Curriculum

At Green Dragon Primary School the curriculum comprises all the activities that are planned, taught and developed within the school to promote learning and personal growth. Through participating in these activities the children develop intellectually, personally, socially, emotionally and physically.

We place great importance on the development of our children as Independent Learners and believe that our creative approach in the classroom contributes very much to the achievement of that goal.

Early Years & Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Nursery & Reception

Key Stage 1 - Years 1 - 2

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English

At Green Dragon we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write. We believe that reading is one of the greatest gifts a child can receive and we recognise that reading is an essential part of all areas of learning. Please click here to find out more about RWInc.

Reading with your child every night, is extremely important to his/her progress and all pupils are issued with a Home-School Reading Journal. It will really help your child’s progress if you can record how much reading you do together every night and to add any comment you would like to make concerning your child’s progress and enjoyment.

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Bug Club

Bug Club is a finely levelled, phonically based reading scheme, which ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them. Each child has a personalised homepage where they will find the eBooks they have been allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards. Please click here to find out more about Bug Club.

Writing makes a significant contribution to the development of children as thinkers and learners. For this reason, we aim to ensure all children are able to communicate in writing clearly, confidently and appropriately, demonstrating an awareness of a variety of purposes and audiences.

Learning phonics is an excellent foundation for children learning to read and spell.

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Mathematics

Mathematics teaching follows a programme called Maths Makes Sense and children have a 1 hour daily lesson. The approach is one of a lot of practical involvement by the children and the lessons are both stimulating and fun. To learn more about this learning approach please click here.

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International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) & THE INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY CURRICULUM (IPC) - EYFS, KS1 & KS2

The Primary International Curriculum (IPC)

The teaching of the Arts Subjects (Art, Music, and Drama), Humanities (History, Geographyand Science are all linked to the IPC. This means that each term, a different Project is chosen and these areas approached via The IPC. Click here to watch a video about the IPC at Green Dragon.

To find out more about The IPC please click here.

Key Stage 2 - Years 3 - 6

English

In studying English, children develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, and helps them to communicate with others effectively. Great emphasis is placed on developing children's spoken language, as this is crucial for learning to read, write, to be numerate and successful in all areas of learning.

The teaching of grammar allows for the expansion of children’s language and for deepening their understanding. We believe it is better taught using methods that allow fun to be combined with clarity, interest and improved skills. Our grammar teaching is incorporated into Literacy lessons and is mostly taught through understanding the genres.

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The children have ‘Big Writing’. What is BIG Writing?

  • It is a philosophy about writing, which was originally devised by Ros Wilson. (A former teacher and Ofsted Inspector.)
  • It is based on the premise that to write well children need to be able to talk. They need to ‘have a go’.
  • It is a way to assess children’s writing and provide targets for ‘next steps’.
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Bug Club 

Bug Club is a finely levelled, phonically based reading scheme, which ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them. Each child has a personalised homepage where they will find the eBooks they have been allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards. Please click here to find out more about Bug Club.

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Mathematics

Mathematics equips children with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. Children are involved in a broad range of activities in order to learn mathematical concepts and develop numeracy. They are given practical experience, investigative tasks, regular practice of mathematical facts and procedures to develop mental skills.Mathematics teaching follows a programme called Maths Makes Sense and children have a 1 hour daily lesson. The approach is one of a lot of practical involvement by the children and the lessons are both stimulating and fun. To learn more about this learning approach please click here.

Other Areas of our Curriculum

Computing

Computer literacy is an essential skill in the modern world. All children at Green Dragon Primary School have the opportunity to work with computers and digital equipment from age three to eleven. They are taught how to use ICT tools safely to find, explore, analyse and present information responsibly and creatively in order to advance their learning across the curriculum.

R.E

Religious Education is taught in all the Keystages. Each year group, starting from Year 2, get to visit a place of worship.

  • Year 2 - Hindu Temple
  • Year 3 - A Church
  • Year 4 - A Mosque
  • Year 5 - Gurdwara
  • Year 6 - Synagouge

P.S.H.E

Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident and independent lives, and become informed and responsible citizens. They also learn basic rules for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well.

Swimming

Children in Years 3 and 4 go swimming and need to bring a swimming costume and a towel.

Year 3 - Summer term

Year 4 - Autumn term

Children can only be excused from swimming if they are ill and the school has been informed in writing.

P.E

All children are required to take part in Games, Gymnastics and Dance to develop physical skills and agility, and to develop an active and healthy lifestyle.

Every child from Reception to Year 6 must have a PE kit, in a draw string bag, on their peg every day.  PE kit must be a plain white t-shirt, plain black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms and a change of footwear (trainers or plimsoles). During the colder seasons the children may wear plain black/grey jogging bottoms. (School kit bags can be bought from the School Office). Long hair must be tied back for all PE lessons.

Every child throughout the school will have P.E twice a week.

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