Our Curriculum

At Greenfields Junior School we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, in well-resourced and stimulating surroundings.

Our curriculum is built upon the principles of our Vision.  This promotes a positive, challenging and enjoyable learning experience which meets all our children’s needs and abilities. To enable all our children to enjoy, achieve and develop creative approaches to thinking and learning, the curriculum is delivered through topics and experiential learning opportunities enhanced by day and residential visits. We also ensure that the children experience a variety of visitors to school such as theatre groups, charities, businesses and musicians including 2 residential visits; Ufton Court in Year 4 and Hayling Island in Yr 6.

We strongly believe that children need to develop social and emotional skills if they are to participate effectively in our society. It is our awareness of this need which has led to the broad form of curriculum organisation that we have adopted, and continually review and seek to improve on. Inclusion of a Personal, Social and Health Education program and development of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural experiences underpinned by British Values in our curriculum ensures the development of the whole child and prepares them for life in Modern Britain.

The class teacher is responsible for teaching the entire curriculum with specialist teachers for some aspects of PE curriculum including Hockey. We also offer a wide range of extracurricular activities which support and motivate children to achieve their full potential in areas such as sport, computing, music and outdoor learning.

Our school has a strong musical tradition. In year 4 all children take part in Hampshire Music Service Listen2me programme and have the opportunity to learn ukulele, drums and brass. Currently we have 75 children taking part in regular music lessons and have successful school orchestra with children playing instruments such as flute, clarinet, drums, violin and saxophone. Our musicians have regular opportunities to perform to the school and parents.

 

The RE Syllabus at GJS

As of the 1988 Education Reform Act & the 1996 act, it is stated that RE is a statutory subject for all schools.

We are required to teach 45 hours per year, in junior school.

Our syllabus reflects the fact that religious traditions are (in the main) Christian, while taking into account other religions, such as Judaism.

RE is separate from collective worship.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all parts of RE lessons, however, in doing so parents must provide work for children to do linked with their own faith or beliefs.

With guidance from the local authority, GJS follows the agreed syllabus, which also incorporates lessons from Living Difference III.

Living Difference III seeks to introduce children and young people to what a religious way of looking at (and existing in) the world may offer in leading one’s life individually and collectively. The Living Difference III approach is a process of enquiry into concepts, where a concept is understood as a name for, or way of referring to, something like an idea that exists or has the possibility of existing in a certain kind of way under particular conditions, e.g. hope, peace, stewardship, community or justice.

At GJS, we have created our RE syllabus to reflect 6 core teaching units in each year group, linked to a concept which in turn incorporates a religion. At least 3 units of work will focus on Christianity, whereby children learn a whole range of concepts linked to this, e.g. Stewardship in Year 6 (caring for something precious) - Christians believe that in the beginning, God created the world and put us in charge of it in order to care and look after it. The remaining 3 units focus on other religions and compare them to Christianity, and where possible, these units link to the year group’s term topics.

See links for further information on individual year group’s RE syllabus.

    Year 3          Year 4         Year 5          Year 6

 

SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) at Greenfields

The learning objectives for each of the year groups within this topic are:

Year 3:

Health and Wellbeing

  • To know the names for the main parts of the body (including external genitalia) the similarities and differences between boys and girls
  • To recognise when and how to ask for help and use basic techniques for resisting pressure to do something dangerous, unhealthy, that makes them uncomfortable, anxious or that they believe to be wrong

Relationships

  • To be aware of different types of relationship, including those between friends and families, civil partnerships and marriage
  • To judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable or unacceptable and how to respond

Year 3 curriculum evening presentation Spetember 2017

Year 4:

Health and Wellbeing

  • Understand how their body will, and emotions may, change as they approach and move through puberty
  • To recognise that they may experience conflicting emotions and when they might need to listen to their emotions or overcome them
  • Learn about human reproduction

Year 4 curriculum evening presentation September 2017

Year 5:

Health and Wellbeing

  • Understand how their body will, and emotions may, change as they approach and move through puberty
  • To recognise that they may experience conflicting emotions and when they might need to listen to their emotions or overcome them

Relationships

  • To feel confident to raise their own concerns, to recognise and care about other people's feelings

Year 5 curriculum evening presentation September 2017

Year 6:

Health and Wellbeing

  • Understand how their body will, and emotions may, change as they approach and move through puberty
  • Learn about human reproduction
  • Understand the importance or protecting personal information, including passwords, addresses and the distribution of images of themselves and others

Relationships

  • To be aware of different types of relationships, including those between friends and families, civil partnerships and marriage
  • To understand what consitutes positive healthy relationships and to develop the skills to form them

Year 6 curriculum evening presentation September 2017

 

Extra Curricular Activities

Our school is committed to the development of health and well being and our after school SWFITs clubs offer our children the opportunity to take part in a range of sporting activities. These are further enhanced by the allocation of Sports Funding premium.

After School Clubs, Sports Funding

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As you will be aware significant changes have come into effect from September 2015 in relation to how we assess children's learning. Further information about this can be found under the section Assessment.

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