Our curriculum at Gatley Primary follows a learner led approach and is designed collaboratively between children and staff.
We lay particular emphasis on teaching a wide range of skills to prepare children for each transitional phase, including secondary education and their future role in society. Woven through our innovative and creative approach to learning children receive focused teaching in the following core skills.
(Designed from images provided by the children during a whole school consultation at Gatley Primary School)
Curriculum Content and Approach
Children in Early Years follow the Development Matters Curriculum working towards the Early Learning Goals. At the end of Reception, children are assessed using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. In order for the school to gain a full and accurate picture of the children we encourage parents to share their knowledge of their child. Children learn with enjoyment and challenge, both within the indoor and outdoor learning environment. The Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and begins to make links with the National Curriculum.
For children in Years 1 – 6 we implement the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in both core and foundation subjects. The curriculum for all year groups is co-constructed with the children to ensure that their personal interests, wellbeing and backgrounds are reflected and developed. All our staff take a team responsibility for an area of the curriculum and are able to offer expertise and knowledge when necessary. There are six curriculum teams covering the key areas of learning:
- English, Communication and Languages
- Mathematical Understanding
- Scientific and Technological Understanding
- Physical Development Health and Wellbeing
- Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding
- Understanding the Arts
Each curriculum area also has a link Governor who monitors through focused school visits.
Sometimes the children are taught by subject specialists, for example by our visiting music specialist or by P.E and sports coaches which provides other valuable learning experiences. This school also values, the role of ‘Creative Practitioners’ who work as part of a residency in school, these include actors, designers and visual artists who support children’s learning using alternative approaches linked to our school improvement priorities.
Parents / carers who would like to see our Long Term Curriculum Plan are very welcome to view this in school within the Teaching and Learning Policy.
For further information regarding the school’s approach to teaching the curriculum, please contact Gemma Norman, Deputy Head teacher, by email at email@example.com.