Our Greater Depth Leaflet
The aims of the curriculum are to:
Provide a broad and balanced creative curriculum to ensure children develop a range of knowledge, skills and understanding
Enable children to develop the skills and attributes needed to be successful learners
Promote high standards in reading, writing and maths
Encourage creative thinking and problem solving through opportunities to work scientifically and link this way of thinking with Computer Science and the Arts
Provide opportunities for speaking and listening activities such as debates and discussions as well as risk taking and enquiry so children actively take responsibility for their own learning and development
Encourage children to be self-reflective about themselves and their work
Provide stimulating, engaging lessons, which spark children’s interest in learning and develop a love of learning
Promote the school values so that children develop empathy for others and are encouraged to develop spiritually and morally
Provide opportunities to practice personal and social skills through working independently and collaboratively
Expect the best possible attainment and progress for all pupils
The National Curriculum
In Key Stages 1 and 2 The National Curriculum is followed which comprises 3 core subjects and the Foundation subjects. The core subjects are English, Maths and Science.
The Foundation subjects are Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Citizenship and Religious Education. Granard welcomes pupils from all religious backgrounds and this is reflected in our multi-faith R.E. curriculum and assemblies. Our topic based curriculum fulfils all requirements of the National Curriculum.
Pupils are encouraged to share their religious beliefs and customs to celebrate the school’s cultural diversity. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from R.E. lessons or assemblies with a written request to the Headteacher.
At Granard, children from Year 3 upwards are taught Spanish.
'Power of Reading' texts are used to enhance the English Curriculum. These are good quality books which support the children's language development.
Daily lessons of English and Maths are taught in Key Stages 1 and 2.
At the start of each school year, parents are invited into school to discuss the forthcoming year with the teachers, and are provided with a Transition Booklet (also available on our school website) containing detailed information regarding the Curriculum and other activities.
The Foundation Stage
The Nursery Curriculum covers the seven areas of learning as listed in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). These areas are Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. The Nursery fosters children’s learning through a programme of structured play that supports and extends children’s early development.
We are fortunate at Granard to have a spacious and well-resourced garden, which is used for activities such as gardening and exploring the natural world as well as providing opportunities for physical development.
The Reception year builds upon and extends the children’s experience in the Nursery, gradually moving towards a more structured programme and incorporating daily English and Maths lessons.
Key Stage 1
Children between the ages of 5 - 7 years are in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Children begin The National Curriculum in Year 1. The school uses Read Write Inc. to support the teaching of phonics and a range of different reading schemes to provide a broad variety of different reading books. At the end of Year 1 children undertake a phonics screening test and at the end of Year 2 they are assessed against National Curriculum levels in Reading, Writing and Maths. The results of these are reported to parents.
The four Key Stage 1 classes work closely together sharing many facilities and learning experiences. Each class has a teacher and a teaching assistant. The phase is managed by a senior teacher.
Key Stage 2
This third phase provides an education for children between 7 – 11 years (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6). In Key Stage 2 children continue to follow the National Curriculum culminating in Year 6 with the statutory testing referred to as SATs.