We consider Curriculum one of our key strengths. Over the years, Curriculum Development has been a feature of our ongoing work as a school.
During 2019-20 we embarked on a major review, and this produced our 'Quest Curriculum'. This document structures our curriculum, so that there is a clear and meaningful sequencing of knowledge, skills & experiences across Key Stages 1 & 2.
Our Quest approach is a work in progress, and we will be further developing it during 2020-21.
|Curriculum - our aims & philosophy|
|The GPS Quest Curriculum - developed during 2019-20 - a 'work in progress'|
|GPS Early Years Long Term Planning|
|GPS Long Term Planning - KS1 & KS2|
|GPS Medium Term Planning|
|Our approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education & British Values.|
|Our year by year expectations for English & Maths are here.|
|'Recovery Curriculum/Strategies' following the long closure linked to Covid 19|
The content below is older content, is is currently being revised and re-worked.....
"Leaders have developed an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum where academic rigour is complemented by a range of wider experiences. This enables pupils to develop knowledge and understanding alongside self-confidence and self-esteem." (Ofsted - June 2017)
"Leaders provide a curriculum that is exciting, broad and balanced. They balance academic study with access to a range of experiences that develop pupils’ interests and self-esteem. On day two of the inspection, Year 1 pupils went on a visit to a local lighthouse, while Year 6 pupils rehearsed with external partners for a dance project. Displays around the school and on the excellent website celebrate the numerous trips to local science, industrial and history museums alongside dance, drama, film and literary workshops that enrich pupils’ interests and experience." (Ofsted - June 2017)
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.
Our approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education & British Values.
Our year by year expectations for English & Maths are here.
|The GPS Curriculum inspires amazing learning - click here to see how!|
The GPS Curriculum - Overview & Key Points
- Over the past 5 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 an 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 Week, Book Week, Science & Technology Week, Art Week, Spanish Day and French 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.
- We believe in the value of visits, and visitors (e.g. authors, poets, writers, musicians, theatre 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.
- 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. Every week, our children work with a dance teacher and an experienced football coach.
- The International Dimension is a valued part of our Curriculum. Several of our teachers have visited our partner schools in Nepal and China, and this has led to a range of exciting learning experiences for our children. We teach French across the school, and we ensure that our curriculum has a strong cultural element (linked to the development of SMSC - Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural).