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Curriculum

Please click on the following links to see what is being taught in each Year group for this term. 

EYFS                      Year 1                   Year 2                     Year 3                       Year 4                        Year 5                         Year 6

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

    Early Years Foundation Stage caters for children up to 5 years of age and is divided into Nursery (age 3-4) and Reception (age 4-5) classes.

    In the Foundation Stage, we aim to create a place where children can explore, meet new friends, be safe and adventurous. We value each child as a unique individual and provide a balance of child initiated and adult led activities.

    Research shows that young children learn best through play, with skilled adults to talk to, think with and learn from. We offer a rich and varied curriculum covering the 17 areas of learning which underpins:

    Playing and exploring - engagement

    • Finding out and exploring
    • Playing with what they know
    • Being willing to 'have a go'

    Active learning - motivation

    • Being involved and concentrating
    • Keeping trying
    • Enjoying what they set out to do

    Creating and thinking critically - thinking

    • Having their own ideas
    • Making links
    • Choosing ways to do things
  • Phonics

    At Green Dragon Primary School we teach phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. 

    What is phonics?
    Phonics is the system of ‘blending’ sounds together to read, and ‘segmenting’ sounds to spell. They are both complimentary and interlinking skills that are taught together. You may hear your children use some vocabulary that you are not familiar with that they have learnt in their phonics lessons.

    A phoneme 
    Is the smallest unit of sound that we use in the English language. A phoneme can be made up of one letter as in the alphabet sounds – s, a, t, p, i, n etc, or two letters (a digraph) as in sh, ch, th, ay, ar, or three letters (trigraphs) as in air, ear, ure. Phonemes can not be broken down into separate sounds.

    A grapheme
    Is the way we spell a phoneme. A phoneme may have only one grapheme,for example ‘b’. Or may have several different spellings –for example or can be spelt ‘or’ in torn, ‘aw’ in claw, ‘au’ in naughty or ‘ore’ in more. The children will initially be introduced to one common grapheme for each phoneme, but as they progress through the school they will taught the less common spelling alternatives and encouraged to try and choose the correct grapheme for a particular word they are trying to spell.

    Consonant blends
    Are made up of two or three phonemes blended together quite quickly as we learn to read. Examples are sc, sm, bl, pr, str

    Short Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their sound as ‘a’ in c a t.

    Long Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their name as ‘ay’ in day, ‘oa’ in boat or ‘igh’ in night.

    How do we teach Phonics at Green Dragon  Primary School?

    We follow the Letters and Sounds programme Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

    There are six overlapping phases. Below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, click here to visit the Letters and Sounds website.

    Phonic Knowledge and Skills

    Phase One 
    Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

    Phase Two 
    Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

    Phase Three
    The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

    Phase Four
    No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

    Phase Five 
    Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

    Phase Six 
    Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.
    Recommended: the Synthetic Phonics Toolkit

  • 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

    Key Stage 2 includes classes in Year 3 -  Year 6 and caters for children aged 8-11years.​

    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.

  • Home learning

    Research shows that homelearning can boost a child’s progress by up to two months over the course of a year. Wowzer! 

    This is our policy (more information on the school website).

    Reading: Children from Year 1 to Year 6 are expected to read with their families for between 10 and 20 minutes every day. This could be a book, Bug Club, a comic, online article, etc. Children must regularly record what has been read in their reading passport and these can be stamped on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes in the library.

    Spelling: Every child in Year 3 – 6 has a SPaG book which is to be completed weekly. They will be practising the key knowledge or skills required during their daily English lessons in preparation for their home learning tasks. Children are also expected to learn the words from the statutory word list. 

    Mathletics: Every child has a username and password for the Mathletics website. Class teachers will allocate three tasks per week for each child to complete. This will either be linked to current class learning, or the child’s personal targets. Usernames and passwords can be requested from the class teacher if they are lost / forgotten.

    Project Home Learning Tasks: Children from Years 1 to 6 will be given either a knowledge, skills or understanding task connected to a current project or unit of learning in the class. They will often be creative tasks which can be undertaken over a holiday or a couple of weeks within the term. Look for the dates in this leaflet.

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 - Jigsaw

Jigsaw 3-11, the mindful approach to PSHE, is an integrated scheme of learning, for Personal, Social, Health Education, with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health, SMSC and spiritual development.

With strong emphasis on emotional literacy and nurturing mental health as the necessary underpinnings for learning, Jigsaw equips teachers with detailed lesson plans and all resources required to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE incorporating a whole-school approach.

Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective PSHE scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

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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