We organise the children's learning in such a way as to promote excellence, enjoyment, creativity, perseverance, self discipline and independent learning. Children are given every opportunity and encouragement to realise their full potential. In our classrooms, children are purposefully engaged in a variety of carefully planned activities, some of which will be based on first hand experience and observations.
In our curriculum we follow the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage.
Curriculum guidelines, including statutory orders for National Curriculum subjects and assessment, are available in school if you wish to see them.
EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM
The Early Years curriculum we provide at The Greville reflects our belief that this is a particularly significant time in a child's development, beginning in the home and continuing on into school. Children develop rapidly during this time - physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. The Greville aims to provide a safe, stimulating and enriching environment, which can offer children the relevant opportunities to develop to their full potential, feeling secure, valued and confident.
Parents/Carers are regarded as partners in their child's education and the Reception Staff aim to foster good home/school links. One of the ways this is achieved is through a home/school book.
The curriculum follows the guidance for the Foundation Stage, which defines seven areas of learning:
Three Prime Areas
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Four Specific Areas
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The curriculum is carefully structured to match the different levels of young children's needs, and purposeful play features strongly. There is a balance between play and concentrated learning opportunities, with an emphasis on first hand experiences. All children will be working towards the achievement of the Early Learning Goals, as defined in the Foundation Stage, in all seven areas of learning.
The indoor and covered outdoor classroom areas are very well resourced and the Reception children have access to a wide range of high quality apparatus and equipment.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
Children in all classes spend at least five hours a week on language and literacy work.
Before children begin school, they will have a wide experience of language and have already developed a considerable repertoire of skills. It is our aim to continue to provide a wide range of situations through which these skills can be extended and developed. Language development needs a partnership between home and school since we share the common aim of nurturing the ability of our children to communicate. Throughout their time at The Greville, children are involved in a variety of planned activities which develop their speaking and listening skills. There are many opportunities for all children to take part in group, class and school productions in order to develop their confidence and demonstrate their skills.
Also, in all the classes we ask that parents co-operate in hearing their children read and in encouraging them to read to themselves regularly for sustained periods. Children are encouraged to take books home from our class and school libraries. Children will be given opportunities to write for a variety of purposes and audiences, in order that they develop writing styles appropriate to the task. Their ability to write factual and narrative pieces, poetry and prose, is developed through written assignments in all areas of the curriculum, as well as in English lessons. Understanding of grammatical and punctuation rules is systematically developed.
Children are expected to make progress in their spelling ability. Vocabulary required for topics and other curriculum areas is also studied. Cursive handwriting is taught from the Reception Class. It is taught through whole class, group and individual work, according to the children's needs. Spelling patterns and rules are systematically taught and related work is set according to children's individual needs.
At The Greville, Mathematics is taught daily throughout the school. We aim to provide structured activities to allow investigation into mathematical situations in number, measurement, shape and space, and data handling. Pupils are encouraged to discuss their work with each other and their teacher to ensure they develop a sound understanding of mathematical principles and acquire mathematical skills.
The ability to calculate "in your head" is an important part of Mathematics. The children are taught a range of mental strategies for calculating answers quickly. We make full use of the technology available through computer software and calculators.
Children are encouraged to appreciate the relevance of Mathematics to all areas of the curriculum and their environment and to apply their knowledge appropriately. We aim to produce pupils who are numerate, able to think for themselves and enjoy the subject.
Our aim at The Greville is to ensure that all the children enjoy Science while developing their potential to the best of their ability. The curriculum is structured so that as the children's awareness of the world around them increases, their knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts can be developed. They are taught to take a scientific approach to investigations and are helped to acquire the practical skills they need. Wherever possible the work is based on first hand experiences, especially with the younger children. The school is well resourced for practical investigations and research by the children, using ICT wherever it is appropriate. In addition full use is made of the school grounds.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
The school has wireless connection to the internet. We have two modern ICT suites, one of which is mobile and is used in classrooms and group rooms. Both are linked to the school’s curriculum server and allow children to save and print their work.
Each classroom in the school contains an interactive whiteboard which supports the curriculum and allows demonstration of software and procedures. Scanners and digital cameras are available for combining text, pictures and sound in interactive multimedia presentations.
A comprehensive range of software and hardware, including floor turtles and control boxes, is used to facilitate the learning experience.
Children are given the opportunity to develop skills and concepts through word processing, data handling, exploration and control. The internet is used for collection of information linked to the curriculum.
Religious Education is a part of the curriculum for each class. In accordance with the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for RE, Christianity is taught throughout the school, along with some aspects of Judaism and Islam. Aspects of Hinduism are introduced to the older children. Knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of these religions are taught, and children are encouraged to learn from religion by exploring, reflecting on and responding through their own experiences.
Assemblies are daily. They incorporate an act of collective worship. Parents/Carers who wish to withdraw children from collective worship or Religious Education will have their rights respected.
At The Greville, Geography is the study of places both near and far and of how people are influenced by, and affect, the environment in which they live. The geographical work planned is designed to be exciting, interesting and relevant to the children's lives. It involves many first hand learning experiences including a week's residential visit in Year 5, and the use of up-to-date resources.
