Our curriculum ensures learning is effective, exciting and above all, relevant to the needs of our children.
All pupils will secure firm foundations in English and Mathematics and this underpins a growing excellence in other subjects. Our child-led and knowledge-based curriculum offers a broad range of subjects from Early Years through to Key Stage 2 (KS2). We believe in bringing learning to life, both indoors and out, with an emphasis on engaging and purposeful learning.
Galley Hill Primary school aims to provide a curriculum that is engaging, balanced and relevant. While emphasis is placed on children learning core skills of English and Maths, we place great value on developing the ‘whole child’ and provide an engaging programme of study in all curriculum areas.
Our high expectation of children begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children usually begin Galley Hill Primary in Nursery and are regularly assessed throughout the year using Development Matters, with the aim of meeting the Early Learning Goals by the end of the Reception year.
These assessments are used to identify key subject areas to inform planning and focus children who need to be targeted for specific activities.
Pupils begin phonics lessons in Nursery, and these continue through into Key Stage 1 (KS1) and sometimes KS2. There is a focus on exploratory play in Reception based around topics and core texts, which children access both on a morning and an afternoon. In the morning all pupils take part in a Maths and a Phonic lesson as well as guided reading from Autumn 2.
In KS1, children continue their learning journey, taking part in Number Sense, maths, reading and writing lessons every morning. In Year 1 (Yr1), children continue to have daily phonics lessons whilst in Yr2, children continue with phonics and move on to access daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) lessons, which are linked to their learning in writing, to allow them to apply and deepen their basic skills. In the afternoon, children access the wider curriculum through carefully planned lessons.
In KS2, children again continue their daily diet of rigorous teaching, taking part in Number Sense, maths, reading and writing lessons every morning. In Yr5 and Yr6, focus gradually shifts to the end of Key Stage assessments as children are prepared for these tests and the transition into Yr7.
In the afternoon, children access the wider curriculum through carefully planned lessons