At Goodmayes Primary School, English has a high priority within the timetable; excellent literacy skills are the key to children succeeding in so many other areas of the curriculum.
All children are taught English every day and experience a wide range of speaking and listening activities and opportunities for reading and writing to develop their communication skills. Spelling and Grammar are taught explicitly at each age range. Children write for real audiences and purpose to inspire their writing.
The English curriculum ensures that children gain an understanding of high-quality fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama texts. Phonics is an important and enjoyable part of our English teaching.
At Goodmayes Primary School there is a daily mathematics lesson for all children. Lessons include whole class, group and individual work. Each year group plans a Problem solving lesson at least once a week as well as regular activities in daily lessons. Learning through a clear progression of mental and written methods, children develop understanding and the skills to carry out calculations independently. Children are encouraged to discuss their methods of working, ideas and reasoning and share their expertise with others. We want children to become confident problem solvers who enjoy the challenge of a new investigation.
We provide investigations that build upon children’s scientific knowledge, and develop their understanding of how science shapes and influences life. Scientific activities foster curiosity and encourage children to ask questions. We promote the development of skills, giving all children the opportunity to tackle everyday problems with confidence. Our science lessons are practical and hands on and we aim to make science an enjoyable part of the curriculum.
We understand the importance of teaching children key ICT skills that will enable them to fully use technology in all aspects of their learning.
Our school is equipped with ipads, Learn pads and trolleys of laptops, which the children use at their desks. Laptops can also be connected directly to the network. Each classroom also has a smartboard for use in lessons. Our children use ICT equipment in many subjects. In Computing lessons, they learn about e-safety, coding, email and communications, control technology, data handling, word processing, touch-typing, publishing, computer aided design, research, investigation and much more. Communication Technology is used to enhance children’s learning throughout the curriculum.
We are committed to fully embedding Computing across the whole curriculum, to permeate every subject in order to provide our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.
In today’s world, it is more important that children know how to keep themselves safe. We make e-safety a priority and children are taught the basics of online safety in every year group and in regular special assemblies.
It is important that parents take the time to talk to their children and set rules within their homes.
We are a multi-faith community in which everyone is expected to listen and respect the thoughts and beliefs of others. At Goodmayes Primary School we follow the requirements of the Redbridge Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and a scheme of work based upon this.
Children are taught about different religions and cultures. They are given opportunities to consider their own responses, the value religion plays in their daily lives aiding in their understanding of the world around them. They are encouraged to develop a sense of morality and know the difference between right and wrong. They are also encouraged to show consideration, care and respect for themselves, others and the environment.
We teach History through enquiry based cross-curricular topics. This provides children with the opportunity to explore historical topics in depth through research based, collaborative learning. Throughout their learning children develop an awareness of the past and how it has shaped our present and future. Learning is further enhanced through regular trips to places of historical interest.
Geography is taught through the enquiry based curriculum. Great emphasis is placed on ‘seeing and doing’ and all children regularly participate in trips and outings.
Children are taught about the local and wider environment. They are encouraged to develop awareness of the similarities and differences between our environment and other environments across the world.
They are supported in developing a detailed understanding about the range of wider global issues affecting our world today.
Physical education is a very important and enjoyable part of the curriculum. Not only does it develop children’s physical skills but also broader qualities such as self-confidence, self-worth and respect for one another. We recognise the importance of physical health and well-being. At least two hours of good quality PE is taught each week.
The school is involved with the Lottery funded activities, which has enabled us to develop with the support of qualified coaching.
Children at Goodmayes Primary School take part in football, cricket and athletics competitions throughout the year. The school has gained the Gold School Games Award for its commitment to sports and physical education.
For reasons of hygiene and safety all children must change for PE and they must not wear any jewellery except stud earrings in school. The PE kit is blue shorts/jogging bottoms and a white tee-shirt.
In Key Stage Two, as part of the National Curriculum, the children undertake swimming lessons. Year 4 attend an intensive course of swimming lessons at The Olympic Park for two weeks, where qualified swimming instructors teach the children.
Design and Technology is primarily a practical subject, which requires children to combine thinking and doing skills to design and make products. Children are encouraged to evaluate their work, and suggest improvements that could be made. We use a wide range of materials and equipment to help children to develop their own skills and knowledge in a practical way. We teach children to draw upon these skills and apply them in other curriculum areas, particularly Science, Information Communication Technology, Maths and Art. We create meaningful, relevant and enjoyable activities ranging from making moving vehicles to baking biscuits. These are designed to help every child think imaginatively, creatively and logically. Design and Technology has become more important in the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future.
Our art and design education is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The children are taught a variety of art skills such as printmaking, collage, painting techniques, model making and textiles. As pupils progress through the school they learn about colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Our progressive skills based curriculum ensures pupils are given opportunities to explore and experiment with a wide range of media and materials. Across the Key Stages pupils are taught a wide range of skills and techniques which ensures they become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and a variety of art and craft techniques. They learn to critically evaluate and analyse their own work and that of peers and artists.
We use children’s artwork to make our school (classrooms and hallways) as inspiring as possible and to celebrate their learning.
We have a wide range of percussion and tuned instruments. Pupils sing together each week. In class lessons children are taught to listen actively, compose, refine, describe and perform their own work. In addition to class lessons, we subscribe to the peripatetic music service. Specialist music teachers come into school to teach a range of musical instruments. The school has a choir for children in Year’s 4 to 6. Our choirs have performed at The Royal Albert Hall.
Physical, Health, Social and Emotional learning – (PHSE) – is a key part of teaching and learning here at West Hill. Pupils engage with a range of activities relating to:
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT – including; growth and personal care,
HEALTH – healthy living and making the right choices with regard to diet and lifestyle,
SOCIAL – developing skills involving communication, listening, sharing and turn taking,
EMOTIONAL LITERACY – developing an understanding of feelings experienced by ourselves and others and the impact these have on our relationships with each other and our learning.
These sessions are taught across the key stages from Early Years to year 6 and build upon the learning that has taken place before for example, learning about our bodies in reception through to puberty in year 6.
CITIZENSHIP – Citizenship helps young people to develop the knowledge, skills and conviction to play an effective role in their local, national and global communities.
Pupils participate in a weekly ‘circle time lesson’ within their class, giving them the opportunity to discuss aspects of the PHSE curriculum and topics relevant to the social and emotional development of the class.
Pupils are given every opportunity to become involved with local, national and global initiatives, which enhance their PHSE learning.
The main objective of teaching a modern foreign language in primary school is to promote the early development of a child’s linguistic competence. We want to foster an interest in learning other languages and introduce another languages in a way that is enjoyable. Children at Goodmayes Primary School learn French, which is taught by a specialist native French speaker. We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to engage actively in the modern foreign language lessons.