We aim to develop the children's interest in history through thinking, enquiry, analysis and interpretation of the past. We study both periods and themes following National Curriculum Guidelines. Our work is enhanced by some excellent resource material and educational visits.
ART AND DESIGN
Children at The Greville develop their artistic skills by studying artists, craftsmen and designers from other cultures and from different historical periods. This helps to foster new ideas and develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation. During their time at this school they will work with a variety of materials and learn how to use tools safely. They will learn new techniques and be shown how to present their work attractively and to the highest possible level.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Design and Technology is studied throughout the school. It encourages and improves skills of planning and evaluation. It also gives children the opportunity to work with various tools and materials. Children learn about safety and the importance of working accurately so that they can produce work to a high standard of which they can be proud.
At The Greville, children's understanding and enjoyment of music are developed through performing, composing, listening and appraising. Working on activities individually, in groups or as a class, they can extend their musical experience and knowledge.
Music also forms an important part of extra-curricular activities. There is an active orchestra in which children can develop instrumental skills and experience performing as part of a 'musical whole'. The choir is open to all children in the junior department and there is also a boys'choir and they prepare performances throughout the year. There are several recorder groups of varying standards.
There is also an opportunity for junior children to take lessons on a wide variety of instruments with the peripatetic teachers from the County Music Centre.
Physical Education at The Greville allows the children to develop skills which are important for physical development and recreation. The school's PE programme aims to encourage physical activity, healthy lifestyles, positive sporting attitudes and safe practice. Six areas of activity are covered: gymnastics, games, dance, swimming, athletics, and outdoor and adventurous activities including in Year 6, a long weekend residential visit to an outdoor activity centre. Within each area pupils are involved in the continuous process of planning, performing and evaluating, with the emphasis on performing.
The games content includes net and wall games, invasion games and striking and fielding games.
Children have the opportunity to swim and improve their water skills. Sessions, organised by The Greville Swimming Club and taught by qualified instructors, take place at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre. These sessions are financed by voluntary contributions from parents/carers.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING
Modern foreign language learning is encouraged at The Greville.
In Years 3 and 4, the children are encouraged to read and write French as well as speaking and listening to the language. This is achieved with the aid of work sheets and simple games as well as audio and visual equipment.
In Years 5 and 6, the children are introduced to Spanish. This helps to prepare the children for secondary school where they will be expected to study one or more of these languages.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION AND CITIZENSHIP
A programme of Personal, Social and Health Education continues throughout the child's time at The Greville. Topics covered in this area of the curriculum include mental and physical growth, diet, hygiene, life cycles, personal safety, friendship, co-operation, citizenship and drug education.
Our aim is that children should understand what is required to live healthy and safe lives. We also wish to encourage responsible and caring attitudes towards themselves and the rest of society.
We run a School Council which gives many children the opportunity to represent their classmates and have a voice in issues relating to their school lives.
SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
The Greville considers Sex and Relationship Education to be an integral part of a full Personal, Social and Health Education programme.
Children will be taught a spiral curriculum progressing from Reception through to Year 6. At levels appropriate to age, ability and maturity we aim to develop the children's knowledge, attitudes and skills related to this area.
Parents/Carers are invited to view videos associated with the programme beforehand. The Sex and Relationship Education curriculum is approved by the Governors. Parents/Carers who wish to withdraw their child from parts of the SRE programme which are outside the requirements of the National Curriculum should contact the Headteacher.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
All schools have a legal obligation to ensure that necessary provision is made for any pupil who has special educational needs and work within the SEN Code of Practice and the Disability Discrimination Act.
The Code of Practice states that all children with Special Educational Needs should be identified and assessed as early as possible. This is the responsibility of the Inclusion Manager in conjunction with outside agencies, class teachers and parents/carers.
Class teachers are responsible for the learning of all children with special needs. With the support of the Inclusion Manager they plan the differentiated teaching, use of support staff and resources in order to meet the children's needs and to give each individual the opportunity to progress and achieve to his/her full potential.
Gifted children and those with learning and communication difficulties or emotional, behavioural or social needs as well as those with physical problems, are all considered to have special needs. We at The Greville are committed to providing a first class education for all pupils and everyone works together to promote the self esteem and welfare of all the children.
Homework is an important link between home and school. Homework at The Greville allows parents/carers to see work in progress, gives children the chance for interesting, independent study and allows time for practising important skills.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The Greville is lucky to have members of staff who are keen and able to offer a variety of clubs. At present, the following activities are available during the year, although some, for obvious reasons, are limited to infants or juniors or certain year groups:
Art, Athletics, Chess, Choirs (mixed and boys), Cookery, Cricket, Cross Country, Dance, Drama, Film, First Aid, Fitness, Football, Fun, Gardening, Gym, Lego, Netball, Orchestra, Performance Poetry, Recorder, Rock Solid, Rounders, Sports, Story, Table Tennis and Uno.