visited our partner school in Nepal at Easter 2014. This link, funded by The British Council, has led to many rich learning experiences for GPS children - for example, take a look at this fantastic dance!
  • In Summer 2013, 3 staff visited our partner school in Wuhan, China - Shuiguohu Primary School. Two teachers from Shuiguohu spent a week at Grangetown in September 2014, and one of our teachers visited China at Easter 2015. Again, this link, funded by The British Council, has led to exciting curriculum projects which have really engaged our children - for example Year 4 have sung to their Chinese friends, using Skype!
Be Inspired at GPS!.......