We believe that children learn best by doing things they enjoy.
Therefore, our aim is to make learning stimulating, practical and above all, enjoyable. Using the 2014 National Curriculum, our pupils are taught through a carefully planned programme of challenging activities designed to build confidence and inspire children to nurture a life-long passion for learning.
Here at Garfield, English and Maths lessons take place each morning, with Science and the foundation subjects taught in the afternoons. As far as possible a cross-curricular, thematic approach is used. A theme is selected and applied across a year group each half term. By adding this dimension to learning we are able to provide opportunities for key skills to develop across the curriculum and to cultivate creative thinking.
Please see the year group Curriculum Maps below for further information.
These documents show details of the topics you can expect your child to cover each year at Garfield. The following maps are for the school year 2015-2016:
During the year we have themed weeks, such as Book Week, Arts Week and Science Week, which allow children to develop their skills in a more focused way. Educational visits reinforce learning taking place in the classroom. We also have visits from a variety of experts including musicians, historians and scientists. We benefit from the help of our parent volunteers who work alongside teachers during Guided Reading, and we welcome input from any parents who would like to offer their expertise in any curriculum areas.
We teach all the elements of the syllabus of the 2014 National Curriculum for both core (English, Maths and Science) and foundation subjects (History, Geography, Computing, Music, Art and Design, Physical Education, Design and Technology and French in KS2). Religious Education is a statutory requirement and we follow the Merton Agreed Syllabus.
Children from Years 1-6 are assessed in relation to age-related expectations (AREs,) using ‘Herts for Learning’, a system adopted by Merton schools.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage children experience the seven areas of learning required, organised under the following areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Physical Development
- Expressive Art and Design
These areas underpin the organisation of the learning environment; the activities provided for children and the monitoring of childrens’ progress and development.
Please see the National Curriculum Framework and Subject Programmes of Study for more details on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum
If you have any questions about what your child is learning at school do not hesitate to arrange a time to discuss it further with your child’s teacher.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is part of a highly successful literacy programme developed by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. It provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly, and is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools. Read Write Inc is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
The Read Write Inc. programme is carefully matched to the higher expectations of the new curriculum. It uses effective and rigorous assessment, tracking and one to one tutoring to accelerate every child's progress, preparing our children for the National Curriculum tests.
Training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department of Education, ensure the programme has the best chance of success in schools.
For information and tutorials on how to support your child with learning to read go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
In Nursery all children
Learn the first 30 sounds in short daily sessions.
In Reception and Year 1…
· Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge
· Take home Phonics storybooks to share
· Read with fluency and expression
· Learn to spell using known sounds
· Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first
· Work well with a partner
By the end of the Autumn Term in Year 2 all children…
· Are accurate and speedy readers and are ready to move on.