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Learning Aims
 
At Greenfylde Church of England First School we undertake to:
 
·         Raise levels of attainment for all pupils, enabling them to achieve their personal best
·         Develop confident, disciplined and enquiring learners, able to make informed choices.
·         Foster a love of learning.
·         Foster self-esteem and personal responsibility, linked to respect for the needs and feelings of others.
·         Facilitate considerate and positive relationships between all members of the school community.
·         Ensure equal opportunities in relation to gender, race, class, special needs and belief.
·         Value and respect all cultures.
·         Provide a safe and happy work place.
·         Promote a thoughtful attitude towards the immediate and wider environment.
 
Teaching Ethos
 
The ethos and atmosphere underpin the agreed aims of the school. Teachers will provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which will develop the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for future learning.  In the course of their daily work the staff will contribute to the development of this ethos through:
 
·         Providing a calm, quiet and effective working environment at all times, in which each child can achieve his or her maximum potential.
·         Providing a welcoming environment, in which courtesy, kindness and respect are fostered.
·         Providing positive role models.
·         Providing a fair and disciplined environment, in line with the school’s behaviour policy.
·         Maintaining purposeful and informative planning, record-keeping and assessment documents, in line with the school’s record-keeping and assessment policy statement.
·         Effective management of their professional time.
·         Developing links with the wider community.
·         Providing children with meaningful, purposeful tasks, related to the National Curriculum programmes of study and Early Learning Goals in the Foundation Stage.
·         Valuing and celebrating pupils’ success and achievements.
·         Reviewing personal and professional development by providing appropriate INSET, training and support from colleagues in order to ensure a high level of professional expertise.
·         Welcoming, supporting and teaching of teaching and non-teaching students.
 
 
We provide a curriculum for pupils from the outset of Year 1 that includes the National curriculum and Religious Education. Pupils in the Reception classes, follow the EYFS curriculum that is based upon 3 Prime and 4 Specific Areas. Once children have met the goals detailed within the document, teachers plan for their progression within level 1 of the National Curriculum.

* The EYFS areas are:
prime – communication and language; physical development and personal, social and emotional development. Specific – literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design.
* At both Key Stages 1 (years 1 & 2) and 2 (years 3 & 4) all core subjects, RE and all foundation subjects (modern foreign language in KS2) are taught.
* The Core Subjects are: English and mathematics .
* The Foundation Subjects taught are: science, history, geography, engineering (design and technology), computing, music, art, physical education and modern foreign language (KS2).
* RE follows the agreed syllabus for our area and is known as AMV (Awareness, Mystery and Values). This is supplemented by additional schemes from the Diocese of Bath and Wells (Understanding Christianity) and more direct learning from visits to places of worship. If parents feel they have grounds to request their child to be removed from RE they should speak to the Headteacher.
* We place a strong emphasis on sport and the Arts and in 2016/17 introduced engineering to our curriculum.
* Sex Education: The Governing Body has decided that, due to the considerable variations of maturity in a First School, there should be no formal sex education. However, all aspects relating to the subject are handled with care and sensitivity in a natural and informal manner. Teachers aim to answer questions, as raised, honestly and at a level appropriate to the maturity of the child who raises the question.
* Drugs education is to be part of the PSHE programme.
* Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) is addressed through relevant topics in other subjects, especially RE and science; e.g. healthy eating, road safety, right and wrong. Teachers refer to the LA guidelines when planning PSHE.
* Citizenship is also addressed through relevant topics and in a variety of other aspects of school life. Teachers will refer to the appropriate guidance when teaching Citizenship.
* The PHSE and Citizenship curriculums are supported through the use of SCARF materials in all year groups which are linked to our annual visit from the Life Education Wessex Mobile Classroom.