Other Areas

of the curriculum

Humanities
Here at Greenleys Junior School we teach History and Geography following a thematic approach in which we link themes within humanities, art and design, computing and also to core curriculum areas. We believe that Humanities provides an excellent stimulus for cross curriculum activities and provides the link for many different learning opportunities.

In Geography based topics pupils are involved in investigating a variety of people, places and environments locally, in the United Kingdom and also abroad. Geographical enquiry is undertaken inside and outside the classrooms and pupils are taught key skills: observing and recording, asking geographical questions, analysing evidence and drawing conclusions.

Within History, pupils learn about the lives and lifestyles of people in the past; acquiring appropriate knowledge and understanding about the periods and the people of the time, including their characteristic features, their social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Children develop the ability to give reasons for the main historical events and changes, whilst also exploring similarities to modern life. Our topics have been carefully planned to enable pupils to learn not only how the past is different from the present but how and why historical developments have shaped the world and our lives.

At Greenleys Junior we seek to broaden children’s real-life experiences both inside and outside of school through educational visits, visitors, exploration and discovery. We believe that visits and school trips provide excellent learning opportunities for the children in History and Geography and enable them to deepen and apply their skills and knowledge. Our immersive room also enables pupils to travel to faraway place and distant times within the confinements of our school building; further enhancing the teaching and learning of Humanities.

Art
The Art Curriculum at Greenleys Junior school is designed to develop the creativity of our children by giving them the opportunity to explore art , craft and design concepts by a variety of artists and using a variety of media.  Our curriculum aims to engage and inspire our pupils (through artist studies and enrichment days) and give them the skills and knowledge to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works.  As pupils progress through the school, they will also develop critical thinking skills which will enable them to gain a greater depth of understanding of art and design as a process and apply this to their own works and designs.

Using the National Curriculum Framework this will be achieved in the following ways:

  • Children will produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Children will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Children will evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Children will know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

PE/Games
At Greenleys Junior we recognise the role that PE has to play in promoting a long term healthy lifestyle which is both enjoyable and fulfilling. We aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all of our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

We want to provide opportunities for our pupils to become confident and physically literate in a way which supports their wellbeing. In addition to this, we aim to provide opportunities for children to compete in sport and other activities in order to build resilience and embed values such as team work, fairness and respect.

Our PE and sport aspires to build self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills enabling each child to be the best they can be by: 

  • Improving health and well-being
  • Providing high quality opportunities and outcomes for all
  • Encouraging community involvement
  • Promoting active participation and competition
  • Raising achievement and supporting excellence

To enable us to do this your child needs to be prepared for the lessons, by having a full correct PE kit in school Monday- Friday. Our school PE kit is: A white T-shirt, black shorts and a sensible change of footwear. In the colder, wetter weather your child may bring in black tracksuit bottoms and a plain black jumper, spare socks are also ideal.

Design Technology
At Greenleys Junior School, Design & Technology (DT) is taught both in relation to a year group’s current topics, but can also be stand alone. When the children are making products with mechanisms such as levers or electronic components, they mostly follow the design process of; research, design, make and evaluate so that they understand the importance of this process.

Balanced diets and healthy eating has become one of the main focuses for the DT National Curriculum. Children are not only taught how to make nutritious and balanced meals, but also have the opportunity to understand where a lot of our foods come from. All year groups will make at least one balanced meal during the course of the year and will have lots of opportunities to practise food preparation techniques that are required. From Years 3 to 6, the importance of food hygiene is ingrained in every food preparation topic that the children participate in.

By covering these skills in Design Technology, we hope that the children leave Greenleys Junior with an excellent understanding of the design process and healthy, balanced meals.

A Modern Foreign Language
At Greenleys Junior School, a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) is taught in all year groups by class teachers. French is taught in Years 3 and 4 and German is taught in Years 5 and 6. The school subscribe to a computer program called ‘Linguafun’ which can be used for both French and German. Each child has a password which can be used to access the on-line version at home for further practice if desired.