At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, we teach an inclusive curriculum that is exciting, fun and engaging and is deeply rooted in our aims, vision and values. We believe that every child is entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to provide them with the skills, knowledge, and understanding they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals.
As our children journey through our enriched and creative curriculum we will build upon prior learning and provide a breadth of experience that will enable them to become creative and confident, critical thinkers who will challenge and ask questions. Sport, Music and The Arts are at the heart of what we do and provide opportunities for every child to find their talents and interests. It is essential that everyone has the opportunity to learn in a variety of environments and we actively encourage outdoor learning opportunities. Our learning environments, wherever they are, set out to inspire and enable learning.
In order for our children to be well-prepared for the next phase of their education, we believe our curriculum and its implementation must develop Perseverance, Aspiration, Respect and Teamwork, through our PART values. We aim for our curriculum to be fully inclusive and relevant to each pupil in the school, regardless of their protected characteristics, individual circumstances or academic ability.
We use a whole text (book) as a stimulus or 'vehicle' to deliver the National Curriculum in a cross curricular way through topics. This allows for key skills and knowledge to be applied in a purposeful and engaging context. We think carefully about how curriculum skills develop through a child’s learning journey, and the key knowledge they need to learn at each stage. Subject leaders take responsibility for overseeing this. The content of each subject is sequential and builds on prior learning.
We believe that the fundamental functions of language, as a means of expressing feelings, establishing contact with others and bringing about desired responses, are crucial in underpinning life skills and all aspects of the curriculum. We therefore believe that all aspects of language need to be developed in as many different ways as possible in order to help our children achieve a confident, fluent and appropriate use of language.
Reading has a strong focus at Garlinge. We value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our children to become confident lifelong readers. We encourage a love of literature and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure at every available opportunity which in turn provokes thought and imagination. We believe reading is key for academic success. Our children have access to a wide variety of genres and text types within their classrooms and also within our two libraries located at each Key Stage. Children are taught phonics and reading skills regularly. We aim for everyone to have the skills to decode words effectively in order to be able to read fluently with understanding of what they have read.
High academic achievement is an important goal for the school and our focus on whole class reading, promoting maths fluency and reasoning, supporting children to have a broad vocabulary and providing meaningful cross-curricular writing opportunities are some of the ways we have deliberately focused on ensuring pupils leave our school literate and numerate ready for their next stage of learning.
If you would like to find out further information about the curriculum at Garlinge Primary School please contact the school office to make an appointment.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we deliver the Letters and Sounds programme. These lessons are taught daily and we look at the different sounds and how we can use these to spell words when reading and writing. There are six stages to this programme. The first looks at environmental sounds to train the child to listen for different sounds in spoken word or around us. Stages two to five look at delivering the different phonemes needed to read and write. The final stage, phase six, consolidates all the previous learning to ensure the children are confident in using their sounds to segment and blend words when reading and writing. There is a quick pace which allows the children to start reading words within their first few weeks in Reception.